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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

Environmentalists again flex their growing political muscle

April 15th, 2015 · 8 Comments

I’ve exhausted myself today getting our taxes figured out, forms completed, and finally into the mail. I made it, but it was touch and go for a while. So now I’m relaxing while watching the confirmation hearing for Bill Balfour, who Gov. David Ige has nominated to another term on the State Water Commission. There’s […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Politics

Sunshine Law bills still moving in the legislature

March 24th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Here’s a list of bills relating to Hawaii’s Sunshine Law that are still alive in this session. These bills are drawn from a longer list of sunshine bills, both those that have died and those that successfully crossed over, which were identified by the Office of Information Practices. I’ve marked those which OIP reports supporting. […]

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Tags: Legislature · Politics · Sunshine

Strong land board nominations counter worst-case views of Gov. Ige

March 18th, 2015 · 19 Comments

The nomination of Carleton Ching to serve as director of DLNR goes to the Senate floor today for a final confirmation vote. The report of the Senate Committee on Water and Land on Governor’s Message 514 is long and unusually detailed, and worth reading. It reads, in part: The lack of familiarity with the subject […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Planning · Politics

Is Gov. Ige oblivious to the political cost?

March 13th, 2015 · 23 Comments

This comment, left here on Thursday afternoon, seems to sum up the status of the Ching nomination: In the end, the nomination will be confirmed after some ugliness. But the Governor will have lost quite a bit in the process. And that’s what so puzzling to me. Why squander this much political capital on this […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Politics