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Hawaii Supreme Court opinion appears to undercut full public access to government records

December 13th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Thanks to Honolulu attorney Rebecca Copeland’s “Record on Appeal” blog for calling my attention to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court case with unsettling implications for public access to government documents (“County has no legal duty to maintain records“). Here’s her mini-summary of the case: The case involved property on the Big Island. Molfino purchased the […]

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Tags: Court · Legislature · Planning · Sunshine

Kim takes little time in announcing Senate organization

November 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments

The State Senate didn’t waste any time agreeing on a new leadership slate, with Donna Mercado Kim retaining the position as president. Will Espero replaces Ron Kouchi as vice-president. Kouchi was named vice-chair of the powerful Ways & Means Committee. Kalani English takes over as majority leader, bumping Brickwood Galuteria, who no longer appears in […]

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Tags: Elections · Legislature · Politics

Legislative cuts to UH budget contributed to the “Mess in Manoa”

August 1st, 2014 · 9 Comments

Hawaii News Now posted several documents last night that shed additional light on the Mess in Manoa, including UH President David Lassner’s evaluation of Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple that rated his performance “unsatisfactory,” as well as two letters from Apple to Lassner, one billed as a direct rebuttal to the evaluation. There’s a lot of […]

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Tags: Education · Legislature · Politics

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

Rep. Cachola accused of diverting campaign funds to personal use

May 14th, 2014 · 9 Comments

Hawaii News Now reported last night that the Campaign Spending Commission wants state representative and former Honolulu City Council member, Romy Cachola, to repay $64,000 in campaign funds they believe were used to pay for personal expenses. It’s a hefty sum, far beyond the $13,700 spent on meals that former councilman Rod Tam had to […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Crime · Legislature · Politics