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Ian Lind

Ian Lind: Dear Joe, If You’re Concerned About Ethics Problems Look in the Mirror Flickr.com/Gene Han

Ian Lind: Dear Joe, If You’re Concerned About Ethics Problems Look in the Mirror

The Hawaii House Speaker is off-target in his criticism of the Ethics Commission for doing its job.
Shareholder Votes Come Up Short for Hawaiian Electric Merger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Shareholder Votes Come Up Short for Hawaiian Electric Merger

UPDATE: Approval comes from 70 percent of all outstanding shares, but 75 percent is required. Utility to reconvene a meeting June 10 while seeking higher voter turnout.
Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

Many long overdue reforms aimed at making government more transparent and accountable died — again.
Ian Lind: Dangerous Intersection of Social Policy and ‘Sacred’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Dangerous Intersection of Social Policy and ‘Sacred’

It's easy to get the impression native Hawaiian issues weren't thoroughly considered when the Thirty Meter Telescope was approved. They were.
Ian Lind: The Legal Challenge to the Thirty Meter Telescope Courtesy TMT International Observatory

Ian Lind: The Legal Challenge to the Thirty Meter Telescope

Court rulings could lead to stricter controls on development in the conservation districts on both Mauna Kea and Haleakala.
Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top

Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top

Although still a challenge, compiling data on lobbying activities is easier than it used to be, thanks to new efforts by the ethics commission.
Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers Meliha Gojak/iStock

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers

Teachers can continue to put campaign flyers in school mailboxes, at least for now.
Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit

Commission says candidates for the Hawaii State Teachers Association can't use school mailboxes to campaign.
Hawaii Monitor: Unexpected Flood of Info Before the Ching Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Unexpected Flood of Info Before the Ching Hearing

Sen. Laura Thielen may have set a new standard for transparency when it comes to early release of information about gubernatorial nominees.
Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker?

During a remarkably candid meeting, the State Ethics Commission director voices concerns about regulating "goodwill lobbying."
No More Free Trips for Hawaii Public School Teachers PF Bentley/Civil Beat

No More Free Trips for Hawaii Public School Teachers

State Ethics Commission ruling nixes public school educational travel.
Hawaii Monitor: Shifting Ground in Debate Over Ching Nomination Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Shifting Ground in Debate Over Ching Nomination

By not being transparent about his pick to head the DLNR, Gov. David Ige is expending precious political capital.