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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.

Campaign Cash Flowed To Hawaii Lawmakers As Hot Topics Debated

Campaign Cash Flowed To Hawaii Lawmakers As Hot Topics Debated

Lawmakers may not have settled the rail tax issue, but they did hold a lot of fundraisers during the session.

OHA Gets An F Grade For Telling You How It Spends Your Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Gets An F Grade For Telling You How It Spends Your Money

The Native Hawaiian agency claims it’s becoming more open all the time, but a national study says otherwise.

Hirono: Comey Firing A ‘Disservice To The American People’ FBI

Hirono: Comey Firing A ‘Disservice To The American People’

Schatz declares that Trump’s dismissal of the FBI director is “a full-fledged constitutional crisis.”

Former Congressional Candidate Shirlene Ostrov Wants To Be GOP Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Congressional Candidate Shirlene Ostrov Wants To Be GOP Chair

She’s running against state Rep. Andria Tupola and wants “to rebuild the party and offer voters a real choice.”

Who Won And Who Lost In A Legislative Session Marked By Failure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Who Won And Who Lost In A Legislative Session Marked By Failure

The session cost some legislative leaders their jobs and may have brightened the political futures of others.

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes for a special session, but the Legislature is done for now after a final day shake-up in leadership.

Rep. Andria Tupola Running For Chair Of State GOP Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rep. Andria Tupola Running For Chair Of State GOP

She said she wants to attract younger Republicans to run for office, improve communication and raise money.

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say

The expected shakeup in House leadership comes as the Senate is undergoing its own significant reshuffling.

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair

UPDATED: The move against Tokuda came as the House and Senate remained deadlocked over how to fund the Honolulu rail project.

Ige Won’t Extend Session Unless A Deal Is Made On Rail Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Won’t Extend Session Unless A Deal Is Made On Rail Tax

The governor said there needs to be a plan agreed upon by the Legislature or else it’s just “a waste of time.”

As Time Runs Out, House And Senate Still Divided Over How To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Time Runs Out, House And Senate Still Divided Over How To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: After the tourism industry raised concerns about a hotel tax increase, the Senate shifted back to a 10-year extension of the GET surcharge. But the House rejected that proposal.