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Ian Lind

Ian Lind: War Crimes on Kauai? Ann Bell/USFWS

Ian Lind: War Crimes on Kauai?

Since when did collecting taxes become pillaging and a war crime?
Ian Lind: Setting A Low Bar For Hawaiian Vote Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Setting A Low Bar For Hawaiian Vote

Should getting the vote of one out of four adult Hawaiians here be considered a success for the Na'i Aupuni election?
Ian Lind: Will Ruling In Council Case Derail Honolulu Ethics Enforcement? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Will Ruling In Council Case Derail Honolulu Ethics Enforcement?

The city Ethics Commission has released few details about why it dismissed charges against current and former council members, but the decisions could set dangerous precedents.
Ian Lind: Is the Hawaiian Election a Public or Private Affair? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Is the Hawaiian Election a Public or Private Affair?

Federal judge says he will rule on Friday whether the process to elect delegates to a Hawaiian constitutional convention can continue.
Ian Lind: Native Hawaiian Election Throws Out All the Rules Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Native Hawaiian Election Throws Out All the Rules

None of the customary election laws apply to the high-stakes selection of delegates to a constitutional convention regarding a new government.
Ian Lind: How Did the City Get It So Wrong on Waikiki Tower Proposal? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: How Did the City Get It So Wrong on Waikiki Tower Proposal?

The state Supreme Court's rejection of plans for a 26-story hotel tower illuminates a city planning process steeped in bargaining and politics.
Ian Lind: Lawsuit Exposes Blind Spot in Hawaii Lobbyist Law PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Lawsuit Exposes Blind Spot in Hawaii Lobbyist Law

The kind of lobbying alleged in the lawsuit isn't regulated because it was aimed at influencing the governor’s office, not the Legislature.
Ian Lind: Dispute Muddies Already Confusing State of Sovereignty Claims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Dispute Muddies Already Confusing State of Sovereignty Claims

Two activists say the overthrown Hawaiian Kingdom still exists legally, but one is accusing the other of misrepresenting recent court rulings.
Ian Lind: Ex-Legislator May Make a Good Ethics Commissioner Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ex-Legislator May Make a Good Ethics Commissioner

Rey Graulty brings specialized knowledge to his new post, and he's ready to dig into questionable gift-giving.
Ian Lind: Former PUC Chair Speaks Out Against Solar Subsidies PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Former PUC Chair Speaks Out Against Solar Subsidies

Mina Morita is locked in a bitter dispute with companies fighting the possible loss of rooftop solar subsidies. She says HECO risks becoming over-reliant on solar.
Hawaii’s Student Travel Still Up in the Air as Free Trips Debated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Student Travel Still Up in the Air as Free Trips Debated

State Ethics Commission director calls free travel for teachers a conflict of interest, but school superintendent says teachers shouldn't be expected to pay to work.
Ian Lind: The ‘Kingdom Defense’ Is a Dead End for Mauna Kea Protesters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: The ‘Kingdom Defense’ Is a Dead End for Mauna Kea Protesters

The contention that the courts have no jurisdiction has been rejected before, and there's no magic exemption to be found.