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A few items of note (Maui lobbying, homelessness, blog ads, and a hacker attack)

July 28th, 2015 · 3 Comments

A few brief items for this morning. • In a column published in the Maui News this week, and reprinted on the Maui County website, County Council Chair Mike White suggests that Maui’s lobbyist law is not being enforced. The law, which dates from 1981, requires any person who is compensated for lobbying either the […]

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Tags: Blogs · Consumer issues · lobbyists · Politics

Lobbyist spending falls in the first two months of 2015

April 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I downloaded the latest lobbyist expenditure reports filed with the State Ethics Commission last week, and did a quick review for my column that appears at Civil Beat today (“Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top“). The latest reporting period covered January and February of this year. I found several interesting things. First, […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Sunshine

More info released in advance of Carleton Ching confirmation hearing

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments

The amount of publicly available information being released in advance of Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Carleton Ching has been growing rapidly. Checking the status page for Governor’s Message 514 shows five batches of individual testimony, one batch of organization testimony, and the nominee’s own testimony, basically a rewrite of the resume posted earlier. For those […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · lobbyists

Two informative items about the Carleton Ching nomination

February 25th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Progressive activist Bart Dame has posted a couple of very interesting items this week about the nomination of Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources. They are worth sharing. First, he posted a graphic distributed by the Building Industry Association attacking the State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR. Until his nomination, […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · lobbyists · Politics

Is State Ethics Commission looking to backpedal on “goodwill lobbying”?

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the items on the agenda for today’s meeting of the State Ethics Commission is a report by Executive Director Les Kondo, which includes a list of “Projects Under Consideration.” The first item: Reconsidering whether “lobbying,” as defined in HRS section 97-1(7) includes “goodwill” or relationship-building lobbying. There’s no indication of what the proposed […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists