Monthly Archives: February 2019

Lessons from the Ledge – A primer on how things really work at the legislature

Below are a loose collection of articles, essays and missives I have written over the years that may be of interest to those seeking to understand the legislative process.  My intent is to explain, educate and describe – How it … Continue reading

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Legislative Session – Primer 2,  Rules Of The Game

In order to understand and effectively navigate the legislative process, there are 7 critically important universal truths, that must be understood and followed.  They may at first seem overly simple and obvious, but they are critically important and impact all … Continue reading

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Hawaii Legislative Primer #3 – Passing a Bill – The Basics

January 16th, is opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature.  The legislative session will run for “60 session days” and adjourns on May 2 “sine die”. During the legislative session, thousands of “bills” will be introduced and several hundred will … Continue reading

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Legislative Testimony: A quick and concise tutorial 

First of all, your testimony is important and has an impact.  Trust me on this.  I have served in public office on both the state and county level for 16 years, and I can say without hesitation that your testimony … Continue reading

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Hawaii Legislative Primer 4 – Hierarchy of access and influence

The 2019 legislative session is in full swing and those familiar with the process know the environment in “the building” is hectic at best. Having served in the building for eight years as a State Senator, I can say without … Continue reading

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Brutally frank – a discussion we need to have.

Brutally frank – a discussion we need to have. The cynics, jaded and the obsessively pragmatic need not read further. In fact, delete now please and for that matter there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of this page. … Continue reading

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