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Lawmakers Strike Deal to Fund Honolulu Rail Project With Higher Hotel Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Strike Deal to Fund Honolulu Rail Project With Higher Hotel Taxes

Negotiators agreed on a plan Friday to increase the hotel tax, but the deal must still be approved by the full House and Senate.

Maui Mayor Arakawa Wants To Be Lieutenant Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Mayor Arakawa Wants To Be Lieutenant Governor

He said he is “strongly inclined” to run, and also said that Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. might run for governor.

Debate Over Rail Tax Extension Grows Heated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Debate Over Rail Tax Extension Grows Heated

In a rare public clash, Rep. Sylvia Luke grilled Sen. Lorraine Inouye over her draft bill to extend the GET surcharge an additional 10 years.

Majority Leader Leads Senate In Absenteeism This Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Majority Leader Leads Senate In Absenteeism This Session

J. Kalani English has already missed 12 days, partly because of trips to Fiji and Micronesia.

Governor’s Political Fortunes May Rise With New Teachers’ Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor’s Political Fortunes May Rise With New Teachers’ Contract

Many other union contracts are still being negotiated, but David Ige is being praised by the teachers union after it reached a deal with the state.

Hirono Has $1 Million On Hand For Likely Senate Re-election Bid John Hook/Civil Beat

Hirono Has $1 Million On Hand For Likely Senate Re-election Bid

Sen. Brian Schatz, whose term is not up until 2022, has $2.2 million in campaign cash, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Hawaii Senate To Propose 10-Year Extension On Rail Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate To Propose 10-Year Extension On Rail Tax

But Honolulu would receive a smaller share of the surcharge while some money goes to the state highway fund. Will the House go for it?

Attorney General Sessions’ Criticism Of Hawaii Judge Draws Fire Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Attorney General Sessions’ Criticism Of Hawaii Judge Draws Fire

Hirono, Schatz are among those denouncing the attorney general’s remarks about “a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific.”

Hawaii Legislators Make Headway On State Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislators Make Headway On State Budget

But differences in funding priorities remain, as do hot-button bills on paying for rail and education.

Campaign Cash Flowing To Hawaii’s Congresswomen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Campaign Cash Flowing To Hawaii’s Congresswomen

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has amassed $2 million, while Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has about an eighth of that.

Why Tom Gorak’s Appointment To The PUC May Be In Trouble Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Tom Gorak’s Appointment To The PUC May Be In Trouble

As the legislative session nears its end, a committee hearing has not been scheduled on the nomination.

Hawaii Film About Transgender Woman Is At Center Of Federal Debate "Kumu Hina" (2014)

Hawaii Film About Transgender Woman Is At Center Of Federal Debate

Trump wants to eliminate money for public broadcasting, and support for “Kumu Hina” is cited as one reason for the budget cut.