Hawaii House leader fined a record $50,000 for ethics violations

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Hawaii, News, State Government  /  No Comments

House Majority Whip Romy Cachola

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU – State House Majority Whip Romy Cachola, a Democrat from Kalihi, has been fined $50,000 by the Honolulu Ethics Commission for alleged ethics violations after settling his case with the panel.
Chuck Totto, the commission’s executive director and legal counsel, said this is the largest civil fine approved by the commission.
“Public corruption [...]

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Oahu defense contractor sentenced on espionage charges

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy US Attorney

Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 60, a one-time respected retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and civilian contractor, will spend more than seven years in federal prison after a conviction on espionage charges.

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Hawaii’s ‘most unusual political candidate’ vying to be next congressman

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Kawika Crowley

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state’s most interesting politician in 2014.
The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, [...]

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Hawaii cannabis minister released from federal prison after extended stay

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Roger Christie

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — Roger Christie, the Big Island minister imprisoned in Honolulu for years for selling marijuana as “sacrament” to his followers, has been released from Hawaii’s Federal Detention Center to a halfway house.
The 64-year-old preacher, who claims marijuana is a religious sacrament and openly sold cannabis in Hilo as part of his [...]

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Hawaii lawmakers may ease access to medical marijuana

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Hawaii, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Reason.com

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — Hawaii residents will have a chance to voice their opinion on establishing a statewide system to dispense medical marijuana during a public hearing before the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force.
The final hearing will be held Sept. 24 at 5 pm. at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium. A first public hearing was [...]

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Controversial sex education program reinstated in Hawaii public schools

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Hi Rep. Bob McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state's public schools. Many parents complained the content is inappropriate and graphic for their children.

The Hawaii State Department of Education will reinstate the controversial “Pono Choices” sex education curriculum, but after pressure from some parents and lawmakers, the program for middle school students will include some key revisions.

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