John Pritchett

John Pritchett: Railroaded John Pritchett/Civil Beat

John Pritchett: Railroaded

If Rip Van Winkle fell asleep in Honolulu in 2006 when the rail cost was $3 billion, imagine his reaction upon waking 15 years later.

John Pritchett: Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? John Pritchett/Civil Beat

John Pritchett: Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?

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.

John Pritchett: Oh, The Places You’ll Go ASUS

John Pritchett: Oh, The Places You’ll Go

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.

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John Pritchett: Day Tripper

A bill to allow the use of psychedelic mushrooms for medical purposes was shelved earlier this month. But its author, Sen. Stanley Chang, is hopeful the legislation will do better down the road.

John Pritchett: Office Hours ASUS

John Pritchett: Office Hours

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.

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John Pritchett: Rust Bucket

Gov. David Ige opposes spending $350 million to build a New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District. Instead, he says the state can just make improvements as necessary to the 46-year-old building.

John Pritchett: Road Kill ASUS

John Pritchett: Road Kill

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.

John Pritchett: D.C. For Dummies John Pritchett/Civil Beat

John Pritchett: D.C. For Dummies

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.

John Pritchett: Handout John Pritchett/Civil Beat

John Pritchett: Handout

Gov. David Ige is banking on President Joe Biden sending more stimulus money Hawaii’s way.