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SuperPac targets Maui Council for takeover

Heads Up! This is important – regardless of whether you live on Maui, or not. Please read through until the end, and help if you can. A new SuperPac based in Reno, Nevada has launched a $120,000 effort to elect … Continue reading

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County authority and “workarounds”- policy wonk stuff:

So just what can the County Council do anyway? Increasingly, this is the question I am getting from friends and neighbors. Frequently it is preceded by “I know they are responsible for balancing the budget, for setting property tax rates, … Continue reading

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Kauai: Sheltered from the storm

We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and our economy is on the edge of collapse. Sparked by violent acts of racial injustice and fueled by the ever-increasing economic disparity between the 1% and everybody else, people across … Continue reading

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What does Donald Trump’s banner have to do with it?

We are living in extraordinary times surrounded on all sides by uncertainty. Fortunately, our home is on the most isolated island of the most isolated island chain in the middle of the Pacific ocean. In this time of social upheaval, … Continue reading

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COVID Economic Crisis Deserves Special Session

We are in the midst of the greatest crisis of our lifetime. The legislature should convene in a special session as soon as possible and go to work. There are many challenges to be resolved, and no reason to further … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing – Which side are you on?

For policy wonks working on affordable housing. While the below piece is Kauai specific, I think the principles are important and universal. Hooser – Policy and Politics Title: Affordable Housing – Which side are you on? The affordable housing conversation … Continue reading

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Where do we go from here?

Aloha, A friend sent me a short message a few days ago asking, “Where do we go from here?” My initial response was simply, “Forward.” Later, I added, “We rest a bit, then we go back at it. We help … Continue reading

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Election Results: Iwamoto/Saiki, Ritte/DeCoite – Too Close To Call

#winning In a stunning display of strength for the progressive movement in Hawaii, Kim Coco Iwamoto is within 162 votes of beating Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, arguably one of the most powerful men in Hawaii. HD26 (Kakaako) Hawaii … Continue reading

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For Monsanto and friends it’s politics as usual: Buying influence at the state legislature –

Does anyone else find it interesting that a lobbyist for Monsanto is running the House Leadership PAC? House Leadership by definition is Speaker Scott Saiki and his team. You really can’t make this stuff up. A Political Action Committee established … Continue reading

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Title: Why Jacquie Esser Over Judge Alm For Honolulu Prosecutor?

If you believe that our criminal justice system needs an overhaul then Jacquie Esser is your candidate for Honolulu Prosecutor. If you believe that people should not go to jail simply because they are poor and homeless, then Jacquie is … Continue reading

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