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Civil Beat flags misuse of executive session by rail board

February 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Earlier this week, Civil Beat’s Nick Grube had an important story showing that Honolulu rail officials misused a confidential executive session to discuss their approach to lobbying for an extension of the general excise tax for rail (“Behind Closed Doors: Honolulu Rail Officials Planned Political Strategy in Executive Session“). Directors of the Honolulu Authority for […]

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Tags: Politics · Sunshine

AP demonstrates using location data from social media accounts in political ethics investigation

February 26th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I couldn’t help noticing the description of a complex technique used by AP in its investigation of potential ethics violations by Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock (“Watchdog group files complaint over Rep. Aaron Schock’s travel“). The article reports on ethics complaints against Schock filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, as well as […]

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Tags: Media · Politics

Bill moving to add more disclosure of funding for independent expenditure committees

February 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Campaign Spending Commission presented some interesting data in its testimony on SB1344, which would require additional disclosure about contributions to “independent expenditure committees,” the groups that can accept unlimited amounts from donors, including corporations and unions, in the post-Citizens United world. The bill moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with amendments, although the […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Legislature · Politics

Gabbard’s new chief of staff

February 25th, 2015 · 12 Comments

Did you catch the news about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s new chief of staff, Kainoa Penaroza, who comes to the job with zero Washington experience and painfully thin political experience as a local campaign volunteer (CivilBeat.com, “Eyebrow Raiser: Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief of Staff Baffles Political Insiders“)? Employment History Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) (Feb. 2015-) Chief […]

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Tags: Politics

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