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Danny de Gracia

Danny de Gracia is a resident of Waipahu, a political scientist, a proud union shop steward, and an ordained minister. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views. You can reach him by email at dgracia@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @ddg2cb.
Danny De Gracia: The Bipartisan Political Legacy Of Cynthia Thielen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Bipartisan Political Legacy Of Cynthia Thielen

The long-time lawmaker, who will be retiring after 30 years in the House, is “100% a leader and a role model for young Republicans to follow.”

Danny De Gracia: Impeachment More About Politics Than Justice Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Danny De Gracia: Impeachment More About Politics Than Justice

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to join Democratic colleagues in support of an impeachment inquiry challenges her image as political maverick.

Danny De Gracia: Growing Homeless Population Demands Our Attention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Growing Homeless Population Demands Our Attention

Homelessness needs to be a top priority of candidates in Honolulu’s mayoral race in the coming year.

Danny De Gracia: One Option For Bringing Down Insulin Prices In Hawaii Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: One Option For Bringing Down Insulin Prices In Hawaii

The House Health Committee chairman thinks the state should confront big drug companies with price caps and potential legal action.

Danny De Gracia: CBD Sales Would Be Good For Hawaii Getty Images/iStockphoto

Danny De Gracia: CBD Sales Would Be Good For Hawaii

Reluctance to legalize marijuana should not hamper a potentially profitable and useful new market for CBD.

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For A Convention Of States Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For A Convention Of States

Hawaii is well-qualified to lead other states in a national convention.

Danny De Gracia:  A Guaranteed Income Is One Idea To Keep Hawaii From Destitution Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: A Guaranteed Income Is One Idea To Keep Hawaii From Destitution

Income inequality is behind many social conflicts in Hawaii. A range of solutions should be considered before it’s too late.

Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control?

His handling of the TMT standoff exhibits paralysis and policy schizophrenia. Instead of confidence, we see chaos.

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Should Try Harder To Get More Cops On The Job Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Should Try Harder To Get More Cops On The Job

For all the demands on local government, we simply cannot afford a perception that police protection is slipping away.

Danny De Gracia: There’s No Excuse For Not Protecting Our Tourists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: There’s No Excuse For Not Protecting Our Tourists

It’s a shame airlines have refused to show a safety video to passengers arriving in Hawaii, but here’s what can be done to make sure visitors are informed.

Danny De Gracia: Welcome To Honolulu, Where There’s No Place To Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Welcome To Honolulu, Where There’s No Place To Park

Some say that’s a good thing because it encourages alternative transportation. But that kind of thinking can go too far.

Danny De Gracia: Have The Guts To Use Hawaii’s ‘Whistleblower Law’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Have The Guts To Use Hawaii’s ‘Whistleblower Law’

Government workers are protected from retaliation if they report wrongdoing. They need to quit tolerating a climate of corruption — and so do the rest of us.