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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) In a past life I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator and Majority Leader and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)

A Trifecta Proposal For Rail – More money, less traffic, and less tourist sprawl  “Hooser – Policy & Politics”

Neighbor-island residents should not be forced to shoulder the costs of the Oahu rail system.  This project initiated and managed (term used loosely) by the City and County of Honolulu needs to remain the responsibility of that County.  Raiding neighbor-island … Continue reading

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Brace yourselves, Primaries are coming. “Hooser – policy and politics”

From a local political perspective, all hell will break loose in the 2018 elections.  Either that or the heavens will open up, depending on the lens in which you view the universe. Trust me, 2018 will be an election year unlike any other. If you … Continue reading

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Organizing the Senate – Inside baseball   “Hooser – Policy and Politics”

Question: What’s the most important number in the Hawaii State Senate? Answer: 13 There are 25 Senators, 13 is a majority and majority rules.  There are 51 members in the House, thus 26 is the magic number there. Any Senator … Continue reading

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Putting our opponents on blast “Hooser -Policy and Politics”

Almost daily someone I run into on the street, at the airport or perhaps at the dog park will lament the demise of civility in public discourse. They often are filled with a deep angst over the tension and sometimes … Continue reading

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Does the intent of a politician/leader matter? “Hooser -Policy and Politics”

Gov. David Ige is a standup-guy. He is as honest as the day is long and a genuinely thoughtful, caring, hardworking governor who puts policy ahead of politics. Am I pleased with his lack of leadership on matters pertaining to … Continue reading

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Being too busy to help is not an option. “Hooser -Policy and Politics”

“Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…” Winston Churchill to House of Commons 1947. So if democracy is the best form of government, why is it not … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing – When Bold Ideas Collide With The Status Quo “Hooser -Policy and Politics”

Many longstanding issues facing our community seem to be intractable but of course they are not. What is intractable is reconciling the bold ideas with the political reality. When faced with the political realities of competing interests, inevitably those strategies … Continue reading

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