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Ian Lind

Ian Lind is an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist who has been blogging daily for 15 years. He has also worked as a newsletter publisher, public interest advocate and lobbyist for Common Cause in Hawaii, peace educator, and legislative staffer. Lind is a lifelong resident of the islands. Read his blog here.
Ian Lind: Here’s Why Hawaii Judges Are Not ‘War Criminals’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Here’s Why Hawaii Judges Are Not ‘War Criminals’

A well-known Native Hawaiian attorney said it would be a war crime to evict his client. The state Supreme Court disagreed.

Ian Lind: Installing A Missile Defense System Is A Bad Idea U.S. Missile Defense Agency/Flickr

Ian Lind: Installing A Missile Defense System Is A Bad Idea

Pushing ahead with a missile defense system in Hawaii wouldn’t make us any safer, and could signal to North Korea and others that we aren’t interested in diffusing tensions.

Ian Lind: Could Leasing Bill Ease Way For Thirty Meter Telescope? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Could Leasing Bill Ease Way For Thirty Meter Telescope?

A House bill has morphed into a sweetheart deal to create perpetual leases for tenants on state land,  possibly including the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Ian Lind: Union Says Suspensions Shouldn’t Stop Prison Guard Promotions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Union Says Suspensions Shouldn’t Stop Prison Guard Promotions

The United Public Workers has fought a state promotion policy for years, and now the case is going to the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Ian Lind: Why Condo Associations Are Sweating After A Judge’s Ruling Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Why Condo Associations Are Sweating After A Judge’s Ruling

Improper foreclosure procedures were sometimes used, a federal judge found, and the stakes could be staggeringly high.

Ian Lind: Hawaiian Activist Was Right All Along, Supreme Court Rules PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Hawaiian Activist Was Right All Along, Supreme Court Rules

Laulani Teale persisted in proclaiming her innocence for nearly five years after her arrest for approaching the Honolulu mayor.

Ian Lind: There’s No Stopping The Big Money In Honolulu Politics Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: There’s No Stopping The Big Money In Honolulu Politics

The city’s Ethics Commission rightfully concluded that City Council members can legally take a lot of money from special interest groups.

Ian Lind: Hawaii Moves Too Slow On Asset Forfeiture Reform Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Ian Lind: Hawaii Moves Too Slow On Asset Forfeiture Reform

Some states are insisting that people must be convicted of a crime before they lose their property.

Ian Lind: Count On Hawaii To Ignore Logical Prison Report Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Count On Hawaii To Ignore Logical Prison Report

In the rush to build a new prison, the Legislature is likely to shunt aside the work of a task force it created just last year.

Ian Lind: Tightening The Rules For Lobbyists Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Tightening The Rules For Lobbyists

Lobbyists spent millions trying to influence lawmakers last year.

Ian Lind: Public Interest Measures Surface At Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Public Interest Measures Surface At Legislature

On balance and when push comes to shove, money talks, and ethics walks.

Ian Lind: Hawaii Lawmakers Needlessly Renew Assault On The Judiciary Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Hawaii Lawmakers Needlessly Renew Assault On The Judiciary

As if they don’t have enough to do this session, legislative leaders seem intent on grabbing the power to reappoint state judges.