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Ian Lind

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?
Ian Lind: Legislators Propose Gutting State Ethics Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Legislators Propose Gutting State Ethics Law

Identical bills in the House and Senate would weaken the State Ethics Commission and make it far easier for state officials to accept gifts.
Ian Lind: Don’t Be Steered Astray — You Do Need A Driver’s License

Ian Lind: Don’t Be Steered Astray — You Do Need A Driver’s License

Some quick fact-checking shows that claims of an inherent right to drive without the permission of the government are based on bogus legal references.
Ian Lind: Ethics Violation By Nonprofit Group Raises Questions Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ethics Violation By Nonprofit Group Raises Questions

The case of PHOCUSED points to flaws in the oversight of lobbying laws, including how clear the rules are and whether protecting the identity of violators is a good idea.