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Hawaii In The Thick Of DC Battle Over Ballast Water Dumping Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii In The Thick Of DC Battle Over Ballast Water Dumping

Environmental groups say the shipping industry wants to loosen regulations, which could make it harder to fight invasive species.

Here’s How These 5 LG Hopefuls Would Make That Office Relevant Screenshot: Hawaii News Now

Here’s How These 5 LG Hopefuls Would Make That Office Relevant

The five Democratic candidates for Hawaii’s lieutenant governor spent an hour Monday evening trying to win over voters.

Why Would Anyone Want To Be Lieutenant Governor? Courtesy: KITV

Why Would Anyone Want To Be Lieutenant Governor?

The office comes with little power and few responsibilities. But it positions politicians for a leap to higher office — and to raise a lot of campaign cash.

Hawaii Teacher: Talking Politics At Campbell High School Jared Rodriguez/Truthout.org

Hawaii Teacher: Talking Politics At Campbell High School

Students talk about rail and Ewa Beach issues with three legislators who provided lessons in contrasting styles.

Pod Squad: Why Will Espero Wants To Be Our LG

Pod Squad: Why Will Espero Wants To Be Our LG

An 18-year veteran of the Hawaii Legislature, the state senator hopes to make the jump to lieutenant governor.

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige

The congresswoman files papers to form a campaign committee. Meanwhile, state senators Will Espero and Josh Green are running for lieutenant government.

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Still Chilly To Police Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Still Chilly To Police Reform

Despite ongoing problems in county police agencies, legislators are rejecting more accountability.

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer

Will Espero urges the commission to wait until a federal investigation is finished before making a deal for Chief Louis Kealoha’s departure.

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

Hawaii lets its for-profit prison contractor set its own rules for what it terms “disciplinary segregation,” instead of solitary confinement.

Hawaii First State To Link Firearms Owners To FBI Database Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii First State To Link Firearms Owners To FBI Database

Gov. Ige signed legislation authorizing county police departments to enroll firearms applicants and individuals registering firearms in a federal service that monitors criminal records.

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend

The state has little data on the effect of shipping prisoners to Arizona, but studies say a lack of family contact makes it harder to go straight.

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii?

Lawmakers concede that tougher police accountability measures haven’t been a priority despite numerous high-profile cases of serious misconduct.

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