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Don’t Let The Proposed Honolulu Police Ballot Questions Die Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Don’t Let The Proposed Honolulu Police Ballot Questions Die

City Council member Andria Tupola needs to reconsider her decision to let meaningful proposals go without even allowing public input.

The Honolulu Police Commission Is About To Make A Big Decision. Don’t Rush It Honolulu Police Commission

The Honolulu Police Commission Is About To Make A Big Decision. Don’t Rush It

Serious questions have been raised about the search for a new police chief and how long it’s taken. But now that the candidates have been revealed, don’t shortcut the vetting process.

Here Are Some Good Ideas That Are Poised To Make It Through The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Here Are Some Good Ideas That Are Poised To Make It Through The Legislature

Bills establishing ranked-choice voting, a chief data officer, retirement programs and free copying of public records passed or are set to pass this week.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Honolulu Police Commissioners Shannon Alivado And Jerry Gibson Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Honolulu Police Commissioners Shannon Alivado And Jerry Gibson

The chair and vice chair discussed the search for a new chief, mainland versus local experience, transparency and communication, proposed charter amendments and HPD spending.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Long-Term Care Ombudsman John McDermott Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Long-Term Care Ombudsman John McDermott

How Hawaii cared for its older and most vulnerable residents during Covid, and on the need to hire more ombudsmen for the neighbor islands.

Let’s Talk About A Unicameral Legislature For Hawaii Wikimedia: Tony Webster

Let’s Talk About A Unicameral Legislature For Hawaii

Nebraska is the only state to have one, and it has cut costs, improved efficiency and reduced partisanship.

The Onus Is Upon The Legislature To Restore Public Trust Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The Onus Is Upon The Legislature To Restore Public Trust

A commission formed to improve standards of conduct of state government has made recommendations, but ultimately Hawaii lawmakers must take the lead.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Kat Brady Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Kat Brady

As coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons she lobbies lawmakers and other officials for a more humane system. It’s an uphill battle.

It’s Simple, Lawmakers: If You Have A Conflict, Don’t Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

It’s Simple, Lawmakers: If You Have A Conflict, Don’t Vote

It’s not enough for the leaders of the House and Senate, with little deliberation, to simply declare that something is not a conflict.

When You’re Cracking Down On Corruption, Don’t Forget Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

When You’re Cracking Down On Corruption, Don’t Forget Lobbyists

There are many things the Legislature can do to bring far greater transparency and accountability to a sometimes shady political industry.