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Ian Lind

Ian Lind: Legislators, And The Political Process, Deserve More Respect Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Legislators, And The Political Process, Deserve More Respect

Hawaii's lawmakers may not talk openly about how things get done at the Capitol, but it's impressive that they accomplish as much as they do.
Ian Lind: Time For Native Sovereignty Running Out, Abercrombie Says PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Time For Native Sovereignty Running Out, Abercrombie Says

The former governor said the waning days of the Obama administration offer a last, best chance for real progress.
Ian Lind: Lyft Took Us For Quite A Ride iStock.com

Ian Lind: Lyft Took Us For Quite A Ride

Don't let our experience sour you on ride-hailing companies, but next time we'll call a cab.
Ian Lind: City Charter Change Would Let Lobbyists Give More Gifts Flickr: JD Hancock

Ian Lind: City Charter Change Would Let Lobbyists Give More Gifts

The proposal could hamstring efforts to enforce conflict-of-interest provisions meant to protect the public interest.
Ian Lind: Kenoi Had Good Reason To Think He Could Misuse Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Kenoi Had Good Reason To Think He Could Misuse Funds

If public records laws were consistently enforced, officials might think twice about using public money for private purposes.
Ian Lind: It’s Time To Quit Playing Politics With Judges Flickr.com

Ian Lind: It’s Time To Quit Playing Politics With Judges

Now some lawmakers want to cut retirement benefits for judges. It's another bill that appears to be political retaliation for a controversial court ruling.  
Ian Lind: The Dung Sisters’ Family Feud Gets Out Of Control Screenshot

Ian Lind: The Dung Sisters’ Family Feud Gets Out Of Control

The use of social media as public leverage in a messy legal dispute can backfire.
Ian Lind: Lawmakers Return To The Bad Old Days Of Backroom Deals Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Ian Lind: Lawmakers Return To The Bad Old Days Of Backroom Deals

A political fight over funding for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has unfairly ensnared the judicial system.
Ian Lind: Why Did News Media Ignore Native Hawaiian Convention? www.aha2016.com

Ian Lind: Why Did News Media Ignore Native Hawaiian Convention?

Reporters were not allowed to attend the month-long event, but they still could have ferreted out a lot more details.
Ian Lind: Why Is This Unpopular Idea Still Alive At The Legislature?

Ian Lind: Why Is This Unpopular Idea Still Alive At The Legislature?

The proposal to elect judges has received total opposition across the board. Yet it moves on.
Ian Lind: Hawaii Fights Against Regulating The Catching Of Reef Fish Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Hawaii Fights Against Regulating The Catching Of Reef Fish

State officials seek in court to avoid limiting the collection of fish and other reef creatures for aquariums.
Ian Lind: Falling Short Again On Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Falling Short Again On Prisons

In the 1970s, Hawaii's shiny vision of having the country's most modern, humane prison system collapsed. Can we do better now?