INSIGHTS Election Season Policy

INSIGHTS LOGO (image) INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a regularly scheduled news interview program. During this election season, PBS Hawaii will provide our trademark, loosely structured live format, featuring candidates discussing issues of community interest. PBS Hawaii exercises sole control over the format of the program. Depending on the number of candidates and newsworthy issues in a given race, there are practical limitations as to the number of candidates who can participate. PBS Hawaii's decisions in presenting INSIGHTS are based on good-faith journalistic judgment in providing a conversation that will best serve the public interest.


Election 2014: Candidates for State House District 33 (Aiea)/State Senate District 21 (Kalaeloa, Nanakuli, Waianae to Makaha)

Thursday, July 24, 8:00 pm

Races for the senate seats in Hawaii. (image) Two of the three Democratic candidates, Tracy Arakaki and Arnold Wong, for State House District 33, Aiea, will share their views on why they should advance to the November General Election. The third candidate, Sam Kong, told us that he is too busy with work to appear on INSIGHTS. The seat is open as State Rep. Mark Takai, (D), is making a bid for the U.S. Congress.

The second half of the program will feature the two Democratic candidates hoping to represent State Senate District 21 (Kalaeloa, Nanakuli, Waianae to Makaha). Maile Shimabukuro, the Democratic incumbent, is facing challenger Michael Kahikina, a former member of the State House. The winner of this matchup will advance to the General Election in November.

Daryl Huff will moderate both discussions.

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Election 2014: Republican Candidates for Lieutenant Governor
/Political Perspective

Thursday, July 17, 8:00 pm

The next INSIGHTS on PBS HAWAII will begin with the two Republicans vying for the office of Lieutenant Governor. Elwin Ahu, a senior pastor at New Hope Metro, and Kimo Sutton, who has served as a delegate to the last Hawaii and national Republican conventions, will discuss their own platforms and their stances on issues like the economy, education and the environment.

In the second half of INSIGHTS, political analysts John Hart and Chad Blair will share their thoughts on all the big races now that many of the top contenders have appeared in public debates and forums. Who's sitting pretty, who needs to step it up and what predictions can be made about both the primary election and the general election?

Mahealani Richardson will moderate both discussions.



Election 2014: Democratic Candidates for U.S. Congressional District 1

Thursday, July 10, 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 10, Insights on PBS Hawaii will sit down with the seven Democratic candidates vying to represent urban Oahu for the U.S. Congressional District 1: Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang, Will Espero, Donna Mercado Kim, Joey Manahan, Mark Takai and Kathryn Xian. The district is without an incumbent because Colleen Hanabusa has left her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to run for the U.S. Senate. Possible topics of discussion between the candidates are recognition for Native Hawaiians, the future of the Affordable Care Act and the unrest in Iraq.



INSIGHTS: Behind the Scenes of Democratic Candidates
for U.S. Congressional District 1

Take a look behind the scenes of INSIGHTS: Democratic Candidates for for U.S. Congressional Distric 1 with Mahealani Richardson.



Election 2014: Democratic Candidates for Governor

Thursday, July 3, 8:00 pm

Governor Neil Abercrombie and State Senator David Ige, the top Democratic candidates for Governor, will make their first televised joint appearance as candidates for Governor on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII.

While Abercrombie has an incumbent's advantage, some polls show Ige – the most recent chairman of the Senate's powerful Ways and Means Committee – starting to pull ahead. With their campaigns in full swing before the August 9 primary election, the two will discuss their visions for Hawaii over the next four years.



INSIGHTS: Behind the Scenes of Democratic Candidates for Governor

Take a look behind the scenes of INSIGHTS: Democratic Candidates for Governor show with Mahealani Richardson.


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