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On Politics: CNN win over Trump is present-day echo of Borreca v. Fasi

“Borreca v. Fasi” was one of the first federal decisions regarding rights of reporters to attend public news conferences, and was cited in last week’s CNN ruling. Read More

On Politics: Putting aside election bad blood won’t be easy for Ige, legislative leaders

Two things from Tuesday’s election: First, Hawaii just doesn’t vote, and second, there are no early indications of any significant changes in state government. So if you liked 2018, you are likely to love 2019. Read More

On Politics: Odd couples sit atop governor, lieutenant governor tickets

There is absolutely no doubt where Green, a Big Island emergency room physician, stands with Ige: right next to him with a big grin. Read More

On Politics: Private-public partnership on rail to take generations of Oahu taxpayers on wild ride

Here’s some advice for your grandchildren: Start practicing saying “Who elected you?” because they will be hollering that 20 or 30 years down the road. Read More
 

On Politics: Passive-aggressive ‘school tax’ proposal could turn out more aggressive than it seems

If it is possible to have a passive-aggressive tax bill, the proposed state constitutional amendment aimed at funding public education may be it. Read More
 

On Politics: John McCain’s death recalls heroic similarities to Hawaii’s Daniel Inouye

Both men, heroes in war and peace. Two political icons both honored as their bodies lay in state under the U.S. Capitol rotunda. First Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel K. Inouye on Dec. 20, 2012, and now Arizona’s Sen. John McCain. Read More

The election’s clear winner — voting by mail — should be implemented statewide

The primary election is complete and one question has been answered. I can’t talk about who won or lost because this column had to be written before the Saturday election, but I already know one thing. Read More

Can Ige criticize Hanabusa for criticizing him? Some female leaders call it gender bias

If there is an ad that parses the political innuendo churning around this campaign, it is that this is a campaign being fought on the gender battlefield. Read More

Election by mail, painfully slow in coming, makes dollars-saving sense in island state

When Honolulu City Clerk Glen Takahashi drops a letter in the mail, it is a big deal. This Friday he and his city staff will be sending 145,000 letters. Read More
 

Televised ‘super debate’ not so super — for audience, sponsors or candidates

For someone who has always believed you should never feel sorry for a politician — after all, they begged for the job — last Monday’s debate on Hawaii News Now evoked at least some sympathy for the amount of public testing we are willing to inflict on the political class. Read More

Dues just 1 aspect as HGEA also mulls ‘value-added’ services

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to free public workers from paying union dues gives workers the option of refusing to join a union while still keeping the rights and benefits of union members. Read More

State leaders should be devising plans now to help volcano-affected businesses recover

Seething and erupting since 1983, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is the world’s most active, according to geologists. For economists, Kilauea may be one of the most lucrative. Read More

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