Mark Takai

Federal Complaint Filed Against Former Takai Campaign Treasurer
Nearly 18 months after congressman's death, campaign treasurer still making almost $6,000 a month

The family of the late Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, said it supports the efforts of campaign treasurer Dylan Beesley, who is accused of misusing Takai’s campaign funds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Washington, D.C., campaign finance watchdog group has lodged a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against the campaign treasurer of former Rep. Mark Takai.

In a 13-page complaint paper, the Campaign Legal Center alleged that Dylan Beesley “illegally converted the late Congressman’s leftover campaign funds to personal use.”

Former Takai Staffer Still Getting Paid From Campaign Cash
Paid himself a monthly salary of $5,759 a month from late congressman’s campaign account

A former staffer for the late Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, is still being paid a salary after Takai's death. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A former staffer for the late Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai  is still getting paid thousands of dollars from Takai’s campaign coffers after the congressman’s death more than a year ago.

Dylan Beesley was Takai’s campaign manager and said that after Takai died of pancreatic cancer he became campaign treasurer at the request of the family, according to Hawaii News Now.

State Rep. Kaniela Ing Runs for Hanabusa’s Seat
First candidate to announce for a solidly Democratic seat

Kaniela Saito Ing (Courtesy Kaniela Saito Ing/Facebook)

Hawaii state Rep. Kaniela Saito Ing announced he will run for the seat Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is vacating as she runs for governor.

Ing, a Democrat, is the first candidate to announce his candidacy for Hanabusa’s seat, according to Maui Now. He has served in Hawaii’s statehouse since 2012 and was first elected when he was 23 years old. 

Hanabusa Planning Primary Challenge to Hawaii Governor
Democrat giving up safe seat for second time to seek higher office

Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is planning to file papers to run for governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa hasn’t been back in Congress for long  — and now she’s planning to leave to once again to run for higher office.

The congresswoman on Friday announced her plans to launch a primary challenge to incumbent Democratic Gov. Dave Ige. Her decision to not run for re-election in the 1st District will open up a safe Democratic seat that Hillary Clinton carried by more than 30 points last fall. 

House Democrats Still Want Leadership Changes After Re-Electing Pelosi
Many members want to see truly elected positions, not appointed and confirmed

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, flanked by Democratic House leaders, speaks to reporters following the House Democrats’ leadership elections on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats decided Wednesday they aren’t ready to change the top rung of their leadership, but many are still hankering for something new after re-electing Nancy Pelosi minority leader for the 115th Congress.

Some of that change is expected to come Thursday as the caucus meets to discuss proposals for amending internal rules that will result in an expanded leadership team — the exact structure of which is up for debate. Other winds of change will likely arise in the coming months and years.

Newly Elected House Members Arrive for Orientation
Monday marked the start of orientation for representatives elected on Nov. 8

Rep.-elect Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., arrives at the Capitol Hill Hotel for orientation. Rochester will be the first woman and African American to represent the state in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

New member orientation kicked off Monday in Washington. The traditional welcome program for newly elected members of Congress began with the freshman class checking in to the Capitol Hill Hotel.

Orientation continues through Wednesday, takes a break for Thanksgiving recess, and starts back up on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 1.

3 Special Election Winners Expected to Enter the House Next Week
Chamber's roster will be back to 435 members

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa returns to the House seat she vacated in 2014 to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will return to 435 members next week when winners of three special elections held on Tuesday are expected to be sworn in. All three replace members of the same party, restoring the count to 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats, the same as at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa will return to the House seat she gave up in 2014 for a Senate run. She narrowly lost that Senate primary to Brian Schatz. Her successor in the House, Mark Takai, announced his retirement in May due to pancreatic cancer. He passed away in July.

Democratic Ex-Rep. Hanabusa Takes Back Hawaii's 1st District Seat
Wins seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Mark Takai

Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is headed back to Congress after winning her race in Hawaii's 1st District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa had not planned to run for Congress again.

That changed when 1st District Democratic Rep. Mark Takai died in July, creating an open seat. After losing a Senate bid in 2014, it appeared that Hanabusa’s run in Washington was over, but a landslide victory earlier this year in a seven-way Democratic primary changed that.

The House's Fresh Face Already Taking Shape
Partisan districts mean 29 open-seat winners are for sure, and they're a diverse lot

Those who would revive the moribund term limits movement as a prod against congressional dysfunction, Donald Trump newly among them, might be surprised at this statistic:

Come January, 11 percent of the members of the House of Representatives will be brand new — at an absolute minimum. They’ll be the 46 freshmen who have secured open seats, meaning their elections had nothing to do with anti-incumbent sentiment.

Word on the Hill: Miley in Virginia for Clinton
Staffer shuffles and Capitol flyover

Miley Cyrus will make an appeal to millennial voters for Hillary Clinton at George Mason University on Saturday. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images file photo)

Get out the vote, wrecking ball-style.

Singer Miley Cyrus is campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., at George Mason University on Saturday.