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  • Trump: Polls Are Rigged

    The president-elect disputes a survey that says only 40 percent of respondents in a Washington Post/ABC News poll approve of the way Donald Trump has handled the post-election transition, “making him the least popular incoming president of the last seven chief executives.”

  • The Cost Of Repealing Obamacare

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year.

Fiji Is Showing Off Its Sharks — Should Hawaii Do The Same? Courtesy: Alana Hong Eagle

Fiji Is Showing Off Its Sharks — Should Hawaii Do The Same?

The apex predators are more than just a tourist attraction. Their protection in a marine park helps other fish thrive as well.

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Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State

Scott O’Neal didn’t admit liability but paid $750,000 to settle. The Department of Health said it could find no reason not to hire him.

Civil Beat: Beefing Up And Drilling Down In 2017

We’re grateful for solid support from readers who value the in-depth, independent reporting that really started to pay off in 2016.

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer

Will Espero urges the commission to wait until a federal investigation is finished before making a deal for Chief Louis Kealoha’s departure.

Senator Wants More Transparency For Charter School Funds

Jill Tokuda complains that State Public Charter School Commission is the only state agency to hold its funds in private accounts.

Legislators Question Removal Of School Superintendent

As they consider the Department of Education’s budget request, some lawmakers say Kathryn Matayoshi should be retained.

Report: Native Hawaiians Face A ‘Public Health Crisis’

That’s the conclusion of a task force that wants help from the state. But lawmakers demand to see specific proposals, and quickly.

Counties Again Seek Greater Share Of Hotel Tax, Lifeguard Immunity

Protection from civil litigation expires July 1 unless lawmakers act. Counties want lifeguards treated the same as some state workers.

Denby Fawcett: Waimanalo Seeks Relief From Tour Bus Invasions

Police say a technicality prevents them from citing those who use the beaches commercially. The City Council may change that.

HPD Chief’s Secret Payoff: It’s The Principle That Should Count

Retire, fire or keep Chief Louis Kealoha on leave. But don’t reward him for what could turn out to be very serious criminal wrongdoing.

Do Condo Owners Need Some Help From Hawaii’s Legislature?

Potential condo-related proposals run the gamut from establishing an ombudsman to merely clarifying existing laws.

Reader Rep: Damage Done By Internet Trolls Can Still Be Repaired

Eventually, out of the muck will emerge new standards of what is legitimate news and what is mere mean-spirited propaganda.

Honolulu Police Commission To City Council: Stay Out Of It

The chairman of the commission says it alone will finalize a secret deal likely to include a buyout for retiring Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

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Pod Squad: Nine Years of Staking Out Obama

Pod Squad: Nine Years of Staking Out Obama

A small group of protesters stood a mostly silent vigil to the vacationing president’s comings and goings.

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s DC Reporter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s DC Reporter

Kirstin Downey talks about how looming changes in Washington, D.C., could affect Hawaii.

Pod Squad: How Trump Won And What Comes Next For Journalism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: How Trump Won And What Comes Next For Journalism

Only one of the candidates — and it wasn’t Clinton — offered what voters clearly wanted: “This overarching call to action.”

Marco Mangelsdorf

Alternate Realities: The State Of Solar Power In Hawaii

As our political leaders promise a conversion to renewable energy, the state of solar power is in deep decline.

Jonathan Dial

Inaugurating Resistance: A Call to Action

Many of us were simply despondent after the election, but we’re mobilizing now.

MarshaRose Joyner

When You Think About Civil Rights, Think About Health Care

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman,” said Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966.

Danielle Mizuta

Address Teacher Shortage By Developing Educational Assistants

Instead of putting so much effort into recruiting more teachers from the mainland, the DOE should look at people it already has on staff.

FBI Serves Search Warrant At Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro has been combative over allegations that one of his top deputies is involved in corruption and conspiracy.

Death And Taxes: Two Certainties For This Year’s Hawaii Legislature

Lawmakers will consider medical aid in dying legislation while also weighing how to fund transportation projects such as Honolulu rail.

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

The Department of Public Safety has not started on expansion of three jails, a $37.5 million project approved by lawmakers last year.

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources?

The challenge facing the DLNR is called “overwhelming,” but the agency hasn’t hired all the people it’s authorized to.

State Says Number Of Available Shelter Beds Will Go Up In 2017

Hawaii nonprofits also promise to double the number of homeless people who enter permanent housing.

Hirono Takes Stand Against Attorney General Nominee

The Hawaii senator, who moved to the United States as a child, chided Sen. Jeff Sessions for his stances on immigration reform.