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The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair, Jessica Terrell, Landess Kearns and Caleb Hartsfield. Opinions expressed by the editorial board reflect the group's consensus view. Chad Blair, the Politics and Opinion Editor, can be reached at cblair@civilbeat.org.
Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session Flickr: Tax Credits

Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session

It doesn’t get any more outrageous than legislative leaders asking people to pony up cash for Colleen Hanabusa at the same time they’re voting on bills and budgets.

Really? You’re Going To Let Mail-In Voting Die? Again? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Really? You’re Going To Let Mail-In Voting Die? Again?

But wait, there’s hope. Hawaii legislators have an opportunity to resurrect legislation that nearly passed just a year ago.

It’s Long Past Time To Allow Mobile Homes In Hawaii Caldwell Administration

It’s Long Past Time To Allow Mobile Homes In Hawaii

Manufactured homes are a cheap, decent solution to ease our intolerable housing and homeless crises.

White House Must Back Off Census Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

White House Must Back Off Census Change

The inclusion of a question on citizenship puts the country on a path back to a less progressive time.

The Silence On Sexual Harassment Needs To End Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Silence On Sexual Harassment Needs To End

The downfall of a longtime lawmaker should shake up the culture that has been protecting bad behavior for too long.

Let’s Not Move So Fast On Waianae Camp Sweep Civil Beat

Let’s Not Move So Fast On Waianae Camp Sweep

Hawaii’s leaders should do all they can to relocate the homeless ohana intact. They have earned our support.

This Time Hawaii Lawmakers Must Deliver On All-Mail Elections Chad Blair/Civil Beat

This Time Hawaii Lawmakers Must Deliver On All-Mail Elections

Similar measures died in the Legislature the past three sessions. Let’s get it right in 2018.

Let’s Erase The Stain On Patsy Mink’s Legacy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s Erase The Stain On Patsy Mink’s Legacy

Hawaii legislators and the Department of Education must move expeditiously to secure Title IX gender equity in school sports.

State Public Records Agency Needs A Hard 6-Month Deadline Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

State Public Records Agency Needs A Hard 6-Month Deadline

Hawaii lawmakers should approve a measure forcing the Office of Information Practices to move much more quickly on public matters.

SHOPO V. Ballard: Don’t Let The Police Union Bully HPD’s New Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

SHOPO V. Ballard: Don’t Let The Police Union Bully HPD’s New Chief

The police union’s complaint to the state Labor Board illustrates how hard it is to change the good old boy culture at the Honolulu Police Department.

Terminally Ill Have A Fundamental Right To End Their Suffering Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Terminally Ill Have A Fundamental Right To End Their Suffering

It’s time for the Legislature to do the bidding of the vast majority of Hawaii voters and legalize medical aid in dying.

Here’s An Awesome Idea: Make Hawaii’s Rental Cars Electric Vehicles Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s An Awesome Idea: Make Hawaii’s Rental Cars Electric Vehicles

This House bill would require that zero-emission vehicles be included in the larger rental car fleets.