Top Democrats in Hawaii are hailing the $1.6 billion in federal pandemic relief money to help the state budget. While fiscal challenges remain, the big bucks mean there will be no furloughs or layoffs of state workers.
The estate of Theodor Geisel said this week it will stop selling six Dr. Seuss titles, saying the books contained racial and ethnic stereotypes. The decision was denounced in some circles as going too far.
Lawmakers want to prevent sitting LG’s from holding second jobs, a ban that already applies to governors and mayors. That could impact Josh Green, an M.D. who works two weekends a month at a Big Island hospital.
Shirlene Ostrov resigned her post as the local GOP chair in the wake of contentious behavior from party members. It’s just the latest sign that Republicans, long out of power in Hawaii, are good as dead.
Hawaii’s longest-serving U.S. senator, the late Dan Inouye, was the King of Pork. With Democrats in control again, Sen. Brian Schatz is perfectly positioned to make sure Hawaii gets its fair share of federal dollars.