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- (Feb 1, 2016) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Undeterred By Cancer Takai Wants A Second Term In Congress
“The Hawaii Democrat says he is responding well to treatments for pancreatic cancer and has been told by doctors he can run for re-election”
- (Nov 4, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Hawaii 1st Congressional District: Takai Defeats Djou
“The CD1 race has been one of the state’s tightest and most closely watched campaigns in 2014”
- (Sep 24, 2014) (KITV4) Congressional candidates get down to business
“I will continue to protect Hawaii’s interests as a member of Congress,” said Takai.
- (Sep 24, 2014) (KITV4) Djou and Takai square off in Congressional forum
Hawaii’s congressional race is heating up as Charles Djou and Mark Takai squared off in a forum Tuesday.
- (Sep 23, 2014) (KHON2) Congressional candidates participate in forum
“I believe government today needs to work on ways of developing a bigger, broader economy, we need to look at ways to assist the state of Hawaii in our efforts to focus on research and innovation,” said Mark Takai, (D) for Congress.
- (Sep 23, 2014) (Star Advertiser) Congressional candidates Djou, Takai mix it up in debate
Takai, the Democratic nominee, spoke of his party’s philosophy that government needs to step in when it’s critical for it do so.
- (Aug 21, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Djou vs. Takai: An Early Look at the 1st Congressional District Race
There are fundamental differences between the two candidates that will help urban Oahu voters decide Nov. 4 who they want to represent them in Congress for the next two years.
- (Aug 17, 2014) (KHON2) Djou, Takai gear up for Congressional showdown
“We’ve got 20 years of experience in the legislature. My priorities have been as a legislator focusing on women, working families, the environment, education, and of course, the military,” Takai said.
- (Aug 12, 2014) (Star Advertiser) Takai finds support across 1st District
The Democrat wins 20 state House regions while opponent Kim takes eight.
- (Aug 10, 2014) (Hawaii News Now) Takai wins crowded race for Democratic congressional nomination
State Rep. Mark Takai has won a crowded race within the Hawaii Democratic Party seeking the nomination to run to replace Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District.
- (Aug 10, 2014) (Star Advertiser) Takai triumphant over Kim, 5 others; will face Djou
Veteran state Rep. Mark Takai coasted to an easier-than-expected win over state Senate President Donna Mercado Kim in the Democratic primary for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District seat.
- (Aug 10, 2014) (My Pearl City) Pearl City’s Mark Takai wins Democratic Primary for Congressional District I House seat
Mark Takai brought home a well deserved victory in the Democratic Primary Election for the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional District I.
- (Aug 9, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Hawaii Congressional Districts: Takai Triumphs
Voters have given state Rep. Mark Takai the nod over Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and five other candidates vying for the Democratic slot in the 1st Congressional District race.
- (Aug 8, 2014) (My Pearl City) Pearl City’s Mark Takai well prepared for shot at Hawaii’s First Congressional Representative seat.
Democrat Mark Takai is putting everything on the line after giving up his State House of Representative seat, which he has held for the last twenty years, for the opportunity to win elected office in the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressional District I.
- (Aug 1, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Civil Beat Poll: Schatz, Takai Both Frontrunners For Washington, D.C.
Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai surges ahead of top rival, state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, in CD1 while U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz continues to lead U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
- (Jul 28, 2014) (The Hawaii Independent) An Interview with Mark Takai
Democratic First Congressional District candidate Mark Takai answers our questions about his positions on the issues of the day.
- (Jul 21, 2014) (Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Takai, Djou should prevail in primary
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser endorses state Rep. Mark Takai’s bid for the Democratic nomination in this important national race.
- (Jul 18, 2014) (KITV4) Election Profile: Mark Takai
He’s been in the Hawaii House of Representatives for almost two decades. He’s also father, a small business owner, and a Lieutenant Colonel. Meet Mark Takai.
- (May 15, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Lawmakers Budget $500,000 to Honor Dan Inouye and Patsy Mink
Dan Inouye and Patsy Mink are two of modern Hawaii’s greatest political leaders.
To honor their memory, last year the Hawaii Legislature passed a bill calling for the commissioning of works of art of the late U.S. senator and late U.S. representative “to use their examples to inspire current and future generations.” . . .
- (May 8, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Rep. Takai Gets UH Faculty Backing in Race for Congress
State Rep. Mark Takai, one of seven Democrats running for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District seat, today picked up the endorsement of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly.
- (May 3, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Let Hawaii’s Political Races Begin!
Two days after the Hawaii Legislature concluded its 2014 session, another big political story of the year entered a new phase: the primary election. While candidates are already busy campaigning, raising money and running advertisements, with less than 100 days to go before the Aug. 9 primary there’s now a sense of urgency….
- (April 29, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Denby Fawcett: Candidate Mark Takai and the Value of Veterans Support
State Rep. Mark Takai has a status that no other candidate in the Democratic primary for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District can match. . . .
- (April 23, 2014) (KITV4) BWS wants Navy to dig more Red Hill monitoring wells
Recent and past fuel spills from the U.S. Navy’s Red Hill underground storage facility in Halawa are prompting the Board of Water Supply to request additional groundwater monitoring wells near the 70-year-old facility. . . .
- (April 17, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Ad Watch: Takai Capitalizes on Military Service in First TV Spot
State Rep. Mark Takai leverages his military experience in the first TV ad to come from the crowded field of Democratic candidates vying for the open 1st Congressional District seat. The 30-second spot, which started airing Wednesday, highlights his endorsements from Vote Vets, a political action committee, and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a disabled Iraq war veteran who graduated from the University of Hawaii. . . .
- (April 16, 2014) (Hawaii News Now) 60-year-old intern celebrates 15-years at the State Capitol
- (April 14, 2014) (Hawaii News Now) State lawmakers to hear measure aimed at reducing credit card fraud
A measure aimed at reducing the threat of identity theft and credit card fraud goes before three state senate committees Monday. House Concurrent Resolution 32 urges Congress, financial institutions and businesses to move away from current credit card technology — which uses a magnetic strip on the back of the card to store date — to newer methods to reduce identity theft. . . .
- (April 13, 2014) (Honolulu Star Advertiser) Gay rights group backs Takai in U.S. House race
Congressional hopeful Mark Takai was endorsed last week by Equality Hawaii, a nonprofit group that advocates for the rights of the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. . . .
- (March 28, 2014) (Hawaii Army Weekly) HI Medal of Honor presented to families of fallen warriors
In a special joint session of the Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii House of Representatives, the legislature gathered, Tuesday, to present the Hawaii Medal of Honor (HMOH) to the families of Hawaii’s fallen war heroes.
- (March 25, 2014) (Hawaii Reporter) Fallen War Heroes to be Honored by Hawaii Legislature
They were soldiers from divergent backgrounds serving in differing capacities in the various branches of the military. While their time spent in Hawaii varied—three were keiki o ka aina—they all had strong connections to the Islands, and when their life and service to their country was cut short, Hawaii did not forget the sacrifice they made or the depth of their courage and commitment to duty. . . .
- (March 25, 2014) (Hawaii Reporter) Honoring Hawaii’s War Heroes
Over 12 years ago, the attack in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania brought our nation to our knees. Each of us can recall vividly the events in the early morning on September 11, 2001. What happened on that fateful day would shake the foundation of our country and would instantly change the future for our children. . . .
- (March 24, 2014) (Star Advertiser) Congressional candidate Takai wins mariners union’s endorsement
The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots is endorsing state Rep. Mark Takai’s bid for Congress. . . .
- (March 19, 2014) (Hawaii Reporter) Hawaii lawmakers lament defense cuts in Asia-Pacific theater
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says planned Department of Defense cuts to the state’s military budget are going to hurt. . . .
- (March 18, 2014) (Huffington Post) Supporting Marriage Equality With Love and Aloha
Marrying my wife Sami was one of the happiest days of my life. I’ll never forget feeling like the luckiest guy in the world as she walked down that aisle. Since then, we’ve had two beautiful children and cherished every moment together as a family. But today in Hawaii, there are lawmakers who support rolling back progress and denying that same happiness to other people, simply because of whom they love. . . .
- (February 5, 2014) (Honolulu Civil Beat) Ad Watch: Rep. Mark Takai’s First Campaign Video
State Rep. Mark Takai’s campaign distributed an election video last week. He’s running in a crowded field for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. The spot is just over two minutes long, and it’s posted on YouTube and his campaign website. For many voters in urban Oahu, it may serve as an introduction to a politician who, although he has served in the state House for 20 years, is not a household name.
- (January 27, 2014) (Ka Leo) Rep. K. Mark Takai proposes $10 million in funding to UH athletics
A state legislator’s proposal to bolster fundraising for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa athletics department with state money could increase the program’s fundraising total by a factor of four, according to data from the university. State Rep. K. Mark Takai said he hopes a one-time contribution of up to $10 million to the department will help to balance the program’s budget by increasing contributions from fans and local businesses.
- (December 26, 2013) (U.S. Vets) 10th Anniversary Celebration at U.S.VETS – Barbers Point
Barber’s Point had their 10th Anniversary celebration on site. It was truly a momentous evening for community supporters, veterans in the program, and family and friends to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of the site and to those veterans who have successfully transitioned out of the program.
- (December 6, 2013) (Hawaii Reporter) VoteVets Endorses Mark Takai for Congress
VoteVets, a powerful national veterans advocacy group with more than 360,000 supporters, officially endorsed Mark Takai’s campaign for Congress in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District. VoteVets played a pivotal role in helping to elect Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in 2012.
- (November 26, 2013) (Watchdog.org) Illinois congresswoman backs fellow Iraq vet in competitive Hawaii congressional race
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is back on her home turf campaigning for Lt. Col. Mark Takai, a Hawaii state representative and member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, in his bid for Congressional District 1. She and the newly formed “Veterans for Takai” want to help Takai, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, raise money for what is out to be a competitive race in the Democratic primary. . . .
- (November 23, 2013) (Damon Tucker (blog)) Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning Special Guest at Dedication of Royal Australian Air Force F-111C at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Today
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Hawaii Senator Mark Takai, RAAF Air Marshal Geoffrey Brown, USAF General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, and Australian Consul-General Scott Dewar were just a few of the military officers, pilots, and dignitaries who attended Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s formal acceptance ceremony today, November 23, 2013, for the General Dynamics F-111C jet gifted to the Museum from the Royal Australian Air Force.
- (November 19, 2013) (Honolulu Star Advertiser) Tiger Army
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will appear at an event for state Rep. K. Mark Takai’s Democratic primary campaign for Congress on Monday at McKinley High School.Duckworth, a McKinley and University of Hawaii graduate badly wounded in the Iraq War, was elected to Congress last year to represent a district northwest of Chicago.
- (November 9, 2013) (Washington Blade) Hawaii House gives final approval to same-sex marriage bill
The Hawaii House of Representatives on Friday gave its final approval to a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the Aloha State. The 30-19 vote took place 12 hours after lawmakers began debating the measure.
- (November 6, 2013) (Hawaii Reporter) Mark Takai Scores First Key Union Endorsements In Hawaii Race For Congress
Following a strong first fundraising quarter, Mark Takai continued his momentum by picking up an early endorsement from the International Iron Workers Union, Local 625. This union represents thousands of working families in Hawaii and will help fuel Takai’s grassroots, people-powered campaign. . . .
- (October 10, 2013) (Hawaii United for Marriage) Rep. Mark Takai will vote for marriage equality in special session
Momentum for marriage equality in Hawaii continues to build! Today, Rep. Mark Takai announced that he will vote for the freedom to marry in special session, saying that “the world has changed — and so have I.”
- (September 11, 2013) (Midweek) Lt. Col. Takai Targets Washington
Mark Takai hails from Democrat country west of Red Hill – so Democrat that since his election to the state House of Representatives in 1994 he has seldom known opposition. In 2014, he will. Last month Takai announced that he would give up his state House seat and run for the 1st District congressional seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa. . . .
- (August 21, 2013) (KITV4) Mark Takai talks about joining the race for Congress (video)
A number of high profile candidates have entered the race for the First Congressional District, including State Representative Mark Takai. He joined KITV4 . . . .
- (August 8, 2013) (My Pearl City) Rep. Mark Takai announces bid for Congress
State Representative Mark Takai (D-Aiea) added to the forever changed the landscape of legislative representation in Aiea and Pearl City with his announcement today that he will run for Congress in Hawaii’s First Congressional District.He made the announcement this afternoon fronting the Eternal Flame, across from the Hawaii State Capitol.
- (August 7, 2013) (Honolulu Star Advertiser) Takai, Anderson entering the race for Hanabusa’s seat in Congress
Two more Democrats are joining the race for Congress. State Rep. Mark Takai and City Councilman Ikaika Anderson said Wednesday they are running for the seat in the First Congressional District representing urban Oahu. . . .
- (August 7, 2013)(Hawaii News Now) State Rep. Mark Takai launches congressional bid
Hawaii State Rep. Mark Takai (D-Aiea) has filed paperwork to run for Congress in Hawaii’s First Congressional District. Takai has served nearly two decades as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. . . .
- (August 7, 2013) (KITV4) Rep. Mark Takai enters race for Congress
There’s now a trio of Democrats running for Colleen Hanabusa’s 1st Congressional seat. With his wife Sami and two children by his side, state Rep. Mark Takai announced Wednesday that he’s joining Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang and state Sen. Will Espero in next year’s race for U.S. Congress. . . .
- (August 7, 2013) (Hawaii Reporter) Mark Takai Launches Congressional Bid
Hawaii State Rep. Mark Takai (D-Aiea) has served Hawaii in many capacities, and now begins his effort to serve the state … and the nation in a new way. In his nearly two decades as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, Takai, a former Vice Speaker of the House, has fought to protect seniors, led the effort to create a new clean energy economy and jobs, and authored the Hawaii College Savings Program, helping to make a college education more accessible and affordable for Hawaii’s next generation. . . .
- (August 7, 2013) (KHON2) State Rep. Takai announces candidacy for Congress
Next year’s race for Congress is getting crowded. On Wednesday, state Rep. Mark Takai announced his bid for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District — Colleen Hanabusa’s current seat. . . .