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Our state and city governments just can’t get a handle on costly recycling programs

Updated on  December 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm
Both the city and state have recently produced audits of the various city and state recycling programs; each notes that neither the city nor the state is doing the job and that it has been repeatedly told of its failings. Read More

Heed severe lessons of ‘Reaganomics’

Updated on  November 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm
Today’s homeless can look directly at Reagan and his GOP tax plan for much of their misery. Read More

Congressional race will reveal Democratic Party’s divide and future course

Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm
The uncertainty and disunity within the dominant Hawaii Democratic Party is showing up as the race to replace U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District begins. Read More

Lieutenant governor race needs firefight spark

Updated on  October 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm
On his or her’s best day, Hawaii’s lieutenant governor can boast an agenda not much different than occupying the office on your worse day — little is going to happen. In the margins, however, those smart and lucky can find a lot of room to maneuver. Read More

Tsutsui to sit out 2018 election to ‘recharge’

Updated on  October 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm
In one of the first major moves of this political season, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is withdrawing his plans to run for Maui mayor next year. Read More

Ige and Hanabusa get gubernatorial ball rolling

Updated on  September 29, 2017 at 6:39 pm
Running for governor is Hawaii’s most difficult political quest and problems multiply when you exit Congress for a job back home. Read More

Lawmakers getting aboard rail-funding train — but where’s Caldwell?

Updated on  August 26, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Today Mayor Kirk Caldwell has succeeded only in uniting the state Legislature against him and his ever-increasing demand for more money and more time to finish his city rail project. If anything, he is showing a talent for leading people away from himself. Read More

Hawaii GOP should walk away from Trump’s remarks

Updated on  August 20, 2017 at 12:09 am
With that sort of political power, the GOP would be best stepping off the Trump train and repeating the affirmation of Schatz: “He’s not my president.” Read More

Curb costly retirement benefits for government workers

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm
It was just one sentence in the reams of data coming from the Tax Review Commission’s latest study, but the impact is jolting: The state is not getting enough money to operate. Read More

Time is running out for HART — and Oahu taxpayers

Updated on  July 28, 2017 at 8:47 pm
Honolulu’s slow-moving rail project is sliding into another “what, me worry?” moment with deadlines approaching and little acknowledgement of the project’s dropping support. Read More

Hirono emerges from surgery, to battle GOP health bill and Trump

Updated on  July 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm
Hirono has always been a strong liberal Democrat, but whether it was Donald Trump’s election or joining the fight to beat cancer, she has become all the more forceful. Read More

Trump likely to draw more lawsuits, with Hawaii joining in

Updated on  July 8, 2017 at 7:53 pm
We may not be the People’s Republic of Hawaii, but the renewed feistiness coming from local officials shows that Republican Trump has stirred Democratic Hawaii. Read More

Hawaii to take big hits under Medicare, Medicaid cuts

Updated on  June 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm
The Republican-controlled Congress has launched an attack on both the ACA and the Medicare and Medicaid portions of the act that if successful, will damage a great many Hawaii families. Read More

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