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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 :: 11104 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 :: 2657 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 :: 6022 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 :: 3501 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 :: 3560 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 :: 2919 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 :: 3180 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 :: 3233 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 :: 3832 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 :: 3906 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 :: 9272 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 :: 4794 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 :: 5938 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 :: 4248 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 :: 4126 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 :: 3007 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 :: 3967 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 :: 3280 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 :: 7735 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 :: 6326 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 :: 3266 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 :: 5361 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 :: 5095 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 :: 3758 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 :: 2594 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 :: 3303 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 :: 3192 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 :: 2200 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 :: 5600 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 :: 2542 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 :: 1711 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 :: 2939 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 :: 3826 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 :: 3740 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 :: 3536 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 :: 3361 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 :: 2599 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Applications due March 18, 2016 ....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
With Mike Gabbard Controlling DLNR Budget, Kailua Bay Zodiac Death too Hot to Handle
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 PM :: 7413 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians, Religion

...his committee has the oversight responsibility over DLNR....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Shenanigans continue—House Waives 48 hour notice for Hearings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 3388 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The purpose of the 48-hour notice rule is so that the public may participate meaningfully in the legislative process....

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Honolulu Charter Commission Discusses Ethics, Police, Fire and Salaries
By Natalie Iwasa @ 7:40 PM :: 2830 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... more independence with respect to investigation of waste, abuse and fraud? ....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Up to 72% of Council Campaign Contributions from Hoopili and Rail
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 4424 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

...another vote on Bill 23 (2015), CD1 - Relating to the Transportation Surcharge, will be required of Committee members at the Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Airport Division Turned Blind Eye to Sex Harassment
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 3724 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

A federal jury on Tuesday found the state of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Transportation's airports division violated a former employee's civil rights....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
How to Evade Contractor Contribution Ban After A-1 A-Lectrician Ruling
By Andrew Walden @ 7:38 PM :: 3809 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Politicians

Corporation X's parent company, Corporation Y, desires to make contributions to Hawaii candidates....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
NCAA Suspends Gib Arnold – UH Regents Then Award Him Another $700K
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 5461 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

The former head coach provided false or misleading information during the investigation, allowed his director of operations to participate in coaching activities, and failed to report a possible violation....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
VIDEO: Law & Corruption in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:52 PM :: 6921 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

An inside look at the state's legal and political spheres....

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Audit: H-Power Contracts Designed to Hide Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 3464 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

ENV relied on the contractor, consultants, and external law firms to establish reasonable pricing and did not solicit or obtain open, competitive bids from other contractors....

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Monday, December 07, 2015
A-1 A-Lectricitian--Feds Overreach on Election Regulation
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 PM :: 3737 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

The FEC claims authority over regulating press coverage of elections....

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Thursday, December 03, 2015
“Green McCarthyism”--A leading solar advocacy group is drawing criticism from its own industry
By Selected News Articles @ 7:45 PM :: 3303 Views :: Energy, Ethics

TASC’s efforts in defense of NEM in Hawaii have incurred a similar response....

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Monday, November 30, 2015
Revolving Door: KITV Reporter Becomes Caldwell ‘Information Officer’
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 3554 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Caldwell announced today that veteran journalist Andrew Pereira will be joining the Managing Director’s Office as an information officer and part of the Mayor’s communications team....

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Monday, November 30, 2015
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear A-1 A-Lectrician Case
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 3591 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

The 9th Circuit held the ban satisfied exacting scrutiny....

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