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Danny de Gracia

Danny De Gracia: We Urgently Need To Reopen Hawaii’s Capitol Building Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: We Urgently Need To Reopen Hawaii’s Capitol Building

Democracy is better served when citizens can interact more freely with lawmakers.

Danny De Gracia: Open Up Hawaii For Vaccinated People Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Open Up Hawaii For Vaccinated People

While waiting for the state to figure out the technical considerations of a vaccine passport, we ought to just let fully inoculated people with CDC cards engage in “old normal” activities.

Danny De Gracia: Homeless People Can Get Stimulus Payments But Need Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Homeless People Can Get Stimulus Payments But Need Help

Without permanent addresses or internet access, the many homeless people who are eligible will face barriers to claiming money that would make a difference.

Danny De Gracia: Go Get Vaccinated So We Can End This Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Go Get Vaccinated So We Can End This Pandemic

The Biden administration has remedied the biggest problems for the Aloha State. The rest of this pandemic recovery is up to us.

Danny De Gracia: The Hawaii Legislature Is Missing The Boat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Hawaii Legislature Is Missing The Boat

A session that should have been focused on big recovery and great hope has been squandered so far.

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Raise Taxes On Things Other Than Property Or Income Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Raise Taxes On Things Other Than Property Or Income

The Legislature should look for ways to increase revenue while minimizing the impact on people’s quality of life.

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For Hawaii To Officially Recognize Juneteenth Getty Images/iStockphoto

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For Hawaii To Officially Recognize Juneteenth

Hawaii is one of only three states that don’t yet officially commemorate Juneteenth, the day that marks the historic end of slavery in the United States.

Danny De Gracia: Ige Needs To Deliver A Better State Of The State Speech This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Ige Needs To Deliver A Better State Of The State Speech This Year

The governor needs to lay out what’s really wrong with Hawaii and what he intends to do about it.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Rise Up While ‘The Stars Are Aligned’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Rise Up While ‘The Stars Are Aligned’

With Democrats in control, the Legislature needs to capitalize on the potential to pull in more federal money to rebuild.