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Hawaii’s Top Lawmakers Unite Against Gov. Ige’s Re-Election Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Top Lawmakers Unite Against Gov. Ige’s Re-Election

The leaders of the Hawaii House and Senate and the chairs of the money committees say Gov. David Ige is just not up to the job.

Chad Blair: She Was An ‘R,’ Now She’s A ‘D’ — And Running For Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: She Was An ‘R,’ Now She’s A ‘D’ — And Running For Congress

State Rep. Beth Fukumoto hopes to ride anti-Trump sentiment to Capitol Hill.

Chad Blair: What’s Next For Charles Djou — And The Hawaii GOP? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: What’s Next For Charles Djou — And The Hawaii GOP?

After abandoning the Republican Party in dramatic fashion, the ex-congressman says he has no plans to run for anything.

Chad Blair: A Legislator Who Likes To ‘Drink Beer In The Ocean’ Facebook

Chad Blair: A Legislator Who Likes To ‘Drink Beer In The Ocean’

So does our columnist, who takes a deep dive on a bill calling for the banning of alcohol consumption in nearshore waters.

Chad Blair: Guns Suddenly Become An Issue In Governor’s Race PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Guns Suddenly Become An Issue In Governor’s Race

Updated 3/7/2018: Challenger Clayton Hee demonstrates that he has not lost his ability to shake things up, politically and policy-wise. And Hawaii has lots of guns.

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Politicians Accept Mainland Cash? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Politicians Accept Mainland Cash?

Updated: Gov. David Ige recently held two campaign fundraisers in Washington, D.C., while on official business. And Rep. Hanabusa took cash from NextEra.

Former Sen. Clayton Hee Is Running For Governor PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Former Sen. Clayton Hee Is Running For Governor

The longtime Hawaii lawmaker says Honolulu rail has been mismanaged and the money should be spent on other things.

Chad Blair: Here’s Who Takes Money From The NRA In Hawaii Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Chad Blair: Here’s Who Takes Money From The NRA In Hawaii

It’s mostly Democrats, even though the state has among the nation’s strongest gun-control laws.

Chad Blair: A Kids Museum Struggles Amidst Homeless Squalor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: A Kids Museum Struggles Amidst Homeless Squalor

But Loretta Yajima of the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center in Kakaako will not be deterred from fulfilling its mission.

Chad Blair: Draining The Swamp At Hawaii’s Capitol Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Draining The Swamp At Hawaii’s Capitol

As the 50th anniversary of the historic building nears, it’s high time to fix the murky reflecting pools.

Bill Would Spare Micronesians A Yearly Trip To The DMV Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Spare Micronesians A Yearly Trip To The DMV

The Department of Transportation opposes the measure, saying it could render all Hawaii driver’s licenses useless for flying.

Why We Publish Provocative Community Voices Flickr: CGP Grey

Why We Publish Provocative Community Voices

It’s important to share different viewpoints on vital issues like pesticide use, even if many of you don’t agree with them.