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Ian Lind

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.
Hawaii Monitor: The Case of a Wayward Land Use Lobbyist Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: The Case of a Wayward Land Use Lobbyist

Violations by Land Use Research Foundation lobbyist David Arakawa underscore the need for tougher lobbying laws at both the state and city levels.
Hawaii Monitor: Ching Nomination Ended Honeymoon

Hawaii Monitor: Ching Nomination Ended Honeymoon

Governor's Office arranges meetings with critics , but there's still strong opposition to Department of Land and Natural Resources nominee.
Hawaii Monitor: Wanted — Good Home for Government Watchdog Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Wanted — Good Home for Government Watchdog

Perhaps not surprisingly, no state department is especially comfortable hosting an agency that may come after it.
Hawaii Monitor: Ex-Chief of Staff Negotiates Revolving Door as Lobbyist Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Ex-Chief of Staff Negotiates Revolving Door as Lobbyist

Bruce Coppa leaps from Governor's Office into a top spot with the state's largest lobbying firm, but the government ethics law limits what he can do for now.
Hawaii Monitor: Could Airship Ferry Residents Stranded by Lava Flow? Screenshot: Lindstrand Technologies

Hawaii Monitor: Could Airship Ferry Residents Stranded by Lava Flow?

A Hilo attorney and entrepreneur has a plan for the "Lava Ferry" if Highway 130 in Pahoa is taken out.