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Blaze Lovell

Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat. Previously, he was a reporting fellow and intern. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Born and raised on Oahu, he graduated from Pearl City High School in 2014 before migrating to the desert to study journalism. In his college years, Blaze served as the managing editor for UNLV’s paper, the Free Press, and also played rugby, which is like football without pads or rules.


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Legislature Passes Budget Cuts But Will Be Back In June

Legislature Passes Budget Cuts But Will Be Back In June

The $1 billion in spending reductions will now go to Gov. David Ige for his review.

Senators Put Off Vote For Land Board Nominee Courtesy Department of Land and Natural Resources

Senators Put Off Vote For Land Board Nominee

Opponents of the wind farms in Kahuku voiced opposition to his confirmation.

Lawmakers Still Eyeing Vacant Positions To Fill State Budget Hole Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Still Eyeing Vacant Positions To Fill State Budget Hole

Thousands of positions thought to be vacant may not be empty after all.

House Committee Wants More Detailed Reports On Jail Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Committee Wants More Detailed Reports On Jail Releases

The state judiciary would need to make weekly reports to lawmakers about people being released from jail to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hawaii Lawmakers Tighten Spending Plan For COVID-19 Relief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Tighten Spending Plan For COVID-19 Relief

A request from the governor’s office for $9 million to pay consultants for an economic recovery plan is among the proposals that got chopped.

Lawmakers Still Concerned About How Agencies Will Spend Federal Money Screenshot from ’Olelo

Lawmakers Still Concerned About How Agencies Will Spend Federal Money

A key vote on Senate Bill 75 is expected Friday but Senate money committee members are still perplexed.

Congressman Calls For Testing Hawaii-Bound Travelers Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Congressman Calls For Testing Hawaii-Bound Travelers

U.S. Rep Ed Case is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to suspend rules around pre-boarding requirements.

Trimmed Budget Ready For Final Senate Vote

Trimmed Budget Ready For Final Senate Vote

A Senate panel also approved $5 billion in capital improvement projects.

Lawmakers Are Deciding How To Spend Federal Bailout Money Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Are Deciding How To Spend Federal Bailout Money

The House Finance Committee doesn’t want state agencies to use federal stimulus dollars if they already have state money that can be used.

Back In Session: Hawaii Lawmakers Grapple With A Billion-Dollar Budget Hole Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Back In Session: Hawaii Lawmakers Grapple With A Billion-Dollar Budget Hole

Gov. David Ige is not on board with much of the Legislature’s fiscal plan including how to spend federal bailout money and public worker pay cuts.

Maui Council Has Figured Out How To Do Virtual Meetings Right Screenshot from Maui County Council

Maui Council Has Figured Out How To Do Virtual Meetings Right

Maui County Council is using a live videoconferencing system for its council sessions.