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Ian Lind

Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker?

During a remarkably candid meeting, the State Ethics Commission director voices concerns about regulating "goodwill lobbying."
No More Free Trips for Hawaii Public School Teachers PF Bentley/Civil Beat

No More Free Trips for Hawaii Public School Teachers

State Ethics Commission ruling nixes public school educational travel.
Hawaii Monitor: Shifting Ground in Debate Over Ching Nomination Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Shifting Ground in Debate Over Ching Nomination

By not being transparent about his pick to head the DLNR, Gov. David Ige is expending precious political capital.
Hawaii Monitor: The Case of a Wayward Land Use Lobbyist Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: The Case of a Wayward Land Use Lobbyist

Violations by Land Use Research Foundation lobbyist David Arakawa underscore the need for tougher lobbying laws at both the state and city levels.
Hawaii Monitor: Ching Nomination Ended Honeymoon

Hawaii Monitor: Ching Nomination Ended Honeymoon

Governor's Office arranges meetings with critics , but there's still strong opposition to Department of Land and Natural Resources nominee.
Hawaii Monitor: Wanted — Good Home for Government Watchdog Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Wanted — Good Home for Government Watchdog

Perhaps not surprisingly, no state department is especially comfortable hosting an agency that may come after it.
Hawaii Monitor: Ex-Chief of Staff Negotiates Revolving Door as Lobbyist Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Ex-Chief of Staff Negotiates Revolving Door as Lobbyist

Bruce Coppa leaps from Governor's Office into a top spot with the state's largest lobbying firm, but the government ethics law limits what he can do for now.
Hawaii Monitor: Could Airship Ferry Residents Stranded by Lava Flow? Screenshot: Lindstrand Technologies

Hawaii Monitor: Could Airship Ferry Residents Stranded by Lava Flow?

A Hilo attorney and entrepreneur has a plan for the "Lava Ferry" if Highway 130 in Pahoa is taken out.
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.