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Sunday, August 09, 2020
OHA to Take Over Honolulu Council?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:30 AM :: 4074 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

...two OHA operatives are in the Council runoff elections this November with one goal in mind--help OHA upzone Kakaako Makai so it can build hotels and condos up to the sky....

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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Pine urges direct federal oversight of rail’s P3 contract awards
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:52 PM :: 518 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Pine is urging the Federal Transit Administration to conduct in-person oversight of rail project awards of so-called public-private-partnership, or P3 contracts....

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Sunday, August 02, 2020
OHA Illegally Using State Resources to Campaign Against Akina, others
By Andrew Walden @ 11:44 PM :: 1223 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... HRS § 84-13, the “Fair Treatment” section of the State Ethics Code, prohibits the use of state resources for political campaign purposes....

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Sunday, August 02, 2020
Council Candidate Texeira Gets DUI
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 AM :: 1186 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Honolulu Council District III candidate Alan Texeira was convicted of DUI March 10, 2020....

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Sunday, July 26, 2020
Miske Lawyer Behind Campaign to Unseat OHA Trustee Keli’i Akina
By Andrew Walden @ 3:52 AM :: 4766 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...In the middle of what may become a death penalty case, lawyer Thomas Otake is making time for an OHA campaign.  One might wonder what Michael Miske thinks about that.... 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
HART Now Makes Video Games
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 590 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... The game teaches children several curious lessons ....

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Feds: Miske Could Get Death Penalty
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1181 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...Eleven defendants charged in Hawaii federal court with racketeering and other offenses....

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Former HPD Officer Gets Four Years Prison--Forced Two Suspects to Lick or Dunk Toilet
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 695 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...on January 28, 2018, while working as on-duty officers, Rabago and Reginald Ramones conspired to force an individual to lick a urinal in a public bathroom...in a separate and unrelated incident prior to January, 2018, Rabago made another individual place his head in a public bathroom toilet in order to avoid arrest....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
FBI Arrests Kealoha Pal Mike Miske for Murder
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 PM :: 19846 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...sources say this is the result of a grand jury indictment....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Legislature: "This will be a shell of a democracy"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:49 PM :: 767 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...The people of Hawaii are facing a dead economy, and thousands are waiting in food lines to feed their families...."

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Guam Ambulance Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Medicare Ambulance Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 676 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...$10.8 million, one of the largest single Medicare ambulance fraud cases ever prosecuted by the Justice Department....

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Should Police Misconduct Records Be Made Public?
By Video @ 2:41 AM :: 490 Views :: Ethics, Police

...Kelii Akina Talks Story with Journalism Professor Gerald Kato....

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Sunday, July 05, 2020
​Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 795 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, COVID-19

...Ige's COVID order suspends law requiring that people who want to do business with the State or municipal governments need to be current with their state and federal taxes....

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Friday, July 03, 2020
Yes, we are different from Minneapolis; our police misdeeds are kept secret
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 828 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Police

...The intense secrecy that has come to characterize the Honolulu Police Department....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hawaii Republicans Blocked from Observing Voter Count
By Brett Kulbis @ 10:38 PM :: 1468 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...This year Hawaii will vote exclusively by mail. Now as many of us know this increases the chances of fraud. Couple that with the checkered history of our Office of Elections, makes it more important as ever that all political parties have representation in our vote counting centers across the State....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
HB285: Legislative Conference Committee Passes Police Reform Bill
By News Release @ 10:59 AM :: 588 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...The measure requires the disclosure of the identity of officers who are suspended or discharged for misconduct in a report to the Legislature, removes the exemption for police from disclosure under Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act, and clarifies additional authorities and powers of the Law Enforcement Standards Board....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Council District Nine--Family Ties
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 1974 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

... Of the three candidates, two have family members that are already sitting in the Honolulu City Council ....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Feds: Civil Beat Publisher's Security Detail Sends Pig's Head to Media Critic
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1929 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...anonymous, threatening messages, disturbing deliveries – including a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath and a bloody pig mask – and conducting covert surveillance of the victims....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Confronting Police Abuse Requires Shifting Power From Police Unions
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:22 AM :: 1447 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Police

...“We do not have the ability to get rid of many of these officers that we know have done wrong in the past due to issues with both the contract and the arbitration associated with the union.”....

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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Amemiya Joins Pack of Insiders Grabbing ‘Affordable’ Housing Units for Themselves
By Andrew Walden @ 3:57 AM :: 10247 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

...Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya knows a lot about the ‘affordable’ housing system and how to ‘work’ it....

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Friday, June 05, 2020
UPW Prison Guard Busted Allegedly Smuggling Meth into OCCC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 1074 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the UPW still has not agreed to allow all guards to be searched for contraband....

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Thursday, June 04, 2020
Sierra Club: Maui Mayor Exploits Corona Emergency Powers to Fast-Track Shoreline Development
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 971 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

... On May 30, Mayor Victorino issued a directive indicating certain shoreline development approval requests will be reviewed within fifteen days or be automatically approved ....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Investigation Into Alleged Ethics Misconduct by the Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 899 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Top US official misused office to get son-in-law job....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
GOP: Did Honolulu Council Act Illegally on Rail in 2011?
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 7:47 PM :: 1405 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

... Earlier this month, the Hawaii Republican Party’s (HRP) Chairwoman Ms. Shirlene Ostrov sent a letter to Chief Daniel Hanagami, Special Agent, Office of the State Attorney General, who is investigating Honolulu’s Light Rail Project ....

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Government in the Darkness
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 740 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... In the Seventh Supplemental Proclamation on May 6, the Administration backed off a bit ....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Office of Information Practices Seeks Ideas for COVID-Based Legislation
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 887 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...To possibly develop draft legislation for 2021, the Office of Information Practices (OIP) wants to hear from you....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
OIP Policy Under Ige's Latest Emergency Order
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 591 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

"...If a request is not acknowledged, the requester may ask the Office of Information Practices to verify that the agency received the UIPA Request...."

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Fraudulent International Ship Registration Scandals hit Pacific Islands
By Michael Hansen @ 6:05 AM :: 1057 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act, Law Enforcement

“...South Pacific island nations are scouring shipping records for vessels with links to North Korea after Fiji said it had identified 20 falsely flagged ships it suspects the isolated regime is using to evade United Nations sanctions....”

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Friday, May 15, 2020
HB117: Legislators Defer Raises for a Year
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 969 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill calls for no increases until July 1, 2021....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Forcing United Public Workers to Enter New Era
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 1395 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...it isn’t the kind its leaders were counting on....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Ethics: UPW Member Fined for Stealing Sand from DoT Base Yard
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 833 Views :: Ethics

...the DOT superintendent told him that removal of the sand was not permitted....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
DoE and DHS: Auditor Finds Significant Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:00 AM :: 743 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting....

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Saturday, May 09, 2020
OHA to Ige: Bypass Legislature and Give Us $21,287,134
By Andrew Walden @ 4:11 AM :: 1336 Views :: Ethics, OHA, COVID-19

...OHA’s letter to Ige was timed to coincide with a media campaign designed to make Hawaiians appear as exceptional COVID victims....

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
AFSCME Takes Control of UPW--Boots Nakanelua, Endo
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 2091 Views :: Ethics, Labor

"...abuse and misuse of union funds and the existence of questionable perks and benefits...."

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Lyon Connection? Micronesia Acts Against Fake Shipping Registry
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 1173 Views :: Ethics, World News, Jones Act

...defendants include FSM previous TCI Sec'y Lukner Weilbacher, the former boss of Lyon Associates convict Massey Halbert....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Kahuku Windfarm Case Appealed to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 826 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Ethics

...Today, Life of the Land filed a direct appeal to the Hawai'i Supreme Court regarding the Public Utilities Commission's decision to deny its motion to void approvals related to the Kahuku windmills project....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
How to kill civic trust
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:20 PM :: 756 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... Sunlight and openness are essential to keeping our lawmakers and administrative officials honest and accountable to citizens .... 

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Democracy in peril: Upholding government transparency during a crisis
By Video @ 5:52 AM :: 867 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...Was it really necessary to suspend those laws to help fight the coronavirus? What can be done to restore government transparency and accountability in Hawaii?....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Kahuku Mother Sues Board of Education over Secret, Closed-Door Meeting and Vote
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 1446 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...suit against the Board of Education for holding a secret, closed door meeting last February, that resulted in denying her petition for rulemaking, violating the state Sunshine Law....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Virus Makes Honolulu Hale Pay Raises Inopportune
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 668 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

...Mayor will decline pay raises for City officials....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Governor Ige creates new position for old boy – Oshima responsible for economic, community recovery or something
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 1819 Views :: Ethics, Economy, COVID-19

...In February, Oshima became the senior executive advisor of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) after serving five years as its president and chief executive officer....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Ige: Safety Concerns Take Priority over Transparency
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 731 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...In the meantime, if any of you are aware of specific instances in which you believe a State board or commission has acted unreasonably under the current circumstances, please provide the details for me to consider....

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Monday, April 06, 2020
Attorney: Emergency Declaration Did Not Suspend Transparency Requirements of County Charter
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 912 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, COVID-19

...As recently as several months ago, the governor was enjoined by the First Circuit Court from using his emergency powers to infringe upon the constitutionally protected traditional and customary practices of Native Hawaiian practitioners at Mauna Kea....

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Sunday, April 05, 2020
Full Text: Council Chair Cries a River After Being Busted Giving Development Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 3995 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

...while you are locked down with COVID, this is what some politicians are doing....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Restore Open Government in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:21 PM :: 999 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state's four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Government Response to Coronavirus: Blunders & Opportunities
By Video @ 9:02 PM :: 796 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...Dr. Mary J. Ruwart, a well-known research scientist and ethicist discusses how the federal government has handled its response to the Coronavirus....

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Monday, March 30, 2020
COVID-19 Media Letter: Transparency is More Important Than Ever
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 801 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...We strongly urge government branches and agencies to recommit to, and not retrench from, their duty to include the public in the policy-making process....

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Let the Sun Shine In!
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:45 PM :: 853 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...As part of his supplemental emergency proclamation, Ige suspended the state’s Sunshine Law, which allows public access to the meetings of government bodies. He also suspended the state’s open records law — the Uniform Information Practices Act — which governs access to public records....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Ethics: HHSC Manager Retires, Goes to Work for Contractor
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 970 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Health Care

...time was spent communicating with her former co-workers at the Health Information Management department....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Corona Towers: Council Hides Behind Quarantine, Gives Development Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 9:50 PM :: 9996 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

...Ige’s Health Emergency Declaration waves many of the state laws ensuring public participation, transparency, and accountability.    

The implicit understanding is that elected officials will utilize these extraordinary powers only to combat the Corona Virus pandemic in Hawaii.

It only took two days to find out....

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