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Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Push To Provide Medicaid for Micronesians Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Push To Provide Medicaid for Micronesians

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, co-author of a Medicaid eligibility bill, says the country has a “moral obligation” to provide health care for Micronesian immigrants.

Hawaii Democrats Poised To Invite Rep. Fukumoto To The Party Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Poised To Invite Rep. Fukumoto To The Party

The former Republican minority leader may face a last-minute challenge from an ex-legislator who she has defeated three times.

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal

A Honolulu City Council bill would fine people who don’t look up from their mobile devices when crossing the street.

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds Civil Beat

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds

The proposed reauthorization of a housing bill leaves out annual funding of up to $13 million for Native Hawaiians.

How Did Donovan Dela Cruz Just Become Hawaii’s Most Powerful Senator? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Did Donovan Dela Cruz Just Become Hawaii’s Most Powerful Senator?

The longtime pro-business, pro-rail lawmaker has a history of ethics concerns, backroom dealing and a volatile temperament.

Hawaii Taxpayers Are On The Hook For $18 Million To Settle Claims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Taxpayers Are On The Hook For $18 Million To Settle Claims

Lawsuits filed by airport subcontractors for nonpayment represent $10 million of the total. Gov. David Ige approved the payouts last week.

Schatz: Trump’s ‘Cruel’ Budget Is ‘Dead On Arrival’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz: Trump’s ‘Cruel’ Budget Is ‘Dead On Arrival’

Hirono, Gabbard and Hanabusa are also trashing the president’s proposals that they say favor the rich over the most vulnerable.

Run, Tulsi, Run? Gabbard’s Name Pops Up As Presidential Contender Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Run, Tulsi, Run? Gabbard’s Name Pops Up As Presidential Contender

The Hawaii congresswoman is rejecting PAC money as interest in a possible national campaign picks up.

Hawaii Prof To White Guys: ‘Get Out Of The Way’ UH Manoa

Hawaii Prof To White Guys: ‘Get Out Of The Way’

UPDATED: An African-American female math professor makes a provocative point about the over-representation of white males in academia. UH president defends freedom of expression.

Mueller As Special Counsel Pleases Hawaii Delegation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mueller As Special Counsel Pleases Hawaii Delegation

Hirono says it’s “a victory for the American people who have demanded the truth about Russia’s goal to undermine our democracy.”

How House Leaders Scuttled Better Pay For Foster Parents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How House Leaders Scuttled Better Pay For Foster Parents

House Speaker Scott Saiki said attorney fees were too high in a multi-million-dollar settlement of a lawsuit challenging foster care payment rates.

Mazie Hirono Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mazie Hirono Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer

UPDATED: The U.S. senator from Hawaii says her illness will not deter her from seeking a second term next year.