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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.

Legislature Erred In Letting Police-Involved Fatality Review Panel Expire Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Erred In Letting Police-Involved Fatality Review Panel Expire

Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review Board will cease at the end of this month in spite of a clear need for its work.

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.

Junked Vehicles: How One Hawaii Lawmaker Turned A Good Idea Into Reality Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat.2017

Junked Vehicles: How One Hawaii Lawmaker Turned A Good Idea Into Reality

A freshman legislator saw four of his bills addressing abandoned vehicles pass the 2022 Hawaii Legislature. Here’s how he did it.

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.

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.