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Chad Blair

Chad Blair has been a writer, editor and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. His job as reporter and editor is to cover Hawaii, especially how political decisions impact people and communities.

Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.

A “military brat,” Chad was born on an Army base in Alabama and later lived with his family in Germany, Illinois, Nebraska and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he edited the school newspaper. He also minored in Spanish and studied for a semester in Mexico.

Chad worked for a year on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, where he tracked satellites for the U.S. Air Force/NORAD. He then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from UH Manoa. His dissertation, “Democracy in Hawaii: Class, Race and Gender in Local Politics” (1996), was published as “Money, Color and Sex in Hawaii Politics” (Mutual Publishing; 1998).

You can reach him by email at cblair@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @chadblairCB.

Chad Blair: Wild Night On Mainland, But It’s Politics As Usual In Hawaii Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Wild Night On Mainland, But It’s Politics As Usual In Hawaii

So much changed nationally, including control of the U.S. House and the election of scores of women. But not here.

Democrats Keep Their Tight Lock On The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Democrats Keep Their Tight Lock On The Legislature

Republicans, who currently hold only five House seats and no Senate seats, appear poised to grab one Senate seat.

Chad Blair: Here’s What Residents Of Other States Will Get A Chance To Vote On Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Here’s What Residents Of Other States Will Get A Chance To Vote On

Citizen initiatives are on the ballot regarding gambling, marijuana, prison reform and term limits. But Hawaii voters don’t have that right.

Chad Blair: Is Rowena Akana’s Political Career On The Line? Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Is Rowena Akana’s Political Career On The Line?

The longest-serving OHA trustee faces allegations of ethics violations while also waging a re-election fight.

Chad Blair: The Senate Confirms Judges, So Why Is The House Butting In? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: The Senate Confirms Judges, So Why Is The House Butting In?

Were House leaders looking to mess with the governor when they interviewed Keith Hiraoka, his choice for the state Intermediate Court of Appeals?

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Like The Idea Of A ConCon, They’re Just Not Going To Vote For It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Like The Idea Of A ConCon, They’re Just Not Going To Vote For It

There is significant support for the idea once it’s explained, but that support has decreased from previous polls.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Want Term Limits For State Legislators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Want Term Limits For State Legislators

They also support an initiative process, all-mail voting and a lottery. But forget about legalizing pot.

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Oppose ConAm On Property Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Oppose ConAm On Property Taxes

While there is sentiment to help schools and teachers, voters appear worried about how the ballot question is constructed.

Ad Watch: Four Hawaii Govs Team Up To Defeat ConAm

Ad Watch: Four Hawaii Govs Team Up To Defeat ConAm

The Affordable Hawaii Coalition PAC buys more airtime to defeat the statewide ballot measure on using property taxes for schools.

Chad Blair: Pal Of Ige Or Not, Keith Hiraoka Is A Good Choice For Appeals Court Gov. David Ige

Chad Blair: Pal Of Ige Or Not, Keith Hiraoka Is A Good Choice For Appeals Court

Some feel the governor was playing politics when he nominated his former campaign manager to a judgeship for the second time.

Ad Watch: First TV Spot Says A ConCon Would Cost Too Much

Ad Watch: First TV Spot Says A ConCon Would Cost Too Much

But a new political action committee with powerful friends doesn’t cite a source for its estimated price of a constitutional convention.

Chad Blair: I Read Hawaii’s Constitution So You Don’t Have To Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: I Read Hawaii’s Constitution So You Don’t Have To

Our columnist offers a Civics 101 lesson as voters consider amending the state’s governing document.