Author Archives: garyhooser

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)

Why I’m voting no on Con Con

This is a tough one.  On the one hand I want to celebrate and embrace the concept of a grass-roots “people’s democracy” that a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) symbolizes. On the other hand, risking our existing constitutional protections on a … Continue reading

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Political, Judicial, Legislative = #winning

This was a good week for the grassroots on the political front.  Actually it has been a phenomenal year on many levels for the grassroots citizenry working hard to protect health and environment, and to expand and improve citizen based … Continue reading

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Progressives put incumbents on notice

Progressives across the island chain made it clear on primary-election night that, as Nina Turner of Our Revolution says, “any ole blue will not do,” vigorously challenging incumbents, and targeting open seats at all levels — county, state and federal. … Continue reading

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2018 Kauai Primary Election Re-Cap

While I’m sure Council Chair Mel Rapozo will put up a valient fight, the bookies in Chinatown are no doubt giving heavy odds in favor of Councilmember Derek Kawakami being elected Kauai’s next Mayor on November 6th in the General Election. But, … Continue reading

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A Look At My 2018 Kauai Primary Election Votes

In preparation for the final day of voting on August 11th, many in the Kauai community have been asking my thoughts on the various candidates running for office. To make it easy, I have listed the candidates I voted for … Continue reading

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Waiting for the shoe to drop. Expect attacks as they will be coming.

When we set out to rock the boat, we should expect to get wet.  History tells us that when a power structure is threatened by change they may not be able to control, they will do “whatever is necessary” to … Continue reading

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The Voter Non-Voter Conundrum

I often find myself wondering how I can get the attention of the non-voter.  Should I yell, or beg or attempt to shame them?  Should I tell them their vote really does matter even though nothing ever seems to change?  … Continue reading

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