Upbeat Trump hits the trail, Biden tries debate cleanup

WILMINGTON, Del. — President Donald Trump and his allies fought for momentum in election battleground states on Friday after a debate performance that gave new hope to anxious Republicans. Democrat Joe Biden tried to clean up a debate misstep while urging voters to stay focused on the president’s inability to control the worsening pandemic.

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign’s closing debate, largely shelving the rancor that overshadowed their previous face-off in favor of a more substantive exchange that highlighted their vastly different approaches to the major domestic and foreign challenges facing the nation.

Online, interactive voter guide launched

HONOLULU — As ballots are delivered to residents across the state, the newly formed Hawai‘i State Youth Commission and nonpartisan, non-candidate, 501(c)(3) nonprofit Every1ne Hawai‘i have co-created and launched Hawai‘i’s first interactive, issues-based voter guide.

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers.

Kouchi calls for more visitor info

HONOLULU — State Senate President and Lihu‘e resident Ronald D. Kouchi sent a letter Tuesday to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association requesting information about measures and programs to proactively ensure that visitors are informed of state and Kaua‘i County orders and rules.

Kaua‘i County Council passes housing bill

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Council, almost 10 months and five drafts later, passed Bill No. 2774 on Wednesday, amending the county’s housing policy in an attempt to better address a staggering housing crisis faced by the county.

In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep

ERIE, Pa. — President Donald Trump pushed into arguably the most important state on the electoral map on Tuesday, opting for a rally in Pennsylvania instead of formal debate practice two days ahead of the final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign.

Meet the candidates: Luke Evslin

NIUMALU — Twice a week, incumbent Kauai County Council member Luke Evslin, 35, hoists a canoe into Hule‘ia Stream after dropping his two kids, Finely and Levi, at daycare.

Meet the candidates: Shirley Simbre-Medeiros

Kaua‘i County Council candidate Shirley Simbre-Medeiros, 70, is up early each day, and on this day, before 8 a.m., she’d gotten to Salt Pond with a coffee and apple pie in hand. Later, she’d head into Lihu‘e to pick up goods and bring them back west.

Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states

MUSKEGON, Michigan — President Donald Trump leaned into fear tactics Saturday as he accused the left of trying to “erase American history, purge American values and destroy the American way of life” in a late reelection pitch to voters in Michigan.

Life on the line: Early voters wait ‘as long as it takes’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Americans are accustomed to standing in line. They queue up for airport security, the latest iPhone, COVID tests, concerts or food. But the line of voters building before sunrise outside Mallard Creek High School in a distant suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday was different.

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent’s family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic on Friday as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid in the nation’s Sunbelt. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe Biden pushed to keep voters focused on health care in the Midwest.

Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

MADISON, Wis. — Rising coronavirus cases in key presidential battleground states a little more than two weeks before Election Day are the latest worry for election officials and voters fearing chaos or exposure to the virus at polling places despite months of planning.

Meet the candidates: Bernard Carvalho Jr.

KAPA‘A — Every few days, former mayor and Kauai County Council candidate Bernard Carvalho Jr. makes a left out of his driveway in Kapa‘a and powerwalks down Mailihuna Road. He heads down the Ke Ala Hele Makalae multiuse path, up Kawaihau Road, up to Kapa‘a High School and back to his house. It takes him about 38 minutes.

Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was evasive Thursday night when pressed if he took a COVID-19 test before his first debate with Democrat Joe Biden as the two men squared off again, in a way, after their scuttled second showdown was replaced by dueling televised town halls several channels apart.