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Honolulu Star-Advertiser Column: Lawmakers should advance ethics bills

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Star-Advertiser OpEd Column: Hawaii lawmakers should advance ethics bills

Whether true or not, Hawaii has a perceived ethics problem among government employees and elected officials. The most obvious are the former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his city deputy prosecutor, soon-to- be ex-wife Katherine Kealoha, who were both convicted in 2019 of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The Kealoha corruption investigation embroiled the Honolulu Corporation Counsel Donna Leong and Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro, who have both been on paid leave since early 2019. Common Cause Hawaii strongly supports passing bills addressing these kinds of ethics issues.


CivilBeat: Common Cause Hawaii's OpEd calling for more voter service centers

Vote-by-mail is coming to Hawaii in 2020, due to a law passed by the 2019 Hawaii State Legislature. Hawaii’s registered voters will no longer be voting at traditional polling places, such as schools and community centers on primary and election days. Ballots will be automatically mailed to all registered voters starting with the 2020 elections. Common Cause Hawaii advocates for more Voter Service Centers to make this voting process go smoothly.


Common Cause Hawaii co-hosted, with Refuse Fascism Hawaii, Indivisible Hawaii and other groups, a House impeachment eve event.

A spirited group assembled near the Hawaii State Federal Building on the eve of President Trump's impeachment in support of this much needed constitutional action. Photos from this event can be found on the Common Cause Hawaii Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/? q=common%20cause%20hawaii&epa=SERP_TAB. Highlight the URL above and right click on it and scroll down on the pop-up menu and click on Open URL. Also on the Media Center tab above, click on Articles of Interest and scroll down to Ethics & Accountability for some photos from this event.


Common Cause Hawaii is participating in the Refuse Fascism Hawaii event on 12/14/2019 to talk about impeaching President Trump.

For more information on this event, please contact Sandy Ma, the CCHI Executive Director, at sma@commoncause.org.

Voting & Elections 12.3.2019

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Government group raises alarm as state moves to all-mail voting

Common Cause Hawaii is urging election officials to open more than a handful of Voter Service Centers in Hawaii next year to ensure that all voters are able to vote in-person as the State for the first time transitions to all Vote By Mail.


Sandy Ma, the new executive director of the nonprofit Common Cause Hawaii, now has a mission of making sure government runs well, and in the public interest.

The Voting by Mail initiative is one of her first priorities.

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