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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Veto of the “Revolving Door” Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 215 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill addresses the appearance of corruption....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
Honolulu Ethics: Parks Supervisor Watches Football on the Clock
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 315 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Fortunately City workers are not likely to get furloughs.  I don’t know how we would survive without public employees like these....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
Rep Tulsi Gabbard: Ban Vote Harvesting
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 248 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Office of Elections

...While some states have prohibited vote harvesting, many states lack any regulations that would stop third-parties from fraudulently collecting and mishandling ballots as has occurred in recent elections....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Honolulu Ethics Commission Ballot Questions 3 and 4
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 255 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Two questions on the upcoming general election ballot relate to the Honolulu Ethics Commission's budget and staffing.... 

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Friday, September 25, 2020
After Secret Meeting, BoE Agrees to Re-Hear Kahuku Windfarm Petition
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 281 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...The proposed rule would require the Department to hold a community meeting and solicit family and community feedback before providing official comment on proposed developments....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
COVID Spending: Hirono questions Ige's ‘lack of transparency’
By News Release @ 7:14 AM :: 258 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...“I remain concerned that Hawaii will not spend these federal resources before the end of the year, and that a lack of clear information provided by the state on how funds are being used is creating frustration and confusion among Hawaii’s residents,” Senator Hirono wrote....

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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Cocaine News: Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi Files for Divorce -- Tries to Keep Case Records Secret
By Andrew Walden @ 11:52 PM :: 1073 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary, Drugs

...Plaintiff is a prominent City Council member. Her husband is a political consultant. Therefore, her position on the City Council would pique the interest of this news organization. However, her personal life should not be the subject matter of the news media....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Common Cause 2020 Legislative Wrap Up
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 270 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...Ige’s deadline to veto bills has passed, so we know which of the bills that made it through this most unusual session will become law....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Feds Bust DoH Lab Tech--Allegedly Making LSD During COVID outbreak
By Andrew Walden @ 1:02 AM :: 1177 Views :: Ethics, Military, COVID-19

...“You would think that employees at the state disease outbreak control center would be too busy these days for such extracurricular activities,” Dan Grazier, an ex-Marine Corps officer who now works for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Beast....

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Council Candidate Greg Thielen Cautions Against Awarding P3 Contract Under Robbins' Tenure
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 451 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“...a potential worse case scenario of a contract award just before a leadership transition at HART and the City and County of Honolulu....”

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
'Hush Money' and Retaliation: FBI Investigates Kauai Charter School tied to OHA Trustee
By Andrew Walden @ 6:34 PM :: 3306 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... similar to sandwich lease schemes common during the Broken Trust days ....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Hawaii Attorney General and Ethics Commission Join Forces to Address Fraud, Waste and Abuse
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 553 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors announced today that her department has joined the Hawaii State Ethics Commission in an effort to identify fraud, waste and abuse involving government funds ....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Waikoloa Mauka Project Now Subject of FBI Investigation, Developer Says
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 931 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use

...he unwittingly bought into a scheme that is now the subject of an FBI investigation....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Releases Final Veto List
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 501 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Gov. Ige vetoes bill limiting “revolving door” between government and lobbyists....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Hiding LLC Records: OHA Lawsuit not Laughed out of Court
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 1122 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Sacrifices $3.2M to Hide Lawyer’s Conflict of Interest?....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
Hawaii Crime Boss Busted for Racketeering, Murder; Infiltrated Teamster Local
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 1799 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...Especially noteworthy is Miske’s involvement with unions, particularly International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 996, which represents drivers hired to do movie and television scenes....

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Thursday, September 10, 2020
Retaliation at DoH: Another Candid Discussion with Dr. Scott Miscovich
By Video @ 2:41 AM :: 1263 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...He called the situation "classic whistleblower retaliation.”....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Dubin Disbarred--Its 'Foreclosure Hour' for Associate of John Waihee and Keanu Sai
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 2263 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, OHA

... with mortgage scams on the decline, sovereignty activists appear to be shifting to phony Hawaiian Kingdom bond sales as a means to pay for lavish trips to NYC, Geneva, and The Hague ....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
HGEA Retaliation:  Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistle-blower Forced Out with Bogus Firearm Threat
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 2828 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... “Josh Green basically took her case to the Attorney General and presented to the Attorney General for whistleblower immunity,” Dr. Miscovich said ....

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Sunday, September 6, 2020
So Do We Have Contact Tracers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 943 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... “They have to be trained on what we do." --Dr. Sarah Park .…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Governor Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 804 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Second Amendment

...Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 6 measures....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Lum Pleads Guilty in 1Malaysia Development Berhad Lobbying Scheme
By News Release @ 3:43 AM :: 921 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Lum Davis admitted that, between March 2017 and January 2018, she and others — including a prominent official of a national political party with ties to the administration — agreed to lobby the President of the United States, the Attorney General, and other high level officials....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Johnny Miro gets the lowdown on Hawaii’s lack of COVID-19 transparency
By Video @ 1:55 AM :: 618 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...Radio host Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 about Gov. David Ige’s lack of COVID-19 transparency....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
P3 Secrecy: Council Candidate Greg Thielen Calls for Removal of HART Executive Director
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 875 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...taxpayers of the City and County of Honolulu deserve to know the details of this proposed contract prior to any decision being made on it....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:06 AM :: 1985 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...I’m not the only one trying to dig up information on where the money went....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Lawsuit: Lindsey Cheats Anti-Telescope Protester in OHA Race
By Andrew Walden @ 5:52 AM :: 1837 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, OHA

...Is the entire administration of OHA complicit in the illegal candidacy of an OHA executive for Trustee?....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ethics: DoH Employee Fined $25K for Running Private Business on State Time
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 991 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...DoH is too busy to respond to the State Auditor and too busy to organize contact tracing because they are working real estate deals on State time with the Board and Care home operators they regulate.  And their union wants them to be paid to 'work' from home again....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Auditor: DoE Refuses Cooperation with COVID Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:29 AM :: 546 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, COVID-19

...As many of our questions echo those being asked by the public and public officials, it is unreasonable for DOE to refuse our requests about their safety and health guidelines....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Contract Tracing: DoH Stonewalls State Auditor
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:02 AM :: 681 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...it is precisely during times of crisis when the public needs and deserves clear, concise, and transparent communication from its government....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
VIDEO: Prosecutor Debate Steve Alm vs Miske's Lawyer
By Video @ 9:48 PM :: 1181 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

...Megan Kau hired by Miske....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 906 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Ethics Fines for Reps Saiki, DeCoite
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 770 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...for campaign use of State facilities, State Seal....

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Insider Cacao Scheme: KSBE out $4M -- but OHA Dodges Bullet
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 AM :: 1944 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Did Burgess tell KSBE that he would need a steady flow of free money for the next 15 years to make good on the Trust’s investment? ....

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Sunday, August 9, 2020
OHA to Take Over Honolulu Council?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:30 AM :: 4682 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

...two OHA operatives are in the Council runoff elections this November with one goal in mind--help OHA upzone Kakaako Makai so it can build hotels and condos up to the sky....

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Pine urges direct federal oversight of rail’s P3 contract awards
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:52 PM :: 813 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Pine is urging the Federal Transit Administration to conduct in-person oversight of rail project awards of so-called public-private-partnership, or P3 contracts....

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Sunday, August 2, 2020
OHA Illegally Using State Resources to Campaign Against Akina, others
By Andrew Walden @ 11:44 PM :: 1611 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... HRS § 84-13, the “Fair Treatment” section of the State Ethics Code, prohibits the use of state resources for political campaign purposes....

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Sunday, August 2, 2020
Council Candidate Texeira Gets DUI
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 AM :: 1608 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Honolulu Council District III candidate Alan Texeira was convicted of DUI March 10, 2020....

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Sunday, July 26, 2020
Miske Lawyer Behind Campaign to Unseat OHA Trustee Keli’i Akina
By Andrew Walden @ 3:52 AM :: 5489 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...In the middle of what may become a death penalty case, lawyer Thomas Otake is making time for an OHA campaign.  One might wonder what Michael Miske thinks about that.... 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
HART Now Makes Video Games
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 743 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... The game teaches children several curious lessons ....

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Feds: Miske Could Get Death Penalty
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1404 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...Eleven defendants charged in Hawaii federal court with racketeering and other offenses....

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Former HPD Officer Gets Four Years Prison--Forced Two Suspects to Lick or Dunk Toilet
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 839 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...on January 28, 2018, while working as on-duty officers, Rabago and Reginald Ramones conspired to force an individual to lick a urinal in a public bathroom...in a separate and unrelated incident prior to January, 2018, Rabago made another individual place his head in a public bathroom toilet in order to avoid arrest....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
FBI Arrests Kealoha Pal Mike Miske for Murder
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 PM :: 20587 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...sources say this is the result of a grand jury indictment....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Legislature: "This will be a shell of a democracy"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:49 PM :: 892 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...The people of Hawaii are facing a dead economy, and thousands are waiting in food lines to feed their families...."

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Guam Ambulance Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Medicare Ambulance Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 791 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...$10.8 million, one of the largest single Medicare ambulance fraud cases ever prosecuted by the Justice Department....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Should Police Misconduct Records Be Made Public?
By Video @ 2:41 AM :: 610 Views :: Ethics, Police

...Kelii Akina Talks Story with Journalism Professor Gerald Kato....

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Sunday, July 5, 2020
​Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 931 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, COVID-19

...Ige's COVID order suspends law requiring that people who want to do business with the State or municipal governments need to be current with their state and federal taxes....

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Friday, July 3, 2020
Yes, we are different from Minneapolis; our police misdeeds are kept secret
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 963 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Police

...The intense secrecy that has come to characterize the Honolulu Police Department....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hawaii Republicans Blocked from Observing Voter Count
By Brett Kulbis @ 10:38 PM :: 1622 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...This year Hawaii will vote exclusively by mail. Now as many of us know this increases the chances of fraud. Couple that with the checkered history of our Office of Elections, makes it more important as ever that all political parties have representation in our vote counting centers across the State....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
HB285: Legislative Conference Committee Passes Police Reform Bill
By News Release @ 10:59 AM :: 713 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...The measure requires the disclosure of the identity of officers who are suspended or discharged for misconduct in a report to the Legislature, removes the exemption for police from disclosure under Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act, and clarifies additional authorities and powers of the Law Enforcement Standards Board....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Council District Nine--Family Ties
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 2167 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

... Of the three candidates, two have family members that are already sitting in the Honolulu City Council ....

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