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Duke Aiona challenges “old guard” -- convention speech a huge media hit
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MUST READ: Aiona challenges 'old guard': Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona told Republicans yesterday that they are a balancing force to the "old guard of Hawai`i politics" and challenged them to stand up for their beliefs and help their party keep Washington Place. "We cannot stop now," Aiona, a Republican candidate for governor, told delegates at the state GOP convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikīkī. "We cannot hold our state and our people back any longer by allowing the Democratic political machine to put a rubber stamp in the governor's office." Click HERE for Honolulu Advertiser story.

Democrat Makes Appearance At GOP Convention: A prominent Democrat made a surprise appearance at Hawai`i's GOP convention Saturday. Before Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, who was speaking at the convention in an informal kick-off of his campaign for governor delivered his speech, he was introduced by former Democratic state Sen. David Matsuura. Crossing party lines, Matsuura endorsed Aiona for Governor. Click HERE for KITV-4 story.

Some Dems will fall in November, foes predict: Rallying behind the potential victory of Charles Djou in the special election for Congress, local Republicans predicted a wave of GOP support to sweep over Democratic incumbents in the fall elections and bring a true two-party system to Hawai`i. Click HERE for Honolulu Star-Bulletin story.

State Republican Convention feels a youth movement: It's a youth movement. The State Republican Convention wrapped up in Waikiki on Saturday night. Party leaders say many fresh faces have joined the GOP, as it enters a crucial next few months, with many key elections hanging in the balance. Click HERE for Hawai`i News Now story.

Hawai`i Republican Convention calls for transition: "This convention this 2010 convention will be known as a convention of transition," says Governor Linda Lingle. Lingle rallied the crowd at the Hawai`i Republican convention for the last time as Hawai`i's Governor. Click HERE for KHON-2 story.

GOP calls for civil unions veto: Gov. Linda Lingle says she still has not decided whether she will sign the measure authorizing civil unions, but adds she has concerns on the bill's language. "I did have a chance to read the bill and it does appear to me, on reading it, that it really is same-sex marriage, but by a different name," Lingle said yesterday during a break from the state Republican Party Convention. Click HERE for Honolulu Star-Bulletin story.

Balanced, Efficient and Accountable Government Key to Creating Jobs, Improving Education and Strengthening the Hawaii Economy: This is a transcript of the remarks made by Lt. Gov. James 'Duke' Aiona, R-Hawai`i, at the Hawaii GOP State Convention Saturday, May 15. Click HERE for Hawai`i Reporter story.

Democrat Sen. David Matsuura endorses Duke Aiona for Governor: Joining a boisterous crowd of 700 convention delegates and grassroots supporters wearing t-shirts and waiving signs in support of Duke Aiona at the 2010 Hawai`i Republican Party State Convention, Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, the leading Republican candidate for Governor, delivered a keynote address highlighting his grassroots campaign for balanced, efficient and accountable government while setting an agenda to create jobs, improve education and strengthen the economy in Hawai`i. Click HERE for Hawai`i Free Press story.



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