The November 2018 Election

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The General Election is just around the corner. All responsible American citizens should do their duty and cast a ballot by November 6. Absentee voting is now going on all over the country as well as in Hawaii.

This year’s mid term elections are important for the nation, and especially for those of us who are conservative. The most important thing this year is to preserve the Republican Party’s majority in Congress. This will be up for most of the other 49 states to do.

Hawaii is not in a part of the United States that have a good chance of electing any Republican to Congress as this state has long been dominated by Democrats.

Despite this, there are a few races of note to look at:

U.S. Senate: The most conservative candidate running from Hawaii for U.S. Senate is Ron Curtis, a guy from Kauai. He is like a million to one long-shot in this race as he is pitted to run against U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, who has recently embarrassed herself by speaking out against men. Unfortunately she most likely will be re-elected to another six year term.

U.S. House: Democrat Ed Case is running against Republican Cam Cavasso. Case is probably the most moderate of all the Democrats running in Hawaii. He can probably get along fairly well with the Republican majority in DC. Case formerly held this seat more than 10 years ago, and is making this run to regain it after U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa gave it up during her unsuccessful run for Governor earlier this year.

Governor: Incumbent Governor David Ige and his Lt. Governor running mate, State Senator Josh Green will likely win the election to the state’s highest office. No contest there. They are going up against Republicans Andria Tupola for Governor and Marissa Kerns for Lt. Governor.

The fireworks in this race has been between the “team” of Tupola-Kerns, where differences in philosophy have boiled over into local public discourse. Kerns is fiscally conservative and anti-rail while Tupola has voted with the Democrats on several issues while serving in the State House of Representatives for the past four years.

On a matter of principle, I’ll be voting for Tupola-Kerns even though at this point they don’t have much of a chance to score a victory.

Other races down ticket from State Legislature to several County and OHA seats will probably go as expected with Democrats winning all, and with some hope the four Republicans left in the State House can hold on to their seats.

The GOP is definitely an endangered party in Hawaii despite the Trump wins in the rest of the nation.

With the State Supreme Court invalidating the Constitutional Amendment question to fund Hawaii’s bloated public education system through taxation of “Investment Properties” dead, there is little else to get excited about in Hawaii’s election.

Surely there is the ten year question on whether or not to have a Constitutional Convention, but as history has shown since the 1980s, that has been turned down by voters every decade. I favor a Constitutional Convention and will be one of the few who will vote “yes” on this.

The last issue on the ballot of even remote interest, is the Honolulu City Charter Amendment to increase the size of the HART board. Since I have been a longtime opponent of rail, and the fact that I never voted for HART when it came up during a charter amendment vote many years ago, I will be voting NO on this question.

There we have it in a nutshell… what to expect in the upcoming election. All we have to wait for are the results and tears come November 6.


Photos above left to right, top to bottom: Governor David Ige, State. Rep. Andria Tupola both vying for Governor and Lt. Governor candidates Josh Green and Marissa Kerns.

 

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Constitutional Amendment Question to Allow Investment Property to Be Taxed for Education Struck Down by the Supreme Court

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LET’S HEAR THE GOOD NEWS!

It is a good thing that the Hawaii State Supreme Court struck down the Constitutional Amendment question that would have allowed the Hawaii State Legislature to tax “investment properties” for the sake of government (public) education schools.

There are a ton of reasons why I am opposed to this and you can read them in my recent Facebook post on this issue (linked at the end of this post).

The following is a link to the bill itself: SB 2922 Hawaii State Legislature 2018

The following is a press release from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii announcing the ruling from the Supreme Court:


HONOLULU, Oct. 19, 2018 >> The Hawaii Supreme Court today struck down the proposed constitutional ballot question on whether the state should be allowed to tax real property to help fund public education.

Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said, “The fact that the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the proposed amendment is good news for all Hawaii citizens who value clarity in law and responsibility in government.”

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was a party to an amicus brief filed in support of Hawaii’s four counties, who were the plaintiffs in the legal challenge.

“We joined the amicus brief because we felt the language of the proposed amendment was vague and deceptive,” Akina said. “We hope the Legislature will take this opportunity to look at other, more sustainable ways to fund education without raising taxes.”

To read a copy of the decision, go here.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Keli‘i Akina, Ph.D., contact Josh Mason, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, at (918) 261-8444or jmason@grassrootinstitute.org.

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational institution devoted to the ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government.

End of Press Release

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LG Candidate Marissa Kerns Urges President Trump to Cancel All Remaining Federal Dollars for Honolulu Rail Project

Editor’s Note:  I know this weblog has not been recently updated. This is the first in what I hope to be a new series of posts as we get closer to the November 6 general election day. Most of this post is from LG candidate Marissa Kerns‘ press release. I have long been an opponent of the rail, so it is good that we restart the blog with this costly issue. Enjoy!

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PRESS RELEASE
September 24, 2018

Media Contact: Marissa Kerns
Marissa Kerns for Lieutenant Governor
Cell: (808) 778-9985
Email: campaign@electmarissa.com

Honolulu, Hawaii — Republican lieutenant governor candidate Marissa Dipasupil Kerns called upon the Trump administration to cancel all remaining federal dollars for the first 20 miles of HART’s 34-mile rail construction project in Honolulu.

In a sternly-worded letter to President Donald Trump, Kerns urged Trump to “direct your administration to cancel all federal funding of the Honolulu rail transit project as set forth in the Full Funding Grant Agreement for this disastrous project between the FTA and the City & County of Honolulu. This is easily the biggest financial scam in Hawaii history. It’s bad enough that it affects Hawaii taxpayers. But I hate to see the nation’s taxpayers get suckered along with us in the Aloha State.”

Citing a steady stream of lies about cost, traffic relief, taxes, affordable housing and even the fare to be charged for riding rail, Kerns says that voters and taxpayers in Hawaii and across the nation have been defrauded by rail proponents.

Kerns zeroed in on the rapidly emerging likelihood that tens of millions or more in property taxes will need to be immediately diverted to the rail construction project in order for the City and HART to satisfy the Federal Transit Administration’s time-sensitive demand for a viable financial plan: “To date, there have been three tax increases for this project, when we were assured that the first tax hike in 2006 would be all the politicians needed from us. Most Hawaii residents are bracing themselves for even more tax hikes to pursue this greedy agenda built on a steady stream of lies. Indeed, even the FTA appears to be helping City leaders to increase the likelihood of grabbing property taxes to fund construction of this useless, make-work rail project.”

Kerns urged President Trump, Transportation Secretary Chao, and FTA Administrator Williams to disbelieve any plan which is received from HART: “And with the most complex parts of the project yet to be built — such as prep work with underground utilities, land acquisition, and the massive construction of miles and miles of rail guideways and rail stations in the most dense parts of the City & County of Honolulu — everyone knows that the costs will continue to skyrocket, long after our city leaders send you and the FTA their newest “plan”. In fact, the federal subsidy of this project used to amount to one-third the total construction cost. Now that one-third is down to a mere 17% of the quickly rising total. By the time this nightmare is over, I feel confident that the $1.55 billion federal subsidy for construction will probably only represent 9% or 10% of the total cost due to the crippling effects of incompetence, gross negligence and corruption at HART.”

In calling for a forensic audit, Kerns predicted that corruption and incompetence revealed through such an audit might warrant prosecution: “All taxpayers deserve to know why the price has tripled and who, if anyone, should go to jail for fraud and other related crimes.”

For Kern’s full letter to President Trump, here is a link: https://goo.gl/Q5Ho9a

Physician Assisted Suicide Passes House Vote

The Hawaii State House of Representatives passed the Physician Assisted Suicide bill (HB 2703) on a third reading crossover vote. The vote count was 39 in favor and 12 opposed. Representatives Aquino, Cachola, Choy, Cullen, Har, Johanson, Kong, McDermott, Quinlan, Tupola, Ward, and Woodson voted against the bill’s passage.

The bill now advances to the Hawaii State Senate where it is expected to pass. Governor David Ige has indicated he supports killing people though assistance by a doctor.

More from the Honolulu Civil Beat website:

Emotions run high as legislators debate whether the measure grants a “civil right” or sends the wrong message about suicide.

Source: Hawaii House Passes Medical Aid In Dying Bill – Honolulu Civil Beat

The Only Thing That Should Die is This Bill

PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE – KILL THE BILL.

Hawaii State Legislature Update

Once again the Hawaii State Legislature has decided to bring up the issue of Physician  Assisted Suicide. This year the State House of Representatives has introduced HB 2739 which would allow your doctor, with your consent, to kill you with a lethal dose of medication within a six month period of your pending death.

This bill essentially legalizes murder and offers no respect for the sanctity of human life. The  lives of our elderly and sick should not be subjected to such a law. The only thing that needs to be killed is this bill. 

HB 2739 is getting a public hearing this coming Tuesday, February 27 at the State Capitol Auditorium starting at 10:30 A.M. Testimony is now being taken online or at the following online site: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/login/login.aspx

It seems the legislature is no longer taking email testimony. To submit testimony using the above link, one must be a registered user of the State Legislature’s website.

An alternate method is to send testimony in by fax: 808 586-6311 or 800-535-3899.

Committee members can also be reached by going through the respective links below to access their email and other contact information.

House Judiciary Committee

House Committee on Health and Human Services

Here is a link to the hearing notice: Source: Hearing HHS-JUD 02-27-18.

Additional Links:

Focus on the Family: Reasons to Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide