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Makana Sings Out For Bernie Sanders

The Hawaii artist has recorded “Fire Is Ours” and posted a YouTube video in support of the Democratic candidate for president.

State To Release Names of Panelists Awarding Medical Marijuana Licenses

The Department of Health initially refused to identify who will serve on the selection committee. It issued additional policy details Friday.

Governor Issues Emergency Proclamation In Fight Against Dengue

The move allows the state to access more resources in the battle to contain the disease, of which there have been 255 identified cases on the Big Island.

Lawmakers Consider Releasing Some Offenders To Relieve Overcrowding

Under a proposed bill, more than 200 people convicted of misdemeanors could be released from custody to help relieve jail overcrowding.

Hawaii Closer To Implementing Statewide Police Standards

A bill moving through the Legislature aims to ensure better education and training standards for police. But it still falls short in providing better oversight of bad cops.

State Defends Secrecy Regarding Who Awards Medical Marijuana Licenses

The Health Department not only won’t say who’s on the high-stakes selection committee, it won’t say who chose those members.

Bad Blood From Florida Surfaces At Power Company Merger Hearing

NextEra’s response to the testimony of a former employee-turned-regulator becomes part of an acrimonious exchange.

Measure To Regulate Mopeds More Strictly Passes First Hurdle

The legislative measure would require mopeds to go through annual inspections and registration.

Raising The GET: Will Hawaii Lawmakers Take A Bite Of The Forbidden Fruit?

UPDATED: Bills increasing the general excise tax to support long-term caregiving and education reform cleared key votes Wednesday.

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

Sen. Will Espero has long been an advocate for more police accountability. The arrest of a DLNR cop has him pushing even harder.

‘Good Government’ Measures Take Another Go At Hawaii Lawmakers

The Legislature was tough on government reform bills last session. This time, proposals such as all-mail balloting and tougher campaign laws may get traction.

Kahoolawe Reserve Commission Scrabbles For Funding

The state body that manages the former bombing range has nearly exhausted its federal funds.

Hawaii Senators Ponder Rules And Money For Police Body Cameras

The statewide police union opposes the legislation, the ACLU recommends a better bill and HPD wants a dialogue on what it would entail and cost.

Hawaiian Electric Against ‘Substantial Net Benefit’ For Utility Merger

The company is fighting lawmakers’ efforts to make it a legal standard for mergers, replacing one that requires no net harm.

Pod Squad: ‘LGBT Tourism Has Been Reborn’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: ‘LGBT Tourism Has Been Reborn’

A new video by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is expected to bolster same-sex marriage and LGBT tourism in the islands.

‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’

A reporter discovers an unusual homeless camp in Waianae — and learns a lot about herself in the process.

Pod Squad: What Grade Would You Give The Governor? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: What Grade Would You Give The Governor?

A pair of UH political scientists rate David Ige’s first year as slightly above average, but note that his admittedly weak communication skills haven’t been tested in a crisis.

Should Hawaii Buffer Schools From Pesticides?

UPDATED: Lobbyist for chemical companies says “mainland activists” want a pilot project that isn’t needed.

‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms

The massive recommendations of a once-a-decade task force are moving ahead, despite concerns that some go too far.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Love Obama But Ige, Caldwell? Not So Much

About 57 percent of Hawaii voters view President Obama positively. But far less feel that way about Hawaii’s governor and Honolulu’s mayor.

Pointing to Hawaii Gas, NextEra Claims It Faces A Double Standard

Lawyers for the power company looking to buy Hawaiian Electric suggest the gas company had an easier time when it was purchased.

House Chairman Blocks Speaker’s Lease Conversion Bills

The proposals sought to help lessees but could hurt large landowners such as the Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate.

Police Unions Bargain For More Secrecy

An analysis by The Guardian found that police unions across the U.S. try to keep officer misconduct under wraps. The same is true in Hawaii.

Hawaii Island Declares Dengue Emergency

UPDATED: The proclamation will help the county “stay ahead of the response,” officials said.

Where Are The Highest Paid State Workers? Public Health

The top-ranked doctors in Hawaii Health Systems Corp. earn far more than other state workers, even Supreme Court justices.

Civil Beat Poll: More Voters Call For More Police Oversight

But Hawaii voters also say they believe most misconduct is due to a few bad cops.

National Cancer Report Misleads On Native Hawaiian Health

Critics say health issues of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders swamped by move combining their data with that of larger Asian-American population.