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Hanabusa: Blinded by Ambition

3:02 pm in Uncategorized by paiagirl

Rep Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) has chosen to primary Sen. Brian Schatz(D-HI) which creates real problems for the Democrats’ plan to take back the house.

Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)

Hanabusa, a conservative member of the Blue Dog successor caucus, New Democrat Coalition [sic], was previously endorsed by unions,, Sierra Club.  What she appears unable to comprehend is that her endorsements were a result of these organizations choosing the least bad of a mediocre lot and definitely not wanting Teapartier Charles Djou (R) to win.

Along with the late Sen Daniel Inouye hand-picking her as his anointed successor, this has emboldened her with a false sense of confidence.  Down with Tyranny discusses this at length in an article entitled Hanabusa at a Crossroads– Will It Lead Back to Congress?

The article talks about Hanabusa’s weak campaign which, other than the beyond-the-grave Inouye connection, has not been able to garner support among the big players in Hawai’i.

The article says:

Speculation continues as to why, beyond personal ambition and an apparent sense of personal destiny, Hanabusa chose to force a Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Does Hanabusa feel “entitled” to the seat, given her association with the late Senator Dan Inouye? Does she simply resent not being chosen to replace Senator Inouye when his Senate seat opened up last December? Is this a grudge match?

Most political watchers (including myself) would agree that this is the reasoning.  Other than a burning desire to please her military contractor donors and continue FISA spying on Americans, Hanabusa really doesn’t have any deeply held causes.  Ambition seems to be what drives her.

Down with Tyranny goes on to say:

Hanabusa’s Senate campaign is not exactly off to the whiz-bang start she likely assumed it would be. Nearly every one of the 24 unions and progressive groups endorsing Schatz for U.S. Senate had previously endorsed Hanabusa for Congress.

The largest player in the environmental area, The Sierra Club, has yet to endorse in this race.  (Their process is exceedingly slow due to multiple layers of Club sign-offs required for each decision and the fact that volunteers need to be rounded up for meetings in order to actually do the signing off)  If Sierra Club endorses Schatz it is Game Over for Hanabusa.  No politician who is supported by both the Sierra Club and labor ever loses in Hawaii.

The Sierra Club endorsement, however, is not much in doubt given that Sen Schatz has made ameliorating Climate Change his main cause.  Sierra Club has just launched the “Beyond Coal” campaign.  Hanabusa voted with the GOP to exempt coal-fired boilers from increased EPA standards and actually brags about it on her site!  Not the best of moves for someone who’s fate depends on getting the Sierra Club endorsement.

Down with Tyranny goes on to speculate that Hanabusa will see the writing on the wall and drop out of the Senate race.

Meanwhile, it’s very telling that no discernible field of would-be congressional candidates has truly begun taking shape in CD-01. Given how rare an open seat in Hawaii’s small congressional delegation tends to be, you’d expect candidates from both parties to be leaping into the Hanabusa void….

…This could be the surest sign that growing talk of Hanabusa abandoning her Senate bid, and seeking re-election to Congress instead, is more than just murmurs on the coconut wireless.

This is where I differ with them.  Hanabusa has been repeatedly told by the organizations who endorsed her last race and have now switched to endorsing Sen Schatz, “Go back and run for the House seat and we’ll endorse you.”  She was told that before she announced. She was told that when she interviewed after she announced.  But she is a stubborn woman bent on getting the position she feels was supposed to be hers and she refuses to face reality.

Here’s the danger that Down with Tyranny warns about:

Moreover and more importantly, Hanabusa’s decision to run for Senate has serious consequences for Hawaii: By forsaking her hard-won seat in Congress, Hanabusa has opened the door for a Republican to steal her seat (anyone remember GOPer Charles Djou’s 8-month stint as congressman?). Word is, leaders at the DCCC in Washington have Hanabusa’s now-open CD-1 seat on their “watch” list– as if they don’t have enough to worry about as Democrats try to win back control of the House. And Hanabusa’s decision to willfully vacate Congress means Hawai’i loses her post as a member of the powerful House Armed Services Committee. Not sure what else needs to be said about that, given the primacy of military operations and construction to Hawaii’s economy.

Absolutely right on.  With a lackluster field of potential candidates for Hanabusa’s house seat and nobody actually declaring, this seat is up for grabs.  In fact, if Hanabusa wants to remain in Congress, she better jump back to her House seat soon.  Word is that various big organizations are even now getting ready to recruit and endorse in that race in order to head off Djou or another Republican.  If Hanabusa waits too long, her political career is pau*.

*pau – Hawaiian word meaning ended, over, done.


Hanabusa Cozies Up to Defense Contractors

2:32 pm in Uncategorized by paiagirl

This PaiaGirl article was originally posted in DownWithTyranny.

Hanabusa: Using bipartisan coziness with defense contractors to tout China Cold War and promote military spending
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When given the chance, Hawai’i voters reject candidates who favor a hawkish foreign policy. Despite the military playing a major role in the local economy, Hawai’i residents don’t want to see more war or unnecessary defense spending.

In 2004, Hawai’i gave John Kerry 54% of the vote in his effort to remove President Bush, despite Vice President Cheney’s fear mongering.

In the 2006 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, reactionary Congressman Ed Case sought to oust Senator Daniel Akaka on the basis of the incumbent’s opposition to the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. Akaka’s pro-peace agenda was rewarded with 54% of the primary vote (he cruised to re-election against token opposition in the general).

In 2008, Hawai’i voters rejected the McCain-Palin agenda of interminable war by giving the Obama-Biden ticket its highest margin of victory of any state. Obama got 70% of the vote.

In 2012, Hawai’i voters emphasized their distaste for pro-war politics, as Case was again defeated in a Democratic primary (this time by progressive Mazie Hirono, who crushed him in the primary and Republican Linda Lingle in the general, by 17 and 25 percentage points, respectively) and Obama again received 70% of the vote over aggressively pro-war Mitt Romney (once again making Hawai`i his best state).

Given Hawaii’s strong (and apparently increasing) preference for peace, it’s strange Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Brian Schatz by stoking a cold war with China and lavishing praise on her defense-contractor benefactors.

Then again, considering that Hanabusa chairs the National Security Task Force of the right-leaning New Democrat Coalition and Buck McKeon’s Congressional Drone Caucus, her tack is perhaps not so surprising.

Cold War with China

There’s nobody in Congress more committed to maintaining and increasing military spending than Republican Randy Forbes of Northern Virginia. He has a robust section of his Congressional website dedicated to raising fear of the risk to America without more spending on weapons systems and defense contractors. He’s shrewd enough to recognize that non-state terrorist threats don’t justify traditional forms of military spending, so he founded and chairs the Congressional China Caucus.

The caucus is composed of conservative Republicans and Democrats and promotes the wildly unlikely possibility of another Pearl Harbor attack, this time from China, and similar military risks.

Incidentally, Forbes also founded and co-chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus (co-chaired by Blue Dog Democrat Mike McIntyre), whose members include Michele Bachmann, Paul Broun, Virginia Foxx, and Joe Wilson. There aren’t many prayers for peace emanating from that group.

This may the reason the U.S. military is stocking up on littoral combat ships (‘LCS’ for fighting on the China coastline) and may explain then state senator Hanabusa teaming up with Sen Inouye and Republican Gov. Linda Lingle to exempt the Hawaii Superferry from environmental review. That corporate handout to presidential candidate, John McCain’s defense advisor, John Lehman‘s company left the taxpayers whistling for almost $200 million in MARAD and state loans.

Opponents of this corporate hand-out maintained that this project was actually a prototype test for the military’s new littoral ship design and was unsuited for civilian transportation between islands. Lo and behold, the Navy did take them over as LCS after Hawaii Superferry went belly up.

Hanabusa spent last week supporting Forbes in his effort to generate more interest in spending on weaponry to beat China and to chastise the Obama Administration for not doing enough to prepare for World War III.

Here’s a press release issued by her office:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) and J. Randy Forbes, Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommitee [sic], delivered remarks at the release of a new study from the Center for Strategic and Budget Assessments entitled “Shaping America’s Future Military: Toward a New Force Planning Construct.”

The study, authored by CSBA’s Mark Gunzinger, develops insights from the Department of Defense’s previous force planning constructs, and then builds on them to identify elements of a new construct that could help the U.S. military to prepare for the future.

“This report comes at a particularly significant crossroads for our nation’s defense forces,” said Hanabusa. “Our shift to the Asia-Pacific region [i.e., Cold War with China] will call for a fresh look at not only our defense posture, but how we integrate concerns for economic and diplomatic stability as well. We face vital strategic choices and must have the clarity to look beyond budget concerns [emphasis added; message: "spend, spend, spend!] to a long term strategy to deal with a changing world and emerging threats. This is not a partisan issue; it is the question of our nation’s future. I am pleased and proud to join Chairman Forbes in fostering this discussion.”

“The failure of the Defense Department to adequately prepare for the threat of sequestration is just the most recent example of the importance of long-range strategic planning, a discipline which seems nearly forgotten in today’s Washington,” Mr. Forbes said. “I’m pleased to join with my Armed Services Committee colleague, Congresswoman Hanabusa, at the release of CSBA’s newest report offering a detailed plan for the future of America’s military. Nothing could be less partisan than the long-term health of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Hanabusa and Forbes share a foreign-policy vision and a love for one another’s intellect:
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What could be more nonpartisan than a new cold war two decades after the last one ended and a dozen years after 9/11? Obviously, something new is needed to help at-risk defense contractors.

Hanabusa previewed her joint appearance with Forbes by issuing a press release a few days earlier that extolled the new National Defense Authorization Act and its support for “the U.S. pivot to the Asia Pacific region” and for keeping open all existing U.S. bases. In the release, though, she lamented that the NDAA doesn’t authorize enough military spending:

“Unfortunately, the NDAA does not address the unthinking across-the-board reductions that arise from sequestration, and once again demonstrates the importance of removing those draconian cuts. The House Armed Services Committee has heard defense officials describe over and over again the harsh impacts these across-the-board cuts have on to our military; we have already seen some of the damage. Continuing to do nothing is not a responsible alternative. We have a job to do, and things won’t get better unless and until we finally address the problem. I am confident my defense savings reporting requirements in this legislation will help outline a path forward for dealing with sequestration. “

As a backup measure, Hanabusa even buttressed her case for more military spending by raising the specter of war with India earlier this spring:

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa spoke at the Brookings Institution, one of the nation’s most influential think tanks based in Washington, D.C., about the United States’ strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.

Hanabusa, member of the House Armed Services Committee, reiterated that U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region will represent additional capabilities. “This new force can take on greater humanitarian missions,” she said, “allowing the United States’ military presence in the Pacific to have implications far beyond what we classically consider within our defense posture. Clearly the role of the military will no longer be simply that of a fighting force; it will also bear a diplomatic and humanitarian face and, as a stated purpose, enable trade and economic growth in the area. As President Obama has said, the Asia-Pacific region will largely define whether the 21st century will be marked by conflict or cooperation.”

Hanabusa also pointed out that current prosperity in the region demonstrates both a need and a product of the U.S. presence. “Continuous U.S. presence in the Asia Pacific is needed to balance the emergence of rising powers– rising powers that benefitted the most from the international order that was established by this US presence post WWII. The dynamic environment in Asia as a result of maintained peace has most recently propelled countries like China and India to remarkable growth.”

Increasing the U.S presence in the region also offers technological and economic benefits, said Hanabusa. “Military technology is our equalizer, and the edge that we have in R&D will keep us viable in the manufacturing industry. China and India may have an advantage in labor costs, but they hold none of the abilities we have in highly advanced defense technologies. If we can merge this military edge back to the private sector, we can take advantage of the edge we possess and maintain our status as the world’s greatest nation.

Give her credit for consistency, back in 2011 she was advocating for more military spending in Roll Call, contending that war with somebody in Asia was inevitable:

“The Pacific is undeniably the theater of the future.”

Coziness With Defense IndustryAccording to the ACLU, “BAE Systems (is) a multi-billion dollar military contractor that profits from the exploitative labor of people behind bars.”According to the FEC, BAE Systems is also a major Hanabusa campaign contributor.According to Hanabusa’s official website, BAE Systems is deserving of congratulations.

She used her bipartisan military-spending credibility to convince a Republican-led Congressional committee to hold a “Defense Industry Roundtable” in her district last year and to convince House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (of defense-contract-rich Maryland) to hold a high-dollar D.C. fundraiser for her Senate campaign last week.

Shortly before she announced her run for Senate, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (headed by former Blue Dog and defense-contractor-friendly Steve Israel) hosted a Hanabusa fundraiser. Considering that her Congressional district is one of the most heavily Democratic in the nation, the DCCC’s interest in ostensibly supporting her House campaign seemed a little odd.

She showed her loyalty to her No. 2 contributor Northrup Grumman in 2011 by traveling to Pennsylvania to participate in a House Armed Services Committee hearing on how to make defense procurement easier for contractors. She proudly touted her participation on her Congressional website.

So, give her points for transparency. Her website is replete with tributes to defense contractors and military spending. For that and other actions, she’s been rewarded by the industry.

It’s hard to believe she’ll be similarly rewarded by Hawaii’s electorate in the primary on August 9, 2014. But she does have more than a year to use that contractor money to tarnish Senator Schatz.

Even with this defense-contractor money, things look bleak for Colleen Hanabusa.

Every Hawai’i candidate who is endorsed by both labor and environment wins. She’s lost labor and although the big environmental organizations like Sierra Club have not yet endorsed, observers think that Schatz is a shoo-in for their support.

Hanabusa went up against the Sierra Club in their lawsuit over the exempting of the Superferry from environmental review (and lost) and she angered environmentalists by voting with the GOP to exempt coal-fired boilers from increased EPA standards.

Sen. Brian Schatz, on the other hand, has made climate change a key cause. Add in peace and progressive groups plus Schatz’s powerful fundraising and Hawaii’s distaste for conservative war hawks and Hanabusa’s future is looking mighty shaky.

You can judge for yourself if you’re going to the Netroots Nation in San Jose this week. Yep, the CISPA and FISA-loving Chair of the New Dems’ National Security Task Force, Colleen Hanabusa, will be hanging out with progressive bloggers. Strange bedfellows.

People from the mainland often look at Hawai’i Democratic primaries and try to say that they break on ethnic politics. Although ethnicity does play some role, ideology and values are actually the decisive point, which is why progressives have been beating conservatives. Recall, that in 2004, Dennis Kucinich actually won Hawai’i's Second Congressional district (caucuses)– a direct reaction to the Iraq War, and a sign that progressives were beginning to gain traction.

In 2006, besides Akaka over the reactionary Case, Hawai’i-observers also saw progressive Mazie Hirono defeating corrupt conservative Colleen Hanabusa in the primary to replace Case in his congressional district. And then in 2010, voters also chose progressive Neil Abercrombie over conservative Mufi Hannemann for governor, and Brian Schatz over conservative Norman Sakamoto for Lt. Gov.

If you’d like to help reelect Senator Schatz and defeat a corporatist, conservative challenger, here is Brian Schatz’s donation page .

Rep Hanabusa: Wrong side of Alaska Environmental Issues

1:49 pm in Uncategorized by paiagirl

Just recently the Hawai’i/Alaska Sierra Club Chapters issued an alert asking their members to contact Congress to vote down four bad environmental bills:

Rep Colleen Hanabusa is co-sponsoring one of these bills (HR740) which under the guise of “protecting jobs” allows clear-cutting of old growth trees.

H.R. 740, “Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act” which would transfer important forestlands within the Tongass National Forest to a private corporation with a history of clear-cutting old-growth trees.  (Sealaska Bill)

H.R. 1548, the “Native American Energy Act” which, among other things, would gut the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – the law that ensures public participation in important environmental decisions by the federal government. Rep. Hanabusa made some positive statements and asked some good questions about this bill when it had a hearing in her subcommittee.

H.R. 1964, the “National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Access Act” – which would completely throw out the Obama administration’s Integrated Area Wide Plan for the Reserve, a plan that so many of you weighed in on and one which provides for the management of the Reserve into the future, including conservation of nearly 11 million acres.

H.R. 2231, the “Offshore Energy and Jobs Act” which would open all of America’s Arctic Ocean to dangerous oil and gas development.

Background on the Sealaska Corp. bill that Rep Hanabusa is co-sponsoring:

The Sealaska Corporation falsely represents itself as a tribal entity. The Sealaska Corporation was created by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act as one of 13 regional corporations that would act as an economic development mechanism for its Native Alaskan shareholders, a structure that is unique to Alaska.

Sealaska is NOT a tribal government and it does NOT represent the needs or wants of the southeast Alaskan Native villages.

H.R. 740 would give Sealaska an unfair deal compared to the other Native corporations that would increase its bottom line at the expense of the residents, animals and the environment of the Tongass National Forest.

By having native Alaskan shareholders and directors, this corporation legitimizes the destruction of Alaska’s environment for profit.  This is somewhat similar to Hawaii’s Bernice Pauahi Bishop estate (Kamehameha Schools) which is designed to benefit Hawaiian descendants but leases land to Monsanto.  Once profit becomes an over-riding principle, “traditional values” take a back seat to environmental exploitation.

EarthJustice has a petition against old growth logging in the Tongass National Forest  and a petition against Arctic Ocean Drilling.

“Democrat In Name Only” Challenges Progressive Senator Brian Schatz

8:39 pm in Uncategorized by paiagirl

Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)

In the ongoing squabble over former Hawai’i Senator Inouye’s seat, DINO (Democrat In Name Only) Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) continues to maintain her sense of entitlement and has announced she will primary Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Backroom deals anointed her Sen Inouye’s successor but the Hawai’i governor (himself a progressive) said, “Not so fast” and chose Brian Schatz instead.

Senator Brian Schatz got off to a impressive start, capturing the chairmanships of Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet and Subcommittee on Water And Power.

His votes have been everything his progressive supporters wanted: no on reauthorization of FISA, no on CISPA, no cuts to Social Security, and yes on allowing states to require GMO labeling.  He’s made CO2 and climate change a top priority and speaks out fearlessly on the topic.

So in Hawai’i where Democrats rule (and almost every politician joins the Democratic party, regardless of whether they support party principles) what choice does Hanabusa offer the voters?

Turns out it is a big choice!

First off: while Senator Schatz is a member of the Progressive Caucus, Colleen Hanabusa has eschewed her 2010 supporters and joined the New Democrat Coalition. You’ll get a clue as to their positions since they, like the GOP, have dropped the “ic” at the end of “Democratic.”

Hanabusa garnered support from progressive organizations such as with her promise not to join the Blue Dogs (she was running against Teapartier Djou and Blue Dog, Ed Case). Little did these backers realize that a new caucus had supplanted the Blue Dogs.

As soon as she was elected, Hanabusa ditched her progressive backers and joined the new Blue Dogs — the New Democratic Coalition (NDC).

What is Colleen Hanabusa’s New Democrat Coalition all about?

  • They support Cyber Intelligence Sharing Act (CISPA) criticized by civil liberty advocates on both the right and left. President Obama said he’d veto it. Thankfully the Senate (with Sen Shatz’s help) killed the GOP’s CISPA. Supporters of CISPA include large corporations, AT&T, Chamber of Commerce, and Microsoft.  Opponents range from the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation all the way through Americans for Limited Government and the American Conservative Union. Hanabusa voted in favor. Schatz voted no.
  • We need to lower the marginal corporate tax rates” according to the NDC.
  • Everything is on the table” — presumably cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are included in “everything.” They also proudly tout themselves as the “key to bridging the gap between Republicans and Democrats.” Does that make them a semi-Republican, semi-Democratic middle group? As we’ve said earlier in this post, “DINOs”.
  • Creating an Efficient and Pro-Growth Regulatory Environmentby eliminating overly burdensome regulations.
  • Support for No Child Left Behind. The new Elementary and Secondary Education Act must reform No Child Left Behind where necessary but not weaken its commitment to accountability at all levels.
  • Support the Trans Pacific Partnership  which critics have called “the wish list of the 1%.”
  • Support of Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. The labor movement in both South Korea and America adamantly opposed the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (sometimes called KORUS), including the ILWU.  But despite the Democratic Parties plank supporting labor, Rep Hanabusa, siding with her pro-Wall Street colleagues in the New Democrat Coalition and the Republican Party, voted for it. Oops, there goes one of your most influential backers, Rep Hanabusa.
  • Opposing the fix to Big Pharma paying lower rebates through a loophole. Sen Schatz is a sponsor of the bill which would eliminate this loophole and save Medicare money. Rep Hanabusa sided with the drug companies and opposed it.

At the bottom of Down with Tyranny’s page, there’s a video mocking the House Committee on Financial Services’ efforts to water down financial reform. It calls out some New Democrat Coalition members for their support of Wall Street.

NDC members of this committee include Carolyn McCarthy, David Scott, Ed Perlmutter, John Carney, Terri Sewell, Bill Foster, Patrick Murphy, John Delaney, Kyrsten Sinema, and Denny Heck.

No mystery about why Dodd-Frank is being dismantled given all these NDC members on the Financial Committee. And these are just the so-called Democrats!

Why does Hanabusa, representing one of the most liberal states in the union, belong to this corporatist group? Has anyone ever asked her to explain?

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Hawai’i Senate Candidate’s Rightwing Credentials

6:48 pm in Uncategorized by paiagirl

Check out the conservative credentials of this candidate for U.S. Senate:

- While in Congress, this candidate commended President Bush for proposing Social Security privatization, applauded President Bush’s management of Guantanamo, strenuously fought Democratic efforts to bring troops home from Iraq, voted for a budget resolution that called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting, and voted for the immigration bill that led to nationwide protests by immigrant rights’ groups.

- Last time this candidate ran for U.S. Senate, this candidate said the incumbent was “too liberal”.

Conservatives endorsed this candidate.

- After losing that race, this candidate volunteered for conservative organizations, joined anti-tax activist Grover Norquist at a party honoring a conservative website, joined a former Republican governor at a honoring right-wing economist Milton Friedman, failed at a couple of attempts to get back into Congress, and was listed as the featured speaker at a training session for Republican candidates.

- This candidate is again running for Senate, and again criticizing the opponent for being a progressive, while railing against the “special interests” backing the opponent (women’s rights groups, environmental groups, and unions).

It’s all standard biographical material for a conservative, Republican Senate candidate.

And you think we’re talking about Linda Lingle….Nope!

This candidate is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination in President Obama’s native state of Hawai`i – a true blue progressive state. His name is Ed Case. He’ll be at the state Democratic Party convention next weekend trying to convince delegates to take a sharp right turn, embrace GOP goals and elect a Blue Dog instead of popular progressive, Mazie Hirono.

None of this is new to anyone who’s followed Mr. Case’s long career advocating the Blue Dog principles of militarization and cutting of the social safety net. (he’s been running for public office since the mid-’80s)

But finding out he’s got even more of an identity crisis than being a Blue Dog and has been advising Republican candidates is a new twist.

Here’s an email from Republican, Paul Smith,  recruiting GOP candidates to a training session featuring registered Democrat, Ed Case teaching Republicans how to campaign more effectively (emphasis added):

**This email is to alert you to the next "2008 Republican Candidates"
informational meeting.

**Our meeting will be:****
**SATURDAY JULY 14, 2007****
**12 noon to 1:30 p.m. for special speaker & lunch (complimentary)****
**1:30 p.m. to  3:30 p.m. computer practice class****
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**The special lunch speaker is former Congressman and State
Representative Ed Case.  His talk will start at noon and he will
provide an overview on elective public office and campaigns and
elections, including general challenges and issues faced by all
candidates. There will be time for questions.****

**After the speaker we will break for 10 minutes and at 1:30 we
will start our computer workshop.  ****

**MacMouse has a classroom environment with a large screen to project
the web pages for all to see.  _There is no need to bring your
computer_ BUT if you have a wireless laptop computer you may bring it
and connect.  ****

**Everyone, with or without a computer, will benefit from this
session simply by taking notes for follow up on your home computer.
The training will focus on the use of Voter Vault and looking at a
couple web sites that allow candidates to assemble information on the
status of schools in your district, for example.  ****

**Paul Smith will conduct the class and use Senate District 13 and
House District 26 as examples that will bring real life information
for your consideration.  ****

**We will do walk lists and create excel files for special district
voter identification records.****

**Lastly, we will prepare an issues piece on district schools that you
can use during neighborhood walks/mailers.  It is important to learn
where you can quickly get accurate and district specific information
that can help you, the candidate, inform the voters in your district.****

**Remember; our goal during 2007 is to keep past and future candidates
active, learning, and in front of voters by providing informative
opportunities to enhance your chances of being elected in 2008.****

**This training session will give all attendee's an opportunity to
learn about the present and the future opportunities to effectively
use the computer and the internet to improve your campaign

**Please plan to attend.  ****

**Pass this invite on to any other Republicans whom you
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Oahu Politics Manipulating Maui’s Central District

6:16 pm in Uncategorized by paiagirl

Maui Beach (photo: sunsplash, flickr)

Maui Beach (photo: sunsplash, flickr)

For the past four Hawai’i legislative sessions there has been a rebellion against the good’ol boy, ethically challenged Calvin Say faction by a group fed up with Rep. Say’s leadership.  An example of Say’s, shall we say, loose interpretation of ethics rules was the situation with supporter Rep Joe Souki.

Souki took a paid job as a lobbyist for the chemical corporations who wanted to kill the proposed ban on plastic bags – while he was serving in the Legislature! Souki asked Speaker Say whether he could be a lobbyist for these corporations and not only vote on the measure  but also speak against it on the floor.  Say’s response?  “Oh sure.  That’s no ethical conflict

Now you may be saying to yourself, “This sounds like typical GOP behavior.”  You’d be right but you’d be wrong about the party to which they belong.  Yep, these guys are masquerading as Democrats.  That’s because Hawai’i is so thoroughly Democratic that one cannot usually be elected as a Republican and if some miracle occurs and one is elected, one is completely shut out of any power or ability to influence legislative actions. Thus many Democrats are really Republicans who’ll join any party in order to get into power.

In 2008 the struggle between the Say supporters and those fed up with the corruption came to a head with both sides evenly matched.  Only one vote was needed to topple Say and his group.  Say’s new target was dismantling Hawaii’s environmental laws at the behest of the corporations financing their campaigns.  This did not go down well with half the House.

Enter little Central Maui House district.  Long-time House member, Rep Bob Nakasone, owner of the Ameritone Paint franchise in Kahului, was suffering from lung cancer.  Say prevailed upon him to run for one more term, knowing that it was dicey whether Nakasone would even live long enough to take office.  Nakasone was re-elected and made exactly one vote before succumbing to his disease.  That single vote put Say back in power for 2 more years.

After that Rep Nakasone’s seat was vacant and stayed that way for months.  Central Maui had no legislative representation thanks to Oahu’s manipulation of their election. Read the rest of this entry →