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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: Let Hawaii Tourists Gamble And Smoke Pot — Then Tax Them More Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Let Hawaii Tourists Gamble And Smoke Pot — Then Tax Them More

Visitors come to the islands to escape, not to be micromanaged. The state should relax its laws and reap the economic benefits.

Danny De Gracia: Save The Barbers Point Naval Air Museum Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Save The Barbers Point Naval Air Museum

Military folks are not the type to stage protests like we’ve been seeing elsewhere in Hawaii. But the state plan for this museum needs public scrutiny.

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Police Need To Beef Up Presence in High-Crime Areas Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Police Need To Beef Up Presence in High-Crime Areas

Hotels, malls and other businesses should increase security as violent crime rises in the city.

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign

Local reelection campaign should get the president to visit Hawaii and speak to what he can do about the crisis in the islands.

Danny De Gracia: Time To Resurrect Plans For A Hawaii Ferry System Flickr: rust.bucket

Danny De Gracia: Time To Resurrect Plans For A Hawaii Ferry System

Since the Superferry demise a decade ago, there is skepticism about creating a new system. But it would be a boon to neighbor island residents, tourists and businesses alike.

Danny De Gracia: A ‘Jungle Primary’ Could Correct Political Polarization Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: A ‘Jungle Primary’ Could Correct Political Polarization

A top-two primary system avoids forcing voters to choose between candidates at the fringes of their parties.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Needs To Fix Itself Up Before It Hosts Big Events Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Needs To Fix Itself Up Before It Hosts Big Events

Our leaders need to take personal responsibility for getting and keeping Hawaii ready for global competitiveness.

Danny De Gracia: Here’s Why You’ll Want To Work For The Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Here’s Why You’ll Want To Work For The Hawaii Legislature

Don’t be scared off by potentially long hours. This is your chance to make a difference.

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.