Hawaii’s state senators are “dedicated people doing hard work,” says Senate Communications Director Richard Rapoza, who even comes to the defense of the controversial gut-and-replace legislative technique.

Pod Squad host Chad Blair chats with Rapoza, who also talks about being the spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency when the infamous incoming-missile alert was sent out last year.

State Senate Communications Director Richard Rapoza joins the Pod Squad. Chad Blair/Civil Beat

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