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#25 Oct 13, 2008
What are the list of issues that we could answer for ourselves?
#26 Oct 13, 2008
Excellent suggestion but you forgot one critical option that the ConCon can accomplish that will directly address your concerns...
TERM LIMITS for legislatures. With term limits you will not get stagnation and outcomes will be different. NO State Legislature is so critical to our gov't that if he/she were not a legislature all of State gov't will fall into chaos and come to a screeching halt. I don't need to name names but we all know who I am talking about. If any such legislature was that "special" after term limits kick in, he or she is free to "move up" to get elected to be mayor, gov or senator.
One thing I do not agree on is the requirement for "full-time" work where legislatures during session are required to be in their offices 40hrs/wk. If you do that you will discourage capable people who want to serve as a legislature however they still want to maintain their current jobs as long as there is no conflict on the legislation they are working on. Previously read a post that some legislators work 70-80 hrs/ week. I think the issue with them is time management. If legislatures need to do research how about doing it a few hours a week BEFORE the legislature begins session? It is quality and not quantity of hours that will make the most effective State legislatures. That and not being in the pocket of special interest.
How about this outcome with a ConCon:
1)Change leg. to unicameral
2)Term Limits for state legislatures
Since: Sep 08
#27 Oct 13, 2008
it's not 'ze partie'--it's 'ze PARTAY'
#28 Oct 13, 2008
I took a class from him a while back. Nice guy. His views are a bit too "out there," for my tastes. Check out his book "A Green Hawaii" where he suggests tearing down Waikiki and building a bunch of bed and breakfasts. Crazy! But, I must say he does stick by his beliefs. He rides a bike everywhere. No car.
#30 Oct 24, 2008
I don't think it's "Can we do better?" as Mark Bennett has been saying. It should be, "We need to do better." The idea that the Legislature and a ConCon is somehow synonymous is wrong.
But if everyone has so much faith in the Legislature now--if the voters decide NO in this election, let's see what the Legislature will get done in the next 10 years on all the issues brought up in this year's discussion about the ConCon. Hopefully it will be better than the last 30.
#31 Oct 26, 2008
vote YES on CON CON
#32 Oct 26, 2008
Hawaii has many dark corners. The powers that be do not wnat you to participate.
#33 Oct 26, 2008
For those interested in the problem of determining 'original intent':
#34 Oct 27, 2008
Obama says "Change we must."
Hawaii State Teachers' Association says "No Con Con for YOU!"
Watch voter apathy kill freedom with blank votes.
I leave my Con Con ballot blank cause:
Ainokea about the Constitution.
Ainokea about people's rights.
Ainokea about notting.
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