9:01 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman representing Hawaii's Second Congressional District, responds to President Obama's proposed budget by expressing concern over missile defense cuts. "It would also cut our missile defense budget, even as Hawai‘i and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea," she says in a statement.
Gabbard is a Democrat, who otherwise praises Obama's budget, except for president's proposed Social Security "cuts."
"The budget proposal unveiled by President Barack Obama today is a measured approach to reducing our deficit without jeopardizing our fragile economy. It replaces the sequester and includes a plan to create jobs and enhance the nation’s infrastructure. This is a starting point for us to work together, seek common ground, and take immediate steps to put our nation on firm financial footing. This budget represents a sincere effort to encourage economic recovery and create conditions for job growth," reads Gabbard's statement.
"However, I have serious reservations about some elements of the President’s budget, such as proposed cuts to Social Security. It would also cut our missile defense budget, even as Hawai‘i and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea. As we consider all options for a smart and balanced approach, I will work together with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to tackle the difficult decisions facing our nation."
8:36 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
7:44 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times reports:
North Korea’s military said it placed all its missile and artillery units on “the highest alert” on Tuesday, ordering them to be ready to hit South Korea, as well as the United States and its military installations in the Pacific islands of Hawaii and Guam.
5:52 PM, Jan 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning (Hawaii time!), President Barack Obama is hitting the links at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. The resort has two professional grade courses, the Arnold Palmer and George Fazio courses.
Round-trip cost of president's return trip: $3.6 million.7:04 AM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the "fiscal cliff" last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii. Obama had left his family days earlier to return to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff."
About 17.5 hours of golfing, 4 hours on family outings. 8:01 AM, Dec 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At 12:54 a.m., on Saturday December 22, President Barack Obama and his family arrived at Kailua, a Hawaiian town on the island of Oahu. Almost five days later, Obama, leaving his wife and kids behind, departed the island to return to Washington, D.C. Obama’s vacation lasted a brief 118 hours, according to pool reports.
6:11 PM, Dec 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama is in Hawaii for Christmas. Right now, he's golfing with White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, according to the White House pool report.
Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu last year for soliciting a prostitute.
As ABC reported at the time of Titcomb's arrest:
9:47 PM, Dec 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The first dog, Bo, is headed to Hawaii--along with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters. Bo's riding Air Force One, with the Obamas.
6:02 PM, Dec 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
After delivering remarks on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, the White House notified the press that President Barack Obama is skipping town for Christmas. The first family leaves tonight for Hawaii.
The White House provides this updated schedule:
5:45 PM, Dec 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Daniel Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat and the president pro tempore of the Senate, has died. Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post reports:
10:45 AM, Oct 27, 2012 • By BARRY CASSELMAN
Former Republican governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii might win one of the major upsets in the U.S. Senate 2012 elections.
1:28 PM, Jul 25, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Don Young of Alaska has crossed the aisle to endorse Democrat Mazie Hirono in the U.S. Senate race in Hawaii. "But here's what's important, Hawaii," Young says, sitting next to Hirono. "If you're looking for a United States senator who doesn't just talk about bipartisanship but actually knows how to work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done, Mazie Hirono will be that senator." Watch the ad below:
12:35 PM, Jul 12, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new internal poll (via Politico) shows former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle ahead of one of her potential challengers and statistically tied with another in that state's U.S. Senate race. Lingle, a two-term Republican governor, leads Democratic congresswoman Mazie Hirono 45 percent to 40 percent and trails former Democratic congressman Ed Case by just 1 point, 41 percent to 40 percent.
7:21 AM, Mar 14, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
With 45 of 45 precincts reporting, Mitt Romney has won the Republican caucuses in Hawaii. Romney received 45 percent of the vote, Rick Santorum 25 percent, Ron Paul 18 percent, and Newt Gingrich 11 percent.