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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) 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. “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)

A few quick updates on Cannabis, Minimum Wage and Corporate Water Theft:

In case you are not on my email list…here is what I sent out this morning! The legislative session is quickly heading to the finish line. The legalization of cannabis for responsible adult use appears to be dead for … Continue reading

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Political winds stirred by political waters

It is not an exaggeration to say that political careers will rise and fall on the actions or inactions taken by legislators with regards to the success or failure of HB1326 HD2 (referred to by opponents as the water theft bill). … Continue reading

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Must read email from “impacted resident”

“I have been testifying (for 2-3 minutes) at water meetings in Haiku and at the County Council since I was 15 years old, I am now 53.  I have witnessed most of the other people that spoke that evening, do … Continue reading

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HB1326 is all part of a well executed scam

From FB post of Marti Townsend who has researched this issue extensively dated, March 14, 2019 This is all part of a well-executed scam. A&B got HB2501 passed in 2016, allowing them to divert stream water using temporary permits despite … Continue reading

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from the Ledge – Red Flags, Code and Words that Matter

There were several times during my service in the Hawaii State Senate, where I came very close to supporting proposed legislative measures (bills), that were in direct opposition to my core values.  Some of these instances were a result of … Continue reading

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HB1326 water theft, minimum wage trojan horse, sticky wickets and asking for help.

Aloha Friends, I wanted to share with you a few updates, some interesting reading I hope you enjoy, learn from and perhaps find provocative.  And I wanted to also ask for help, which I don’t want to get in the … Continue reading

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from the Ledge – HB1326 From Crossover to Conference 

With the legislative session at its midway point it is time for “crossover” when bills that have been heard and passed in one legislative body cross over to go through the same identical process, in the countervailing body. The Hawaii … Continue reading

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