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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