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Friday, May 26, 2023
Line Item Veto of Slush Fund ‘the responsible thing to do'
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:10 PM :: 231 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s taxpayers have paid about $1.5 billion in just the past two years for housing, but “Where’s all the affordable housing?” ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
DPP Supervisor Gets 60 Months in Prison for Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 235 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... After a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into corruption at the DPP, honest services wire fraud charges were filed against six individuals, including Inouye, arising out of schemes in which employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Slush Fund News: HTA Gives $27M Contract to CNHA
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 474 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... $27M of Green's illegal $200M slush fund has spilled into CNHA's lap ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Another Rainy Day Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 618 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The HHRF shut down in 2002.  It's fund still has $186.7M today ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Rectenwald Worked With Environmental Group Tied To Oil Plaintiffs’ Lawyers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 1517 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... on May 9, Recktenwald disclosed that he engages in “educational presentations relating to environmental, energy, and natural resource issues” and has worked with the Environmental Law Institute ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Got Nepotism? Ethics Commission has a Form for That
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 835 Views :: Ethics

... the agency or employee explain and furnish proof of why they need to be exempted from the nepotism law ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
‘Defense wins championships’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 813 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Since bad bills tend to outnumber good ones, that means we played a lot of defense ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
$2M Settlement for Female Inmates
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 753 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... A $2 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by six women who were the victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment by former Adult Corrections Officers (ACOs) at the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC) .... 

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Sunday, May 14, 2023
Hawaii State Ethics Commission Legislative Wrap-up
By News Release @ 3:48 AM :: 897 Views :: Ethics

... Bills of interest introduced in 2023 ....

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Thursday, May 11, 2023
Office of Information Practices 2023 Legislative Wrap-up
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 1026 Views :: Ethics

... two Sunshine Law amendments ....

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
Dela Cruz News: Conference Committee Sneaks $200M Slush Fund into Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 AM :: 1665 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Apparently the Governor is becoming the appropriator--constitutionally a function of the Legislature .... 

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
HTA Funding? $30M Magically Appears After Legislature Zeroes out Budget
By News Release @ 6:20 AM :: 1339 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“HTA is thankful that the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Legislature agreed on a funding approach that will allow HTA to continue...."

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Former ILWU Officer Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Embezzlement
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 1740 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... for embezzling $96,000 while he was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Hawaii Longshore Division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Chair of State Council on Developmental Disabilities Indicted for International Financial Fraud
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 1885 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a years-long scheme to steal millions of dollars from American consumers’ bank accounts ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Why OHA Should Fully Open Its Records to the State Auditor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:40 AM :: 1480 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... On April 5, 2023, the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court denied Hawaiʻi State Auditor Leslie Kondo full access to minutes of closed executive sessions of the OHA Board of Trustees ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Production Credit Hijinx
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1436 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... After deferring the measure multiple times, WAM amended the bill to add two new provisions:  a section allowing tax credits for building a film studio, and a section making extensive amendments to the administration of the existing production credit.  This was done without the benefit of a public hearing ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Ethics: Charter School Commission Exec Funneled Money to his Pet Nonprofits
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 1870 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Thompson admitted he violated the Conflicts of Interests law on fifteen occasions. He further admitted that he violated the Financial Disclosure law by failing to disclose his positions on the boards ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
OffenderTrak: PSD Demands $1M to Reveal Inmate Data
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1642 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Following the reporter’s appeal to OIP, PSD provided a new estimate of $290 ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
OHA Check Register 2022--Insiders Rake in $1.2M for Kakaako Makai Lobbying
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 2978 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA” ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Conference Committee: Fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 1476 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... House and Senate conferees began negotiations today on judiciary measures relating to fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Honolulu CrimeStoppers is Looking for OHA Embezzler Walter Rodenhurst--We Found Him on the Board of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
By Andrew Walden @ 5:49 PM :: 2440 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Rodenhurst was just elected as the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.  He can probably be arrested at the next Board meeting ....

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Sunday, April 16, 2023
Latest Mass Shooting at Cockfight Inevitable Outcome of Inattention by Political Leaders and Law Enforcement
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 1968 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... Hawaii Legislators are hell-bent on taking away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners--but when a real gun crime occurs, its 'nobody here but us chickens' ....  

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Sunday, April 16, 2023
It Isn’t Over Until It’s Over
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1653 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Tax Credits

... In the meantime, lawmakers have been figuring out how to bypass conventional learning about when a bill is dead. Here is one example ....

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Saturday, April 15, 2023
​Applicants Sought to Fill Vacancies on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 1547 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... The Disciplinary Board oversees the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct ....

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Thursday, April 13, 2023
Cockfighting Guam Officer Reinstated With Back Pay
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 1527 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... conveniently, Mr. San Nicolas is a Commodity Inspector with the GDOA, one of a handful of trained and sworn law enforcement officers within that division....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Bribery: Rep Ty Cullen gets 24 Months Prison
By News Release @ 5:49 AM :: 1646 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Cullen accepted bribery payments on eight (8) separate occasions over the course of several years ....

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Thursday, April 6, 2023
OHA Rejects $100M Offer--Sees More Profit in Lying About Kakaako Makai
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 1293 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

"... The prohibition of residential development via a 'perpetual easement' has too adverse of an impact on the future value of Hakuone lands ...."

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Supreme Court: OHA Can Hide its Crooked Deals in Executive Session
By Andrew Walden @ 7:04 PM :: 1271 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... This unanimous ruling will allow any Hawaii governmental body to hide its corrupt dealings in bogus ‘Executive Sessions’ simply by paying a shyster to sit in and twiddle his thumbs ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
Charter School Corruption: Ten Years Later Felony Theft Whittled Down to Almost Nothing
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 1872 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... At one point, the school had racked up more than $400,000 in debt with $100,000 in undocumented expenses such as $12,000 for healing oils and acupuncture ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
2023 State Audit of OHA: Is the ‘Glass Half Empty’ or ‘Half Full’?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 1176 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Audits can be a difficult pill to swallow ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
Legislative Madness
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1243 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... “It’s just four months of chaos" ....

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Saturday, April 1, 2023
Micronesia: Will Lyon Associates Crook Become FSM President Again?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:22 PM :: 2868 Views :: Ethics, World News

... Has Hawaii’s corruption of FSM opened the doors to China’s corruption of FSM? ....

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Saturday, April 1, 2023
Green signs seven “Good Government” bills into law
By News Release @ 5:27 AM :: 1253 Views :: Ethics

... Governor Josh Green, M.D. today signed seven “Good Government” bills into law, to advance the goals of ethics, lobbying, and campaign spending laws in Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
Bishop Museum Appoints Dee Jay Mailer President
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1213 Views :: Ethics

... Mailer has been leading the Museum on an interim basis since Feb. 2, 2023 ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Appoints Isaac Choy as Vice President of Finance
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 1308 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... Choy begins work on April 10 and will be responsible for overseeing HTA’s management of finances and government funding, including compliance with legislative and auditing requirements ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Bra and Panty Birthday Parties: Lawsuit Details Work Life at Hawaii DOBOR
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 AM :: 6597 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"...You must promise me that if things ever get really ugly between the both of us, you will not say a word about this...."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sovereignty Activist Sentenced--17 Years in Prison for Wire Fraud Schemes and Aggravated Identity Theft
By News Release @ 5:41 AM :: 1959 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

... stealing money intended to provide scholarships to underprivileged students at Kamehameha Schools ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Micronesian President: Chinese Bribery ‘Happens all the Time’
By Andrew Walden @ 10:33 PM :: 2164 Views :: Ethics, World News

... The Vice President was asked by Ambassador Huang if he could sit up front, with other Senators, and also to accept an envelope filled with money; Vice President Palik refused, telling the Ambassador to never offer him a bribe again ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
FSM: Top Micronesia Officials Guilty in Fake Ship Registry Scam
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 1242 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

... Martin Jano Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering & Lukner Weilbacher Found Guilty of Conflict of Interest in Micronesia International Ship Registry Case ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Dela Cruz Manipulation? Senate Rejects Green's Pick for DBEDT
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 2784 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Green's pick for #2 at DBEDT is Dane Wicker, a current business partner and former chief of staff to Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz.  If Sadayasu is rejected, Wicker could advance to #1 ....

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Three Ethics Bills Heading to Governor's Desk
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 1105 Views :: Ethics

... HB99, HB137, and HB142 were introduced by Speaker Scott K. Saiki by request based on recommendations made by the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct ....

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Monday, March 20, 2023
UH Mānoa Student vs Hawaii DoE in Title IX Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 10:15 PM :: 1221 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed 50 years ago that Hawaii DoE still doesn't obey ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
CNHA Hands out $130M COVID Money
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 1603 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, COVID-19

... an average of $15K each to 8,625 households ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
Sneaky One Day Notice to Comment--Will Next KSBE Trustee be a Tax Credit Schemer or a CNHA Operative?
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 4308 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Land Use

... surprise--you've got less than 24 hours to comment on KSBE Trustee selection  ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA
By Andrew Walden @ 12:20 AM :: 4493 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

... “We greatly appreciate what Senator Dela Cruz is trying to do. And we thank him.” -- OHA Chair Carmen Hulu Lindsey ....

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Saturday, March 18, 2023
Report backs UH Mānoa athletics response to Senate 'concerns'
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 1221 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... The allegations were raised during a January 7, 2022 public informational briefing by the Hawaiʻi State Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Higher Education ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Oʻo Award for Digging out ‘Affordable’ Housing Scam
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 1279 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, First Amendment

... Tummons, in a series of articles, exposed questionable dealings in Hawaii Countyʻs Office of Housing and Community Development that ultimately led to an FBI investigation and guilty plea by former community development specialist Alan Scott Rudo to accepting almost $2 million in bribes from two Hilo attorneys and a businessman ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Honolulu police officers charged over car chase
By Court House News @ 5:50 PM :: 1153 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

" ... officers ran a car off the road and abandoned the driver with brain injuries and a 14-year-old boy that was left partially paralyzed .... "

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
"An opportunity drops into OHA’s lap"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:48 PM :: 1585 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Rules were meant to be broken,” the trustee said. “We do that all the time.” ….

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Auditor Rips OHA Land Acquisitions--Making it up as they Go Along
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:06 PM :: 1387 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

... these acquisitions were ad hoc, featuring strategies and criteria created to facilitate the acquisition ....

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