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STAR-ADVERTISER /2011
                                At Honolulu International Airport, car rental agencies.
Hawaii lawmakers again propose raising car rental tax

State lawmakers for the second straight year are proposing to increase the state’s daily car rental tax as a way to fund more highway construction projects that would hopefully reduce traffic congestion. Read more

DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER 
                                The Ige administration has reported spending about $15 million on law enforcement operations to cope with protests on Mauna Kea. Leaders of the anti-TMT protest spoke with a local law enforcement officer in December.
House cuts funding for TMT enforcement from state budget

House lawmakers approved a rough draft of the new state operating budget Tuesday that cut more than $65 million in funding that Gov. David Ige requested for law enforcement operations to cope with disturbances such as the ongoing protests over the Thirty Meter Telescope, according to House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke. Read more

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                                In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 photo medicated High Chew edibles are shown on display and offered for sale at the cannabis-themed Kushstock Festival at Adelanto, Calif.
Bill to permit edible cannabis products advances

A key Senate committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill authorizing the sale of edible medical cannabis products in Hawaii, although it likely would be many months before those products are legally available here even if the bill passes. Read more

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Tulsi Gabbard’s all-in effort in New Hampshire puts her in a bind

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was counting on New Hampshire to provide some momentum for her wobbly presidential campaign, but both the public opinion polls during the past week and the early election returns in the Granite State on Tuesday showed she wouldn’t get the political boost she needed. Read more

Hawaii Democrats won’t have Iowa’s caucus problem, says head of state party

Hawaii Democrats will use a new mail-in balloting process and a new ranked-choice voting system to poll party members on who they want to be the next president of the United States, but interim Hawaii Democratic Party Chairwoman Kate Stanley said she does not expect to see anything like the problems on Monday that threw the Iowa caucuses into turmoil. Read more

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