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Pension Promises: Here’s How — and Why — We Did This Project PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Pension Promises: Here’s How — and Why — We Did This Project

Reform should require more transparency and timeliness while making it easier for the public to access records and information.
Hawaii Elections Guide 2014 Brian Tseng/For Civil Beat

Hawaii Elections Guide 2014

Civil Beat's guide to the 2014 federal, state and local elections.
Hawaii Elections 2014: Voter Registration and Turnout Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Hawaii Elections 2014: Voter Registration and Turnout

Check here for information on how to register, when to vote and how to get involved in Hawaii's political process.
Eric Shinseki Resigns as VA Secretary

Eric Shinseki Resigns as VA Secretary

Veterans Administration scandal snares Kauai native.
Abercrombie: ‘This State Has Never Been Run Better’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Abercrombie: ‘This State Has Never Been Run Better’

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he hopes the public will show its confidence in his policies by returning him to office.
Civil Beat Four Years Later: We’re Getting a Facelift and New Faces

Civil Beat Four Years Later: We’re Getting a Facelift and New Faces

We'll have the same great journalism but with a whole new look when our redone website launches in the coming days.
Will Lawmakers Ever Do Anything About Lobbyists? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Will Lawmakers Ever Do Anything About Lobbyists?

A new report on lobbying and lobbyists is full of great ideas that are long overdue. So now what?
Editor’s Desk: Will Our U.S. Senate Candidates Do the Right Thing? John Pritchett/Civil Beat

Editor’s Desk: Will Our U.S. Senate Candidates Do the Right Thing?

Senate candidates should be required to file campaign finance reports electronically, just like the House.

Civil Beat Presents: The Return of John Temple

Watch a live interview with our founding editor at noon Wednesday on civilbeat.com
Editor’s Desk: Why Is There No Record of Many Legislative Hearings?

Editor’s Desk: Why Is There No Record of Many Legislative Hearings?

Only about 10 percent of the people's business is being recorded and archived at the Hawaii State Capitol.
Deedy Transcripts Revealed: ‘Not Something We See Every Day’

Deedy Transcripts Revealed: ‘Not Something We See Every Day’

How a simple handshake caused a whole lot of commotion that went all the way to Hawaii's Supreme Court.
Editor’s Desk: Time for the Legislature To Reform Public Records Practices John Pritchett/Civil Beat

Editor’s Desk: Time for the Legislature To Reform Public Records Practices

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie could also do a lot to ensure the public has access to records if only he would.