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Term Limits For Honolulu Prosecutor Are A Great Idea

Term Limits For Honolulu Prosecutor Are A Great Idea

A charter amendment question this November asks whether the position should be capped at two four-year terms. We think they should.
Solo Activity Order Yet Another Senseless Move From Caldwell Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Solo Activity Order Yet Another Senseless Move From Caldwell

The stay-at-home, work-at-home requirement is extended for two more weeks, but forget about taking your ohana to the beach during that time.
The Legislature Needs To Force Ige’s Hand On The Public Disclosure Of COVID-19 Data Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The Legislature Needs To Force Ige’s Hand On The Public Disclosure Of COVID-19 Data

Hiding behind overblown privacy concerns, the governor's health department won't even let the auditor, city officials or lawmakers know what's going on.
Don’t Blow This Chance To Get Oahu’s Virus Under Control Screenshot/2020

Don’t Blow This Chance To Get Oahu’s Virus Under Control

The new stay-at-home order must be accompanied by greater disclosure from government and more responsibility from all of us.
The House COVID-19 Panel Has A Good Plan. Let’s Do It — Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The House COVID-19 Panel Has A Good Plan. Let’s Do It — Now

Sharing more detailed data with the public, improving communications and providing more oversight of the state’s coronavirus response are long overdue.

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe

The public needs to have complete confidence that city business, including the virus response, is being handled with absolute integrity. 

Hawaii Needs A Better COVID-19 Communications Strategy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii Needs A Better COVID-19 Communications Strategy

After nearly five months of the pandemic, Gov. David Ige and his top health officials have yet to articulate an effective response strategy that gets the public behind them.
Ige Should Block Union Pay Raises Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Ige Should Block Union Pay Raises

With the state's economic health in severe decline, now is not the time to give public employees more money and the governor should veto that bill.
It’s Time For Lawmakers To Stand With The Public Against Police Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Time For Lawmakers To Stand With The Public Against Police Misconduct

For too many years, lawmakers have turned aside efforts to allow public scrutiny of police misconduct. Now outrage over abuse of power should outweigh any pushback by the police union.
The Hawaii Legislature Should Not Delay Tough Calls

The Hawaii Legislature Should Not Delay Tough Calls

If the economy tanks further, it will be necessary to cut salaries, implement furloughs, skip pay raises and reduce payments to health plans and pensions.