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The members of Civil Beat’s editorial board focused on ‘Let The Sunshine In’ are Patti Epler, Chad Blair, John Hill and Richard Wiens.

Short takes, outtakes, our takes and other stuff you should know about public information, government accountability and ethical leadership in Hawaii.

Vote GOP: Donald Trump is the first candidate to register for the Hawaii Republican Caucuses.

The outcome of the March 12 voting will determine the proportional delegate allocation among the competing candidates.

(John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023)

Currently, about a dozen Republicans are in the running. That number will almost certainly drop when other caucuses and primaries begin early next year.

Voting is open to Hawaii voters with a photo ID who sign a GOP membership card at the polling place.

Trump won Hawaii’s 2016 GOP caucus, but the 2020 caucus was canceled, as Trump was at that time president and unopposed for reelection within his party.

Just say no to propaganda: State Rep. Gene Ward is steamed that China Daily, a Chinese Community Party paper, is still being delivered to Hawaii State Capitol offices.

Ward, a Republican, this week complained that his concern has a new urgency given the recent news reports about China using disinformation to purport that the Maui wildfires were caused by the U.S.

“If the CCP can convince some of our residents in Hawaii that it was the U.S. government’s weather services that created the Maui wildfires, there is no telling what disinformation may be coming out of or about the State Legislature as long as our members are receiving the CCP-owned newspaper delivered to the Capitol offices on a weekly basis,” Ward said.

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Look for the union label: Unite Here! Local 5 leaders met recently with Maui hospitality and health care industries.

Financial Secretary-Treasurer Cade Watanabe said on HPR’s “The Conversation” Tuesday that more than 300 of its members work with Kaiser Permanente or in West Maui hotels.

Local 5 supporters marched from Kakaako to the Federal Building.
Local 5 supporters marching from Kakaako to the Federal Building in Honolulu. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020).

“There’s a real concern about what’s going to happen in two weeks, four weeks when the federal government just leaves and is no longer staying in some of our hotels, and what does the recovery look like?” Watanabe said.

Watanabe said the union, which has some 10,000 members, is talking with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which also represents hotel workers.

Earlier this year Watanabe took over leadership of the union from longtime leader Eric Gill, who is now senior vice president.

Spending their allowance: Here are a few items from the latest round of legislative allowances from the Hawaii House of Representatives.

We previously reported how Rep. Sonny Ganaden charged $1,345 for the 2023 National Conference of State Legislatures summit in Indianapolis thus summer. He has now returned $240, thanks to a price reduction in airfare.

An aerial looking east-northeast across downtown Indianapolis. The Indiana Statehouse is visible in the foreground. (Wikimedia Commons/tpsdave/2016)

Rep. Andrew Takuya Garrett spent $1,834 for travel and lodging for the 2023 National Caucus of Environmental Legislators National Forum, lodging for the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators annual meeting, lodging for the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Innovations Task Force and lodging for 2023 NCSL Legislative Summit — all of it during August, and all of it in Indianapolis.

Rep. Daniel Holt used $838 from his allowance to attend the 2023 Convention, Sports, and Entertainment Facilities Conference in San Diego.

Rep. Linda Ichiyama spent $504 for airfare, lodging and meals for the House Water and Land Committee to visit Hawaii island, specifically to visit with the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Na Ala Hele Trails Program.

And Rose Martinez paid $977 to both the NCSL Legislative Summit noted above and the APEC Women and the Economy Forum in Seattle.

More legislative allowances, which are taxpayer dollars, in the next Sunshine Blog. There’s really quite a lot.

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About the Author

The Sunshine Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat’s editorial board focused on ‘Let The Sunshine In’ are Patti Epler, Chad Blair, John Hill and Richard Wiens.

Latest Comments (0)

Donald Trump is the best thing that’s happened to America. Life was good and our outlook was strong. We were moving up in the world until Biden happened. It’s been a rapid downward spiral ever since. God help us all.

shirls.kev · 2 months ago

It's up to Gene Ward whether he wants to read China Daily or not. It's not that great. It is indeed a Chinese Communist Party (not "Chinese Community Party") paper. It hasn't spread bizarre Lahaina fire conspiracy theories. The allegation that some Chinese sources did so is plausible but unproven and fails to take into account how good Americans are at inventing and spreading our own bizarre theories.

JohnSwindle · 2 months ago

I trust Rep Ward's concern about the toxic effect of disinformation from the China Daily will extend to all that his Party, the GOP is doing to mislead voters throughout the country? Jim Jordan's abysmal treatment of Attorney General Garland at the hearing in Congress this week and the reckless bandying about of conspiracy theories by GOP officials in Congress should compel Rep Ward and the Hawaii GOP to denounce and distance themselves from Trump's Big Lie that the election was stolen and his subsequent nods to extremist groups like the Proud Boys that led to the insurrection on Jan 6. Will Rep Ward do so? Will the Hawaii GOP? This has a special urgency now that Trump has already registered for the Republican caucus in Hawaii.

DawnMW · 2 months ago

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