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Masters of Secrecy

Masters of Secrecy

Welcome to the ranks of Hawaii state government employees, No. 26579
Capitol Watch:  Jan. 27

Capitol Watch: Jan. 27

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Kamita and med pot; Inouye keeps appropriations; another birther solution; women's legislative caucus; and dueling earmarks.

Public Workers, Private Data: Bill to Hide Salaries

Citing a certain "local online news service" and identity theft concerns, law would nix names from salary data.
Week 38: The Legislature, Ethics and Transparency

Week 38: The Legislature, Ethics and Transparency

What lawmakers don't want you to know as they begin legislative session.
Capitol Watch:  Jan. 24

Capitol Watch: Jan. 24

UPDATED 5:58 p.m. Kaauwai disses speech; filibusters and the U.S. Senate; dueling civil unions bills; and more on 'birthers'.
Capitol Watch:  Jan. 21

Capitol Watch: Jan. 21

UPDATED 10:11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 Civil unions addendum; civil unions may be heard next week; and Hawaii joins others in defense of health-care.
The Big Fat Gray Area of Lobbying Laws

The Big Fat Gray Area of Lobbying Laws

Hawaii's lobbying laws leave organizations guessing what expenditures they're required to report with the state ethics commission.
Can a House Divided Against Itself Stand Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Can a House Divided Against Itself Stand

Calvin Say quotes Lincoln after grasping another term as Hawaii House speaker. But is the chamber really united?
Capitol Watch:  Jan. 20

Capitol Watch: Jan. 20

UPDATED 4:33 p.m. Former priest named gov's homeless coordinator; Olelo TV update; Aila, Paty and DLNR; full House; and Senate alters invocations.
Opening Day of the Hawaii Legislature Slide Show

Opening Day of the Hawaii Legislature Slide Show

See what it was like at the Hawaii Capitol on opening day in photos by Katherine Poythress.

Hawaii’s Clean Energy Future

Jeff Mikulina of Blue Planet Foundation says removing barriers to Hawaii's clean energy future should be the Legislature's priority.