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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.) www.hapahi.org 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)

Hawaii Call To Action: Your testimony needed now on cannabis, pesticide drift, living wage and more

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Automatic Voter Registration – Save money AND improve access to voting

Every politician wants to “do something” and “accomplish stuff”.  It is a natural inclination to want to make a mark, and to have accomplishments of significance to point to when running for reelection. The challenge is that most “stuff” is … Continue reading

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The reforms that make all other reform possible – starting with automatic voter registration.

Reforming and improving the way we conduct campaigns and elections, will allow us to reinvigorate our democracy and thus pave the way to changing public policy for the better, at all levels.  These reforms include campaign finance reform, public financing … Continue reading

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Mahalo to the good folks at TSA. We owe you, big time.

Wracking my brain as to what I can do to support the good people working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), during this ongoing government shutdown.  They are working very hard for all of us, literally keeping our economy afloat, … Continue reading

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Living Wage Legislation – Radical Leftist Concept or Essential Centrist Thinking?

In response to my previous column “Hawaii’s minimum wage needs to start at $17 and strive to be a living wage” https://bit.ly/2AA8W8D a woman wrote to me saying “I have voted for you in the past but it seems you … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s minimum wage needs to start at $17 per hour and strive to be a living wage.

Every person willing to work 40 hours per week, deserves to earn a wage that is sufficient to provide basic shelter, food and medical care.  This statement should not be debatable. A friend once told me, “There is no such … Continue reading

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A Progressive’s Perspective – On 2019 Legislative Session

What do we want?  Justice. When do we want it?  Now This is the essence and mantra of progressive values. Here in Hawaii, we’ve been waiting far too long and there is no good reason why we should have to … Continue reading

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