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  • Hawaii Women Lawmakers Slam Police Chief for Canceling Domestic Violence Meeting

    · By Nathan Eagle

    A group of Hawaii women lawmakers on Wednesday blasted Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha for canceling a meeting with them about domestic violence.

    “We sincerely hope this is not a sign of the lack of importance the department places on the issue of domestic violence,” Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said in a statement. 

    The Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus, which includes 23 state lawmakers and three Honolulu City Council members, is perplexed by the chief’s decision not to meet with them Thursday as planned, she said.

    Hawaii

  • County Councils Agree to Lobby State for More Hotel Tax Revenue

    · By Nathan Eagle

    UPDATED 9 a.m., 9/17/2014

    County officials agree on at least one thing as they prepare to lobby the Legislature next year: They want more funding for local government services ranging from roads to rescues.

    But Kauai, Maui, Big Island and Honolulu council members and mayors have different ideas on how to go about boosting their revenues.

    Council members plan to ask state lawmakers for a bigger share of hotel taxes. The mayors, although not opposed to more Transient Accommodations Tax money, may double down on new revenue proposals with

  • Hawaii Capitol to Prepare for ‘Active Shooter’ Scenario

    · By Nathan Eagle

    The Hawaii Capitol has never been the scene of a shooter running amok, although there have been incidents of white powder arriving in the mail (turned out to be sugar), suspicious bags left unattended and telephone threats.

    But with reports on the mainland of gunmen firing indiscriminately in schools, movie theaters and other public places, state officials say it’s time to prepare for the worst.

    The Honolulu Police Department is offering two sessions on “active shooter” preparedness this month for the hundreds of people who work at the Capitol.

    It

  • Hawaii Counties Prepare for Another Battle over Hotel Tax Revenue

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Maui, Kauai, Hawaii and Honolulu counties want more money from the state — tens of millions of dollars more — to help offset the cost of providing services that visitors use, ranging from roads to rescue.

    Council members and mayors are already ramping up for the next legislative session, which starts in January, strategizing how they might grab a bigger slice of the state’s hotel tax revenue.

    It’s an annual fight that the state has dominated in recent years, particularly with the implementation of a cap on the counties’

  • Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

    · By Chad Blair

    I’ve seen this parade before.

    Dozens of hopeful candidates from diverse walks of life, hopeful, excited, sporting banners and signs and buttons and T-shirts and stickers and websites, all believing this will be the election year that Hawaii elects more than a token representation of Republicans.

    I saw this parade just two years ago, when Linda Lingle and Charles Djou went down to defeat in runs for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

    I saw it as well in 2010, when Djou lost his re-election bid for the 1st Congressional District, Cam

  • Hawaii Legislature: Most Incumbents Win, But There Are Exceptions

    · By Chad Blair

    Voters throughout Hawaii are returning legislative incumbents to office with a couple notable exceptions in Saturday’s primary.

    That’s according to the state Office of Elections final summary report as of early Sunday.

    The exceptions:

    • Controversial Big Island Rep. Faye Hanohano was far behind challenger Joy San Buenaventura. But that district is in the area where final results will be delayed because of storm damage.

    • Also on the Big Island, former lawmaker Lorraine Inouye beat incumbent Malama Solomon by a wide margin.

    • Challenger Matt LoPresti handily defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Rida Cabanilla.

    A woman goes into

  • Ige Wants a Better BOE and More Transparency From UH Regents

    · By Nathan Eagle

    The gubernatorial candidate fielded questions on education, the University of Hawaii, taxes and how the state is doing.

  • Hawaii Legislature Pau, But Not Before Turtle Bay Land Deal Squeaks By

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Lawmakers spend final day of session plodding through dozens of measures, including the hastily put together Turtle Bay deal.

  • Still Legal: Eating Pets, Trading Ivory and Smoking E-Cigs in Public

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Hawaii Legislature lets dozens of bills die in final days before session ends.

  • Senate Confirms Wooley, Tamamoto Appointments as End of Session Nears

    · By Chad Blair and Nathan Eagle

    Hawaii House delays vote on Turtle Bay deal, but Legislature passes minimum wage, government transparency bills.

  • Down to the Wire: Money for Turtle Bay Land Deal, Higher Minimum Wage Approved

    · By Nathan Eagle and Chad Blair

    Hawaii lawmakers pass new $12 billion budget but OHA will not be allowed to build residential in Kakaako Makai.

  • Abercrombie to Ige: Where’s the $40 Million for Turtle Bay Land Deal?

    · By Nathan Eagle

    UPDATED The clash is playing out as both are ramping up their campaigns for the governor’s office.