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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 now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am also currently the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. 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. Please visit my web site AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “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)

Ripples Started On Kauai, Impact In Switzerland

Got this email today from a dear friend, colleague and comrade-in-arms against the multinationals. Collectively- we should all be very proud of the work we are doing here in Hawaii and know that it has international impacts. Dear Fern, dear … Continue reading

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TITLE: On Leadership, COVID, and Thanksgiving

On Leadership, COVID, and Thanksgiving Mahalo Councilmembers Mason Chock and Luke Evslin for introducing Resolution 2020-57. Mahalo also Mayor Derek Kawakami for standing up and speaking out on behalf of the health of our community.   Resolution 2020-57, urges Governor David … Continue reading

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2020 Election Wrap-Up Pono Hawaii Initiative Candidates Win Big!

2020 Election Wrap-Up Pono Hawaii Initiative Candidates Win Big! See the complete list here – https://ponohawaiiinitiative.org/endorsements-2020 Maui – Clean Sweep 100% of endorsed candidates win! Against the odds and over $300,000 in dark SuperPac money, 6 out of 6 Maui … Continue reading

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Trump/Niʻihau/Kaneshiro/Chock – Kauaʻi Politics

Voters on Niʻihau were unanimous in their support for electing President Donald Trump to a second term. All 43 votes cast in Kauaʻi District 16 – Precinct 06 went to the Trump/Pence ticket with zero votes cast for Biden/Harris. Interestingly, … Continue reading

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On Democrats Being Democrats

In response to last weeks column “Confessions of a Centrist and a call for Civility” I received this reply: “I also support these core values, however I left the Democratic Party and became an Independent because I could not see … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A Centrist And Call For Civility

Since the conclusion of the 2020 General Election is upon us, I thought it a good time to confess the truth. The first truth which should be a shock to no one at all, is that I belong to and … Continue reading

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Nov. 3 – Anger, Angst and Apprehension

This time next week it will all be over. At least I hope and pray that is the case, and that the Biden/Harris ticket win’s by a landslide. Anything less than a decisive victory in both the popular vote and … Continue reading

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Complete Statewide List of Candidates Endorsed By Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI)

All General Election ballots have been mailed to all registered voters throughout the State of Hawaii. Contact your County Elections Division (https://elections.hawaii.gov/resources/county-election-divisions/) if you have not received your ballot! * For info on the various Charter Amendments statewide please go … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing Bill 2774 Is Beyond Counter-Intuitive

Thank you Kauai Councilmember Felicia Cowden for standing strong in opposition to passing out of committee Bill 2774. While the measure contains some improvements to the existing affordable housing ordinance, it also removes critically important affordable housing requirements in the … Continue reading

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Charter Amendment Suggestions – Kauai, Maui, Hawaii, and Honolulu/Oahu

2020 General Election Charter Amendments In response to the many requests I have received for thoughts on the various Charter Amendments being proposed by the four Counties: My apology for the delay in pulling this together, AND regret that the … Continue reading

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