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What about Robbie Alm?

April 1st, 2015 · 5 Comments

Henry Curtis (Ililani Media) ran an interesting piece a couple of days ago, “Embedded HECO Lobbyist in Governor Ige’s Office.” The “lobbyist” referred to is Robbie Alm, a former Hawaiian Electric executive who resigned a couple of years ago. Here’s Henry’s summary: Robbie Alm works in the Governor’s Office as Legal Counsel where he helps […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · environment · Politics

NextEra has received almost $2 billion in federal subsidies

March 31st, 2015 · 1 Comment

A new report by Good Jobs First has tracked federal subsidies to U.S. corporations since 2000. Six parent companies have received $1 billion or more in federal grants and allocated tax credits (those awarded to specific companies) since 2000; 21 have received $500 million or more; and 98 have received $100 million or more. A […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Energy · Politics

Bits & pieces to start the week

March 30th, 2015 · 4 Comments

I’ve wondered for some time when and how property insurers are going to start taking sea level rise into account when dealing with oceanfront properties. So I was interested when I saw a recent entry on Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment (“Climate Change: Can the Insurance Industry be saved from Bankruptcy?”). It featured the video […]

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Tags: Business · Campaigns · environment · Politics

HSTA and DOE agree on TRO blocking latest ethics ruling

March 29th, 2015 · 14 Comments

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board has approved an agreement between the Department of Education and the Hawaii State Teachers Association to defer enforcement of a recent ethics ruling barring candidates for union office from distributing their campaign materials through school mailboxes, according to the attorney representing the union. The labor board approved a stipulated temporary […]

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Tags: Education · Ethics · Labor · 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