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Chad Blair

GOP Rep. Andria Tupola To Run For Hawaii Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

GOP Rep. Andria Tupola To Run For Hawaii Governor

The Hawaii House minority leader is expected to formally announce her candidacy in November.

Chad Blair: Pro-Rail Groups Spent $200K On Special Session Lobbying Blitz www.finishrailnow.com

Chad Blair: Pro-Rail Groups Spent $200K On Special Session Lobbying Blitz

Most of the money came from developers, laborers and contractors with a stake in the Honolulu rail project. 

Chad Blair: Why Is It So Hard To Find Police Commissioners? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Is It So Hard To Find Police Commissioners?

The Caldwell administration says people are turning down the offer but some commissioners say the mayor isn’t willing to fully open the selection process.

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists

Ethics Commission reports provide some details about what Hawaii’s professional persuaders spend, and what they earn.

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Surprising Number Of Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Surprising Number Of Lobbyists

It doesn’t take a whole lot to satisfy the state’s legal definition of a lobbyist.

Chad Blair: @OahuDemocrats Is A Must-Read For Politicos

Chad Blair: @OahuDemocrats Is A Must-Read For Politicos

Donald Koelper and the party’s Twitter feed aggressively take on Trump and the Republicans.

Chad Blair: Schatz On Wrong Side Of Vote To Debate Endless War Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Schatz On Wrong Side Of Vote To Debate Endless War

The Hawaii senator opposed legislation that could have led to halting military force not specifically authorized by Congress.

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Be More Like California? Flickr: Russ Sanderlin

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Be More Like California?

The Golden State is at the vanguard of the Trump resistance and much more that the islands might aspire to — or not.

Chad Blair: Showering Hawaii Officials With Manapua Flickr: sese_87

Chad Blair: Showering Hawaii Officials With Manapua

Gifts to elected and appointed leaders include sticky notes valued at $1, PB&Js at up to $5, and trips to Taiwan worth $5,750.

Chad Blair: My Akamai Guide To The 2018 Elections

Chad Blair: My Akamai Guide To The 2018 Elections

Gov. David Ige faces a strong challenge, and several well-known politicians may battle each other for high-profile positions.

Rail Bailout Bill Becomes Law As Ige Signs $2.4 Billion Measure Gov. David Ige

Rail Bailout Bill Becomes Law As Ige Signs $2.4 Billion Measure

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell thanks lawmakers while the governor promises to work next session for a “fair distribution” to counties of hotel tax money.

Hawaii Delegates Call DACA Decision ‘Heartless, Inhumane’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Delegates Call DACA Decision ‘Heartless, Inhumane’

Hirono says Trump’s action is “the latest step this president has taken to attack minority communities” and stoke fear and divisiveness.