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Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January

As Hawaii’s Department of Health sets up a dispensary program, it struggles with a backlog of 1,000 applications for medical marijuana cards.

Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed

Gov. David Ige is continuing to review rules approved by the DLNR last year that would create the state’s first Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area.

Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor

David Ige, like Neil Abercrombie, had no problem securing funding from Hawaii lawmakers to get his new administration up and running — without providing detailed requests. That wasn’t the case for Republican Linda Lingle.

Weekend News? Ige’s Appointments Tend to Come Late on Fridays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Weekend News? Ige’s Appointments Tend to Come Late on Fridays

Hawaii governor’s office says it’s just coincidence that most of his Cabinet choices were announced when fewer people were paying attention to the news.

Will Senate Investigators Be Able to Fix the Hawaii State Hospital This Time?

Problems of overcrowding and understaffing persist at the mental health facility despite a federal consent decree.
Hawaii AG May Spend $3 Million to Investigate Matson, Defend State Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG May Spend $3 Million to Investigate Matson, Defend State

The attorney general is requesting $1 million from the Legislature in an emergency appropriation.
Is Hawaii Really Doing So Well? Fact-Checking the Governor’s Speech

Is Hawaii Really Doing So Well? Fact-Checking the Governor’s Speech

Gov. Neil Abercrombie painted the state in a rosy light during the State of the State, boosting his re-election campaign.
It’s Your Money: Hawaii’s Election Holiday Cost Taxpayers Millions

It’s Your Money: Hawaii’s Election Holiday Cost Taxpayers Millions

But voter participation is still declining even though public holiday was created in part to boost turnout.
‘Sucky Websites’ To Become Cool Under State’s New Tech Reform Plan Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

‘Sucky Websites’ To Become Cool Under State’s New Tech Reform Plan

Multi-million-dollar initiative to bring Hawaii into 21st Century.
Most Oppose Hawaii Judiciary’s Plan to Seal Expunged Records

Most Oppose Hawaii Judiciary’s Plan to Seal Expunged Records

The courts received mostly negative feedback about a rule that would close off public access to some criminal records.
Hawaii’s Old Records Are Literally on Ice

Hawaii’s Old Records Are Literally on Ice

Waiting for records to "thaw" at the Hawaii State Archives.
Civil Beat Poll – Can Gov’t Solve Challenges? Flickr

Civil Beat Poll – Can Gov’t Solve Challenges?

Non-voters pessimistic about country fixing problems.

Is Hawaii Law Governing Public Officials Effective?

Hawaii Accountability Project, Part 14: Effectiveness of Hawaii law hurt by big gaps.

Does Hawaii Have Civil Service Regulations?

Hawaii Accountability Project, Part 13: Hawaii's lack of rules preventing nepotism, cronyism and patronage hurt state's ranking.

Can Hawaii Citizens Access the Asset Disclosure Records of the Governor?

Hawaii Accountability Project, Part 7: While Hawaii's laws may be strong, the reality is a different story.

October 2015

Friday, October 23

Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January

July 2015

Thursday, July 9

Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed

May 2015

Thursday, May 21

Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor

February 2015

Monday, February 2

Weekend News? Ige’s Appointments Tend to Come Late on Fridays

March 2014

Sunday, March 23

Will Senate Investigators Be Able to Fix the Hawaii State Hospital This Time?

January 2014

Thursday, January 30

Hawaii AG May Spend $3 Million to Investigate Matson, Defend State

Wednesday, January 22

Is Hawaii Really Doing So Well? Fact-Checking the Governor’s Speech

November 2012

Saturday, November 10

It’s Your Money: Hawaii’s Election Holiday Cost Taxpayers Millions

October 2012

Thursday, October 4

‘Sucky Websites’ To Become Cool Under State’s New Tech Reform Plan

September 2012

Wednesday, September 26

Most Oppose Hawaii Judiciary’s Plan to Seal Expunged Records

July 2012

Friday, July 20

Hawaii’s Old Records Are Literally on Ice

April 2012

Friday, April 27

Civil Beat Poll – Can Gov’t Solve Challenges?

Monday, April 2

Is Hawaii Law Governing Public Officials Effective?

Does Hawaii Have Civil Service Regulations?

March 2012

Sunday, March 25

Can Hawaii Citizens Access the Asset Disclosure Records of the Governor?

Are Hawaii’s Conflict of Interest Regulations Effective?

Are There Conflict of Interest Rules For Hawaii’s Executives?

Are Hawaii’s Top State Executives Subject to Criminal Proceedings?

Monday, March 19

List – Top 3 Areas Where Hawaii Less Accountable Than Other States

List – The 6 States Less Accountable Than Hawaii

Sunday, March 18

Hawaii Has No More Excuses For Not Improving Accountability

Friday, March 16

Hawaii Ranks Near Bottom for Enforcement of Transparency Laws

Wednesday, March 14

Hawaii Ranks in Bottom Half of States for Spending Transparency

Accountability Project: Hawaii Compared With Other States

Civil Beat and the State Accountability Project

All Is Not Sunny When It Comes to Ethics in Hawaii

Grading the Nation: How Accountable Is Your State?

February 2012

Thursday, February 23

Who’s in Charge in Hawaii?

Monday, February 13

John Radcliffe — Prophet or Pariah?

January 2012

Monday, January 23

Abercrombie: Hawaii Has ‘Turned Corner’

The Text of Neil Abercrombie’s 2012 State of the State Speech

Wednesday, January 18

PHOTOS — 2012 Hawaii Legislature Opening Day

Saturday, January 14

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 16-22

Saturday, January 7

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 9-15

Thursday, January 5

Be A Force For Good

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 2-8

Friday, December 23

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Friday, December 16

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Saturday, December 10

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 12-Dec. 18

Saturday, December 3

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 5-Dec. 11

November 2011

Tuesday, November 29

As HGEA Invokes ‘Favored Nation’ Clause, Who Got Better Deal?

October 2011

Thursday, October 6

Two Top Advisers to Hawaii Governor Are Out

Saturday, October 1

Capitol Watch: Oct. 3

September 2011

Wednesday, September 28

Analyze This: Hawaii’s Criminal Justice System

Sunday, September 25

Capitol Watch: Sept. 26

Saturday, September 24

Feds Say Some Child Deaths Should Be Public

Friday, September 23

Inside Halawa: A Reporter’s Notebook

Tuesday, September 20

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Fewer Employees, Higher Costs

Abercrombie Defends Emergency Cleanup Order

Monday, September 19

Civil Beat To Publish ‘Hawaii State Salaries 2012’

Saturday, September 17

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Highest Paid Employees

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Fewer Employees, Higher Costs

Hawaii Gov Orders Boards to Post Agendas Online

Friday, September 16

Abercrombie HR Head Sunshine Topping Quits

Monday, September 12

Off The Beat: Hawaii’s ‘Dark Age’ of Information

Friday, September 9

Hawaii’s Sunshine Law Doesn’t Cast Much Light on Government Meetings

VIDEO — Newsmaker: Interview With Hawaii’s Chief Information Officer Sonny Bhagowalia

July 2011

Friday, July 29

Two More Board Members Resist Abercrombie

Wednesday, July 27

One More Board Member Says ‘No’ to Hawaii Gov

Tuesday, July 26

All Land Board Members Resisting Abercrombie

Monday, July 25

Cooking the Truth at the Hawaii Office of Information Practices

Thursday, July 21

Newsmaker: Watch the Interview With HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira

Wednesday, July 20

‘The Raw Truth’ — OIP Responds to Civil Beat

Wednesday, July 13

Third Appointee Resigns At Abercrombie’s Request

Saturday, July 9

More Lingle Appointees Staying On Board

Thursday, July 7

Hawaii Legislature Needs to Give Records Office a Backbone

Hawaii Open Records Agency Lets Public Down

June 2011

Wednesday, June 29

When Labor Contracts Expire, State Pay To Revert to Pre-Furlough Levels

Wednesday, June 22

Newsmaker: Interview With Lt. Governor Brian Schatz

Tuesday, June 21

Appointees Resist Hawaii Gov’s Resignation Request

Wednesday, June 8

Hawaii’s CIO to Tackle Outdated Technology

Friday, June 3

Auditor: Poor Management of Hawaii Public Housing Puts Federal Funds at Risk

May 2011

Tuesday, May 10

Hawaii DPS To Finally Follow Medical Pot Law

Thursday, May 5

All Together Now: Panel Charts Redistricting Course

April 2011

Friday, April 29

Retired Judge Named Hawaii Redistricting Chair

Thursday, April 28

Capitol Watch: April 29: Live Blogging from the Legislature

Wednesday, April 27

Obama Releases Long Form Hawaii Birth Certificate

Thursday, April 21

Redistricting Chair Now in Supreme Court’s Hands

Wednesday, April 20

Hawaii Lawmakers Will Hammer Out State Budget Over Next Week

Monday, April 18

Politics Divides Hawaii Reapportionment Panel

Saturday, April 16

Lingle Appointees: Who Donated What?

Thursday, April 14

Sixteen Abercrombie Nominees Have Withdrawn

Friday, April 8

What Abercrombie Didn’t Tell Us About HGEA Deal

Wednesday, April 6

Hawaii Silence On Landfill Inspections Speaks Loudly

Tuesday, April 5

Governments File Open Records Requests, Too

New Details Emerge About Landfill Spill Response

March 2011

Tuesday, March 29

What Should Politicians Be Required to Disclose?

Friday, March 25

Hawaii Departments Fired 67 out of 14,000 in 2010

Tuesday, March 22

Eight Named to Redraw Hawaii Political Lines

Friday, March 18

Capitol Watch: March 21

Thursday, March 17

Capitol Watch: March 18

Wednesday, March 16

Hawaii Ethics Commission Votes to Reject Gift Bill

Friday, March 11

Hawaii State and County Websites Didn’t Serve Public During Tsunami

Thursday, March 10

OIP Director: “I Was Terminated.”

Thursday, March 3

State Investigating Violations Related to Medical Waste

Honolulu to State: There’s No Rail Money for You

February 2011

Friday, February 25

Bring More Women Into the Political Process

Thursday, February 24

First Look at Hawaii’s Official U.S. Census Data

More Than Just a Paycheck: How Public Compensation Stacks Up in Hawaii

Monday, February 14

Radcliffe: Most Government Buildings ‘Full of Mold and Virus’

Tuesday, February 8

When Should Names of Police Officers Be Public?

Friday, February 4

OIP: Abercrombie Must Reveal Judge Candidates

January 2011

Saturday, January 29

Why Hawaii Legislature Should Renew Shield Law

Bill Watch: Lobbying

Friday, January 28

First Amendment Scholar: Invocations Satisfy No One

Invocations Extend Back to Territorial Legislature

Thursday, January 27

Masters of Secrecy

Tuesday, January 25

Fighting for Hawaii High Court Short List

Public Workers, Private Data: Bill to Hide Salaries

Friday, January 21

Dump DéJà Vu

Thursday, January 20

Equal Opportunity and Prosperity Focus of FACE Equity Summit

After Landfill Spill, Lots of Questions, Few Answers

Can a House Divided Against Itself Stand

Wednesday, January 19

Hawaii’s Clean Energy Future

Hawaii Legislature

Pursuing Health Equity in Hawaii

Will Hawaii Learn the Great Recession?

Tuesday, January 18

Fragile Recovery Requires Proven Leadership

Taking Care of Our Elders

Civil Unions, Civil Rights

Defending Civil Rights that Affect Our Everyday Lives

Redesigning Democracy in Hawaii

Wednesday, January 12

Government Agencies — Other Than Honolulu Police — Share Salaries

Friday, January 7

Capitol Watch: Jan. 7

December 2010

Friday, December 31

The Paychecks of Hawaii Public Union Leaders

Monday, December 20

Abercrombie’s New Day Runs into Budget Sinkhole

Friday, December 17

Week 33: The Facts About Rail Costs and Extraordinary Overtime

Thursday, December 16

Gov: ‘Bring All Prisoners Back’ From Mainland

Tuesday, December 14

Army Doc Doesn’t Believe Obama a Citizen

Wednesday, December 8

Capitol Watch: Dec. 8

Sunday, December 5

Dissecting Abercrombie’s ‘New Day’

Capitol Watch: Dec. 4

Friday, December 3

Capitol Watch: Dec. 7

Wednesday, December 1

Capitol Watch: Dec. 2

November 2010

Tuesday, November 30

Capitol Watch: Dec. 1

Monday, November 29

Capitol Watch: Nov. 29

Tuesday, November 23

Capitol Watch: Nov. 23

Monday, November 22

Fall of the House of Say?

Thursday, November 18

Capitol Watch: Nov. 18

Wednesday, November 17

Capitol Watch: Nov. 17

Monday, November 15

Government Waste Watch: State Paying Staff to Retype Every Food Stamp Application

Thursday, November 11

Redrawing District Boundaries One Consequence of Election

Wednesday, November 3

Discussion: Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie

Monday, November 1

Transition Hawaii

October 2010

Saturday, October 23

OHA Claims Its Employees Aren’t Public

September 2010

Thursday, September 30

Public Union to Seek Changes to Open Records Law

Tuesday, September 28

Sample Salary Database

Friday, September 24

Utah and Four-Day Workweeks

Friday, September 10

The John Mizuno Show

August 2010

Tuesday, August 24

Lawsuit: State Discriminates in Care for Micronesians

Saturday, August 21

Week 16: All Is Quiet at Civil Beat — Not

Friday, August 20

Comments You Don’t Want to Miss: Aug. 21

Tuesday, August 17

How Everyone Knew My Salary

Hawaii’s Lowest Paid State Workers

Hawaii’s Highest Paid State Employees

Discussion: Hawaii Public Employee Salaries

Civil Beat Shares Hawaii State Employee Salaries

Monday, August 16

Coming Wednesday: Salaries of State Employees

Monday, August 2

Discussion: The Katherine Leonard Nomination

July 2010

Saturday, July 31

Understanding the Katherine Leonard Pick

Thursday, July 29

Discussion: Public Housing Safety

Curfew to Lead to New State Rules for Public Housing

Friday, July 9

New Campaign Finance Laws for Fall Elections

Wednesday, July 7

Lingle Vetoes 32 Bills on Final Day

June 2010

Thursday, June 24

Explosive E-Mail Read in Senate Hearing

Discussion: CGI Contract Controversy

Wednesday, June 16

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, June 16

Update: ERS Follows Up On Interview Request

Introducing Three New Topic Pages

Friday, June 11

Government Official Spends 25 Minutes Talking About Why He Can’t Talk

Tuesday, June 8

UPDATE: New Auditor’s Report Finds Inefficiencies in State’s pCard Program

Discussion: Open Records

May 2010

Wednesday, May 26

UPDATE: State issued 3,500 tax refunds totaling about $21 million

Hawaii Places A Bet On Shanghai Expo

Saturday, May 22

How The State Auditor Determined Frozen Investments Included General Funds

Friday, May 21

Mail-In Voting The Winner In Special Election

Thursday, May 20

UH Professors Guaranteed Raises Despite Economy

Study: Civil Unions Could Bring Millions To State

Tuesday, May 18

Tax-Exempt Bonds Getting Little Use By Private Schools

Monday, May 17

UPDATE: State Will Begin Issuing Delayed Tax Refunds

UPDATE: Hundreds Of Hawaii Nonprofits Could Lose Tax Exemptions Today

Thursday, May 13

Majority of 1st District Voters Likely To Be Unrepresented

Tuesday, May 11

Rail, Highway Projects Won’t Be Covered By “Local Jobs Bill”

Saturday, May 8

Legal Benefits And Implications Of Civil Unions

Biggest Impact Of Civil Unions Will Be On Couples

Friday, May 7

If Hawaii Doesn’t Pay Now, Will It Have To Pay More Later?

UPDATE: Color By Numbers. Or Is It Numbers By Color?

Monday, May 3

UPDATE: GOP Star Scott Brown Endorses Djou

Sunday, May 2

Discussion: Hawaii

Minority Report: GOP and the 2010 Hawaii Legislature

Saturday, May 1

What Comes After Curfew at Housing Complex?

April 2010

Saturday, April 24

A pricey pass-through

Wednesday, April 21

Wasting away again at the Ala Wai