The 2014 Hawaii Primary Election results are overall positive for gun rights supporters. Go to http://gov/elections/results/2014/ for the Elections Commission complete result.
The US SENATE race to fill Daniel Inouye’s seat, currently held by Abercrombie appointee Brian Schatz (F-rated), is over. Schatz finished 1,769 votes ahead of challenger Colleen Hanabusa (D-rated). He had a 1,635-vote lead following Saturday's primary election. Challenger Colleen Hanabusa (D-rated) hoped to score a win via Puna where the vote was delayed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Iselle. The Elections Commission, the candidates, the Democratic Party leadership, and the voters were divided on which voters got a chance to vote, and when and how.
Incumbent State Representative, Faye Hanohano (C-rated), representing Puna, has been in trouble for abusing non-Hawaiians from her Committee Chair, and hoped to overturn what is now an upset by her opponent, attorney Joy Sanbuenaventura (not rated) by 860 votes.
Cam Cavasso (A-rated) won the Republican ticket for US Senator but is well behind the total votes for the two Democrat front-runners. Independent Joy Allison (A-rated) did not capture enough votes to make the General Election, and her campaign manager informs us they have filed a lawsuit over HI election practices.
US REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT I State Rep. Mark Takai (D-rated) edges HI Senate Pres., Donna Kim (F-rated) on the Democratic slate and will face off in the general election against former US Rep., Charles Djou (A-minus), who took the Republican vote.
US REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT II Republican Kawika Crowley (A-rated) is way behind Tulsi Gabbard (F-rated), who ran unopposed.
GOVERNOR In a predicted upset, State Senator David Ige (A-rated), trounced our F-rated incumbent Gov., Neil Abercrombie, the only Hawaii Governor to ever lose a primary. See Denby Faucett’s amusing analysis of why:
Former Lt. Gov, Duke Aiona (C-rated), wins the Republican ticket with vote numbers well short of the combined Democrat votes. Some deficit can usually be overcome, as many conservatives vote a Democrat slate in the Primary, and then cross back for the General. Many did so to vote for Ige.
LT. GOVERNOR Shan Tsutsui (B-rated) won over State Senator Clayton Hee (B-rated) who gave up his Senate seat and Judiciary Chair to run. Ige/Tsutsui will face Republican former Lt. Governor Duke Aiona (C-rated) and Elwin Ahu (unrated) and Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann (B-rated) and Les Chang (unrated).
HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE Hurrah that our best supporters at the Legislature won their primaries! Rep. Ken Ito ran unopposed and is elected. Rep. Sharon Har won her contested primary which was organized by House liberals to punish her for her support of the 2nd Amendment. Reps. Ty Cullen and Henry Aquino ran unopposed and are elected.
Senator Sam Slom (A+) and half of the Senate were not up for re-election this year.
Supportive Senators Keith-Agaran, Kalani English, Clarence Nishihara, Michelle Kidani, Maile Shimabukuro, and Jill Tokuda have comfortable leads. Double A-rated Colleen Meyer lost the Republican primary vote to A-rated Richard Fale. Fale opposes B-rated Democrat Gil Riviere in the general for Clayton Hee’s empty District 23 seat, Kaneohe to Wahiawa.
Supportive Representatives Mark Nakashima, Angus McKelvey, Richard Onishi, Cindy Evans, Speaker Joe Souki, Ryan Yamane, Greg Takayama, Karen Awana, Jo Jordan, and Michael Magaoay have comfortable leads going into the general election.
Reps. Clift Tsuji (A), Romy Cachola (B), and Marcus Oshiro (A) ran unopposed and are elected.
Two Republican incumbents (a rare species in our Leg), double A-rated, always outspokenly supportive, are in tight races and need your support, Reps. Bob McDermott and Gene Ward. Likewise, Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson, Moanalua, (B).
Newcomer Jarrett Keohokalole, B-rated, for State Rep., Kaneohe, won his Democratic primary against Sierra Club Pres., Robert Harris, F-rated.
Auwe that the worst opponents of our gun rights won their primary races!
Senate F-rated Senators Josh Green and Brickwood Galuteria, authors of the horrible anti-gun bills in the 2012 session, both have strong leads going into the general. F-rated Lorraine Inouye has unseated C-rated Malama Solomon on the Big Island. F-rated Roz Baker leads in District 6, Maui.
House Our nemesis in the House, Judiciary Chair Karl Rhoads (F), ran unopposed, an undeserved luxury, and is re-elected. His henchman, Majority Leader Scott Saiki (F), has a wide lead. However Rep. Rida Cabanilla, F-rated, is unseated by her Democratic primary opponent, Matthew Lopresti (unrated).
Mahalo, Dr. Max Cooper, HRA Legislative Liaison
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Mahalo to all supporters of our 2nd Amendment and hunting heritage who ran, and to those who voted for them.
Absentee ballots have been mailed. From July 28 to Aug 7 the absentee polling places are open. Primary Election is Aug 9. 2014.
HRA publishes grades for candidates based solely on their support for firearms rights and hunting heritage. Grades A-F are assigned based on any public record on those issues, and surveys on those issues mailed to all candidates. An asterisk (*) grade is assigned where the candidate has no voting record on our issues and where our survey was not returned.
US Senate: Candidates Schatz and Hanabusa, although both claiming support for our 2nd Amendment rights, have a poor record. Hanabusa justly criticizes Schatz for following Obama on all issues, but when she was Hawaii Senate President she twice killed a magazine capacity reform bill.
In the US House 1st District Democrats Ikaika Anderson, Joey Manahan, and Republican Charles Djou have supportive records. Stanley Chang and Donna Kim both support restrictive gun control.
In US House 2, the best survey was returned by Kawika Crowley, a homeless candidate who campaigns out of his van. Tulsi Gabbard, despite her claims otherwise, espouses Obama's gun control policy.
For Governor, long time Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Chair, David Ige, has the best record of support on firearms issues.
For Lt. Governor, the incumbent, Shan Tsutsui, and Clayton Hee, who gave up his HI Senate seat and Judiciary Chairmanship to run, both have supportive histories.
In the Senate, Colleen Meyer, a long-time 2nd Amendment supporter while serving many years in the House, is taking another run at Senate District 23 (Kaneohe-Wahiawa).
In the House, contested primary races include District 2 (Keaukaha - Waiakea) where longtime supportive Clifton Tsuji is the incumbent, and District 15 (Wailua - Puhi) where the incumbent, James Tokioka has been supportive. In District 36 (Mililani), Marilyn Lee, always an opponent of pro-gun legislation, is attempting a comeback after losing in 2012.
In District 38 (Waipahu), A-rated Henry Aquino is challenged by Alex Sonson who has a very vocal record against guns while serving on the House Judiciary Committee.
In District 50 (Kailua), Cynthia Theilen, supportive on our issues, has a challenger in the primary.
State Representative SHARON HAR, representing District 42, Kapolei and Makakilo, is being targeted in this election because of her staunch support of gun rights issues. As Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, she has, along with Rep. Ken Ito, led support in the House for our issues and protected us from strong anti-gun politicians.
In Honolulu City Council District 6, Sam Aiona, supportive on our issues, challenges incumbent Carol Fukunaga, who opposed pro-gun legislation during her years as State Representative.
Incumbent Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa has a record of support on our issues.
Lei Ahu Isa, always supportive, is running for OHA Trustee at large.
The Hawaii State Legislature has adjourned for the year. Once again, no restrictive firearms bills passed.
HB849 amending the Governor’s emergency powers, passed, leaving the protection against seizure of firearms in HRS 134-7.2 intact.
HB2246 providing for reporting court commitments to the NICS system and the Hawaii AG for use in determining disability for possession of firearms passed. The process for court directed relief of such disability likewise passed with the AG’s language over HRA’s and NRA’s preferred language, but still a good bill.
HB1902, originally providing for no net loss of hunting areas, amended to require a hunting advisory committee, regrettably died in conference committee.
Mahalo to the Legislators who worked in favor of your gun rights and hunting heritage. Be ready to support them in the fall elections. A big mahalo to all who lobbied on our issues.