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Hawaii Politics

5,181 Signed Up To Testify On Gay Marriage, Governor Says 'Democracy Taking Place'

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics

Five days into a special session, Gov. Neil Abercrombie does not yet have a same-sex marriage bill to sign. But he's not worried. Asked about the h...

Kauai Mayor May Have Crippled Island's Legal Fight Against GMO Giants

Civil Beat | Sophie Cocke | Posted 11.02.2013 | Green

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho is being accused of a one-two punch — both below the belt. He garnered a lot of attention Thursday when he vetoed a ...

Hawaii Rep. Receives Death Threat For Supporting Gay Marriage

Posted 11.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Hawaii Representative Chris Lee (D.) does not parse words when it comes to his support for same-sex marriage. The 32-year-old is expected to vote in f...

State Republicans Have Strange Questions Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Civil Beat | Chad Blair and Nathan Eagle | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

An indication of just how long a joint committee of House lawmakers would be listening to testimony on same-sex marriage legislation came about two ho...

Making Sense Of The Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Debate (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

Even though the Hawaii State Senate passed a bill yesterday to legalize same-sex marriage in the Aloha State, we still have a ways to go before it bec...

Tempers Flare As Hawaii Republicans Desperately Try To Block Same-Sex Marriage

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - There was no Christian rock band jamming at the Hawaii Capitol Tuesday morning. Nobody waving protest signs. No chants about “marriage eq...

Protecting Health and Life: Kauai Must Lead

Andrea Brower | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

This anti-democratic agenda was being advanced by the chemical-GMO corporations, who lobbied strongly for it and were likely involved in its original crafting and introduction by Senator Dela Cruz, known for his allegiance to the industry and their large financial pay-offs.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill In Hawaii Passes First Test After 12 Hours Of Debate

Civil Beat | Chad Blair and Nathan Eagle | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

After nearly 12 hours of passionate, repetitive, sometimes heated and often ill-informed testimony, the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee passed a ...

WATCH: Anger & Pride As Thousands Weigh In On Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Over 1,800 people have indicated a desire to testify on the same-sex marriage legislation before the Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Labor committee. C...

Hawaii's Special Session On Gay Marriage Begins, Is Likely To Pass

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Even though Hawaii does not allow gambling, it's a pretty good bet that the Aloha State will become the 15th state to allow marriage between same-sex ...

Schatz Barely Ahead Of Hanabusa In Hawaii Democratic Primary Poll

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

Incumbent Brian Schatz has a 2 percentage point lead over challenger Colleen Hanabusa, 38 percent to 36 percent, in the race to be Hawaii's next U.S. ...

Sen. Schatz Fires First Shot In The Country's Fiercest Democratic Primary

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - There have been no debates, no early voting and very few political advertisements. The Democratic primary in Hawaii won't even be held for ...

Freedom Of Information Not So Free -- Many States Charge Insane Fees

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a $4,500 bill from the city’s police department for access to public crime data, the Pulitze...

The Exorbitant Cost Of Government Transparency In Hawaii

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

Neil Abercrombie’s job as Hawaii governor takes him around the world. Tourism meetings in Tokyo. A trade show in Los Angeles. A forum in Beijing....

View From The Sideline: Hawaii Delegates Talk Shutdown

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 10.11.2013 | Hawaii

Try the office doors for Hawaii's two senators in Washington and you'll find them locked. A sign on Mazie Hirono's door apologizes and explains that t...

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Will Refuse Pay During The Shutdown

Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Representative Tulsi Gabbard has vowed to send her paycheck back to the Treasury for as long as the federal government remains closed. In a press rele...

Chloe Fox

Tulsi Gabbard, Iraq War Veteran, Introduces Legislation To Protect Military Pay In Case Of Government Shutdown | Chloe Fox | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - On Thursday, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced legislation to protect servicemembers and critical Defense Department employees ...

Is Senator Schatz Capitalizing On The Molasses Spill?

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

Brian Schatz reacted quickly to news that a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor was turning into an environmental disaster. Just four days after the ...

Washington's Food Stamp Debate Gets Personal In Hawaii

Civil Beat | Kery Murakami | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A confrontation looms over food stamps. This is a sensitive issue for Hawaii. The number of food stamp recipients here has nea...

Government Shutdown Would Hit Hawaii Especially Hard

Civil Beat | Kery Murakami | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here we go again. The nation once again faces the possibility of a federal government shutdown. What could it mean for Hawaii?...

Molasses and Hawaii's Environmental Blind Spot

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

It's a blind spot for Hawaii's green politicians, green advocacy groups, and many people who profess to be green. It's an inconvenient truth that animal agriculture's annual share of total global greenhouse emissions is estimated at 51 percent or more.

Why Hawaii Is the Most Liberal State in the Country

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

Forget Massachusetts, Vermont, Minnesota, and California. Hawaii is the most liberal state in the U.S. This falls under the category of "what Hawaii can teach the world."

FBI File On Late Senator Daniel Inouye Makes For Gripping Reading

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Newly released FBI files on Dan Inouye show that the Hawaii senator was subject to several anonymous death threats during his long service in Washingt...

Aloha, HuffPost Hawaii!

Senator Brian Schatz | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Senator Brian Schatz

The partnership between Huffington Post and Civil Beat to create HuffPost Hawaii is good news for our state. A free and open press helps promote debate and is one of the cornerstones of our democracy.

Man Arrested For Threats Against Dem Congresswoman

AP | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Authorities in the District of Columbia say they've arrested a man for making threats against Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The U.S. Capit...