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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.
Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views

Numerous high-level officials showed up at the Ethics Commission meeting Wednesday in support of Les Kondo.
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.