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Chad Blair

Learmont To Replace Oshiro In Hawaii State House

Learmont To Replace Oshiro In Hawaii State House

She is a former legislative aide to the former longtime lawmaker, who resigned to join the labor board.

OHA Trustees’ Settlement Cost $879,000 In Legal Fees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Trustees’ Settlement Cost $879,000 In Legal Fees

Updated: The state agency paid $614,000 to litigate Akana vs. Machado, while insurer AIG paid for $265,000.

Chad Blair: A Maui Publisher Notches A First Amendment Win Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: A Maui Publisher Notches A First Amendment Win

The Hawaii Supreme Court tosses out a case against MauiTime’s Tommy Russo, who filmed cops on the job. No appeal is expected.

Hawaii Delegates Speak Out Against GOP Tax Bill ‘Scam’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Delegates Speak Out Against GOP Tax Bill ‘Scam’

But President Trump calls passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act “a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas.”

Civil Beat Poll: Lottery Has Big Support In Hawaii Flickr: Ross Catrow

Civil Beat Poll: Lottery Has Big Support In Hawaii

Most survey respondents say a lottery can bring much-needed cash to state government, but critics warn they mostly tax the poor.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Just Say No To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Flickr.com/cagrimmett

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Just Say No To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Survey respondents 50 and older aren’t ready to take the step, and in Hawaii, older voters still call the shots.

Civil Beat Poll: Support Is Still Strong For Medical Aid In Dying Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Support Is Still Strong For Medical Aid In Dying

Proponents of the legislation outnumber opponents by a 3-to-1 ratio. But will the Hawaii Legislature care?

Civil Beat Poll: Power To The People — Voters Want More Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Power To The People — Voters Want More Control

Respondents support term limits for legislators, all-mail balloting and establishment of a statewide system for initiatives, referendums and recalls.

Civil Beat Poll: Let’s Have A Constitutional Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Let’s Have A Constitutional Convention

Two-thirds of Hawaii voters surveyed in our poll support the state holding a “con con,” the first in 40 years.

Chad Blair: Will You Please Just Be Quiet, Please? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Will You Please Just Be Quiet, Please?

A website called Quieter Oahu is taking a stand against noise pollution.

OHA Settles Lawsuit That Pitted Trustee Against Her Colleagues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Settles Lawsuit That Pitted Trustee Against Her Colleagues

Updated: Former Board Chair Rowena Akana has penned an apology to other trustees, and each party will cover their own legal costs.

Chad Blair: ‘If We Love Hawaii So Much, Why Don’t We Vote?’ Zócalo Public Square

Chad Blair: ‘If We Love Hawaii So Much, Why Don’t We Vote?’

That was the topic of a community discussion that attracted a predictably low turnout but still generated some good ideas.