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Chad Blair: How To Pick A President Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: How To Pick A President

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has asked members for input on its 2020 presidential preference poll.

Chad Blair: Are Hawaii Legislators Paid Too Much? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Are Hawaii Legislators Paid Too Much?

It depends on who you compare them to. Compensation for lawmakers varies widely from state to state.

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison

A House bill sought to save money and lessen overcrowding in state facilities by pushing to acquire the Federal Detention Center.

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs

UPDATED 3/14/19: But the Hawaii Commission on Salaries proposed far lower increases for judges.

Chad Blair: Why Is Keith Kaneshiro Still Getting A Paycheck? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Is Keith Kaneshiro Still Getting A Paycheck?

His salary should be suspended for now and ultimately forfeited if he’s convicted in Honolulu’s widespread corruption scandal.

Chad Blair: David Ige Unwinds And Chats About Hawaii’s Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: David Ige Unwinds And Chats About Hawaii’s Future

He said he’s learned a lot since 2014 about running the state government, and cites progress on housing, homelessness and education.

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools

The measure increasing the statewide general excise tax by 0.5 percent was one of many bills clearing their first chamber as the session’s midpoint nears.

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Inmates won’t get to vote, many Hawaii prisoners won’t be coming home from Arizona and citizens still won’t be able to put measures on the ballot.

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature

The Senate Ways and Means Committee altered the contents of several bills with little public notice, including one that would raise taxes and another that affects Big Island disaster relief.

Chad Blair: How Much Hate In The 808 These Days?

Chad Blair: How Much Hate In The 808 These Days?

We’ve gone from no organized hate groups in Hawaii to at least a handful that the Southern Poverty Law Center is tracking.

Chad Blair: Public Records Chief Is Still Trying To Make It Harder To Get Public Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Public Records Chief Is Still Trying To Make It Harder To Get Public Records

Cheryl Kakazu Park, director of the Office of Information Practices, is working hard to get around a Supreme Court ruling on the Uniform Information Practices Act.

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

That’s right. It’s not a crime to have sex with animals. Legislation aims to right that wrong.