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In ‘amateur’ mistake, Kahele misses deadline to get matching public funds for governor’s race

HNN: … Kahele’s campaign failed to turn in a signed and notarized affidavit affirming he wouldn’t spend more $2.1 million this election.

Kahele filed his gubernatorial race papers a month ago and pledged to not accept donations from unions, political action committee, or corporations. Instead, he said he would rely on individual, small donations of $100 or less in order to qualify for the commission’s matching funds. He would have been able to receive about $208,000 for the primary election from the commission.

But now, without the proper paperwork, he’s ineligible.

HNN Political Analyst Colin Moore called the mistake “devastating” to the Kahele campaign.

“He in part built his campaign around accepting these public funds, and it was going to give him a big infusion of cash exactly when he needs it,” Moore told Hawaii News Now.

“It just is very difficult to see how he would make that mistake. If you’re running for office this is a little like filing your taxes.”

He added that political observers are “confused about how this really basic thing could have been forgotten.”

Moore said the error could also make it harder for Kahele to attract donors moving forward.

“This is the kind of thing donors look for, that your campaign has trajectory,” Moore said. “You don’t really see major statewide campaigns make what is pretty much an amateur error.” ….

SA: U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele ineligible for public funds in Hawaii governor’s race

CB: Kai Kahele Won’t Be Able To Get Public Funding For Governor’s Race

read … In ‘devastating’ mistake, Kahele misses deadline to get matching public funds for governor’s race

Poll: Duke Aiona 27% , BJ Penn 24% in GOP Gov Contest

CB: … In a new Civil Beat/Hawaii News Now poll, more people are unsure of who they’d choose in the GOP gubernatorial primary next month — 29% — than are focused on a particular candidate.

But Duke Aiona, a former lieutenant governor who ran twice unsuccessfully for the top job, has a slight edge on BJ Penn, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship winner, 27% to 24%.

A total of 269 likely GOP primary voters responded to the survey, which has a margin of error of 6 percentage points. That means the race between Aiona and Penn is up for grabs….

Honolulu City Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi trails the two leaders in the race at 9%, as does community activist Gary Cordery at 7%.

Lynn Barry Mariano, a retired military veteran, and Paul Morgan, a business consultant and a former Hawaii Army National Guard member, registered low single digits in the poll….

Aiona does better with voters 50 years of age and older, Penn better with voters 49 and under. Aiona does best on Maui and Penn on Kauai….  

PDF: Poll Readout

read … Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Aiona, Penn Lead Field In GOP Gov Contest

City Council Members Question Liquor Commission On Lack Of Internal Affairs Office

CB: … Honolulu City Council members on Wednesday called for increased oversight of the Honolulu Liquor Commission amidst allegations that commission investigators have abused their authority by bullying bar owners and retaliating against those who have spoken out.

“There’s no checks and balances currently,” council member Esther Kiaaina said Wednesday, as the council considered the nomination of two members for the five-person board that oversees the commission ….

April, 2022: DPP Scandal Spreads to Liquor Commission?

read … City Council Members Question Liquor Commission On Lack Of Internal Affairs Office

Oahu brewery closing due to building permit delays

KITV: … Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co., a popular downtown Honolulu brewpub, is closing in August after being open for about five years, its owner confirmed with KITV4.

The brewpub’s owner and brewer, Darren Garvey, says that it’s closing mainly because of the slowness of the entitlement process and the ongoing effects on the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says it took them over two years to get a building permit and then another year to get the required power from Hawaiian Electric.

“Those two things alone would cripple most businesses…throw in COVID-19 in the mix only three months after limping to a grand opening and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how we ended up here,” Garvey said. “The hole dug by all of the delays and COVID is simply too large to claw our way out of.”….

read … Oahu brewery closing due to building permit delays

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