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Instability, distrust still mire Police Department

It rankled when former police Chief Louis Kea­loha, facing a federal corruption investigation for allegedly involving the department in a family legal dispute, was paid $250,000 by the Police Commission to go away. Read More

Schatz gains traction with hawkishness over climate

Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is one of the few congressional Democrats who broken from a consensus in the party to hold fire on climate change politics while hurricane victims in Florida and Texas recover. Read More

Rail has run the mayor flat broke in credibility

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s trail of debt on Oahu rail is strewn with loose words and broken promises. Read More

Management, not funding, of rail needs to be explored

State legislators are focused on the wrong question heading into their Aug. 28 special session on Oahu’s $10 billion runaway train. Read More

Sticking up for the little guy is never such a bad move

Many in Hawaii have mixed feelings about Attorney General Doug Chin’s multiple lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Read More

Tillerson offers hope for solution on N. Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered the first hope in a while of a path to peaceful resolution of the Korean nuclear crisis that has Hawaii, Alaska and ultimately the U.S. mainland in the crosshairs. Read More

Isle leaders intently keep blind eye on rail’s budget

Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the City Council, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the state Legislature have made a culture of looking the other way when it comes to the financial and managerial lapses that have doubled the cost of Oahu rail to $10 billion and delayed its opening by six years. Read More

Legislators’ brown-nosing puts unions in control

A common complaint about Hawaii’s local government is that public worker unions are too powerful. Read More

Leeward GOP silence over rail missteps is deafening

You can tell all you need to know about the irrelevance of the Hawaii GOP as an opposition party by the cheerleading of two of its most prominent elected officials for the deficit-ridden Oahu rail project. Read More

Souki’s House career lasted 35 years for good reason

It would be negligent to let the 2017 Legislature get too far away without voicing an appreciation of Rep. Joe Souki, who resigned as House speaker at the session’s end. Read More

Mayor’s claim of not using tax deduction garbles truth

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s past use of a property tax exemption for historic homes that allowed him to pay only $100 to $300 for several years has come back to haunt him as the city considers raising property taxes to cover rail deficits. Read More

Democrats keen to grill Fukumoto on her views

State Rep. Beth Fukumoto made national news when she announced she’d switch to the Democratic Party after House Republicans ousted her as minority leader for criticizing President Donald Trump. But Democrats aren’t exactly laying the welcome mat. Read More

Legislators apply brakes on Caldwell’s money train

As the Legislature nears its crunch, key lawmakers are showing signs they finally mean what they say about holding Honolulu rail accountable for incessant mismanagement and budget deficits. Read More

Ige ices out state’s No. 2 despite clear need for help

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui’s announced intention to leave his post to run for Maui mayor — possibly before his term ends — exposes a flaw in the way our state government is structured at the top. Read More

Caldwell makes bank from side job at Territorial

Mayor Kirk Caldwell again made between $200,000 and $299,999 in 2016 from his side work as a Territorial Savings Bank director, he reported in his annual financial disclosure. Read More

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