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Ian Lind

Hawaii Monitor: Mortgage Refinancing Turns into a Banking Nightmare Flickr

Hawaii Monitor: Mortgage Refinancing Turns into a Banking Nightmare

Big Island couple's monthly payments dropped appreciably, but the new loan resulted in confusing demands for additional insurance coverage.
Hawaii Monitor: Do Public Agencies Have to Keep Accurate Records?

Hawaii Monitor: Do Public Agencies Have to Keep Accurate Records?

A recent Hawaii Supreme Court ruling may condone foot-dragging in the maintenance of public records.
Hawaii Monitor: The Problem With Lobbyists — and Their Regulators PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: The Problem With Lobbyists — and Their Regulators

The state's lobbyist law still falls short of providing accountability and transparency.
Hawaii Monitor: Haseko Calls Disclosure of PR Plan ‘Embarrassing’ Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Haseko Calls Disclosure of PR Plan ‘Embarrassing’

But a judge rules against the development company that is being sued over its decision to build a lagoon instead of the marina homeowners expected.
Hawaii Monitor: Let’s Tackle the Public Policies Promoting Obesity Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Let’s Tackle the Public Policies Promoting Obesity

A soda tax is just one idea. There are other public policies to be considered.
Hawaii Monitor: Ballot Issue Grew Out of Abercrombie’s Retreat Into Secrecy PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Ballot Issue Grew Out of Abercrombie’s Retreat Into Secrecy

The Hawaii governor continued to fight over judicial transparency long after he should have given up.
Hawaii Monitor: Constitutional Amendment for Ag Bonds Stirs Up Late Debate Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Constitutional Amendment for Ag Bonds Stirs Up Late Debate

Supporters say it would increase food production. Critics say it would do little to assist small farmers.
Hawaii Monitor: We Need More Timely Disclosure of Money in Elections Flickr: www.flickr.com: DonkeyHotey

Hawaii Monitor: We Need More Timely Disclosure of Money in Elections

Voters won't see who is fueling political campaigns until a week before the Nov. 4 general election.
Hawaii Monitor: Nonprofit Event Gets Tangled Up With Politics Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Nonprofit Event Gets Tangled Up With Politics

Implicit endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona prompts cancellation of Habitat For Humanity's fundraiser.
Hawaii Monitor: Why Consumers Get Speared by the Fine Print Flickr: unreal estates

Hawaii Monitor: Why Consumers Get Speared by the Fine Print

Customers are increasingly confronted with take-it-or-leave-it contracts that give nearly all power to corporations.
Hawaii Monitor: Peeking Behind a Developer’s PR Campaign Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Peeking Behind a Developer’s PR Campaign

Lawsuit shows that Haseko's development in Ewa needed a detailed public relations effort after the company pulled the plug on a promised marina.
Hawaii Monitor: Thinking Clearly About the Islamic State Dallas Nagata White

Hawaii Monitor: Thinking Clearly About the Islamic State

A “sustained counterterrorism campaign” promises to break the budget but without much public discussion of cost.