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The Sept. 18 Election – What’s at Stake

The Sept. 18 Election – What’s at Stake

A quick guide to the primary election.
Fewer Candidates Using Public Campaign Funds

Fewer Candidates Using Public Campaign Funds

Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Gary Hooser is the biggest user of public financing this primary election.
Voters Snooze Through Gov Primary, Mayor Race

Voters Snooze Through Gov Primary, Mayor Race

Two top-of-the-ticket races failed to draw voters out for Saturday's primary election.

Discussion: Voting in Hawaii

Voting can be confusing and the accuracy of vote counting is critical. Civil Beat explains voting procedures and monitors the…
Absentee Ballots Confusing on Their Face

Absentee Ballots Confusing on Their Face

Hawaii's 2010 primary election ballot is designed in a way that could confuse voters. It also favors the two major parties at the expense of nonpartisan candidates.
Week 17: Heard About the Election?

Week 17: Heard About the Election?

Maybe it was the full moon. It seemed like the political scene got stranger this week.

Scenes From Sen. Inouye’s Community Celebration

Photos from Senator Daniel Inouye's Community Celebration where 16 Democratic candidates participated in a fun-filled day with taiko drumming, a saimin eating contest and bon dance.
Hannemann = Aiona in Hawaii Family Forum Survey

Hannemann = Aiona in Hawaii Family Forum Survey

The former Honolulu mayor and the lieutenant governor have exactly the same positions on gambling, physician-assisted suicide, civil unions, the definition of marriage and emergency contraceptives. That's according to a new voter guide from the forum and Hawaii Catholic Conference.

Civil Beat Editorials Will Take Positions on Issues, But We Won’t Be Endorsing Candidates

We'll write about election issues. But don't expect our editorial board or reporter-hosts to tell you whom to vote for. We'll praise and challenge candidates' positions — but whom to support is up to you.
Week 15: A Place to Learn

Week 15: A Place to Learn

Fact Checks might seem to be about simple statements by candidates, but they teach about government, politics and the election. Next week, Civil Beat will add another layer to our government coverage by posting the salaries of 1000s of state workers, showing Hawaii residents where their tax dollars are going.

Share Your Expertise on Fact Checks

A mayoral debate and a gubernatorial debate in less than 24 hours spawned all kinds of claims from the candidates. We're putting them through our Fact Check process, and could benefit from your help. Share your expertise and help other voters become better informed.

Education and the Elections

There is strong evidence that we have lost sight of this public purpose of education. Today, we misguidedly elevate secondary goals of education — “college and career readiness” — to the level of first principles.