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Chad Blair

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.

House Legislators Clash Over Bill To Trim Judges’ Pensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Legislators Clash Over Bill To Trim Judges’ Pensions

Meanwhile, bills advanced to fund Honolulu rail, clarify control over roads and make it easier to treat mentally ill patients against their will.

AG: Hawaii Senate Improperly Withheld Testimony From Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat

AG: Hawaii Senate Improperly Withheld Testimony From Public

An attorney general opinion says legislators cannot censor public testimony about proposed bills. But they did just that.

Is OHA’s CEO Keeping Ties To Companies Secret From Ethics Panel? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Is OHA’s CEO Keeping Ties To Companies Secret From Ethics Panel?

A descendant of Hawaiian royalty files a complaint against Kamana’opono Crabbe with the state Ethics Commission.

Why Hawaii Still Won’t Require Disclosures Of Pesticide Use Flickr: CGP Grey

Why Hawaii Still Won’t Require Disclosures Of Pesticide Use

A measure to implement the recommendations of a state-sponsored study group met with “too much opposition,” one lawmaker said.

Mixed Reaction From Hawaii Delegates Over Syria Attacks Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mixed Reaction From Hawaii Delegates Over Syria Attacks

Gabbard says Trump administration “acted recklessly,” Hanabusa calls it a “targeted and measured response,” Schatz says it “risks deeper escalation” while Hirono wants “a coherent strategy.”

 

Hawaii Senators Denounce GOP Rule Change To Confirm Gorsuch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senators Denounce GOP Rule Change To Confirm Gorsuch

Senate Republicans changed the rules to make sure President Trump’s nominee joins the U.S. Supreme Court.

House Panel Ponies Up Another $1.2 Billion For Honolulu Rail Chad Blair/Civil Beat

House Panel Ponies Up Another $1.2 Billion For Honolulu Rail

It’s not anywhere as much as the city wanted, but the Finance Committee chair said it should be enough to finish construction.

Bills To Improve Child Care Facilities Near Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bills To Improve Child Care Facilities Near Approval

Hawaii legislators want the state to post inspection records online and to make clear procedures on how to handle sleeping infants.

Will Joe Souki Be Hawaii’s Next Lt Gov? Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Will Joe Souki Be Hawaii’s Next Lt Gov?

There’s a lot of speculation about how the dominos could fall if Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui resigns to run for Maui mayor.

Hawaii Inches Closer To Becoming A Vote-By-Mail State Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii Inches Closer To Becoming A Vote-By-Mail State

Advocates for improving election turnout tell lawmakers they hope the bill won’t once again die behind closed doors.

Senate Committee Unveils A Streamlined State Budget Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Senate Committee Unveils A Streamlined State Budget

The general fund spending plan approved by the Ways and Means Committee is $114 million lower than what the governor proposed.