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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am also currently the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In a past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator and Majority Leader and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my web site AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)

Unpacking the 2022 Hawaii Reapportionment/Redistricting Discussion

Summary description of the process Based on most recent census determination of total permanent residents for the entire state and then broken down by County For example in 2011 the total population of Hawaii was determined to be: 1,251,534 Oahu … Continue reading

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Back from limbo and Coco Palms – Wailua Nui

Seems like my writing has been in limbo during the past few months. While previously my The Garden Island (TGI) column was weekly, it is now just once per month (first Wednesday). This is good news and bad news. The … Continue reading

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Women in politics – we need more of them

At the risk of entering the volatile realm of so-called “identity politics,” here goes an old white guy diving deep into it… What percentage of Hawaii lawmakers at the State and County level are women? The below information details the … Continue reading

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Catching up…recent travels…a hard pivot to 2022

Yes, my bad. I have been extremely remiss in posting to this blog, and I have not sent out an email “thought-letter” recently either (it’s not a newsletter!) 😉 But…trust me…am getting back on track. My goal today is simply … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s Democratic legislature – A misnomer?

People from outside Hawai’i often assume that because our State Legislature consists overwhelmingly of Democrats, and because in 2016 Hawai’i voted solidly for Bernie Sanders, that out legislature must be progressive or at least liberal in the traditional sense. It … Continue reading

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Who is behind HB499CD1 – ?

As you may have heard by now, unfortunately a majority in the House and Senate voted to pass HB499CD1. The good news is that there was an actual public vote so legislators had to openly declare whose side they are … Continue reading

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How much power does Speaker Saiki actually have?

The nature and extent of power wielded by House Speaker Scott Saiki is the subject of much speculation among policy wonks, lobbyists, and legislative advocates. Some will say he is omnipotent, and others will mock this characterization and defend his … Continue reading

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A Cheat Sheet: Deciphering The Obfuscation

Less than totally truthful is the most gracious way to describe some of the responses being provided by State Representatives when asked to explain their inaction or lack of support for SB676 and SB614 (increasing the minimum wage to $12 … Continue reading

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House Floor Action – Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

This past Thursday’s much anticipated House action in support of increasing the minimum wage and blocking the tax on unemployment did not happen. To find out why, call your Representative. They will tell you “There weren’t enough votes.” Of course, … Continue reading

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House subterfuge attempts to block County Covid rules

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:30pm, the State Legislature’s House Committee on Finance is holding a hearing on SB266. Why is this important and why have you not heard about this before? To make a long story short, back … Continue reading

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