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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.
Danny De Gracia: Reining In The Untamed World Of Online Gaming Getty Images

Danny De Gracia: Reining In The Untamed World Of Online Gaming

The video game industry is bigger than movies and music combined. Hawaii legislators are right to consider regulating it.

Danny De Gracia: The Unintended Hazards Of Red-Light Cameras Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Unintended Hazards Of Red-Light Cameras

Ticketing drivers caught on camera removes the human element of a police officer considering the circumstances. Ready for more rear-enders?

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Must Stop New Tax Increases Flickr.com

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Must Stop New Tax Increases

The exodus of young people will continue unless Hawaii lessens their tax burden rather than making it worse.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control

A state senator’s resolutions targeting the Second Amendment are among several firearms measures in the Legislature.

Danny De Gracia: When Reforming Primaries, Make Sure Voters Understand Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: When Reforming Primaries, Make Sure Voters Understand

There’s a move afoot in the Legislature to radically change how we vote in partisan primaries, but it risks further confusing the electorate.

Danny De Gracia: When Are City Leaders Going To Talk To Us About Corruption? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: When Are City Leaders Going To Talk To Us About Corruption?

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council members need to look the public in the eye and answer questions about waste, fraud and corruption.

Danny De Gracia: Quit Scalping Hawaii Taxpayers — Legalize Gambling Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Quit Scalping Hawaii Taxpayers — Legalize Gambling

Spare us the morality lessons and let’s get real about taking advantage of funding sources that don’t raise taxes.

Danny De Gracia: Not So Fast On Massive New Green Movement PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Not So Fast On Massive New Green Movement

We need to address Hawaii’s own economic crisis before we embrace the much-touted Green New Deal.

Danny De Gracia: Why A Social Conservative Like Me Wants To Legalize Pot Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Why A Social Conservative Like Me Wants To Legalize Pot

It’s all about economic opportunity and not letting the government tell you what you can or can’t do.

Danny De Gracia: Ige’s Affordable Housing Plan Could Easily Backfire Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Ige’s Affordable Housing Plan Could Easily Backfire

The governor’s call to build condos on state-owned land raises a lot of questions, both financial and political.

Danny De Gracia: Confessions Of A Bill Hijacker Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Confessions Of A Bill Hijacker

The Legislature is back in session, which means more “gut-and-replace” tactics. Here’s an inside look at how bills suddenly, and completely, change.

Danny De Gracia: Raising Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Is No Quick Fix Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Raising Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Is No Quick Fix

It’s a politically popular move, but anyone you ask will tell you more needs to be done to make Hawaii livable again.