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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 as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another 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 website 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)

Thoughts on Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi Unity breakfast and Green’s continuing failure to disclose

The primary election is over they say. Why not just drop it some are saying. Well…primary or no primary this issue is not going away until the Lieutenant Governor and Democratic Party nominee for Governor Josh Green is fully transparent … Continue reading

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From the head and the heart – My post-primary election analysis

Right before the polls closed yesterday, a friend asked me how I was feeling. I responded, “Stomach is in knots. I’m thinking we could have a landslide of victories, we could crash and burn, or we could wind up somewhere … Continue reading

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Will you at least take 2 minutes to hear me out?

I’m stressing out about today and worried that you won’t show up. If you don’t show up we will lose and if we lose that will be a crying shame. Will you at least take 2 minutes to hear me … Continue reading

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My most popular blog posts pertaining to Saturday’s primary election

Here are my top best read blog posts dealing with the primary election that ends on Saturday, August 13, 2022. I trust you will find them stimulating and then you will vote! 1. Why I’m supporting Kai Kahele over Josh … Continue reading

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Why we need Walter Ritte. Why Maui is a pivot point.

We need to elect leaders statewide who will not be quiet, who will not just sit down and wait until it’s their turn, and who will not just go along to get along. We need to elect change makers, not … Continue reading

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Policy, Politics, Affordable Housing, and Elections – Kaua`i style

Just a few days out from the close of our primary election and there’s no better time to examine the confluence of policy and politics – a text book example really, Kaua`i style. The main policy discussion on the table … Continue reading

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Deadline to mail in your ballot is now – Here is a complete statewide list of endorsed candidates

The deadline to mail in your ballot so it arrives by Saturday August 13 is NOW. Better yet, to make sure it gets there on time, it’s probably best to drive it down to the drop box. Please share this … Continue reading

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Kim Coco Iwamoto over Scott Saiki

Without question Kim Coco Iwamoto is the best choice over Scott Saiki. I’ve known and worked closely with her for years, and likewise I’ve known and worked with her opponent Speaker of the House Scott Saiki for about the same time … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Governor – it’s time to come clean

I’m as sick and tired of this conversation as anyone. We should be talking about the future and solving the many challenges facing our community, not asking an elected official seeking higher office to do the bare minimum that any … Continue reading

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Carry water, take the fall – politics in the House

Interesting that the StarAdv throws Della Belatti under the bus while praising Scott Saiki. The Speaker of the House. Scott Saiki gives the order to take down State Auditor Les Kondo, the Majority Leader Della Belatti follows the order and … Continue reading

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