Civil Beat puts a particular emphasis on reporting on transparency in government.
Here are 10 stories from this year that show the state of transparency in Hawaii.
Abercrombie Never Promised Transparency, April 6, 2011: Just how much of an advocate for transparency should voters have expected Neil Abercrombie to be? Based on Civil Beat’s research of his key public pronouncements while running for governor and since his election, not much.
The Price is Wrong , April 26, 2011: A Civil Beat investigation of public financial disclosures shows the real estate values listed by 14 Hawaii lawmakers differed from public assessments. Discrepancies ranged into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Hawaii Senate Keeps Public in Dark, June 2, 2011: The Hawaii Senate does not produce an online journal chronicling what happens on the floor during the legislative session, making it essentially impossible for the public to track potential conflicts of interest in voting.