February 2021

February 22, 2021

Chad Blair: A New Conservative Voice Hopes To Persuade Islanders

Chad Blair: A New Conservative Voice Hopes To Persuade Islanders

Barefoot News Hawaii aims to fill an online media void and grow the local Republican Party.

February 21, 2021

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto Screenshot

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto

The leader of the Hawaii Department of Education talks about how schools are weathering COVID-19, bills at the Legislature and the struggle to innovate.

‘Maui Wowee’: County Council Sees Potential Financial Boost From Pot Industry Flickr: Heath Alseike

‘Maui Wowee’: County Council Sees Potential Financial Boost From Pot Industry

Council members are hoping other Hawaii counties express support for marijuana legalization too. Legislative leaders and Gov. David Ige have long opposed the idea.

John Pritchett: Office Hours ASUS

John Pritchett: Office Hours

Lawmakers want to prevent sitting LG’s from holding second jobs, a ban that already applies to governors and mayors. That could impact Josh Green, an M.D. who works two weekends a month at a Big Island hospital.

Restore Justice. End The Cash Bail System Shay Sowden/Flickr

Restore Justice. End The Cash Bail System

Most of us would like to believe that the law treats the rich and the poor alike, but it doesn’t.

Is The End In Sight? And How Will We Know It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is The End In Sight? And How Will We Know It?

Vaccinations are key to how soon state and local officials will feel comfortable easing back restrictions on travel as well as business and social activities.

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems

When there’s no money to argue over, the Legislature starts getting into other people’s business.

February 19, 2021

Honolulu Mayor Files Financial Disclosure — 3 Weeks Late Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Files Financial Disclosure — 3 Weeks Late

Mayor Rick Blangiardi was one of the last city officials to file the required paperwork.

Here’s Where You Can Find The Latest Data About COVID-19 In Hawaii Civil Beat

Here’s Where You Can Find The Latest Data About COVID-19 In Hawaii

There are nearly a dozen data dashboards with frequently updated information about COVID-19 in Hawaii.

Lawmakers Want Native Hawaiians To Help Decide Future Of Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Want Native Hawaiians To Help Decide Future Of Mauna Kea

The proposal follows House Speaker Scott Saiki’s call for the University of Hawaii to be ousted from its management role.

Family Sues Over Fatal State Capitol Shooting By Deputy Sheriff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Family Sues Over Fatal State Capitol Shooting By Deputy Sheriff

The deputy sheriff who shot Delmar Espejo is still employed by the state.

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee Flickr: Robert Freiberger

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee

Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are already banned in Hawaii for handguns, but not for rifles.

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past?

The electric vehicle market is growing and state leaders want to help phase out gas-powered cars. Local auto dealers say they’re moving too fast.

Should Hawaii Nurses Be Allowed To Perform Abortions? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Nurses Be Allowed To Perform Abortions?

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand access to abortions by expanding the pool of providers beyond physicians.

Civil Beat Is Ending Its Daily Virus Tracker. Here’s Why Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Is Ending Its Daily Virus Tracker. Here’s Why

Experts agree that tracking trends is more useful than focusing on daily infection counts.

Oahu-Centric Policymaking Is Still The Elephant In The Room Wikipedia

Oahu-Centric Policymaking Is Still The Elephant In The Room

So often, elected officials who represent Oahu make decisions that have negative consequences for the neighbor islands.

 

 

A Lottery Would Be A Winning Ticket For Education In Hawaii

A Lottery Would Be A Winning Ticket For Education In Hawaii

Hawaii is one of only two states with no legal form of gaming. Bills have been introduced and rejected year after year.

Hawaii Plans For Post-Pandemic Tourism, Starting With Kauai Bryce Edwards/Wikimedia

Hawaii Plans For Post-Pandemic Tourism, Starting With Kauai

The report says that “tourism needs to be managed responsibly so that the residents and destination may thrive.”