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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Auditor: Many Deficiencies in State Federal Funding Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:04 PM :: 1374 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...four material weaknesses and ten significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance with major federal programs....

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Friday, March 29, 2019
Court: OHA LLCs Subject to UIPA
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 2081 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“…the court finds as a matter of law that OHA owns, and has authority and control over the operation and management of the LLC’s operations….”

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Auditor Rips Rail Oversight: DAGS 'Busy Work Gives False Sense of Assurance'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:35 PM :: 2508 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that DAGS fundamentally misunderstands its responsibilities under Act 1, performing unnecessary busy work that not only wastes time and money but also increases the risk of improper payment....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Ala Wai? Corps of Engineers has Long History of Corruption and Cost Overruns
By Selected News Articles @ 9:08 PM :: 2624 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Military

...Reminiscent of rail, projected Ala Wai costs have already leapt from $200M to $470M.... 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Anti-Vaxxer Charter School May Lose Charter over Financial Irregularities
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 1842 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Ethics

...Kona Pacific Public Charter School, 222 students, 37.4 percent not vaccinated....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Pearl Harbor Profligacy
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 1706 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...government officials are blaming others and dodging responsibility....

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Sunday, March 24, 2019
Post Those Tax Returns, Darn It!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1163 Views :: Ethics

...if we think it’s such a great idea, why don’t we apply it to state executives, judges, or legislators?....

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Sunday, March 24, 2019
Ethics: Board Member May Not Negotiate Spouse's Union Contract
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 1622 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...The board member has a strong background in collective bargaining and believes that one of the reasons he was appointed to the board was to assist it in collective bargaining matters....

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Saturday, March 23, 2019
Hawaii GOP Speaker Cleared of Hatch Act Violation
By Selected News Articles @ 4:08 PM :: 1411 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

"...Because you provided the Party with advance notice that the restrictions on the use of your official title and during the speech you asserted that you were speaking in your personal capacity, we believe that the Party acted without your permission...."

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Friday, March 22, 2019
WSJ: How a Train Through Paradise Turned Into a $9 Billion Debacle
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 2517 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...The project has tallied one of America’s biggest transit cost overruns; a grand jury is investigating....

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Rail Surcharge Lawsuit
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:11 PM :: 1825 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

"...Despite the rejection of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, our efforts were key in the legislature’s decision to drop the skim from 10% to 1% during the 2017 Special Session—this was a win for all taxpayers in this State...."

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
OHA Kakaako Makai Plans Begin With Sewage Plant
By Selected News Articles @ 9:04 PM :: 1507 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

"...I was quite idealistic in thinking that with the $2.9M Master plan Rob Iopa’s WCIT created, we were going to be issuing RFPs to implement them...."

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
HART Plan to Control Expenses-Pay Robbins Crony $85K per Month
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 1805 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Paul Giannelia left his last rail transit job after only seven months because of "difficulties acclimating to the municipal workplace"....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Blank the Amount, Defect the Date
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1895 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Higher Education, Taxes

"SB 1474 Senate Draft 2 that proposes an increase in the GET now specifies '__ per cent or $ _____'"

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Friday, March 15, 2019
Comments Suggesting Legislators Smoked Weed Stricken from House Journal
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:19 AM :: 1396 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

...“What's most ironic is my comments were censored by Majority Leader Belatti, who happens to be a strong advocate to legalize marijuana." -- Rep Gene Ward....

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Massive Pay Hike for Hawaii Legislators?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:17 AM :: 2858 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...Hawaii taxpayers are already burdened by the nation’s most highly paid part time legislators and its about to get worse....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed by Legislators Fails to Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:03 PM :: 1338 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...We reviewed 98 House and Senate bills proposing 80 special and revolving funds during the 2019 legislative session of which none met criteria....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
I Was America’s First ‘Nonbinary’ Person. It Was All a Sham.
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:34 PM :: 1976 Views :: Ethics, Family, Health Care

... Four years ago, I wrote about my decision to live as a woman in The New York Times ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Rep Quinlan to Constituent: "Get the F*** Out!"
By Andrew Walden @ 6:44 PM :: 7473 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, First Amendment, Second Amendment

...an incident that happened at the Capitol on Thursday, February 21, during a HiFiCo Activism at the Legislature event....

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Friday, March 08, 2019
FSM Election 2019 Certified Results
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 2358 Views :: National News, Ethics

...On March 5th, 2019 the citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) voted for their elected representatives in the Congress of the FSM....

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Thursday, March 07, 2019
Prosecutor Kaneshiro Take Leave of Absence on Deadline to Respond to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 2104 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...Kaneshiro's decision to take a "leave of absence" does not stop the Supreme Court proceedings regarding his law license....

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Thursday, March 07, 2019
Lyon Bribery: Election Results--FSM President Loses Seat
By Andrew Walden @ 3:49 PM :: 3697 Views :: Ethics, World News

...results of Tuesday’s elections, Panuelo received 6,773 votes against Christian’s 6,716....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
House Passes Election Changes, Ethics, Campaign Spending Reforms
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 1223 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections

...Representatives say bills also address money in politics, fight public corruption....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Kanuikapono School: Will Teachers be Fired to Cover Up FBI Investigation?
By Video @ 8:03 PM :: 2793 Views :: Kauai County, Education K-12, Ethics, Labor, OHA

...Kanuikapono Charter School Leadership Itself Is Now Being Watched....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
What do the FBI, OHA, and Kauai Have in Common?
By Video @ 10:48 PM :: 3340 Views :: Kauai County, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

...Illegal Activities? Criminal Coverups? Unsavory Characters?....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Hawaii Senators' Favorite Mafia Hitman Loses Home to Foreclosure
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 PM :: 4934 Views :: Ethics, Homelessness, Politicians

...Yoon took out two mortgages for a total of $739,660 written on the same day, exactly 13 days after the HFFF fundraiser, and not recorded in Hawaii for over a year....

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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Double Trouble: Lyon Also Offered Cash to Son of FSM President
By Andrew Walden @ 10:11 PM :: 9975 Views :: DHHL, National News, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Christopher Ivan Christian, was offered a “retainer” --$5K per month by Lyon—with a plan to increase to $10K....

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Saturday, February 23, 2019
Impeach Kaneshiro: Yoshimura Pushes Back Against McCorriston tactics
By News Release @ 11:11 AM :: 2591 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... An attorney with Mr. McCorriston’s legal education and experience, should certainly realize his allegation is both false and "baseless" ....

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Friday, February 22, 2019
HART Property Acquisitions: The Denis Dwyer Connection
By Tom Berg @ 2:51 PM :: 1981 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Rail

"...Dwyer was to acquire all federal properties...."

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Surprise: HART Subpoenaed TWICE by Feds
By Andrew Walden @ 7:21 PM :: 1826 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Flashback Feb 23, 2018: Criminal Intent: Honolulu rail pays $3.8M penalty for Corrupt Relocation Over Payments to Politically Connected Developers....

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
A Change at OHA That Changes Everything
By Video @ 2:21 AM :: 3152 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Trustee Dan Ahuna, who is being investigated by the FBI, takes over Committee overseeing Audit....

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
SB652: Will Legislators Give Drunk Rave Promoter $50M?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:41 PM :: 3335 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Politicians

...This is Jon Riki Karamatsu’s second try for Keahole money....  

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Squirreling Away Money at the Dept. of Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1542 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The auditor found that they have lots of money lying around. More than $120 million in accounts that haven’t been even touched for five years....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
FULL TEXT: Federal Subpoena of HART Records
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 1759 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... HART is required to deliver documents to a Honolulu Federal Grand Jury on or before March 7, 2019 ....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Not too late to hold rail accountable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 PM :: 1449 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...New York and California killed off expensive rail projects--Hawaii can too....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
UPDATE: FSM Government Responds to Lyon Bribery Charge
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 5552 Views :: Ethics, World News, Law Enforcement

...On February 14th, 2019 the FSM National Government was informed that the United States Government has approved the sharing of information related to this case....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Disbar Dubin--Disciplinary Board
By Andrew Walden @ 10:38 PM :: 3031 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...The Board recommends that the Supreme Court of the State of Hawai'i issue an Order that Respondent Dubin be DISBARRED....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Who Wants to Give OHA Millions More?
By Video @ 7:21 PM :: 1237 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Talk About Throwing Good Money After Bad ....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Screening Committee Selects Three KSBE Trustee Finalists
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 1518 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...three finalists to replace Kamehameha Schools Trustee Corbett Kalama whose term ends on June 30, 2019. They are:  Anton Krucky, Coralie Chun Matayoshi and Crystal Rose....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Gabbard Hires Russian Agent--Story to go National?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:28 PM :: 2243 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

...Very interesting. Tulsi Gabbard, the only Democratic presidential candidate who has full Kremlin support and who praised Syria's Assad, has hired Chris Cooper of Potomoc Square Group, the same DC fixer who the Russians hired to smear me and Sergei Magnitsky in 2016. Coincidence?....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
FULL TEXT: Connors, Ballard ask Supreme Court to Remove Kaneshiro--Prosecutor Accused of Retaliating Against Witnesses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 2029 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary

...“Once he sent those disciplinary notices to those employees, signed them, and said you are hereby put on notice, I think it’s moved over to tampering with a witness or obstruction of justice”....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Lyon Bribery Micronesia: Arrests Start at the Top
By Andrew Walden @ 4:15 AM :: 15915 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, World News

...Arrested over the weekend, Master Halbert, son-in-law of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Peter Christian and son of FSM Senator Dohsis Halbert, appeared before Honolulu Federal Judge Richard L. Puglisi for arraignment Monday, February 11, 2019.... 

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Monday, February 11, 2019
Senate Committee Refuses to Recognize Hundreds of Emailed Testimonies
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 2705 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

...The Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs has arbitrarily decided to not accept testimony submitted to it via e-mail....

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Saturday, February 09, 2019
Lyon Bribe: DHHL Releases Suspect Contract Docs
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 PM :: 3974 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics

...Full Text: 211 pages of documentation related to the now-infamous 2010 DHHL contract with Lyon Associates....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
PRP App Reveals Web of Political Connections
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1484 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...After taking over the publishing of the Hawai‘i Directory of Public Officials in 2018, PRP saw an opportunity....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
VIDEO: Abigail Kawananakoa Releases Edited Interview
By Video @ 3:33 AM :: 1871 Views :: Ethics, Family, OHA

...Campbell Estate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa released a video interview on Feb. 7, 2019 that was filmed on Jan. 15, 2019 at her home in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Ethics: Rowena Akana Fined $23K--Trouble Began with OHA-Funded Scheme to Dig Up Kawaiahao Church Graveyard
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 2368 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Princess Kawananakoa believes that Kawaiaha’o church officials and construction workers dug up and disturbed the burial plot of her ancestor Queen Kapi’olani ....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Lyon Bribery: $240K to Buy DHHL Contract?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:37 PM :: 3054 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...Under the plea agreement, “(Lyon) is required to submit…an accurate and complete list of all business he is currently affiliated/involved with that involve federal contacts.”....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Applicants Wanted for State Campaign Spending Commission
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1483 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...The terms will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Sex Harassment: New House Rules "add another layer of silence"
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 2725 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Notably, the draft policy excludes the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, which rendered the Souki decision last year....

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