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Civil Beat column tracks finances of gubernatorial candidates

August 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I was kind of at a loss yesterday morning. Tuesday is my weekly deadline to turn in a column to Civil Beat, and I had no good ideas of what to write about. An occupational hazard. So I settled down, thought some calm thoughts, and started looking for topics off the beaten path. Preferably with […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Elections · Ethics · lobbyists · Politics

Conflicts can lurk among undisclosed clients

July 8th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Here’s one of those areas where the state’s ethics law falls short. State officials file personal financial disclosures every year, the same disclosure requirement that was recently extended to a number of the most important boards and commissions. The first item required to be disclosed are sources of income. Here’s what the law says [Section […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Politics · Sunshine

State employees disclose golf gifts from contractors after last year’s ethics investigation

June 30th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Last year, the State Ethics Commission said it was investigating a number of instances in which public employees accepted invitations to participate in golf tournaments courtesy of companies doing business with their departments. In November, 2013, the commission fined one DOT employee $7,500 for accepting such freebies. As Civil Beat reported: He apparently accepted a […]

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Financial disclosure bill should come off the governor’s veto list

June 24th, 2014 · 10 Comments

Governor Abercrombie has notified the legislature of the ten bills he intends to veto. The legislature’s website has a list of the bills, complete with links to the full text of each bill and its legislative history, committee reports, testimony, etc. As I understand the process, being on the list doesn’t guarantee that a bill […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Ethics · Politics · Sunshine

UH Regents reportedly to oppose new financial disclosure requirements

May 17th, 2014 · 12 Comments

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents is poised to issue a unanimous call for Governor Abercrombie to veto a bill that would make the financial disclosure statements of its members available for public inspection, according to a story by Nanea Kalani in this morning’s Star-Advertiser. SB2682 would add members of the BOR and more […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · Politics