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Chad Blair: Can Anything Help The GOP In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Can Anything Help The GOP In Hawaii?

GOP party chair Shirlene Ostrov has a hard climb to build a viable two-party system in the islands. This year, even her top-ticket candidates are feuding.

Why Progressives In Blue Hawaii Face An Uphill Battle Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Progressives In Blue Hawaii Face An Uphill Battle

Five of 14 candidates backed by progressive political organizations survived the Aug. 6 primary.

Chad Blair: Did David Ige Tell Colleen Hanabusa To ‘Sit Down And Shut Up’?

Chad Blair: Did David Ige Tell Colleen Hanabusa To ‘Sit Down And Shut Up’?

Hanabusa supporters are blasting the governor for challenging Hanabusa’s repeated criticism of him, saying it’s really a dis on women.

Candidates For Governor Hone Their Messages At Hilo Forum Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Candidates For Governor Hone Their Messages At Hilo Forum

At a time of upheaval on the Big Island, two Democrats and two Republicans talked about how to build a better future.

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics

This year’s newcomers come from all over the political spectrum, and a variety of issues inspired them to run.

Following The Money In Oahu Legislative Races Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

Following The Money In Oahu Legislative Races

Fresh faces are raising and spending more than some longtime lawmakers with better name recognition.

Chad Blair: She’s Back! Hawaii’s Most Notorious Candidate Returns www.hawaiigovernor.com

Chad Blair: She’s Back! Hawaii’s Most Notorious Candidate Returns

Along with her friend “Jesus,” Angela Kaaihue is now vying for Andria Tupola’s Leeward Oahu seat.

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Politics Has Never Been For The Faint-Hearted Wikimedia Commons

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Politics Has Never Been For The Faint-Hearted

Rough political attacks are nothing new. In 1874, supporters of Queen Emma physically assaulted backers of David Kalakaua in the aftermath of a royal election.

Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session Flickr: Tax Credits

Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session

It doesn’t get any more outrageous than legislative leaders asking people to pony up cash for Colleen Hanabusa at the same time they’re voting on bills and budgets.

Civil Beat Poll: Let’s Have A Constitutional Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Let’s Have A Constitutional Convention

Two-thirds of Hawaii voters surveyed in our poll support the state holding a “con con,” the first in 40 years.

Democracy In Hawaii Needs A Tuneup — Here Are Some Tools To Do It Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Democracy In Hawaii Needs A Tuneup — Here Are Some Tools To Do It

Government officials can do more to encourage public participation — and citizens need to stay engaged, conference participants say.

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Be More Like California? Flickr: Russ Sanderlin

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Be More Like California?

The Golden State is at the vanguard of the Trump resistance and much more that the islands might aspire to — or not.

Hawaii Politics