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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)

2018 Kauai Election & Hard Choices Ahead (5/18/18 candidate update)

With less than three weeks left until the filing deadline, the latest Office of Elections Candidate Filing Report of Friday May 18, makes for interesting reading and rife speculation. At the top of the ticket for the County is the … Continue reading

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It’s not about the chemical companies, it’s about elections

As I am sure you already know, it is really not about the chemical companies.  Nor is it about affordable housing or raising the minimum wage, or protecting water and the environment.  It’s about interests, not issues.  And it is … Continue reading

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Regulating The AgroChemical Industry – A Five Year Journey

The passage yesterday of SB3095CD1 marks an auspicious moment in the legislative history surrounding pesticide regulation in Hawaii. Now on its way to the desk of Governor David Ige, SB3095CD1 contains a “first in the nation” ban on the use … Continue reading

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We had a huge win at the legislature this past Friday.

SB3095CD1 was passed unanimously by the Senate/House Conference Committee! We still must pass floor votes in both the House and the Senate tomorrow Tuesday May 1, starting at around 10am in the Senate and 9am in the House.  The next … Continue reading

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Kauai – The Pain And Suffering Is Real

Our friends and neighbors on Kauai are hurting and need help. Now is the time for us all to work together, and to set politics aside. The pain and suffering is real, whether your house is large or small, whether … Continue reading

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Conference Committee & Plausible Deniability

The 2018 legislative session is coming to a close with the final day of the legislative session being Thursday May 3, or “sine die”. Most of the thousands of Bills that started the process in January are by now already … Continue reading

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Update on SB3095hd1 – The truth, the status and the next steps.

The truth about SB3095hd1: SB3095hd1 proposes meaningful pesticide regulation of the very largest users of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’s), requiring disclosure, “no spray zones” around all schools, and a complete ban of the pesticide and neurotoxin chlorpyrifos. SB3095hd1 is supported … Continue reading

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