Hawaii’s Governor Steps Gingerly Into GOP Power Circle Courtesy of Gov. David Ige's Office

David Ige is in Washington meeting with everyone who he thinks might help the islands — including the newly empowered Republicans.

Trump Wants Big Boost In Military Spending

Trump Wants Big Boost In Military Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

President Donald Trump will propose a federal budget that increases defense-related spending by $54 billion while cutting other federal agencies by the same amount.

George W. Bush Defends Need For Independent Press

George W. Bush Defends Need For Independent Press

In his first in-depth interview since Donald Trump’s inauguration, former President George W. Bush gave his take on the current commander in chief’s first month in office,” addressing Trump’s attack on the media, his controversial immigration policy and the Russian hacking scandal, NBC Today reported Monday.

Civil Cafe: Why We Need Sharks

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Why Hawaii Republicans Are Destined To Be Irrelevant

We need a viable opposition party, but state Republican leaders just showed again how out of touch they are with island voters.

Pod Squad: Debate Over Honolulu Rail Rolls Into Capitol Auditorium Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Debate Over Honolulu Rail Rolls Into Capitol Auditorium

It’s time for some civil discourse about one of Hawaii’s key public issues. Find out what Friday’s event is all about.

Pod Squad: Hawaii’s GOP Legislators Still Have Something to Say

Pod Squad: Hawaii’s GOP Legislators Still Have Something to Say

Their numbers are dwindling, but they are pushing housing and taxation proposals, says House Minority Leader Beth Fukumoto.

Pod Squad: Meet OHA’s Newest Trustee Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Meet OHA’s Newest Trustee

Kelii Akina heads the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and was elected to the OHA board in November.

No New Housing For Hawaiians Despite Millions In The Bank

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands comes under fire for not providing any new housing units last fiscal year.

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

A proposal to reduce the use of and length of inmate isolation is headed for a vote of the full Hawaii Senate.

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Marijuana Decriminalization Is Rooted In Social Justice Civil Beat

Marijuana Decriminalization Is Rooted In Social Justice

Turning possession into a civil rather than a criminal offense makes sense for the state’s coffers and aligns with our moral compass.

Tom Yamachika: Bills Push For ‘Obamacare Heavy’ In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Bills Push For ‘Obamacare Heavy’ In Hawaii

The Affordable Care Act is endangered in Washington, prompting misguided efforts to preserve it in the islands.

Hawaii Must Protect Residents From Pesticide Drift Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Hawaii Must Protect Residents From Pesticide Drift

County council members throughout the islands say it’s now the state’s kuleana to act after a federal appeals court rejected local regulation efforts.

Debate Hawaii: No More Money For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Debate Hawaii: No More Money For Honolulu Rail

Why lawmakers should oppose raising or extending the GET to pay for the Honolulu rail project.