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Legislator’s tie to NextEra consultant shows gaps in required financial disclosures

September 15th, 2015 · 8 Comments

NextEra Energy recently disclosed the list of consultants it has retained as part of its bid to take over Hawaiian Electric Industries (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, “NextEra spends on firms to help it purchase HEI“). The full list of consultants is contained in a document filed in the ongoing review of the proposed merger by the Public […]

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Tags: Energy · Ethics · Legislature · Politics · Sunshine

Souki’s reported investment in Hawaiian Electric a “mental error”

June 17th, 2015 · 10 Comments

My column over at Civil Beat today describes House Speaker Joe Souki’s reaction to my earlier report, based on his official financial disclosures filed with the State Ethics Commission (“Ian Lind: House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Reports Are Full of Errors“). Here’s an excerpt from the CB column: But when asked this week about the […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · Sunshine

Speaker says reports of HEI stock purchases were simply wrong

June 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

For the record: I was able to speak briefly with House Speaker Joe Souki on Monday, and he says reports that he boosted his investment in Hawaiian Electric Industries prior to the public announcement of the NextEra merger offer are wrong. A bit of explaining is necessary, and I’ll get to that soon.

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature

Ethics Commission director holds on to job, at least for now

June 12th, 2015 · No Comments

On Wednesday, my report on the State Ethics Commission’s evaluation of its executive director appeared in Civil Beat (“Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge“). The bottom line is that a long and apparently contentious evaluation of Les Kondo resulted in no action being taken by the commission. In this case, “no action” means that […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · Politics

Don’t fault the Senate if Balfour’s nomination is approved

April 17th, 2015 · 7 Comments

While Bill Balfour would not have been my choice to serve on the State Water Commission, I don’t think there are good grounds to block his nomination. It seems to me that much of the testimony focused on what Balfour is not. He’s not a scientist. He’s not a lawyer. And, more specifically, he’s not […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Politics