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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 :: 467 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 08, 2020
Guam Ambulance Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Medicare Ambulance Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 369 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 07, 2020
Should Police Misconduct Records Be Made Public?
By Video @ 2:41 AM :: 312 Views :: Ethics, Police

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

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Sunday, July 05, 2020
​Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 602 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 03, 2020
Yes, we are different from Minneapolis; our police misdeeds are kept secret
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 586 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 :: 1157 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 :: 428 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 :: 1653 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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Monday, June 15, 2020
Feds: Civil Beat Publisher's Security Detail Sends Pig's Head to Media Critic
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1726 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...anonymous, threatening messages, disturbing deliveries – including a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath and a bloody pig mask – and conducting covert surveillance of the victims....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Confronting Police Abuse Requires Shifting Power From Police Unions
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:22 AM :: 1251 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Police

...“We do not have the ability to get rid of many of these officers that we know have done wrong in the past due to issues with both the contract and the arbitration associated with the union.”....

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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Amemiya Joins Pack of Insiders Grabbing ‘Affordable’ Housing Units for Themselves
By Andrew Walden @ 3:57 AM :: 8515 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

...Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya knows a lot about the ‘affordable’ housing system and how to ‘work’ it....

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Friday, June 05, 2020
UPW Prison Guard Busted Allegedly Smuggling Meth into OCCC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 962 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the UPW still has not agreed to allow all guards to be searched for contraband....

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Thursday, June 04, 2020
Sierra Club: Maui Mayor Exploits Corona Emergency Powers to Fast-Track Shoreline Development
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 843 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

... On May 30, Mayor Victorino issued a directive indicating certain shoreline development approval requests will be reviewed within fifteen days or be automatically approved ....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Investigation Into Alleged Ethics Misconduct by the Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 811 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Top US official misused office to get son-in-law job....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
GOP: Did Honolulu Council Act Illegally on Rail in 2011?
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 7:47 PM :: 1257 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

... Earlier this month, the Hawaii Republican Party’s (HRP) Chairwoman Ms. Shirlene Ostrov sent a letter to Chief Daniel Hanagami, Special Agent, Office of the State Attorney General, who is investigating Honolulu’s Light Rail Project ....

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Government in the Darkness
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 671 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... In the Seventh Supplemental Proclamation on May 6, the Administration backed off a bit ....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Office of Information Practices Seeks Ideas for COVID-Based Legislation
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 790 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...To possibly develop draft legislation for 2021, the Office of Information Practices (OIP) wants to hear from you....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
OIP Policy Under Ige's Latest Emergency Order
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 516 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

"...If a request is not acknowledged, the requester may ask the Office of Information Practices to verify that the agency received the UIPA Request...."

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Fraudulent International Ship Registration Scandals hit Pacific Islands
By Michael Hansen @ 6:05 AM :: 948 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act, Law Enforcement

“...South Pacific island nations are scouring shipping records for vessels with links to North Korea after Fiji said it had identified 20 falsely flagged ships it suspects the isolated regime is using to evade United Nations sanctions....”

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Friday, May 15, 2020
HB117: Legislators Defer Raises for a Year
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 868 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill calls for no increases until July 1, 2021....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Forcing United Public Workers to Enter New Era
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 1277 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...it isn’t the kind its leaders were counting on....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Ethics: UPW Member Fined for Stealing Sand from DoT Base Yard
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 768 Views :: Ethics

...the DOT superintendent told him that removal of the sand was not permitted....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
DoE and DHS: Auditor Finds Significant Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:00 AM :: 653 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting....

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Saturday, May 09, 2020
OHA to Ige: Bypass Legislature and Give Us $21,287,134
By Andrew Walden @ 4:11 AM :: 1186 Views :: Ethics, OHA, COVID-19

...OHA’s letter to Ige was timed to coincide with a media campaign designed to make Hawaiians appear as exceptional COVID victims....

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
AFSCME Takes Control of UPW--Boots Nakanelua, Endo
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 1941 Views :: Ethics, Labor

"...abuse and misuse of union funds and the existence of questionable perks and benefits...."

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Lyon Connection? Micronesia Acts Against Fake Shipping Registry
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 1036 Views :: Ethics, World News, Jones Act

...defendants include FSM previous TCI Sec'y Lukner Weilbacher, the former boss of Lyon Associates convict Massey Halbert....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Kahuku Windfarm Case Appealed to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 711 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Ethics

...Today, Life of the Land filed a direct appeal to the Hawai'i Supreme Court regarding the Public Utilities Commission's decision to deny its motion to void approvals related to the Kahuku windmills project....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
How to kill civic trust
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:20 PM :: 684 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... Sunlight and openness are essential to keeping our lawmakers and administrative officials honest and accountable to citizens .... 

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Democracy in peril: Upholding government transparency during a crisis
By Video @ 5:52 AM :: 776 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...Was it really necessary to suspend those laws to help fight the coronavirus? What can be done to restore government transparency and accountability in Hawaii?....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Kahuku Mother Sues Board of Education over Secret, Closed-Door Meeting and Vote
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 1328 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...suit against the Board of Education for holding a secret, closed door meeting last February, that resulted in denying her petition for rulemaking, violating the state Sunshine Law....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Virus Makes Honolulu Hale Pay Raises Inopportune
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 581 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

...Mayor will decline pay raises for City officials....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Governor Ige creates new position for old boy – Oshima responsible for economic, community recovery or something
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 1734 Views :: Ethics, Economy, COVID-19

...In February, Oshima became the senior executive advisor of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) after serving five years as its president and chief executive officer....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Ige: Safety Concerns Take Priority over Transparency
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 659 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...In the meantime, if any of you are aware of specific instances in which you believe a State board or commission has acted unreasonably under the current circumstances, please provide the details for me to consider....

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Monday, April 06, 2020
Attorney: Emergency Declaration Did Not Suspend Transparency Requirements of County Charter
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 824 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, COVID-19

...As recently as several months ago, the governor was enjoined by the First Circuit Court from using his emergency powers to infringe upon the constitutionally protected traditional and customary practices of Native Hawaiian practitioners at Mauna Kea....

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Sunday, April 05, 2020
Full Text: Council Chair Cries a River After Being Busted Giving Development Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 3876 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

...while you are locked down with COVID, this is what some politicians are doing....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Restore Open Government in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:21 PM :: 916 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state's four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Government Response to Coronavirus: Blunders & Opportunities
By Video @ 9:02 PM :: 725 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...Dr. Mary J. Ruwart, a well-known research scientist and ethicist discusses how the federal government has handled its response to the Coronavirus....

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Monday, March 30, 2020
COVID-19 Media Letter: Transparency is More Important Than Ever
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 719 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...We strongly urge government branches and agencies to recommit to, and not retrench from, their duty to include the public in the policy-making process....

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Let the Sun Shine In!
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:45 PM :: 777 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...As part of his supplemental emergency proclamation, Ige suspended the state’s Sunshine Law, which allows public access to the meetings of government bodies. He also suspended the state’s open records law — the Uniform Information Practices Act — which governs access to public records....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Ethics: HHSC Manager Retires, Goes to Work for Contractor
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 884 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Health Care

...time was spent communicating with her former co-workers at the Health Information Management department....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Corona Towers: Council Hides Behind Quarantine, Gives Development Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 9:50 PM :: 9595 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

...Ige’s Health Emergency Declaration waves many of the state laws ensuring public participation, transparency, and accountability.    

The implicit understanding is that elected officials will utilize these extraordinary powers only to combat the Corona Virus pandemic in Hawaii.

It only took two days to find out....

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Saturday, March 21, 2020
Kauai Council Bans Public from Meetings--Just in time for Property Tax Hike, Removal of Alleged Meth Dealer
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 1016 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

...alleged Meth Dealer to be removed from Committees by Reso set for approval at March 25 meeting....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Democracy Still Matters in Time of Pandemic
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 940 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Ige, by Supplemental Emergency Proclamation dated March 16, 2020, waived many laws pertaining to transparency and accountability, specifically Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 92 dealing with open meetings, and Chapter 91 dealing with rulemaking....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Scams Galore: Hi-Tech Tax Credit Crowd Gets into Digital Currency
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 1173 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...State of Hawaii’s “Digital Currency Innovation Lab” seeks applicants for first pilot program....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Katherine Kealoha Surrenders Law License
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 832 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawaiʻi provides that a “[r]esignation in lieu of discipline is a disbarment for all purposes under these rules, including reinstatement.” RSCH Rule 2.14(d)....

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Monday, March 16, 2020
COVID-19: Council, DHHL, Legislators Cut Public Access
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 1484 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Sunshine doesn't cure Corona Virus -- but Corona Virus cures Sunshine....

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Friday, March 13, 2020
Supreme Court Clears Way for Release of Secret Report on Wrongdoing in State Auditor's Office
By Court House News @ 3:45 PM :: 1384 Views :: Ethics

"...The attorney general’s office has refused to publicly release documents related to its inquiry, although it has shared its final investigative reports with certain state legislators...."

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Sunday, March 08, 2020
EB-5 Scandals Finally Reach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 1077 Views :: Ethics, Development

...The EB-5 program offers alien investors a family-sized set of green cards if they invest....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Feds: Kauai Councilman is Meth Kingpin for Samoan Prison Gang
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 3391 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

...Sitting Kauai County Councilmember and Eleven Others Charged with Participation in a Drug Trafficking Organization....

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Keli‘i Akina Announces Re-Election Campaign for Office of Hawaiian Affairs
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 991 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA Needs a Watchdog to Fight for Hawaiians and Hawai‘i ....

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