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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.) 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) - “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)

Legislative Updates: Cannabis, Criminal Justice, Food/Farms, Reproductive Rights

Aloha Friends, I wish this were not the case and truthfully the weekend work is wearing on me as well. However, if we do not show up with testimony by Monday morning, we will surely end up paying a price … Continue reading

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Wednesday 2/24 – Please Show Up @ Capitol: Defend and Respect Workers – employed and unemployed

Regardless of where you live, please join us, either virtually or in-person Wednesday February 24 to demonstrate your support and your respect for workers, both the unemployed and those fortunate to still be working. There are two tracks: If you … Continue reading

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The Political Power You Don’t Know You Have

Every day it seems I get an email or call from someone who wants to get involved with legislative advocacy, but they want the process “simpler.” Many just want to “point and click,” send in their testimony and then get … Continue reading

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Abolish the ADC – All State Owned Agricultural Lands Should Grow Food For Local Consumption

Your testimony is needed NOW! Please testify in strong support of BOTH HB1271 and SB335. HB1271 Abolishes the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) and transfers its responsibility and budget to the Department of Agriculture. HB1271 is scheduled for a hearing before the … Continue reading

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Coco Palms: The Desecration Must Stop

I awoke the other morning angry and thinking about the ongoing desecration occurring at the bottom of the hill. I’ve been driving by that place every day for the past 40 years. Since 1992 it has been a total wreck. … Continue reading

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State House Moves To Gut Auditor’s Budget & Block County COVID Travel Restrictions Plus – a note on the “long game.”

The most common excuse offered to justify inaction by legislators at all levels of government is a claim of pragmatism. Lawmakers are fond to talk about playing the “long game” preferring to keep their heads down, avoid risks, build seniority, … Continue reading

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If you live on a neighbor-island, HB1286 will impact you and the health of your island.

This is important. If you live on a neighbor-island, HB1286 will impact you and the health of your island. HB1286 will be scheduled for hearings soon and your testimony is vitally important. HB1286 – RELATING TO TRAVEL If HB1286 … Continue reading

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If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck – it’s probably a duck.

January 14: Civil Beat reports on a scathing audit of the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC). Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission Read actual audit here httpsauditor’ January 20: House Speaker Scott Saiki launches probe of the auditor’s … Continue reading

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Nothing to fear except the rabbit hole.

Wednesday January 20, 2021 was a big day in policy and politics. Actually, they don’t get much bigger than this. The President of the United States was sworn into office, and it was opening day of the Hawaii Legislature. Rocked … Continue reading

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After the insurrection, accountability and reconciliation – Honolulu Star/Advertiser by Gary Hooser

President Donald Trump lied, and people died. This is the unvarnished truth. He and his enablers and those who participated in acts of violence, must be held accountable. The unsettling and dangerous situation that occurred inside our nation’s Capitol on … Continue reading

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