Calvin Say Supporters Bring Home The Bacon

·By Chad Blair and Michael Levine

Hawaii state reps loyal to the House speaker fare far better than dissidents in getting money for district projects.

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Civil Beat's Randy Ching contributed to this report.

  1. Dozens of lawmakers introduced bills that were comprised entirely of their CIP requests. None of those bills were heard by a committee, but they served as the basis from which Kyle Yamashita and Marcus Oshiro designed the House's CIP budget. Some requests are adopted as written. Others are tweaked. And others are ignored. House Bill 1341, which was introduced by Yamashita to appropriate funds for the 12th District that he represents, is an example of such a bill. View the charts that Civil Beat built as it researched this story.

  2. The total figure does not equal the sum of the four main categories — Say Loyalists, Dissident Democrats, Mixed and Republicans — because two projects valued at $3 million were requested by Rep. Jo Jordan. She was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to the District 45 seat only after Say successfully retained his job as speaker. The term "Mixed" means a request came from lawmakers in two factions.