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The Latest: Ige: Primary fight won’t harm second term

December 3, 2018
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivers his inaugural address look on at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Ige has taken the oath of office for a second term as Hawaii's governor. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s inauguration (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige doesn’t believe he will have a harder time during his second term because so many legislative leaders sided with his opponent during the Democratic Party’s primary election.

Ige told reporters on Monday after taking the oath of office for a second term that he’s focused on the people’s business. He says he’s always felt everyone will fall in line if you have the people’s priorities in mind.

The governor defeated U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary. The Senate president, House speaker and finance committee chairs supported Hanabusa’s candidacy.

Ige says his legislative priorities have been overwhelmingly funded by the Legislature. He says the Legislature approved 90 to 95 percent of his budget during his first term.

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12:45 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige says the state’s next great economic transition will be driven by technology.

He says because of technology, Hawaii’s geographic isolation no longer inhibits economic growth.

Ige delivered his remarks Monday after being sworn in to a second term in a ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol.

The governor says Hawaii offers a better alternative to the direction set by leaders in Washington, D.C.

He says some talk about making American great again, but they do not understand its broad and diverse peoples are its source of greatness. The audience responded with loud applause.

Ige says Hawaii is one of the brightest examples of what is possible when we celebrate our differences and our common heritage.

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12:00 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has taken the oath of office for a second term as Hawaii’s governor.

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald swore in Ige during a ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol in downtown Honolulu on Monday.

Ige will face significant challenges in the next four years addressing Hawaii’s chronic housing shortfall, deepening teacher shortage and persistent homelessness.

Former state senator Dr. Josh Green, who is being sworn in as lieutenant governor, has vowed to help tackle the problem of chronic homelessness.

Ige defeated Republican former state Rep. Andria Tupola in the Nov. 6 general election.

He campaigned to boost affordable housing, a key issue in a state where half of renters spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing.

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12:40 a.m.

Gov. David Ige will be sworn in Monday to a second term leading Hawaii.

He’ll face tough challenges in the next four years, including addressing the state’s chronic housing and teacher shortages and large homeless population. He’s also vowed to boost local food and renewable energy production.

Joining him will be the state’s newly elected lieutenant governor, Dr. Josh Green, an emergency room doctor and state senator from the Big Island.

The inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Monday at the state Capitol in Honolulu.

Ige defeated Republican former state Rep. Andria Tupola in the Nov. 6 general election.

During his campaign he vowed to boost affordable housing in a state where half of renters spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing.

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