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2.25.2014

First Exposure: Hawaii Congressional candidates forum caught on video

When The Kokua Council announced they had managed to gather together six of the seven congressional candidates for District 1's hotly contested "Hanabusa" seat, I decided to livestream the entire forum. Congressional District 1 is basically Honolulu, and the other district is the other islands and cities and everyone else. That's how important Honolulu is.

Maybe that's why of those seven announced candidates there are three Honolulu City Councilmembers: Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang, and Joey Manahan. While the City & County of Honolulu encompasses the entire island of Oahu, Congressional District 1 only includes urban Honolulu and some outlying areas. Ikaika Anderson of Waimanalo actually represents and resides outside Congressional District 1. But I guess that's a minor quibble. Representative Gabbard who represents CD2 lives in CD1.

But back to the table: The Kokua Council managed to gather six of the seven for a short forum. Only State Senator Donna Mercado Kim was absent (on a trip).

Being there during the first unrehearsed presentation by the candidates was very interesting. Ideas and contradictions seem to form during the process as the response to questions moves from candidate to candidate. That is to say, there is a flow and development of political concept as it moves down the table. Or at least, that's what it seems like to me. What do you think?

So, live yesterday and now on Youtube, here it is (The video gets low-rez from time to time but that's the nature of cel data livestreaming):


From left to right at the long table: Joey Manahan, Mark Takai, Kathryn Xian, Will Espero, Stanley Chang, and Ikaika Anderson.

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More later,

H. Doug Matsuoka
25 February 2014
Makiki, Honolulu

2.05.2014

Crash and Burn: GMO Bill SB110 "Sneak Attack"

I wrote about how SB110 went from a completely blank bill to one preempting counties from regulating GMOs and pesticide disclosure in my DougNote post. (This is the bill that was being called "Hawaii's Monsanto Protection Act.") The hearing on this bill was scheduled the very next day, 2/4/2014, at 2:46pm (less than 24 hours) and NO TESTIMONY would be allowed. That didn't stop Walter Ritte or Kauai Councilmember Gary Hooser from flying in. If Senate Ag Committee Chair Clarence Nishihara wanted to pull this sort of stunt on behalf of his GMO industry sponsors, he'd have to endure a stare down with them and with the standing-room-only crowd that packed the small committee room.

With six Agriculture Committee present, Nishihara hemmed and hawed through other business until he could not delay any longer. He also gave a long, detailed, and seemingly endless speech about the bill. He was waiting for Senator Glenn Wakai to join the group whose vote would pass the action needed to create the new text. Wakai didn't show up. I livestreamed the event, but here's an edit -- with Nishihara's rant preserved in toto:



This use of a "short form" bill which makes a lateral pass of contents from a failing bill (SB3058) to a completely blank bill, then scheduling hearing in less than 24 hours with NO TESTIMONY allowed, strikes many of us as completely underhanded and sleazy.

The GMO touchdown they hoped for didn't make it this attempt, but is there anything to prevent them from trying again? Nope.

Welcome to Crazytown, the Hawaii Legislature 2014

H. Doug Matsuoka
5 February 2014
Makiki, Honolulu

2.03.2014

OMG! Blank bill becomes "Hawaii Monsanto Protection Act" before my eyes!

So Iʻm sitting at my computer this afternoon frittering away my life on Facebook as usual when I get some kind of notification of a legislative "sneak attack" at the state capitol on the newly enacted Kauai and Hawaii County ordinances regulating pesticides and GMOs. Aside from two bills already dubbed Hawaiiʻs "Monsanto Protection Act," another has been stealthily introduced and scheduled for hearing tomorrow!

Itʻs SB110 says the alert. So I look, and nah, itʻs this weird bill with nothing in it introduced LAST year in January of 2013:

[SB110 at 3:10pm]
Haha. False alert. You know how crazy and emo these GMO people get. But the alert gets propagated all over the place and I figure, letʻs do everyone a favor and put the rumor to rest. No need wasting time, energy, transportation (bus or gas, and downtown parking!) for nothing, right? So I look at the bill status page again to get a reference URL link.

Holy Shmoly! At around 5pm, the same bill looks like this:

[SB110 a couple of hours later.]
The language is clearly aimed at the recent ordinances from Kauai (Bill 2491) and the Big Island of Hawaii (Bill 113) which regulate GMO and pesticides. The giant GMO chemical corporations have already filed suit on Kauai to protect their right to spray pesticides next to schools and residences. This bill (and SB3058) trades protecting the community for protecting chemical corporations.

No really:

"No law, ordinance, or resolution of any unit of local government shall be enacted that abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production, and ranching practices not prohibited by federal or state law, rules, or regulations."

I want to know: (1) Which legislator slipped this language in and scheduled it for hearing; and (2) who called the lobbyists who are sure to be there. If I can, Iʻll livestream this. Hearing is scheduled for 2:30pm and if it isnʻt livestreamed on Olelo, Iʻll make an attempt from my Livestream channel.

For the full text and to submit testimony against:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=110&year=2014

Stay tuned...

2 February 2014
H. Doug Matsuoka

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