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Lawmakers Debate A Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit For Drivers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Debate A Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit For Drivers

The measure is deferred, but another making it illegal to smoke in a car containing minors is passed by the Senate Transporation and Energy Committee.

Hawaii GOP: Ige Wrong On Syrian Refugees

Hawaii GOP: Ige Wrong On Syrian Refugees

The Hawaii Republican Party says the state can’t handle Syrian refugees.

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue

The state’s only Republican senator jokes about how he can “caucus with myself,” but he has serious views on making the GOP relevant here.

Hawaii Senate Minority Celebrates 56 Years of Statehood Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Minority Celebrates 56 Years of Statehood

Friday, Aug. 21, is Admissions Day, a state and country holiday that is often met with “apathy, disinterest and even controversy.”

How Hawaii Lawmakers Spend Up to $13,000 a Year — Each Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Lawmakers Spend Up to $13,000 a Year — Each

UPDATED State ethics director Les Kondo may be under fire, but he seems to have gotten their attention. A review of this year’s spending shows legislators are much less inclined to spend public money on questionable expenses.

Final Pieces Fall Into Place for State Senate Reorganization Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final Pieces Fall Into Place for State Senate Reorganization

Hawaii Sens. Laura Thielen, Russell Ruderman, Les Ihara and Gil Riviere are left out of power positions after in-session coup.

Slom: President Should Act Now to Stop Dock Labor Dispute PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Slom: President Should Act Now to Stop Dock Labor Dispute

“A lockout would be devastating to Hawaii,” said Hawaii’s only Republican state senator.

Hawaii Could Be $1 Billion in Hole by 2019, GOP Senator Warns PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Could Be $1 Billion in Hole by 2019, GOP Senator Warns

State Senate’s only Republican warns that lawmakers and the next governor will need to address a “budget freefall.”

Hawaii Senator: Who’s Obama’s Birth Father?

Hawaii Senator: Who’s Obama’s Birth Father?

Republican Sam Slom doesn't doubt Obama born in Hawaii, but questions identity of president's birth father.