The new Kauai County Council was sworn in yesterday, with Mel Rapozo and Ross Kagawa again tapped to serve as Council chair and vice chair, respectively.
Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura voted against the Council rules, on the grounds that they prevented members from thoroughly questioning those who offered public testimony. But even Councilman Mason Chock refrained from joining her, though he earlier gave up his place on the Housing Committee to accommodate her.
JoAnn was unhappy that she not only lost the leadership of that committee to newly elected Councilman Arthur Brun, but any place on the panel at all. Brun had said he did not want JoAnn on his committee, but Mason gave her his place.
Hmm. It may be an interesting Council after all.
Kipu Kai Kualii, who narrowly lost his place on the Council, attended the inauguration and festivities. He's already stated he plans to run again in 2018. But Gary Hooser, who came in ninth, didn't show — even though he's also entertaining a return to politics.
In a Nov. 29 email to his mailing list, Hooser wrote:
Whether or not my recent loss is the last and final election campaign of my life is a question that I ask myself daily. Serving in elective office, though challenging and somewhat stressful at times, has been incredibly fulfilling.
Future political options primarily revolve around the 2018 election cycle however sometimes “things happen” in mid cycle that create opportunities for appointments and/or special elections.
A potentially YUGE wrinkle in Hawaii’s political landscape is the rumor of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard leaving her CD2 seat early for a job in the Trump administration. The CD2 is composed of the neighbor-islands (2/3) and rural Oahu (1/3).
Should this happen, a “winner take all” special election will occur giving candidates possibly only 4 months to organize and run a campaign on all islands. Candidates with existing name recognition and established statewide networks would have a clear off the blocks advantage.
Lot’s [sic] of choices.
Frankly I want to do it all.
Oh, do you now? Exactly what about losing big, despite spending way more than any other candidate on the race, don't you understand, Gary?
This guy's ego is ginormous. He simply can't face the fact that the voters don't want him.
He's also looking at ways to get back in to politics through the back door. He wrote:
H.A.P.A. is a 501c3 nonprofit whose tax exempt status does not allow it to become involved in the full-throated political and policy actions that I strongly believe are needed now.
Like it hasn't already? Come on! Its supposedly non-partisan Kuleana Academy has trained only candidates who follow the anti-GMO/anti-ag party line.
If we are to achieve the bold change required to push back against the growing institutional and corporate powers now in place, we need to step up our game with regards to both policy advocacy and political action.
So while H.A.P.A. can educate, inform and organize which are critical components in the foundation needed for change to happen, other organizations must step up to carry the ball further and more aggressively down the field.
One option is to create and lead such an entity. This could be a 501c4 or otherwise legally structured entity that could engage aggressively in both political and policy advocacy. This would allow me to utilize and leverage the experience and networks I have gained over the years to advocate for progressive public policy while supporting symbiotic community based political action springing up now on all islands.
Hmmm. One way or the other, Hooser's trying to avoid getting a real job, and instead wants to keep lapping at the public trough or living off the largess of others.
Meanwhile, Civil Beat has latched on to the activist cause du jour, sending a reporter and photographer to cover the Standing Rock pipeline issue in North Dakota. What, like you're all out of Hawaii news already?
Civil Beat's lopsided TMT coverage was bad enough, and it looks like they're aiming to replicate it in ND, focusing on Andre Perez, one of the TMT protestors who is now at Standing Rock.
I like Andre, and know he's committed, but if you're going to the expense of sending two staff people all the way to ND — not to mention the irony of burning all that fossil fuel to cover an oil issue — at least try to provide a balanced, in-depth look at a complex issue. But then, as I noted yesterday, CB has already acknowledged that it's being funded as an activist group, not a news site.
Not to be outdone, Hawaii Center for Food Safety Director Ashley Lukens is now indoctrinating Texas middle school students with her propaganda:
Guess too many people in Hawaii are wise to her bullshit, so now she's got to start spreading it out of state. But though the educational standards in Texas are low, it's sad to think they've dropped this far.
And of course nothing can be done without a selfie to promote oneself. Because the cause is not nearly so important as how one looks while carrying it out.