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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)

April 4th is the deadline to join and be eligible to vote in the Democratic Party of Hawaii Presidential Primary

Full disclosure: Though I am Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, this column is not written for or on behalf of the Democratic Party of Hawaii – but is my personal and individual voice only. My initial inclination today … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and the 48% living on the edge

Crazy, dangerous times we live in. The fear, tension, and panic of the coronavirus pandemic have clearly taken over all aspects of our daily lives. The entire planet is enveloped in the same hysteria and threatened by the same pathogen … Continue reading

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2020 Kuleana Academy is coming – emerging political/policy leaders wanted

Have you noticed the political awakening sweeping across Hawaiʻi? Communities on every island are organizing to make their voices heard by government. Direct-action protests are popping up on different islands. More Hawaiʻi residents are registering to vote. Exciting new candidates … Continue reading

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A new candidates guide to running for office

June 2nd is the deadline for candidates to file for public office and August 8th is the date of Hawai’i’s primary election. There will be at least 63 open seats in the Hawaii State House and Senate. While political pundit … Continue reading

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Looking the other way is not an option

Drinking from a fire hose, blind-folded with both arms tied behind your back. This is a description that comes to mind when folks ask me to describe what it’s like working in the legislative arena as an advocate. The need … Continue reading

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Hawaii is not Iowa – Essential info on our upcoming Democratic Presidential Primary

The news is finally coming out of Iowa!  Well, not really.  I’m guessing it will be several more days before the final, final, final results are announced. Full disclosure: Though I am Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i, this … Continue reading

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Testimony on Pesticide​ Bills needed TODAY – Tuesday,​ Feb. 4th

URGENT call for testimonies! Three important bills are being heard at the State Capitol tomorrow Wednesday 2/5 in the House Agriculture Committee (9am Conference Room #312). SO TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED TODAY. Click on links to read the bills, make … Continue reading

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