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State Ethics Commission staff recommend closing lobbyist disclosure loopholes

December 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

One of the matters considered by the State Ethics Commission at its meeting this past week was a recap of their interpretations of the provision for lobbyist registration and reporting (“State Ethics Commission Staff Recommendation Regarding Registration And Reporting Requirements For Lobbyists And Organizations That Engage In Lobbying Activities“). Hawaii law requires lobbyists to register […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists · Politics

Aloha United Way flexes political muscle to rebuff ethics recommendation

December 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to attend this week’s State Ethics Commission meeting on December 17th, since it was filled with important and interesting topics. The items up for review included interpretations of several ethics provisions. It was a heavy load for a commission with a relatively new chairman and two relatively new members. […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Politics

Throwback Thursday: Protesting “The Bomb”

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Here we go with another Throwback Thursday. During the 1970s, there were widespread protests around the world against the nuclear testing program of the French government, which was conducting weapon tests in French Polynesia. There were several groups that conducted protests in Honolulu against the French tests, including the Honolulu Friends Meeting (Quakers) and the […]

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Tags: Health · Politics

Police Commission chair should resign in wake of yesterday’s extraordinary action in federal court

December 17th, 2014 · 12 Comments

Yesterday’s extraordinary events in Honolulu’s Federal District Court, and the response of the chairman of the Honolulu Police Commission, demonstrated again that “police accountability” is a contradiction in terms here in our fair city. It’s time for the commission chairman to step down, and for new leadership to shake up the commission and its approach […]

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Tags: Court · Crime · Labor · Politics

The sale of Hawaiian Electric shouldn’t have been a surprise

December 14th, 2014 · 5 Comments

A couple of days ago, Henry Curtis (Ililani Media) walked through the available clues that should have provided some advance warning of Hawaiian Electric’s openness to a potential sale (“The Inside Scoop on HECO’s Four Year Death Cycle“). That is, if we had local business reporting that focused on in-depth understanding of the largest local […]

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Tags: Business · Media · Politics