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Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now

The governor has found a new member to serve after the Senate rejected his last choice.
Saiki: New House Leadership Is ‘The Face Of Hawaii’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saiki: New House Leadership Is ‘The Face Of Hawaii’

After end-of-session shakeup, Hawaii's new House speaker brings in millennials, women and neighbor islanders to help lead the chamber.
Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power?

Government officials fear a bill sitting on Gov. Ige's desk will strip them of their ability to tell their employees what to do without union interference.
Campaign Cash Flowed To Hawaii Lawmakers As Hot Topics Debated

Campaign Cash Flowed To Hawaii Lawmakers As Hot Topics Debated

Lawmakers may not have settled the rail tax issue, but they did hold a lot of fundraisers during the session.
Dela Cruz Takes Over Ways And Means As Senate Shake-Up Continues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dela Cruz Takes Over Ways And Means As Senate Shake-Up Continues

Senate President Ron Kouchi announces new committee assignments, but there's no word yet on the possibility of a special session for rail.
Who Won And Who Lost In A Legislative Session Marked By Failure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Who Won And Who Lost In A Legislative Session Marked By Failure

The session cost some legislative leaders their jobs and may have brightened the political futures of others.
Honolulu Rail: Caldwell’s Lack Of Leadership Is A Continuing Problem Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail: Caldwell’s Lack Of Leadership Is A Continuing Problem

Mayor Kirk Caldwell should be working to pull people together to solve the rail issue. Instead, he's pointing fingers -- and not at himself.
Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes for a special session, but the Legislature is done for now after a final day shake-up in leadership.
House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say

The expected shakeup in House leadership comes as the Senate is undergoing its own significant reshuffling.
Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair

UPDATED: The move against Tokuda came as the House and Senate remained deadlocked over how to fund the Honolulu rail project.