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Bill seeks disclosure of Hawaii inmates’ deaths

The state agency that oversees Hawaii’s jails and prisons would be required to submit a report to the governor within 48 hours of the death of an inmate or employee of a correctional facility under bills being considered by the Legislature this year. Read More

Sex-trafficking bills opposed by new prostitution lobby

A newly formed prostitution lobby in Hawaii is pushing back against bills in the Legislature that seek to combat sex trafficking in Hawaii, arguing that the executive director of the state agency that is seeking the measures wields a “radical feminist agenda” that doesn’t take into account the views of local sex workers. Read More

Gov. David Ige appoints Leo Asuncion to Public Utilities Commission

Gov. David Ige has appointed Leo Asuncion, a planning program administrator for the state’s Office of Planning, to the Public Utilities Commission. Read More

OIP’s director backs bills that would keep decision-making files under wraps

Two months after the Hawaii Supreme Court delivered a major win to advocates of open government records, the state agency tasked with promoting open and transparent government in Hawaii is trying to make an end run around the ruling. Read More

Water legislation sparks opposition

State lawmakers are considering allowing Alexander & Baldwin Inc., the state’s electrical utilities on Kauai and Hawaii island and a number of farming and ranching operations to continue using public water for another seven years even if they haven’t completed environmental reviews, consultations with Native Hawaiians about water needs, appraisals and, in some cases, public auctions — requirements envisioned by Hawaii’s laws protecting the state’s water resources. Read More

Bill would drop gender markers from certain IDs

The gender of Hawaii residents would no longer be included on limited-purpose driver’s licenses under a bill Hawaii lawmakers advanced Wednesday that aims to protect transgender people from discrimination. Read More
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DUI bill moves forward in wake of fatal Kakaako crash

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State lawmakers advanced a measure today that would allow judges to prohibit drunken drivers from purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol for three years after their conviction. Read More
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Widow of Kakaako crash victim testifies at Hawaii state Capitol

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State lawmakers advanced a measure today that would allow judges to prohibit drunk drivers from purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol for three years after their conviction. Read More
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Tulsi Gabbard offers progressive platform at campaign kickoff

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Tulsi Gabbard’s military background and views on foreign policy will likely be what distinguishes her among a growing field of candidates in the Democratic primary. Read More
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Tulsi Gabbard’s foreign policy stance sets her apart in crowded field

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As Tulsi Gabbard launches her bid for the presidency, her platform on foreign policy distinguishes her in a growing field of Democratic primary contenders. Read More

Leaders sign early-childhood support plan

Gov. David Ige and directors from several state departments signed a five-­year plan Wednesday that outlined a broad framework to coordinate and boost education, health care and child care for children up to age 8. Read More

Tulsi Gabbard plans presidential campaign kickoff in Waikiki

Gabbard’s campaign has not released details about the event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, but says the public can RSVP through her website to receive more details as soon as they are confirmed. Read More

Chris Butler and Science of Identity Foundation criticize media, decline interviews

When the Star-Advertiser began reporting on Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and the Science of Identity Foundation, the group began aggressively arguing that the newspaper was using religion as a “political weapon” and was fomenting religious bigotry. Read More
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Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele officially announces 2020 bid for Congress

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Kai Kahele plans to run for the congressional seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, setting up a potential 2020 Democratic primary challenge. The congressional seat represents the neighbor islands and rural Oahu. Read More
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Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele officially announces 2020 bid for Congress

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Kai Kahele plans to run for the congressional seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, setting up a potential 2020 Democratic primary challenge. The congressional seat represents the neighbor islands and rural Oahu. Read More

Sen. Kai Kahele challenges Tulsi Gabbard for her seat

State Sen. Kai Kahele plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for her congressional seat, sources have confirmed. Read More
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Tulsi Gabbard enters the 2020 race for president

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Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020, ending months of speculation about whether the 37 year-old would join what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic primary contenders in the race to unseat President Donald Trump. Read More

Gabbard accuses Hirono, Democratic colleagues of religious bigotry

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took aim at Democratic colleagues, accusing them of religious bigotry in their questioning of Brian Buescher, a nominee to the U.S. District Court of Nebraska. Read More

Gabbard accuses Hirono, Democratic colleagues of religious bigotry

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took aim at Democratic colleagues, accusing them of religious bigotry in their questioning of Brian Buescher, a nominee to the U.S. District Court of Nebraska. Read More

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