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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Keli’i Akina and Mililani Trask Team-up to Reform OHA
By Video @ 2:02 PM :: 3371 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Trask: Current spending will bankrupt the OHA Trust fund in 9 years....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
Mina Morita Lawsuit Challenges Gorak Appointment
By News Release @ 12:30 AM :: 1925 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Morita is petitioning the court to order Gorak to state the authority under which Gorak claims to be a PUC commissioner....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
No Tax Hike? Then Wait 20 Years for Your Roads!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1663 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the Code doesn’t require an earmarked tax before an agency can commit....

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Thursday, July 14, 2016
DLNR Officer: ‘Sucker Punched’ by Firing of Friel
By News Release @ 9:16 PM :: 3143 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

"I am now convinced DOCARE is cursed and doomed to remain a pathetic substandard agency...."

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ex-Rep Richard Fale Pleads No Contest, Fined $1000
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 2210 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party

...Sum Total of Results: Rep Gil Riviere Switches to Democratic Party....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Full Text: Contractor Offered Cool Schools at $5990 per Classroom—Was Ignored by DoE
By Andrew Walden @ 4:50 PM :: 6352 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

Andrew Santos, President of Admor HVAC, presented the State Department of Education an April 20 offer to Cool Schools at $5990 per classroom....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Organic Food Tax Credit wins ‘Rusty Scalpel’ Award
By News Release @ 11:09 AM :: 2560 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Tax Credits

"...The content of the CD1 stunned us; it was passed without a single public hearing.  There clearly was no justification....”

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Shady Deals? Honolulu Grants in Aid
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3388 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...it looks bad for individual council members to secure money for such organizations....

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Saturday, July 09, 2016
Cool Schools: How Government Contracting Makes a $2,500 job cost $138,000
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 3229 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...the high bids will be used to make lower—but still exorbitant--second round bids look good by comparison....

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Friday, July 08, 2016
Doubled: More contractors qualify for Slice of ‘Cool Schools’ bonanza
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 1414 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

Since March, the number of prequalified contractors has increased from 18 to 36 as HIDOE prepares to put projects back out to bid....

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Friday, July 08, 2016
Judge Finds No Evidence to Support So-Called ‘Whistleblower’ Lawsuit Against Maui County
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 2217 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

An investigation showed that he had physically threatened his fellow employees, been insubordinate, attempted to use his position as a Liquor Control Officer to obtain special treatment from a licensed liquor establishment....

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Sunday, July 03, 2016
IRS Probe of Kamehameha Schools work for Nai Aupuni Tribe?
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 2949 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

... Another scandal for Kamehameha Schools? ....

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Friday, July 01, 2016
New State Ethics Director Announced
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 1962 Views :: Ethics

Since 2007, Mr. Gluck has been employed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii....

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hawaii Hi Tech Darling Mbloom Collapses After Feds Arrest ‘Porn King’ in $60M Indian Tribe Ripoff
By Andrew Walden @ 2:25 AM :: 8429 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Tax Credits

And the 'fortunate sons' of John F Kerry and Joe Biden are involved, too....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Hawaii Campaign Spending: Judge Reverses Medieval Punishment for 15th Century Campaign Contribution
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 1569 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...the violation itself was caused by a glitch in CSC software....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hanabusa Uses Teachers to Open Door to More Lobbyist 'Gifts' to Legislators
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 3804 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...Hanabusa pointed out that the same issues underlying the disagreement over teacher travel and education trips are also involved in applying the gift provisions of the ethics code to legislators....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Fire Mayor, Not the Ethics Director
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:08 AM :: 2077 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

Totto's troubles only started when he started investigating Caldwell's political fundraising practices....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Rogue Systems: Top Solar Contractor Busted for Lying to Hawaii Consumers
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 2464 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...after allegedly misrepresenting information related to requirements for interconnecting solar energy systems....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
UH launches whistleblower hotline
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 1873 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...to confidentially report violations of laws, rules, regulations and UH policies....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Frustrated with Caldwell: Ethics Director Resigns after 16 Years
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 2089 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

Totto’s relationship with the city administration was contentious from the beginning with questions about funding by lobbyists for the mayor’s inaugural luau....

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Monday, June 13, 2016
Djou: We should be strengthening our ethics commission, not dismantling it
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:10 PM :: 1958 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...as a councilmember, I fought to give the Ethics Commission the power to issue civil fines for violations of the ethics code and championed stronger ethics rules that have reduced conflicts of interest in Honolulu....

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Robin Danner’s Kumu Camp Declared Fire Hazard
By Video @ 8:27 PM :: 2485 Views :: DHHL, Ethics
What Do You Think Would Happen If You Built A Structure On Dept. Of Hawaiian Home Lands Property & Ignored All The Rules?
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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Nailed for Cronyism, DoE forced to Reopen Bidding on $100M Cool Schools Bonanza
By News Release @ 5:37 AM :: 2470 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Small Business

...Government Contracting Explained: How Air Conditioning Costs $100K Per Classroom....

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Two Arrests: Corruption Bust Strikes at Heart of Drive for Fake Indian Tribe
By Andrew Walden @ 9:25 PM :: 6909 Views :: Akaka Bill, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

...what the powers that be look for when they pick the the future generations of leadership for Hawaii....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ethics: Hawaii DoT Capital Improvements Director in Bed with Parsons Brinckerhoff–Literally
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 3141 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

...her spouse was employed by Parsons as a Vice President and was Parsons’ principal consultant and a point of contact for 12 DOT Parsons Projects....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ethics Ruling: Sen Josh Green Secretly Living in Honolulu Since 2005
By News Release @ 5:16 AM :: 4219 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

... Josh Green Lives and Works on Oahu but Says he Still Occasionally Visits his Kona District ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaii Painters Business Agent Pleads Guilty in $1.5M Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 2614 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Small Business

...he diverted client money to his own personal use over a 17-year period....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Full Text: IBEW International Details Charges Against Ahakuelo
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 2825 Views :: Ethics, Labor

The Business Manager and other members of the staff, including several family members of the Business Manager, submitted and/or were reimbursed for numerous expenses that were not authorized by Local 1260 and/or were for personal expenses for which no legitimate union business was conducted....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Mediator Peter Adler appointed to serve on Caldwell’s Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 1843 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council....

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Friday, May 06, 2016
Did Caldwell Illegally Launch Reelection Campaign On County Time?
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2369 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

...There appeared to be a number of city employees in attendance....

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Sunday, May 01, 2016
Much Ado About Nothing – The Hawaii Legislature Edition
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2146 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Today we are looking at a bill in our Legislature that contains nothing....

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Caught 'Borrowing' Museum Funds, Bishop Museum CEO Quits
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 5472 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

The Bishop Museum Board of Directors today announced that Blair Collis has resigned as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the museum....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hawaii: “The only state in which both legislative and executive branches are perceived to be very corrupt”
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 4897 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii's aggregate scores are in the highest quartiles of both illegal and legal corruption....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
New Schools? Zero Guidance from DoE
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 5:39 PM :: 2019 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...legislators are allowed to simply carve up the Capitol Improvement Budget by political favoritism....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Ewa Beach House Campaign: Stolen Signs, Bolt Cutters, and Confrontations with Police
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 2523 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

"...he has quite the history of confrontations with HPD...."

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
SB2301: Legislators Vote $10M for Drunk Driver to Promote Rave Parties
By Andrew Walden @ 7:58 PM :: 3694 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...“Keahole Management Group LLC” is managed by former House Vice-Speaker Jon Riki Karimtsu ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Ige’s Secret Proclamation Used to Promote War on Other Side of the World
By Andrew Walden @ 8:15 PM :: 2743 Views :: Ethics, Military

...While resolutions and proclamations such as these may seem to be a cheap and easy way to score campaign contributions, they can take a toll....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Shady Dealings
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 1801 Views :: Ethics

Conference committee is a dark time at the Legislature....

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Government Spending Transparency: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 2158 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

...Hawaii fails to provide any information at all on recipients of key subsidy programs....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Jones Act Campaign Contributions: Mazie Hirono is Living the Dream
By Michael Hansen @ 5:04 PM :: 1925 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...The Jones Act pays off — in politics....

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Monday, March 28, 2016
Bizarre News: Corrupt Language Removed from Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 8:50 PM :: 1464 Views :: Ethics

...that would have allowed vote-buying amongst lawmakers....

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Billy Kenoi Indicted, Arrest Warrant Issued -- Could Get 15 Years in Prison
By Selected News Articles @ 2:50 PM :: 4043 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Politicians

Lorraine Inouye: Kenoi Should Resign...

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Applicants Sought for Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 10:29 AM :: 1696 Views :: Ethics

Deadline EXTENDED to March 31, 2016  ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
HB2156: Allow Legislators to Pass Around the Campaign Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 1062 Views :: Ethics

... powerful liberal Democrats use large campaign donations to buy the loyalty of vulnerable one- and two-term representatives that have small campaign war chests ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
AP: Only Senator Sam Slom Responded Fully to Our Open Records Request
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 1834 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Of the lawmakers, only the state’s lone Republican Senator, Sam Slom, divulged the requested information....

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016
HB1473: Help Legislators Buy Influence, Spread Campaign Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 AM :: 2444 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This culture of “vote buying” creates a false majority....

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Guards Union: Airport Security Contractor Illegally Holding Money Which Belongs to Workers
By News Release @ 1:04 PM :: 2262 Views :: Ethics, Labor

Securitas negotiated a new Airport Contract with the Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airport Division and included the wage increases as requested by IUSPO....

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Friday, February 26, 2016
Court: Kawananakoa Can’t Sue Over Tainted Rail Votes
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 2038 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...An ethics scandal called into question more than 100 votes cast by Honolulu City Council members....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
HB1713—Exempt all State Employees from Ethics Laws
By News Release @ 5:02 AM :: 2190 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics
The bill would create a loophole in the law the size of a barn door by allowing any state employee to receive “detached remuneration.” In other words, it’s party time!
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Applicants Sought for Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1612 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Applications due March 18, 2016 ....

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