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Government by the people, not by special interests

By Carmille Lim

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2014

~~<p>The face of Hawaii's democracy is shifting. Citizens' faith in government is dwindling, while vast and increasing amounts of money are pouring into elections and drowning out the voices of the people.</p>
<p>Hawaii's signature low participation rates are largely the result of public cynicism about the ethics of elected representatives, the influence of money on political decision-making, and a lack of transparency around the policy decisions our lawmakers make. There are many fronts where transparency is still lacking. Too many decisions are made out of the public eye; bills are sometimes gutted and replaced with unrelated content; and those who cannot come to the Legislature in person have no way to participate remotely in hearings.</p>
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The face of Hawaii's democracy is shifting. Citizens' faith in government is dwindling, while vast and increasing amounts of money are pouring into elections and drowning out the voices of the people.

Hawaii's signature low participation rates are largely the result of public cynicism about the ethics of elected representatives, the influence of money on political decision-making, and a lack of transparency around the policy decisions our lawmakers make. There are many fronts where transparency is still lacking. Too many decisions are made out of the public eye; bills are sometimes gutted and replaced with unrelated content; and those who cannot come to the Legislature in person have no way to participate remotely in hearings. Login for more...



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