The Problem with the "Emergency" Approach to Homelessness
Are the Governor's emergency proclamations really the solution to homelessness? ...See More
Honolulu adds hurdles for military families driving for Uber, Lyft
Honolulu now requires Uber and Lyft drivers to have a Hawaii driver's license, a ...See More
Political Words That I Love to Hate
There are a few words that some people use in our political discourse that I hav ...See More
Thai Military Junta Rigs Constitutional Referendum, Preserves Dictatorship
The Thai people voted on the latest constitution pushed by the reigning military ...See More
Politics and emotionalism are stoking division over the marine monument.
In many ways, the debate over the expansion of the national marine monument know ...See More
Watchout for rising taxes in Hawaii
Brace yourselves for the coming tax hikes ...See More
No Regulation Without Representation
In mid-July, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner unexpectedly introduced the “No Regul ...See More
How to increase school funding without raising taxes
A new program could offer more money for public and private schools without rais ...See More
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The big fiscal news yesterday was that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has officially acknowledged that, after several years of declines, federal budget deficits are again climbing. Last year’s budget deficit was $438 billion, the lowest since 2007. But this...
There are a few words that some people use in our political discourse that I have come to hate. I’m not exactly sure why, it is more of a visceral, emotional thing than logic. Let me try to explain each case in turn. Proactive. People often say, “you have to be...
The Thai people voted on the latest constitution pushed by the reigning military junta. By banning any opposition, General/Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha won approval to continue his dictatorship from behind the scenes. For decades military coups were frequent and...
In many ways, the debate over the expansion of the national marine monument known as Papahānaumokuākea is a model for everything that can go wrong in Hawaii politics. Unnecessary division, stoked by ethnic, racial, and historical issues, pushed forward by an...
In mid-July, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner unexpectedly introduced the “No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016,” a proposal that would codify the physical presence, or “nexus,” requirement established by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Quill decision. The Supreme...
During the campaign to retake the White House in 2008, Governor Sarah Palin famously said “Drill, baby, drill.” This seemed to establish her credentials as both a conservative and a member in good standing of the boy’s club. Her thoughts are also on target with...
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