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Capitol Watch,  Jan. 19: Live Blogging Opening Day of the Legislature

Capitol Watch, Jan. 19: Live Blogging Opening Day of the Legislature

3:53 p.m. Say takes Speakership; Say may need GOP after all; Governor staying out of House stalemate; the people chow down on ono grinds; Legislature officially open.

Fragile Recovery Requires Proven Leadership

Longtime House Speaker on tax credits for the private sector and reforming public employees' benefits programs.
Lobbyist Violations in Hawaii? Who Knows Civil Beat file photo

Lobbyist Violations in Hawaii? Who Knows

The current state requirements for lobbyist disclosures provide no oversight and give the public little information on political spending.

Taking Care of Our Elders

AARP says aging seniors in Hawaii need long-term care options — ones that their children can afford.

It’s Really About Values

Rep. Roy Takumi says ideas are important, but it will be the results of the legislative session that count.

Civil Unions, Civil Rights

League of Women voters wants lawmakers to act on civil unions and census-driven redistricting.

Defending Civil Rights that Affect Our Everyday Lives

The ACLU of Hawaii has five directives for the Legislature.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 18

Capitol Watch: Jan. 18

UPDATED 3:29 p.m. The GOP's legislative package; DLNR and medical waste; House may term-limit for speaker; House wants a speaker; and Kona Tea Party wants invocations.
Kokubun Back in Senate, Pitching for Opposing Team

Kokubun Back in Senate, Pitching for Opposing Team

Senator-turned-Cabinet-member lays out initiatives for Agriculture Department.
Michael Medved: Hawaii Senate ‘Insane’ to Ban Invocation

Michael Medved: Hawaii Senate ‘Insane’ to Ban Invocation

The conservative author and talk radio host criticizes state Senate's plan to stop clergy from speaking on the floor.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 13

Capitol Watch: Jan. 13

UPDATED 5:12 p.m. Inouye wants House Democrats to settle power struggle; Big Isle money woes; Koller goes to North Carolina; Abercrombie praises UH; Ariyoshi eyes space; and Say, Ige, Ward, Aoki on PBS.