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Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Could Bring Billions To Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Could Bring Billions To Hawaii

The president will unveil his American Jobs Plan, which has the potential to infuse huge sums of money into the islands’ transportation and energy infrastructure.

Why The Public Needs To Know More About Police Contract Talks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why The Public Needs To Know More About Police Contract Talks

In Hawaii and across the U.S., advocates for police accountability are scrutinizing the union contracts that keep troublesome officers on the job.

Hirono And Duckworth Threaten ‘No’ Votes Over Lack Of Diversity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono And Duckworth Threaten ‘No’ Votes Over Lack Of Diversity

UPDATED The Democratic senators quickly backed down from their threat to vote against President Joe Biden’s nominees after receiving assurances from the White House to bring on a senior Asian American and Pacific Islander advisor.

Mazie Hirono Pushes DOJ To Take On Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Mazie Hirono Pushes DOJ To Take On Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

The Hawaii senator has been concerned about increasing hate crimes against the Asian American community since the pandemic started.

Maui Police Chief Retiring While Under Commission Scrutiny For Hit-And-Run YouTube.com

Maui Police Chief Retiring While Under Commission Scrutiny For Hit-And-Run

No one was injured in the accident, but questions have been raised about whether the chief was held accountable for fleeing the scene.

Brian Schatz: ‘Native Wisdom’ Needs To Be Part Of US Climate Policy Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Brian Schatz: ‘Native Wisdom’ Needs To Be Part Of US Climate Policy

Hawaii’s senior senator is elevating one of his top policy initiatives — climate change — as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

New Federal Relief Bill Will Help Hawaii. But It’s Still Not Enough For A Full Recovery Nick Grube/Civil Beat

New Federal Relief Bill Will Help Hawaii. But It’s Still Not Enough For A Full Recovery

At the end of the day, vaccinations are what will help get tourists back to the islands, economists say, although it will likely take several years before the economy looks like it did before the pandemic.

Kahele, Case Divided On Whether Inmates Should Vote From Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kahele, Case Divided On Whether Inmates Should Vote From Prison

A failed amendment to a House bill that seeks to expand voting rights and reduce the influence of money in politics highlights some differences between Hawaii’s Democratic congressmen.

Judge Upholds New State Law Requiring Police Misconduct Disclosure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Upholds New State Law Requiring Police Misconduct Disclosure

Judge Dean Ochiai ruled that officers’ names should be released to the Legislature and the public even if discipline is still being appealed.