The Impudence Of 4 Hawaiʻi Senators

Did you read the latest on the impudence, arrogance, tone-deafness, or at the minimum very bad judgment surrounding 4 Senators and the notorious Hu Honua project? “Hu Honua Lobbyist Hosted Fundraiser For Senators Who Were Key To Energy Bill

Maybe you also read about the arrest of still yet another high-level elected official and his even higher-powered friends, who allegedly exchanged campaign contributions for political favors? “Keith Kaneshiro Charges Detail Abuse Of Power, Bribery And Conspiracy

The rules of the game must be changed. Hawaiʻi needs a complete overhaul of our campaign finance, ethics, and lobbyist regulations.

If you would like to help fight back and help change those rules, please join online the Our Hawaiʻi volunteer training tomorrow June 23.

Only by changing the rules, and getting rid of the corrupting influence of money in politics, do we have a chance to create the democracy we deserve.

We need publicly funded elections.

Voters deserve the right to vote on the issue of term limits for state legislators.

But seriously folks – do any of you really expect those who are now in power to take any meaningful action to restrict their own power?

Yes, there are a few and I can name them on one hand (well maybe on both hands if I include the House and the Senate and the various County Councils).

But a majority of those now in power will certainly never vote to make it easier for other candidates to run against them. Nor will they pass a bill to give you and me the power to vote for term limits.

We are now at a moment in time when the opportunity for systemic change is knocking. And we must seize that moment.

We have high-quality candidates at all levels – federal, state, and county, who are uniting around a powerful message that service in elective office is not for sale. (see a partial list of who have signed the “Our Hawaii” pledge below).

Gubernatorial candidate Kai Kahele has made campaign finance reform and getting money out of politics his #1 priority. Vicky Cayetano also has stated emphatically her support. Josh Green? Err…not so much.

Read each of their positions on this critically important issue here in Civil Beat “A Year Of Embarrassing Scandal May Help Hawaii Finally Reform Campaign Financing

Read my blog piece: “Why I am supporting Kahele over Green

CD1 Congressional candidate Sergio Alcubilla likewise has made a firm commitment to not accept corporate PAC money and to fight to get money out of politics. From his opponent Ed Case, all we hear are crickets. Read Civil Beat’s “Political Newcomer Sergio Alcubilla Is Seeking To Out US Rep Ed Case

There are many other highly qualified candidates who are likewise committed to getting rid of the pay-to-play curse that has infected our politics, including the below Pono Hawaiʻi Initiative endorsed candidates who have already stepped up and signed the “Our Hawaii” pledge:

Governor – Kaialiʻi Kahele

Congress – Sergio Alcubilla

State Senate – Laura Acasio, Walter Ritte

State House of Representatives – Kim Coco Iwamoto, Amy Perruso, Natalia Hussey-Burdick, Shannon Lopeka Matson, Kathy Feldman, Elle Cochran, and Jeanné Kapela

Honolulu Council – Ikaika Hussey

Kauai Council – Fern Ānuenue Holland

Maui Mayor – Kelly King

Maui Council – Jordan Hocker, Gabe Johnson, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Carol Lee Kamekona, Nara Boone, and Robin Knox

Is your favorite candidate on the list? If not, perhaps reach out to ask them why. Please also consider attending the Our Hawaiʻi volunteer training tomorrow June 23 .

The Our Hawaiʻi Pledge states in part:
“Turn down political bribes in any form and reject all campaign contributions more than $100 from corporate PACs and lobbyists, and the executives of luxury and out-of-state developers, major landowners, hotel conglomerates, energy monopolies, and military contractors.”

Read the entire pledge, and learn more about the “Our Hawaiʻi” movement. Watch the short but very compelling video .

We have a political status quo that is both corrupted and corrupting, AND we are at a unique point in time when we can do something about it.

Please – take action as if our local democracy depends on it, because it does.

Review the candidates endorsed by Pono HawaiʻiInitiative (PHI) and help them win. This is the home stretch, ballots will soon be hitting the mail.

We must vote out those in power now who have allowed our local government institutions to sink this low, AND we must support and vote for those incumbents and newcomers who have made a commitment to get money out of politics.

We don’t have a lot of time. Let’s do this. Our children, our grandchildren, and our planet – will thank us for it.


Gary Hooser
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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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