October 28, 2010

I win again

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 6:04 pm

Just a quick post to say that the Governor’s Office has provided to me the gambling report that they had previously withheld claiming “deliberative privilege.”

Deputy AG Russell Suzuki sent me this email:

I apologize for not responding sooner. After reviewing your appeal and reexamining Mr. John H. Radcliffe’s June 3, 2009 memo, I agree with your contention that the “Working Draft of Executive Summary and Presentation Material, Market and Economic Impact Analysis, Two Casinos on the Island of Oahu,” is the document referred to in Mr. Radcliffe’s June 3rd memo and that the memo, with the attached summary, was sent not only to the Governor but also to eight legislators. Under this circumstance, the document that you seek is not protected from disclosure and attached to this email is a pdf of the document. We would request that if you intend to publish the report that you clearly identify that the document is not the work product of the State. You may also wish to seek permission to publish from Mr. Radcliffe inasmuch as the document clearly states “NOT FOR PUBLICATION” and “WORKING DRAFT.”

Pfft. As if I would ask anyone for permission to publish a government record I obtained via a UIPA request…

However, note that Suzuki’s message does not back down from his [dubious] claim that the Governor is allowed a “deliberative privilege,” rather he merely concedes that this report does not qualify for such a privilege.

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  1. Youdaman, Doug! Way to stick with it!

    Comment by Ilima — October 29, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

  2. The pdf is a bad link. Please fix.

    Comment by Joan of Arc — October 31, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  3. @Joan Fixed the link. Mahalo.

    Comment by Doug — October 31, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  4. Right on!

    Unfortunately after losing my cow, my house, my farm and my luck in Las Vegas… I really have switched my whole thought on gambling in Hawaii.

    Thank god I only actually lost my luck there!

    Comment by damon — November 1, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

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