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Monday, May 04, 2015
Securities Fraud: Former Maui Mayoral Candidate Sentenced to 20 Years
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 2162 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

"In total, Mr. Waikiki’s schemes scammed up to 21 victims for more than $100,000.00.”

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Friday, May 01, 2015
Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 PM :: 1822 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government
“Conference committee is where good bills go to die.”
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Politicians Paid so Navatek Can get $20M Play?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:47 PM :: 3318 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...77 separate contributions by Navatek or by employees linked to Navatek made to elected officials totaling $81,000....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Common Cause: Audit the Clinton Foundation
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 2660 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

...Hirono, Schatz, Takai already endorse Hillary....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Audit: DoE Bungles Federal Grants, Gives Teachers Excess Sick Leave, Vacation Time
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 2236 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor
"Material weaknesses identified"
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Auditor: Fraud-riddled HI5 Program Ripped off by Whole Foods Market for 6 Years
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:27 PM :: 2504 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...the DBC Program paid $2.6 million in deposit refunds for approximately 3.5 million pounds of recycled materials that cannot be accounted for....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Criminal Charges? Attorney General to Investigate Kenoi
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 3069 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

Facts learned during the course of the investigation will determine whether the attorney general’s office pursues or recommends criminal charges....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Rep Luke Gives One Hour Notice for Hearing on Open Government Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 2023 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke provided only one hour notice for a 14-bill hearing she was holding this afternoon....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
HB500: Hawaii Legislators Vote on Secret Budget
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:23 PM :: 2281 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"It is another example of our state failing to be transparent."

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Kanaiolowalu: How to Make Your Girlfriend Rich
By Video @ 9:56 PM :: 4058 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

How a Roll Commissioner funneled over $600K to a company headed by his girlfriend....

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Full Text: Drunk Prosecutor Resigns from Kaneshiro's Office
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 2720 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

"I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney."

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015
House Speaker mum so far on complaint against Karl Rhoads
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 PM :: 1992 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...attorney Lance Collins lodged a complaint on behalf of two of his clients regarding the actions of Rep. Karl Rhoads while he was chair of a special investigating committee looking into former Speaker Calvin Say....

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Prosecutor: HART & OHA Auditing Firm Victim of 3-year, $500K Embezzlement Scheme
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 6902 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Rail

... from January 27, 2011, through and including January 27, 2014, Oki perpetrated four separate and distinct fraudulent reimbursement schemes against PKF Pacific Hawaii ....

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
Hawaii AG Joins call for Congressional Investigation of ‘Natural’ Supplements Industry
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1768 Views :: Ethics, GMOs

...the use of the terms ‘natural,’ ‘herbal,’ and ‘extract,’ mislead consumers about the contents of herbal and dietary supplements....

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
Hawaii Senate creates panel to review Sen. Brickwood Galuteria's qualifications
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 PM :: 2405 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians

...the new committee will explore whether Galuteria is qualified to serve....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
VA inspector general: Hawaii supervisor manipulated vets' benefit data
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 1911 Views :: Ethics, Military

We reviewed 139 cases and determined the supervisor inappropriately removed system controls for 100 benefits claims....

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Political Fight Over Teachers' Mailboxes
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 PM :: 2067 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...The warning came after elementary schoolteacher Justin Hughey, a candidate for HSTA vice president, tried to distribute a 1-page flyer in Maui High School on March 3.....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Lawsuit: Puna Geothermal Plant at Center of $122M Federal Grant Fraud
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 PM :: 3092 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...A geothermal energy developer cannot duck claims that it defrauded the United States of $122 million by reporting false information about two projects to get government grants, a federal judge ruled Tuesday....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
UPDATE: AG Charges Two Homeless Shelter Directors with Embezzment
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 3722 Views :: Ethics, Homelessness

...Former WCO Executive Director Sophina Placencia (who has now also been charged) said the organization's board of directors fired Pitolo in May 2010 after she discovered Pitolo had stolen money....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Resolutions Urge Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:33 PM :: 2211 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

"...From agencies like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to organizations like HART that are entrusted with significant state funds, there is a need for greater accountability...."

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Common Cause to Host Hawaii Open Budget Initiative Demonstration
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 1680 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6-7pm....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Kapolei NB: HB1329 Racetrack Bill -- Insensitive, Unethical, Possibly Illegal
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 2312 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...ONLY those who stood by to directly benefit financially from the bill were provided an opportunity to testify on it....

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Makakilo NB Opposes "48 Minute" Bill 1329
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 2530 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Military

The bill is now in the Senate, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology....

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Honolulu Auditor: Only 26% of Recommendations Satisfactorily Addressed
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 2474 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

Our review covered 150 outstanding audit recommendations from 2004 to 2013....

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Ethics Commission: Mayor can use city resources for 'Keep Hawaii's Heroes'
By News Release @ 5:42 AM :: 1886 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Military

...the Commission has long-held that there is an exemption to Revised Charter of Honolulu Sec. 11-1041 for helping non-profit organizations with projects that the Mayor has officially designated as a project with community–wide benefit....

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Former Employees Sue Ormat: Geothermal Firm Lied to Get Stimulus Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 3368 Views :: Energy, Ethics

“To date Ormat has received at least $136,791,964.00 in 1603 payments through fraudulent and/or false 1603 grant applications....”

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Secretive Subsidies, Tax Credits Make Hawaii 7th-Least Transparent in USA
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 2323 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

...subsidy programs assessed in each state....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Proposed racetrack would obliterate WWII battlefield
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 AM :: 3305 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii History, Military

...HB1329 has been assigned to EDT and WAM, though a hearing has not yet been scheduled....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Application Deadline to Serve on State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions Extended to March 31
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1153 Views :: Ethics

... The Hawaii State Constitution prohibits members of the Ethics Commission “from taking an active part in political management or political campaigns.” ....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
List of Open Government Bills Crossing Over
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 1794 Views :: Ethics

...Ten open government bills are still alive after First Crossover....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
With 48 Minutes Notice, House Votes $100M to Bulldoze Historic Ewa Battlefield, Build Raceway
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 AM :: 3590 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Development, Military

$100 million in bonds to unabashedly promote a motorsport center on parkland determined eligible to be declared a National American Battlefield by the National Park Service....

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Friday, March 06, 2015
Lindsey: CEO Should be Talking to OHA Trustees -- Need to Discuss Leadership Succession
By Andrew Walden @ 2:53 AM :: 2380 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...my goal is to elevate our status as a Board of Trustees...."

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Thursday, March 05, 2015
Transparency? Waihee Challenged on Kanaiolowalu Enrollment Claims
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 2383 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

Watchdog Group Files Information Request Regarding Chairman's Claim that 99% of Native Hawaiians Added from Other Lists Asked to Remain on Roll....

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Thursday, March 05, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 1853 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: A bold step towards fiscal transparency
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 2206 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...a nonpartisan effort to make the state budgeting process accessible to the public by putting state budget facts and figures online, in real time....

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Monday, March 02, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 1447 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Sunday, March 01, 2015
Dismissed: Judge Tosses Suit Seeking Removal of Schatz from Office
By Selected News Articles @ 4:06 PM :: 2196 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...Seventeenth Amendment issues matter. Its strange wording allows legislatures to game the system....

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Will Legislators Co-Sign $660M Loan for Evicted Racetrack Owner?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:24 PM :: 4647 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...If approved, non-profits directed by Grace, the Paradise Lua porta-potty magnate who beat the rap for the 1999 Aloha Stadium porta-potty fire bombings, would be eligible for millions of dollars to fund proposals such as the "Paradise Ohana Heart and Vascular Center, Inc."....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Why I voted to affirm Rep. Calvin Say as a qualified member of the House of Representatives
By Selected News Articles @ 8:17 PM :: 1860 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

As the Minority member on the House Special Committee to investigate the residency challenge to Rep. Calvin Say, I know many people expected me to put forward a dissenting opinion....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
List Fraud Makes Kanaiolowalu Roll 'Too Hot to Handle'
By Video @ 5:54 PM :: 2538 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

They Had Everything Planned So Carefully....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Rep Karl Rhoads Feeding Info to Calvin Say's Attorney while Chairing 'Special Committee'?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 2767 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The state House investigation of a challenge to former speaker Calvin Say’s right to hold his seat in Hawaii’s House of Representatives has taken a new twist....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
More waivers convey a “Public be damned” attitude toward legislative hearings
By Selected News Articles @ 10:08 AM :: 1701 Views :: Ethics

The Hawaii state legislature committed three more waivers of notice....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Senate Schedules Confirmation Hearing for Controversial DLNR Appointee
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 2250 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Wednesday March 11th at 10 AM in room 229....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Another House waiver of public notice—on an important energy bill
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 1902 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016....

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
DCCA Nails Solar Contractor: Unlicensed Work on DoE Schools
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 2945 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...35 schools on Oahu and 15 schools on Kauai....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
HB1476: Rep Ing Introduces Bill to Hide Identity of all Campaign Donors
By Selected News Articles @ 3:18 PM :: 2134 Views :: Ethics

...they would like the public to believe that they can offer more transparency to government by decreasing transparency....

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Monday, February 09, 2015
Solar Contractor Admits Defrauding Hawaii Consumers
By News Release @ 12:02 PM :: 2325 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Customers heard pitches that turned out to be false, deceptive, and misleading....

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Sunday, February 08, 2015
SEC Filing: Defective Turbines and Batteries, Secret Golden Parachutes at Hawaii Windfarms
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 3606 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...their projects “are not obligated to physically deliver electricity.”...

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
NY Attorney General: 79% of ‘Natural Supplements’ Totally Fake
By News Release @ 2:58 AM :: 2407 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, GMOs

Yet another black eye for the industry which funds anti-GMO activism....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Free Golf: Ethics Comm Names Rail Contractors, UH Vice Chancellor, DoT Deputy Director, and Brian Minaai (Again)
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 3711 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Ethics Commission exposes UH and HART in one report ....

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