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Saturday, October 20, 2018
HSTA Property Tax: Two Wolves Fight Over Dinner
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 AM :: 2971 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor, Taxes

...the lambs (the voters and taxpayers) didn't have much of a say as usual, and portions of the arguments revealed what these folks think about the intelligence of the average Hawaii voter....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Auditor: DoH 'Loses' Paperwork--Kills Investigation of PKF Recycling Audit
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:53 PM :: 3541 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Originally bid at $76,400, the contract grew to $543,374—a 611 percent increase—while its scope shrank and the deliverables’ deadline were extended by a year. In the end, the PKF founder was arrested at the arport....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Team Hanabusa Grills Ige Campaign Manager over Judicial Nomination
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 2900 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...The Senate is expected to meet in a special session on October 24-25 to consider the nomination....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Annual Survey
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 2176 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections

...The last day to complete the survey is Wednesday, October 31....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Lawsuit Challenges 'Illegal' Maui Council Frankenbill
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 3197 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

...changing of the ordinance to benefit of private developers, at the expense of the residents, was never publicly noticed as required under the State of Hawai’i Sunshine Laws, and, that it violated adopted Council Rules....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Complaint Demands Expulsion of LoPresti from Democratic Party
By Brett Kulbis @ 6:20 PM :: 5048 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

...“He is a liar, a thief, and a manipulator, and he does not represent the values of the Democratic Party”....

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Monday, October 15, 2018
Gay Bullying Policy: DoE Sets Public Hearings
By News Release @ 9:14 PM :: 3874 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Family, First Amendment, Labor

...a new section titled Chapter 89 Civil Rights Policy and Complaint Procedures for Student(s) Complaints against Adult(s)....

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
#AuditTheRail, now more than ever
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:34 PM :: 2300 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the FTA has signaled its lack of faith in the project by withholding federal funds absent a recovery plan and setting a Nov. 20 deadline for the city to come up with $44 million — the initial payment on a $214 million obligation to HART....

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Friday, October 12, 2018
VIDEO: Mazie Hirono Covers Up Sexist Harassment at UH
By Video @ 10:51 PM :: 8481 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History, Higher Education

...Reid said that she personally brought information about the harassment to Hirono....

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Friday, October 12, 2018
Leadership Change at ODC
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 3088 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Bruce Kim is no longer Chief Counsel of the Office of Disciplinary Affairs, the Hawaii Judiciary office handling errant lawyers.... 

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Sunday, October 07, 2018
Hawaii’s Largest Carbon Credit Scheme to be Evicted from its own HQ?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:22 PM :: 3725 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...The eviction suit, filed October 1, 2018 in Honolulu District Court is the latest of several lawsuits filed against HLH—including a separate eviction suit seeking removal of HLH from several big island houses on Kukaiau Ranch land....

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Thursday, October 04, 2018
Hirono: FBI Investigation a 'Farce'
By Selected News Articles @ 12:44 PM :: 2543 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Judiciary

...Hirono made the comments after MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow opined Wednesday that “Democrats don’t pressure the FBI the way that Republicans do.”....

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Democrats Celebrate Serial Rapist Dan Inouye
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 AM :: 5596 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

...For Democrats, it’s always “Believe Women,” unless....

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Monday, October 01, 2018
Finally! OHA Is Being Audited for Fraud, Waste and Abuse
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 3182 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...I am still deeply concerned about the amount of time it has taken to begin this audit....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Hirono Fundraising Email Sent During Blasey-Ford Testimony
By Selected News Articles @ 5:49 PM :: 1939 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...Hirono is “particularly vulnerable to right-wing attacks” because of her focus on the Kavanaugh allegations, the email said....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Trump official accused of violating Hatch Act for speech at Hawaii GOP fundraiser
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 2418 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

...The CLC sent a letter to Hatch Act Unit Chief Ana Galindo-Marrone asking her office to look at whether Benton's attendance as a speaker at a Hawaii Republican Party fundraiser on Friday was illegal....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Report Ties Hawaii Youth Suicide Rate to HSTA Grab for HGEA Positions
By Andrew Walden @ 7:01 PM :: 8159 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...Behavioral Specialists described an alarming frequency of significantly dangerous behaviors exhibited by a number of students, including suicide attempts that were nearly fatal...." 

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Senator Hirono Didn’t Always Tell Men to ‘Shut Up’ and Believe Accusers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 4189 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History, Judiciary

...Senator Mazie Hirono today poses as a brave feminist cultural warrior, but when it really counted in her own backyard in Hawaii, she was AWOL....

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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Say It’s a Tax!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2360 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Taxes

...the ballot question doesn’t say anything at all about tax.  Does that make the ballot question misleading or deceptive?....  

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Bullying App to Bring Students into DoE Faculty-Administration Retaliation System?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 1778 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...New app will allow Hawaii students to anonymously report bullying....

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Hirono Took Money From Democrat Who Admitted to Hitting Wife
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 2410 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...Hirono's Democratic colleague in the Senate, Tom Carper (Del.), who has admitted to punching his wife hard enough to give her a black eye, appears to be getting a pass from Hirono....

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Auditor: RCUH Goes 11 for 11
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:07 PM :: 2046 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...We found that RCUH has implemented all eleven recommendations....

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Lawsuits Close in on Hawaii’s Largest Carbon Credit Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 9:48 PM :: 9366 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

...When a couple of penny-stock touts, one of whom is listed in the Panama Papers Offshore Leaks Database, start selling timber futures and carbon credits in Hawaii, the greenwash is thicker than most....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
End 'gut and replace'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:59 PM :: 1441 Views :: Ethics

What’s in a title? If you’re a member of the Hawaii Legislature, opportunity....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Evacuate? 'High Risk' Nuuanu Reservoir--What is Caldwell Administration Hiding?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 AM :: 3026 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

...In Hawaii 124 of the state’s 133 dams are deemed ‘at High Hazard Potential’ by the National Inventory of Dams....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ethics Commission Outlines Charges Against OHA Trustee Rowena Akana
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 3083 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...a formal contested case hearing on the Further Statement of Alleged Violation will be held before the Commission on Monday, October 22, 2018....

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Saturday, September 08, 2018
Congressman Hunter, the Jones Act and corruption
By Michael Hansen @ 2:40 PM :: 2314 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...the connection between charges for campaign finance violations brought against Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA-50), and his support for and campaign contributions from the Jones Act industry....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
OHA Hires Auditor to Look at 'Fraud, Waste, and Abuse'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:15 PM :: 3976 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...After months of delay, OHA and its LLCs will be audited for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Laws Written by 'Gut n Replace' Method
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2359 Views :: Ethics

...Watchdog Groups Use Sharp Knife of Litigation to Curb “Gut and Replace” Tactics, Restore Public Voice in Democracy....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Pension spiking cost Hawaii taxpayers $20.5M in FY 2017
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 3667 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...A Grassroot Institute FOIA request reveals that 320 employees spiked their salaries ahead of retiring....

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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Kauai Cash Grab: Long wait for Homeowners Property Tax Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2873 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Taxes

...How long do you think it takes between buying a home on Kauai and having the “home exemption” effective for real property tax there?....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
November Ballot: Understanding the constitutional amendment questions
By Video @ 5:22 PM :: 3525 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Understanding the constitutional amendment questions on the ballot....

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Friday, August 31, 2018
Profitable Non-Profit: For Years, State Employee Paid Twice to Supervise Himself
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 3041 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The Employee has been privately employed by the (profitable) Non-Profit for a number of years.... 

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Friday, August 31, 2018
Ethics: Lawyer Pays Off State Employees to Testify Against Their Own Investigation
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 2262 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Employee A admitted that the testimony given was not based on a fair and thorough examination of the facts. Employee A’s testimony was offered to counter the recommendations given by Employee A’s own agency and bolster the client’s arguments in the underlying court proceeding....

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Friday, August 31, 2018
Former Maui Police Department Officer Sentenced For Stealing Money And Conspiring To Bribe Witness
By News Release @ 2:33 PM :: 3205 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

...Former Maui police officer Anthony Maldonado stole $1,800 from a motorist because he thought the motorist was a drug dealer, had stolen drugs and money from drug dealers before, gave some of the drugs to his mistress and sold steroids to at least one other officer....

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Monday, August 27, 2018
GOP: LoPresti 'admitted criminal acts'--Should drop out of Race
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:49 AM :: 4149 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

....Lopresti accountable for his admitted criminal acts in both 2018 and 2016, including coercing his Staff to lie to Capitol Police in filing false reports....

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Monday, August 13, 2018
Waihee Foreclosure Hour? Dubin Escapes 'Interim Suspension’ -- Still Facing Disbarment
By Andrew Walden @ 9:49 PM :: 6790 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Now we know how Waihee isn’t getting paid.... 

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Sunday, August 12, 2018
At 6.1% Ing is the Biggest Socialist Loser in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:58 PM :: 4779 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

...But the movement is not over.  The Federal Election Commission is only just starting to dig into Ing’s campaign finances.  We suggest ‘movement’ to Brazil....

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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Weekends Safe from Cackling Lawyers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2273 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

Back in 2014, we wrote in this space about a nasty Honolulu City & County rule involving real property tax appeals....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
Gabbard Operative Paid to Harass HSTA VP?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:05 PM :: 5188 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Labor, Politicians

...The “Aquino Purificacion” account was easily traceable to Gabbard's copywriter, Marissa Rodriguez. Gabbard's FEC records include multiple payments to Rodriguez....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
​Mortgage Fraud: DCCA ‘Findings of Fact’ Expose Dubin Financial
By Andrew Walden @ 1:45 AM :: 6344 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Politicians

...Hawaii foreclosure attorney Gary V Dubin and ex-Governor John Waihee III are going all-out in an effort to rustle up more foreclosure clients for the Dubin Law Firm—even as state disciplinary proceedings threaten Dubin’s law license....

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Friday, August 10, 2018
Socialist Star Comes to Hawaii to Back the Biggest Loser of them All -- Kaniela Ing
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 3765 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

...We both turned to community organization (because campaign cash can pay my credit card bills)....

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Watch This Before Saturday
By Video @ 9:20 PM :: 2564 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...This Saturday You Can Help Reform The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Friday, August 03, 2018
Malia Zimmerman Beats Rap After Pushing Conspiracy Theory
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 AM :: 4521 Views :: National News, Ethics, First Amendment

...The judge agreed with Fox News’ argument that even if their statements about Rich’s death were inaccurate or defamatory, they did not necessarily constitute the extreme and outrageous conduct required for a claim....

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Thursday, August 02, 2018
Beadie Dawson Endorses Sam King for OHA
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2836 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...Beadie Kanahele Dawson was the attorney for Na Pua a Ke Alii Pauahi, a group formed by Kamehameha students, parents and alumni, in its stand against the corrupt Bishop Estate trustees at the center of the Broken Trust scandal....

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Ethics: Big Island's Top Sheriff Busted Padding Payroll
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 3666 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Police

...securing compensation for himself and his subordinate employees for more hours than they actually worked....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
False Name Anti-Bunda Mailers Blanket North Shore
By Andrew Walden @ 9:56 PM :: 2972 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

...would most likely benefit Tsuneyoshi....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Lava Suits Begin as Lloyd's Denies Claims
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 2356 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics

...Lloyd's Confirms Standing Home a "Total Loss" Yet Wrongfully and Illegally Denies Homeowners' Claims, Foster Law Claims....

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Monday, July 30, 2018
Sen Thielen: Hanabusa Women Silent in Face of Real Discrimination
By News Release @ 12:29 PM :: 2600 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...Several of the leaders stepping forward to accuse Ige of discrimination today were deafeningly silent several months ago, when a prominent legislator was accused of sexual harassment and ultimately resigned office....

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
Foreclosure Hour? ODC Investigation Targets Attorney Gary V Dubin
By Andrew Walden @ 11:15 PM :: 6324 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Governor John Waihee’s ‘Foreclosure Hour’ AM830 radio host, attorney Gary V Dubin, is being investigated by the State Office of Disciplinary Counsel....

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