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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: 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.

Ian Lind: HPD Needs To Stop Shooting At Cars KITV.com

Ian Lind: HPD Needs To Stop Shooting At Cars

What should police officers do when threatened by a moving car? New national policy says: Don’t shoot, move!

 

Ian Lind: Police May Be Blocked From Aerial Surveillance In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Police May Be Blocked From Aerial Surveillance In Hawaii

The Hawaii Supreme Court is considering whether privacy expectations preclude the police from gathering evidence of a crime by flying over your house.

Ian Lind: How Do We Honor The Animals That Shared Our Lives? Ian Lind

Ian Lind: How Do We Honor The Animals That Shared Our Lives?

Most of us consider pets to be family members. So when we moved back into my childhood residence, we knew our cats had come home.
Ian Lind: The Sound Of Money Talking Civil Beat

Ian Lind: The Sound Of Money Talking

Getting big money out of politics seems to be a necessary first step toward a stronger democracy.
Ian Lind: No, These Condos Don’t Mean The End Of Old Kahala Courtesy: Alexander & Baldwin

Ian Lind: No, These Condos Don’t Mean The End Of Old Kahala

The old Kahala is already gone. Six condos planned for a 1.3-acre oceanfront lot won't change that.