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July 15, 2012
The Associated Press

Democrats debate in U.S. House race

HONOLULU - Four of the candidates running for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives shared their thoughts on same-sex marriage during a debate Thursday.

City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chief Advocate Esther Kia'aina and Hilo attorney Bob Marx faced off during the debate televised on Hawaii News Now.

Gabbard said she will work toward requiring the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage, while Hannemann said he is struggling with his personal views on the issue. Hannemann is a devout Mormon. Kia'aina and Marx criticized Gabbard for changing her position on the issue.

Gabbard's father, state Sen. Mike Gabbard, led the fight against same-sex marriage in the 1990s.


Gabbard files spending complaint

HONOLULU - A candidate for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has filed a complaint against an opponent.

City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard's complaint against former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann asks the Federal Election Commission to investigate her claim that he violated campaign laws by not disclosing travel and polling expenses.

Hannemann's campaign says the complaint is meritless and is a distraction before the Democratic primary.

Gabbard's complaint also claims that based on Hannemann's campaigning schedule, it's unlikely that he devoted the same amount of time to his employment or that he completed the normal amount of work required for his position. She claims his salary would be a prohibited corporate contribution.

Until last week, Hannemann was president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association.


State appeals paper's legal fees

HONOLULU - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is appealing a ruling to pay nearly $70,000 in legal fees to a Honolulu newspaper.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser prevailed in its lawsuit against the state to release names of judicial finalists.

The newspaper reported last week that the state attorney general's office says Hawaii is appealing because it considers the amount "unreasonable."

Lawyers for the Star-Advertiser criticized the appeal, saying it will mean more costs and delay.

The governor had maintained that disclosing the names would discourage potential applicants who don't want it known publicly that they're seeking judicial appointment.

A circuit judge ruled that Abercrombie did not provide evidence of that effect.



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