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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)

Get past manufactured crisis, and have state move on water permits – Hooser column published Sunday April 21, in Honolulu Star Advertiser

In my 20 years of experience in government, politics and policy-making, House Bill 1326 is the most egregious example of special-interest legislation I have ever seen. Fortunately the state Senate has taken time to listen to public concerns. After weighing … Continue reading

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An Easter message – Let’s pull together for working men and women and push a little extra today and tomorrow, for a strong increase in the minimum wage.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Easter Weekend. I am hoping we can all pull together for a moment today and tomorrow in support of those in our community and their families who struggle daily, just to make ends meet. Please if … Continue reading

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Legal Opinion Refuting Governor’ Position on HB1326 (corporate water theft)

MEMORANDUM Date: April 19, 2019 To: Governor’s Office, Hawai‘i Legislators, and any interested fellow citizens From: Isaac Moriwake, Esq., Earthjustice Re: Legal response to the Governor’s letter dated April 18, 2019 and the Administrative Director’s memorandum dated April 15, 2019 … Continue reading

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The Conference Committee: Where bills are laid to rest quietly, with little fanfare and no fingerprints.

As we enter the last two weeks of the legislative session, it is a good time to explain the basics of the Conference Committee process.  Please, stifle the yawn and force yourself if possible to read on.  I promise that … Continue reading

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Excellent Status Summary of 2019 Progressive Bills as of April 12, 2019 – courtesy of YPDA!

Economic Justice Measures The following Economic Justice Action Committee bills have made it through second crossover. Click on a link to send a message of support. SB789 SD2 HD2 & HB1191 HD1 SD2 both propose to raise the minimum wage. How … Continue reading

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Candidates wanted for 2020 elections and beyond. Kuleana Academy Application Deadline is TODAY, April 15.

We can carry signs, and we should,  We can organize and we can march, and yes we should do this as well.  And absolutely we must offer testimony and write letters to the editor.  And we must vote, and support … Continue reading

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Water War Saga Continues –

Yesterday, April 9th 2019, marked another chapter in the ongoing water wars, aka HB1326 HD2. There were strong rumors that there would be an attempt to “pull the bill to the floor”, and force a vote on the HD2, which … Continue reading

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