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Chad Blair: Dan Akaka Was The Gentlest Man In Washington Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Dan Akaka Was The Gentlest Man In Washington

The late Hawaii senator was the nicest guy you ever met. But he was also a political winner with a list of notable accomplishments.

Former US Sen. Daniel Akaka Dead At 93 PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Former US Sen. Daniel Akaka Dead At 93

Akaka, who retired in 2013, was the nation’s first and only U.S. senator of Native Hawaiian descent.

Chad Blair: Hirono Fired Up To Take On Cancer And Trump In Campaign Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Hirono Fired Up To Take On Cancer And Trump In Campaign

As her re-election bid begins, the Hawaii senator says immunotherapy will not prevent her “from doing my job” and speaking out against the president.

Ige Fires Back: Hawaii Doesn’t Need ‘Backroom Deals’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Fires Back: Hawaii Doesn’t Need ‘Backroom Deals’

The governor says legislative leaders who now support Colleen Hanabusa are using their political power to manipulate the voters.

Hawaii’s Top Lawmakers Unite Against Gov. Ige’s Re-Election Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Top Lawmakers Unite Against Gov. Ige’s Re-Election

The leaders of the Hawaii House and Senate and the chairs of the money committees say Gov. David Ige is just not up to the job.

Chad Blair: She Was An ‘R,’ Now She’s A ‘D’ — And Running For Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: She Was An ‘R,’ Now She’s A ‘D’ — And Running For Congress

State Rep. Beth Fukumoto hopes to ride anti-Trump sentiment to Capitol Hill.

Chad Blair: What’s Next For Charles Djou — And The Hawaii GOP? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: What’s Next For Charles Djou — And The Hawaii GOP?

After abandoning the Republican Party in dramatic fashion, the ex-congressman says he has no plans to run for anything.

Chad Blair: A Legislator Who Likes To ‘Drink Beer In The Ocean’ Facebook

Chad Blair: A Legislator Who Likes To ‘Drink Beer In The Ocean’

So does our columnist, who takes a deep dive on a bill calling for the banning of alcohol consumption in nearshore waters.

Chad Blair: Guns Suddenly Become An Issue In Governor’s Race PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Guns Suddenly Become An Issue In Governor’s Race

Updated 3/7/2018: Challenger Clayton Hee demonstrates that he has not lost his ability to shake things up, politically and policy-wise. And Hawaii has lots of guns.

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Politicians Accept Mainland Cash? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Politicians Accept Mainland Cash?

Updated: Gov. David Ige recently held two campaign fundraisers in Washington, D.C., while on official business. And Rep. Hanabusa took cash from NextEra.

Former Sen. Clayton Hee Is Running For Governor PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Former Sen. Clayton Hee Is Running For Governor

The longtime Hawaii lawmaker says Honolulu rail has been mismanaged and the money should be spent on other things.

Chad Blair: Here’s Who Takes Money From The NRA In Hawaii Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Chad Blair: Here’s Who Takes Money From The NRA In Hawaii

It’s mostly Democrats, even though the state has among the nation’s strongest gun-control laws.