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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leeward District member Breene Harimoto resigned from the board of education at the end of June. The governor appointed an interim representative, but no candidates have filed to run for the vacant seat yet. The elections office told what's going to happen.
Between now and November, there's one thing we can be sure about: claims and counter-claims are going to fly from politicians. You can also be sure that Civil Beat will be holding them accountable, and letting you know whether what they say is true, mostly true, half true, barely true, false or a "screaming lie."