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Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor

Justices appeared concerned about the state’s argument that attorney-client privilege protects the Legislature from releasing the report.

Should Public Have More Input On Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Policies? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Should Public Have More Input On Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Policies?

Critics say more people should get to weigh in on developing the new recommendations and the process should be more transparent.

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs? Flicker.com

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

Lawmakers have confronted the question for decades. Proponents say it could boost access to treatment, while opponents warn of opening up patients to subpar care.

In Hawaii, People Like Trump Better Than They Like The Legislature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

In Hawaii, People Like Trump Better Than They Like The Legislature

A new survey shows how island residents feel about their elected officials, major institutions and a broad range of issues, from housing to the environment.

Nonprofits Sue Hawaii Over ‘Deceptive’ Gut-And-Replace Legislative Practice Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nonprofits Sue Hawaii Over ‘Deceptive’ Gut-And-Replace Legislative Practice

Updated: Common Cause and League of Women Voters are putting legal pressure on the Legislature to improve transparency in the state’s lawmaking process.

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash

Top Hawaii House and Senate leaders have given out nearly $200,000 to other candidates since 2006.

Romy Cachola Voter Fraud Allegations Demand An Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Romy Cachola Voter Fraud Allegations Demand An Investigation

The voters in his Kalihi state House district — and all of Hawaii — must finally know whether the legislator is a crook.

3 Incumbent Lawmakers Lose State Legislative Seats Cory Lum/Civil Beat

3 Incumbent Lawmakers Lose State Legislative Seats

Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, as well as Reps. Cindy Evans and Lei Learmont, lost their re-election efforts.

The Hawaii Republican Party’s Slow Path To Extinction

The Hawaii Republican Party’s Slow Path To Extinction

The GOP is unable to field candidates in a growing number of races — and that, worry experts, is a problem for democracy and government transparency.

A Surprise Challenge On The North Shore And Other Intriguing Senate Races Civil Beat

A Surprise Challenge On The North Shore And Other Intriguing Senate Races

Open seats provide opportunities, while a longtime legislator is challenging to get his state Senate post back.

This Ewa Senate Race Between A Lobbyist And A Lawmaker Is Getting Hot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Ewa Senate Race Between A Lobbyist And A Lawmaker Is Getting Hot

Rep. Matt LoPresti says Senate President Ron Kouchi is distorting the facts to help lobbyist Alicia Maluafiti win the election.

Trying To Build ‘Generation One’ Of Micronesian Voters Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Trying To Build ‘Generation One’ Of Micronesian Voters

Could younger Micronesian-Americans, many of whom will eventually have the right to vote unlike their parents, be Hawaii’s next big voting bloc?