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Ian Lind

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.
Ian Lind: Illegal Lobbying Machine Was Hidden in Plain Sight

Ian Lind: Illegal Lobbying Machine Was Hidden in Plain Sight

It's been 30 years since a scandal broke over the judiciary's aggressive system of doling out favors to well-connected people.
Ian Lind: Aging Police Officer Raises Questions About Reserve Program Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Aging Police Officer Raises Questions About Reserve Program

The Honolulu Police Department should thoroughly re-examine its policies regarding aging officers in general and reserves in particular.
Ian Lind: Land Dispute Goes Back to Hawaiian Kingdom Days

Ian Lind: Land Dispute Goes Back to Hawaiian Kingdom Days

An extended family of Hawaiians doesn't appear to have law on its side in its battle against Kualoa Ranch.
Ian Lind: House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Reports Are Full of Errors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Reports Are Full of Errors

Souki says "mental errors" made it look like he'd doubled his investments in Hawaiian Electric Industries. If so, those weren't the only inaccuracies.
Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge

Les Kondo's tough stance on ethics issues has drawn the wrath of legislators, union leaders and even one state agency director.
Ian Lind: Untangling the Ethics of Educational Travel Rosa Say/Flickr.com

Ian Lind: Untangling the Ethics of Educational Travel

Both the state Ethics Commission and the Department of Education need to bend a little to resolve questions about how to select travel companies for school trips.