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In the 2019 session many administration bills died, programs got less funding than sought and nominees faced tough grilling.
The budget is expected to be approved a month earlier than normal, but thorny funding decisions like Big Island disaster relief and pre-K expansion remain undecided.
A few senators are upset about their assignments and say traditions are not being followed, but President Ron Kouchi says any complaints are baseless.
So much changed nationally, including control of the U.S. House and the election of scores of women. But not here.
Republicans, who currently hold only five House seats and no Senate seats, appear poised to grab one Senate seat.
Five of 14 candidates backed by progressive political organizations survived the Aug. 6 primary.
Hanabusa supporters are blasting the governor for challenging Hanabusa’s repeated criticism of him, saying it’s really a dis on women.
At a time of upheaval on the Big Island, two Democrats and two Republicans talked about how to build a better future.
This year’s newcomers come from all over the political spectrum, and a variety of issues inspired them to run.