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Volcanic Ash: Lieutenant governor needs a real job or save us the big salary

Hawaii LGs have struggled to find meaningful roles since statehood. They come into office with grand plans, only to find themselves toiling at the governor’s whim with assignments that are often menial. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Was rail worth all the pain? Voters suggest maybe not

Mayor Kirk Caldwell stood before microphones last week to announce he’ll float a $44 million short-term loan to meet federal demands to get that much more to the $9 billion rail project by Nov. 20. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Let’s breathe some energy into voting

I mailed in my ballot out of hope it still matters, but find it more difficult to fault the majority who don’t consider voting worth their time. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Swearing at one another; the new American curse

The first rule of a functioning democracy is that nobody gets to have everything their own way. Unable to square this with our self-righteousness, we’ve broken down into angry and entitled tribes. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Putting school tax on ballot lets unions sidestep debate

If the teachers’ union wants to amend the state Constitution to facilitate pay raises, it could support a constitutional convention and let its proposal be properly considered alongside all the other priority needs of public education. Read More

Volcanic Ash: P3 plan to shift rail costs burdens future generations

For those having trouble understanding the city’s scheme to finish the grossly over-budget rail project with a public-private partnership, perhaps it would help to think of it by another name: Kick the Can Down the Road. Read More
 

Volcanic Ash: Politics of shutting up must also involve listening

The only way America returns to achieving great things is if principled people across the divide shelve the antagonism and find a way to work together again. Maybe we all need to shut up once in awhile and just listen. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Dispute about rail delays puts HART over a barrel

It’s hard to decide what’s worse, the persistent bad news about Oahu’s $9 billion rail project or the city’s unrelenting efforts to put a happy face on the problems. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Alleged mail-in voting abuse demands deeper investigation

Twice in six years, state Rep. Romy Cachola has been accused of effectively stealing elections by intimidating elderly immigrants in his Kalihi district to vote for him via mail-in ballots. Read More
 

Volcanic Ash: Be honest about schools tax before it goes on ballot

The four counties make a fair point in their lawsuit trying to stop a poorly written constitutional amendment that would allow the state to raid real property taxes purportedly to finance public education. Read More

Isles’ future put on layaway after voters deliver verdict

The primary election is finally over, and it’s time to “flASHback” on August’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Let’s stop winging it on rail; take the time to get it right

The fight between Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the City Council over SamKoo Hawaii’s 513-unit condominium near the Ala Moana Center rail terminus again points up the the chaos that bedevils rail. Read More

Political snits snarl recovery from Big Isle eruption disaster

House Speaker Scott Saiki and Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke are out of line in their political bullying of Big Island officials trying to recover from an ongoing volcanic disaster that has crippled a major quadrant of the island. Read More

Kirk Caldwell is off track blaming high rail cost on Colleen Hanabusa

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s effort to stick U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa for skyrocketing rail costs is shameless even for him. Read More

Voters should rebel against super PAC campaign clout

For the first time since the infamous smear against Ben Cayetano’s 2012 mayoral campaign by Pacific Resource Partnership, a well-funded super PAC is investing heavily in a Hawaii election. Read More

Hanabusa coasts on leadership claims while vague on policy

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is campaigning for governor on her abilities as a leader, but she is failing the first obligation of political leadership: telling voters exactly where she intends to lead us. Read More

Hawaii News Now enables Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign hypocrisy

Hawaii News Now deserves kudos for hosting debates that try to energize local elections, but made a couple of bad journalistic calls in the latest round by shutting out potentially the most interesting GOP candidate for governor and again letting U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard run and hide to deny opponents a chance to be heard. Read More
 

Trump-Kim pact a step back from fear that gripped Hawaii

Reaction to President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un predictably divided along political lines. Read More

Top-2 system offers better choices than party primaries

With each election cycle, it becomes more difficult to take Hawaii Republicans seriously as a major political party. Read More

Hawaii risks include slow-moving natural, man-made disasters

The volcanic eruption in the Big Island’s lower Puna district is a rare natural disaster that occurs in slow motion. Read More

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