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Hawaii Legislature Should Not Mess With Our Public Records Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Hawaii Legislature Should Not Mess With Our Public Records Law

The Office of Information Practices is once again trying to reverse its defeat in court in order to impede the people’s right to know.

Let’s Dump The Electoral College Screenshot/2022

Let’s Dump The Electoral College

One person, one vote is the only fair way to choose American presidents.

How Hawaii Could Be A Model Of Civic Legislative Virtue Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

How Hawaii Could Be A Model Of Civic Legislative Virtue

It starts with a Bill of Rights for the public on what they should expect of lawmakers.

A Dirty Cesspool Secret And A Cautionary Tale For Hawaii WAI

A Dirty Cesspool Secret And A Cautionary Tale For Hawaii

We are still behind when it comes to converting cesspools, but we have a rare opportunity to become a national leader in new sanitation technologies and policies.

What Hawaii Should Expect Of Its Leaders Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2013

What Hawaii Should Expect Of Its Leaders

The best leaders fit the circumstances and trajectory of what is needed at a moment in time.

Please, Office Of Elections, Do The Math For Us On Primary Night Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Please, Office Of Elections, Do The Math For Us On Primary Night

For dozens of nonpartisan races, Hawaii officials should calculate vote totals and post clear data on the winners and losers instead of leaving voters to figure it out.

How To Make Hawaii’s Legislature Work Better For The Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

How To Make Hawaii’s Legislature Work Better For The Public

Lawmakers could easily allow the public to see and understand more about exactly how they do our business.

Hawaii’s System Of Public Funding For Elections Doesn’t Work iStock

Hawaii’s System Of Public Funding For Elections Doesn’t Work

It’s time to consider full public funding, super-match programs and citizen vouchers.

It’s Time To Scrap Voting ‘Yes With Reservations’ At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

It’s Time To Scrap Voting ‘Yes With Reservations’ At The Legislature

A long-standing tradition allows Hawaii lawmakers to avoid casting difficult votes that could make or break bills. But it’s really a way to avoid making tough calls.

Here’s An Easy Way To Help Watchdog Government. Tell Gov. Ige Not To Blow It Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s An Easy Way To Help Watchdog Government. Tell Gov. Ige Not To Blow It

Hawaii Gov. David Ige needs to approve a bill making it easier and cheaper to get documents that can help shine a light on what agencies are doing.