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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.) www.hapahi.org 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)

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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A Hard Ask, A Kauai Invitation and A PHI Update

Please join us this coming Sunday July 9 from 5 until 7pm at the Ha Coffee Bar in Lihue (4180 Rice Street) to learn more about the Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI).  Kauai friends and residents are welcome to join us … Continue reading

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Dangerous Times, Require Bold and Responsible Actions – “Hooser -Policy and Politics”

Policy and Politics – Gary Hooser We are living in interesting and some would say dangerous times.  Daily we awake to news generated by a President who appears increasingly unstable; tweeting out angry, disjointed and cryptic messages in the early … Continue reading

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