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Topsy-Turvy at the ‘Ledge’

Topsy-Turvy at the ‘Ledge’

A newbie governor, power struggles and money problems are nothing new. Yet, it isn't business as usual at the Square Building on Beretania.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 12

Capitol Watch: Jan. 12

UPDATED 5:01 p.m. Say, supporters meeting again to end speaker impasse; Abercrombie to get first Supreme Court pick; mayors say 'Don't Touch TAT'; and Newt's coming to town.
The Power of The Speaker Civil Beat

The Power of The Speaker

Why the big fuss over who the next House Speaker will be? In a word: power.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 11

Capitol Watch: Jan. 11

UPDATED 4:10 p.m. Kahele appointed senator; Marumoto's bills for Women's Caucus; OHA's legislative package; Hanabusa on budget cuts; Oshiro on civil unions; and 'More Guns, Less Crime' talk.
Today’s Disclosure, Yesterday’s News

Today’s Disclosure, Yesterday’s News

As Hawaii's lawmakers begin legislative session, public information on the sources and substance of their income is outdated by up to two years.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 10

Capitol Watch: Jan. 10

UPDATED 5:21 p.m. House dissident says GOP 'distorts truth'; GOP reiterates support for Say as Dems meet; departments could follow DCCA's budget model; tough questions for DOT heads; and Kauai cancels a furlough day.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 7 Hawaii House of Representatives

Capitol Watch: Jan. 7

UPDATE 5:48 p.m. House GOP decision to back Speaker Say could resolve stalemate over House leadership — but will Democrats accept it?
Capitol Watch: Jan. 6

Capitol Watch: Jan. 6

UPDATE 4:54 p.m. Herkes, the vog and PBS; ethics complaint against Big Isle lawmaker; Abercrombie vows to keep D.C. informed about Hawaii military; and OHA to propose settlement on ceded-land revenues.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 5

Capitol Watch: Jan. 5

UPDATE 4:37 p.m. Hanabusa already under fire; Inouye's ninth; the governor and the military; House staff turnover; and separating church, state.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 4

Capitol Watch: Jan. 4

UPDATE 5:13 p.m. Hanabusa and 'the Mighty Nine'; Tokuda to hold 'Twitter Town Hall'; Akaka's Post-9/11 veterans ed bill becomes law; and Kalbert Young gets grilled.
Loophole Limits Disclosure of Lawmakers’ Income

Loophole Limits Disclosure of Lawmakers’ Income

Senate President says he's willing to look at revising financial disclosure rules so that he can make correct rulings on potential conflicts of interest.
Capitol Watch: Jan. 3 Civil Beat file photo

Capitol Watch: Jan. 3

UPDATE 4:03 p.m. Tsutsui says Maui's TAT share safe; Big Isle considers development impact fees; and Klompus goes to work for Ward.