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John Pritchett: Aloha Means Goodbye John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Aloha Means Goodbye

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Edward Snowden, the former intelligence consultant and onetime Waipahu resident who fled the U.S. in 2013 after revealing classified surveillance programs.

John Pritchett: Direct Deposit John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Direct Deposit

Hawaii taxpayers are receiving refunds of $100 or $300, thanks to a new law that takes advantage of a budget surplus. But amidst rising costs it may only go so far.

John Pritchett: On The Mend John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: On The Mend

Under Lynn Finnegan, the new chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, the GOP has done a lot of recruiting of candidates and might actually pick up a few seats in the Democrat-controlled state.

John Pritchett: Winners And Losers John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Winners And Losers

The 2022 Little League World Series champions from Honolulu were honored with a parade this week while the UH Warriors continued their losing streak.

John Pritchett: In Need Of Repair John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: In Need Of Repair

City Council members Tommy Waters and Esther Kiaaina are working to reform the Honolulu Liquor Commission, including calls for greater transparency and accountability amid a rash of complaints.

John Pritchett: Delay Of Game John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Delay Of Game

Honolulu rail and city officials keep moving the date that the $11 billion project is going to be finished. The latest projections put the opening date in 2029 at the soonest.

John Pritchett: Falling Short John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Falling Short

Voter turnout for the 2022 primary was just under 40%, similar to the dismal level of the 2018 primary but far from the 51.2% just two years ago.

John Pritchett: The Morning After John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: The Morning After

Just how many campaign mailers did you receive during Hawaii’s primary election? Well, it’s all over now — until the general election in November.

 

John Pritchett: Smear Campaign John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Smear Campaign

Negative advertising from local and mainland political action committees is flowing fast and furious in the Hawaii Democratic primary.

John Pritchett: Neverland John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Neverland

Candidates for Hawaii have been talking for decades about ways to be less dependent on tourism for revenue. They’re still talking.