Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair and Jessica Terrell. Opinions expressed by the editorial board reflect the group's consensus view. Chad Blair, the Politics and Opinion Editor, can be reached at cblair@civilbeat.org.
Hawaii Needs Automatic Recount For Close Elections Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs Automatic Recount For Close Elections

Other states allow for the process but not us, even though we’ve had our share of close races.

Hawaii Needs A School Bullying Policy Worthy Of Its Students Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs A School Bullying Policy Worthy Of Its Students

The Department of Education is seeking public input on revising its outdated rules. The Legislature should pitch in as well.

Vote Yes On The HART Board Charter Question Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vote Yes On The HART Board Charter Question

Regardless of one’s feelings about Honolulu’s rail project, the agency overseeing it needs help regarding its makeup and rules.

With High Court’s Ruling On Mauna Kea, It’s Time To Move Forward Cory Lum/Civil Beat

With High Court’s Ruling On Mauna Kea, It’s Time To Move Forward

The Thirty Meter Telescope can take Hawaii and the world to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Hawaii Must Bring More Urgency To Disaster Preparations NOAA

Hawaii Must Bring More Urgency To Disaster Preparations

The recent approach of Hurricane Lane was a reminder that the islands will be hit hard sooner or later. We are far too vulnerable right now.

Support The ConCon — 10 Years Is Too Long To Wait For Another Chance Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Support The ConCon — 10 Years Is Too Long To Wait For Another Chance

Hawaii has a lot of work to do for its people, and much of it will not be done by the entrenched powers.

If We Want To Fix Hawaii Government We Have To Do It Ourselves Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

If We Want To Fix Hawaii Government We Have To Do It Ourselves

Desperately needed reforms to increase transparency are proposed every session, and every session they die. Bring on the constitutional convention.

Don’t Let A Campaign Of Fear Stop A Constitutional Convention Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Don’t Let A Campaign Of Fear Stop A Constitutional Convention

Hawaii powerbrokers want you to be as scared as they are by the prospect that they may give up some of their control to the people.

The State Should Support Waianae’s Existing ‘Ohana Zone’ Facebook: Pu'uhonua o Wai'anae

The State Should Support Waianae’s Existing ‘Ohana Zone’

A well-established homeless camp on the Leeward Coast easily qualifies for a share of the money set aside by the Legislature for safe zones.

Voters Need To Know Sooner Who’s Paying To Influence Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Voters Need To Know Sooner Who’s Paying To Influence Them

The Legislature should require greater transparency for campaign finance reports. Right now candidates don’t have to file them until eight days before the election.

A ConCon Might Be The Way To Finally Get Election Reform Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

A ConCon Might Be The Way To Finally Get Election Reform

From all-mail balloting to term limits, there’s a lot we need to discuss in a venue other than the Legislature.

Citizen Initiative: A Tool Hawaii Could Really Use Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Citizen Initiative: A Tool Hawaii Could Really Use

It would shake up the power monopoly and rejuvenate faith in democracy. But realistically, the only way to get it is through a constitutional convention.