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On Preemption: Carrying The Water For Monsanto In Hawaii – An Open Letter To State Legislators

Dear Legislator, I know how busy you are and that you are dealing with a myriad of issues important to the State of Hawaii, so I will cut to the chase. Taking away County authority to regulate agriculture and/or pesticides … Continue reading

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The Days Of Looking The Other Way…Are Over

Sunday December 15 at noon in Haleiwa – please be there and march with us.  If you live on Oahu especially, please make the time to join us and send a message loud and clear that the days of business … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB586HD2 relating to exempting gmo and large agribusiness infrastructure – Oops! Must have been a freudian slip…the actual title is Relating to Agricultural Building Permits

This measure SB586HD2 is scheduled for today Thursday April 18th. I am supporting the HD1 because it allows the Counties discretion to exempt only small structures on small farms. Aloha Conference Committee Members and Legislators, I respectfully ask you to … Continue reading

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An open letter to friends and former colleagues in the Senate:

March 13, 2013 Aloha Friends and Former Senate Colleagues, Good policy plus good politics – that elusive holy grail each of us who serve in public office seeks every day. What can we do that will make our communities better … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Eating The Corn

It’s not about eating the corn Not for me anyway.  The decision to eat or not eat the corn is only a small reason I support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep reservations about the industry as … Continue reading

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PLDC – Bad Process, Bad Policy, Bad Politics

Testimony in Strong Support of a complete and full repeal of the PLDC RE:  Applies to all items on the 9am agenda I’m supporting HB 1133 and HB 589 as the two bills that would repeal the PLDC. I’m also opposing … Continue reading

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PLDC creation was a slap in the face of the public and state Constitution

The Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) was created by the legislature in a manner that at best was unprincipled and at worst corrupt and illegal. Those responsible owe the people of our state, first an apology, and then a complete … Continue reading

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Birth Of The Public Land Development Corporation – A travesty of the legislative process

Many have asked how come none of the regular environmental and public interest watch-dog groups sounded the alarm earlier? How did such a law get passed? Among other things, Act 55 creates the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) and gives … Continue reading

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The Players, The Process, The Rules – lessons from the ‘Ledge’

Approximately 3,500 bills will be submitted during the upcoming 2011 legislative session that begins on January 19.  Upon sine die, in early May, approximately 200 of those bills will have passed successfully through the legislature. Many of these measures are … Continue reading

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On the meaning of leverage and other important lessons of the ‘Ledge’

I began learning the lessons of the legislature when first elected to the Kauai County Council some 12 years ago. Watching the current power struggle occurring in the House of Representatives reminded me of the basic rules that, whether one … Continue reading

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