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Sunday, September 11, 2016
Caldwell's Plan: Make Military Families Pay for Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1878 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

It seems that 15%-20% of our surcharge is being paid by “tourists” in the strict sense, but when you include military families and the federal government you do come up with a percentage closer to a third....

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Ethics: Sen Maile Shimabukuro Busted for Overnight Party with Lobbyists
By News Release @ 4:41 AM :: 2148 Views :: Ethics

The Commission issued the Charge after its investigation of Respondent Shimabukuro for allegedly accepting improper gifts from Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing....

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Monday, September 05, 2016
Walter Ritte Teams up with Rich European Activists to save Hawaii’s Endangered Mosquitoes
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 2555 Views :: Environment, Ethics, GMOs

Zika is a highly-effective population control device ....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Fraud: Maui Glass Recycler Gets Year in Prison
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 2074 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Taxes

...Liu submitted false invoices to be paid from the state after being awarded a state contract to start a certified redemption center....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Judge Upholds Gorak for PUC
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 1834 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Judge Edwin C. Nacino ruled today that Governor Ige’s appointment of Tom Gorak to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was valid....

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Friday, August 26, 2016
Special Election: CD2 Republican Nominee Files to Run as Democrat in CD1
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 PM :: 4267 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians, Republican Party

...UPDATE: Dems Will Seek Removal of Kaaihue from Ballot....

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Friday, August 26, 2016
Rep. Kaniela Ing Pleads "Not Guilty"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 PM :: 3265 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police, Politicians

Maui State House Rep. Mark "Kaniela" Ing (D) was arraigned today ....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
SEC Orders Hawaii to Cease and Desist—State Bond Offerings ‘False and Misleading’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:59 PM :: 2092 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...sold municipal bonds using offering documents that contained materially false statements....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
What OHA Hid from You for 40 Years
By Video @ 8:54 PM :: 3289 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Has Been Keeping This A Secret For The Longest Time....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
GEMS as a Target for Raiding?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2574 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Taxes is very tempting when lawmakers find a large cache of unused money....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Nut vs Nut in CD2 Republican Primary -- Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces Winner
By Andrew Walden @ 3:43 AM :: 2993 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Republican congressional candidate Angela Aulani Kaaihue has issued a news release rejecting “this local dumb mentality” and offering to withdraw from her race if Gov. David Ige and “his Japanese constituents” will settle a lawsuit over land her family owns in Waimalu ....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
OHA Funds Voter Sentiment Survey to Help Incumbents
By Andrew Walden @ 7:52 PM :: 2675 Views :: Ethics, OHA

No other department of the State of Hawaii engages in this type of open electioneering....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
OHA Incumbents: Is 20 Years too Long?
By Video @ 4:50 PM :: 1372 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...How You Can Help Put A Stop To This....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Puana Attorney to Police Commission: Too little, too late
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 2716 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...not a single member of the Commission appointed by the mayor, other than Ms. Sheehan, has any legal or law enforcement background....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Honolulu Auditor Releases Annual Report
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1609 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...and identifies three upcoming audits....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Why it’s so expensive to cool Hawaii’s schools
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:01 AM :: 2235 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...dividing the project into an AC portion and an energy portion would greatly reduce the per-classroom cost....

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Truth and Transparency Lacking at OHA
By Video @ 7:51 PM :: 1946 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA
What Are The Two Most Important Things To Look For In OHA Candidates?
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Honolulu Ethics Commission Appoints New Director
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 1270 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Ms. Yamane previously served as the Acting State Auditor....

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Caldwell Hammered on Bank Job, Lack of Ethics
By News Release @ 7:59 PM :: 2084 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Caldwell collects not only a $164,928 annual pay check from taxpayers but continues to 'work' a second job at a bank collecting an additional $200,000 per year....

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Friday, July 29, 2016
Rep Kaniela Ing Caught Lying About Arrest--Claims 'Conspiracy'
By News Release @ 10:30 AM :: 7464 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Politicians

...Ing claims a long-running conspiracy is out to get him....

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Now Showing in Hawaii
By Video @ 4:12 PM :: 2709 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

Now showing on Oahu, Maui, and Big Island....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hot Schools: DoE Prepares for Illness and Exhaustion
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 2143 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Environment, Ethics

... Schools could have been cooled already but DoE insiders had to reward crony contractors so the keiki will just have to suffer until next year ....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Secrets: 24 Candidates Fail to File Financial Disclosure
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 1715 Views :: Ethics

The statutory deadline for candidates to file their financial disclosure statements with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission was Friday, July 22, 2016....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Lawsuit: Compel Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 PM :: 1378 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

You would think that posting care home inspections online would have been easy....

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Monday, July 25, 2016
Bishop Museum: ‘Fears that some pieces might have disappeared’
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 AM :: 3826 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

...researchers claim that much of the collection is inaccessible....

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Recreation Department Audit: No Way to Know How Much They Stole
By News Release @ 5:27 PM :: 2591 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics

...there were multiple days where no deposit or revenue was recorded....

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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Feds Nail $2M Tribal Scam–Thousands Got Free Hawaiian Homelands Cellphones
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 2884 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...the company improperly enrolled several thousand Hawaii customers as eligible for enhanced Tribal support reimbursements....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
IUOE ‘Hawaiian Stabilization Fund’ All But Clear of Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1842 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...leaders of the International Union of Operating Engineers who were accused of squandering pension funds....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Keli’i Akina and Mililani Trask Team-up to Reform OHA
By Video @ 2:02 PM :: 3094 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 :: 1714 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 :: 1491 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 :: 2953 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 :: 1950 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 :: 5899 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 :: 2178 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 :: 3188 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics 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 :: 2966 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 :: 1229 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 :: 1992 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 :: 2538 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 :: 1746 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 :: 7629 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 :: 1380 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 :: 3375 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 :: 1836 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 :: 2245 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 :: 1685 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education 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 :: 1877 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 :: 1711 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics 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 :: 2195 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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