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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 as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another 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 website 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)

Republicans and Conservative Dem’s Join Hands To Weaken The Build Back Better Plan

Well, the Build Back Better plan has passed. Yes, it’s a historical piece of legislation, but it could have been so much more so. Because of a handful of conservative Democrats and 100% of the Republicans in Congress, 62 million … Continue reading

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Legislative accountability – Four big problems, one big solution

Having a government that works for the people and operates in a manner that is transparent and accountable – is a worthy goal that cuts across ideological lines. Thus we must celebrate the Hawaii Supreme Courts’ recent decision on the … Continue reading

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Swing Votes, Leverage, and Vote Trading

Recently I wrote a column in which I suggest that President Biden should “Give them (those who are blocking the Build Back Better legislation) a freeway, an airport, a rail system, or maybe a football stadium. Name an aircraft carrier, … Continue reading

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Time for President Biden to cut a deal, lessons from Louis L’Amour

Louis L’Amour’s novel Sitka should be required reading by all who serve in elective office. “He knew how to line up the votes, knew what the states and territories needed, and he knew that statecraft consists of a reconciling of … Continue reading

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1 minute must read: thought-provoking, relevant, and timely

As a lifelong readaholic, I recently decided to find out why the novels of Louis L’Amour are so popular. Being a fan of historical fiction, I borrowed his book Sitka from the library. On page 320 I found this passage, … Continue reading

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National Politics On Steroids – No Good Will Come From This

On October 11th, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees or customers. President Biden however has requested that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) … Continue reading

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We need change-makers, not just place-holders.

Often I get asked by readers, why I am supporting Candidate X over Candidate Y (who is often the incumbent). The short answer is one that the totally awesome former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner has by now made famous: “Just … Continue reading

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The Myth of Democrats Controlling Politics and Government in Hawaii

Hawaii is a blue state dominated by Democrats and the Democratic Party. Conventional wisdom though this may be, it’s only half true. And even the half that’s true is not really true. Dwell on that for a moment. All too … Continue reading

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The Hawaii Case Against President Biden’s “Build Back Better Agenda”

Hawaii Congressman Ed Case is siding with the Republicans (IMHO) and Conservative Democrats attempting to sabotage the President’s $3.5 trillion social infrastructure plan – Please call Case today and ask him to help build the plan up rather than tear … Continue reading

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5 good reads – short, stimulating, and to some degree – unsettling

Today I’m sharing a handful of short “must reads” and encourage you to take a moment to review them when you can grab some quiet time. I found each provided me valuable insight into the four different subject matter pillars. … Continue reading

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