State of Hawaii Archives: on Government Reform


Andria Tupola: Ease permitting processes for developers

Community members and local developers face many complications surrounding permits. According to a Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) survey, only 13% of respondents described themselves as "Satisfied" with DPP's building permit process. The main complaint from the survey was the amount of time it takes to get a permit reviewed. Besides that were the complications involved in the permitting process and the lack of staff members and capacity.
Source: 2022 Hawaii governor campaign website TupolaForCouncil.com Nov 3, 2020

Brian Schatz: Abolish the Electoral College

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is backing an amendment to "abolish the Electoral College" introduced by Senator Brian Schatz, while Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders have signaled their willingness to address the Electoral College's anti-democratic impact, as have former representative Beto O'Rourke, former housing secretary Juli n Castro, and mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg.
Source: The Nation magazine on 2018 Hawaii Senate race Apr 8, 2019

Andria Tupola: Video testimony to legislature; no constitutional convention

Q: Do you support or oppose holding a state constitutional convention?

A: I strongly advocate for allowing the people's voices to be heard through the legislative process and to work on improving the current process. However, we should be concerned about the costs of a constitutional convention and the specifics of the process.

In 1978, the constitutional convention cost $2.6 million dollars. The cost for a constitutional convention in 2018 would be much higher and comes at a time when our state is in financial chaos.

I would suggest as an alternative to a constitutional convention that we increase the transparency and access to the legislative session by allowing remote video testimony for our neighbor island and rural residents, giving the public increased insight to laws and bills through video recap and commentary after sessions, and taking significant steps to make it easier for all residents to participate and be heard in the lawmaking process.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2018 Hawaii gubernatorial race Aug 9, 2018

Ron Curtis: Take back our elections from lobbyists & special interests

We need to take back control of our elections from lobbyists, special interests, and foreign entities.˙Our government is meant to be "of the people, by the people, for the people"--not of the few, by the few, for the few, for the special interests, for the lobbyists. Our election process has become more about fund raising than about the issues. The lobbyist and special interest impacts in our elections have grown beyond the point where they can't be properly vetted.
Source: 2018 Hawaii Senate campaign website RonCurtis808.com Aug 8, 2018

John Carroll: I pledge to fight for bold reforms and solutions

You deserve better leaders, a better government, and policies that actually work to make Hawaii affordable. ˙ I pledge to fight for you and your family every single day with bold reforms and solutions which will put our state back on track.
Source: 2018 Hawaii Gubernatorial website JohnCarroll4Hawaii.com Jul 4, 2018

Ron Curtis: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes. As much as we can, we need to take money out of government politics. We need to take back control of our elections from lobbyists, special interests, and foreign entities. Our government is supposed to be "of the people, by the people, for the people"--not of the few, by the few, for the few, for the special interests, for the lobbyists. We also we need to repeal the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). There is "no" reason for foreign entities to have "any" influence over our elections. We have ambassadors and embassies for interfacing with foreign entities.

Source: Vote Smart 2018 Hawaii Political Courage Test Jan 1, 2018

John Carroll: Supports citizen's initiative process & multiparty democracy

Q: Hawaii is the only Western state without a statewide citizen's initiative process. Do you support such a process?

A: Yes, I do support this process. When I was a state House member, every two years while in office I introduced bills that called for initiative, referendum and recall.

Q: Hawaii has long been dominated by the Democratic Party establishment. Should this change?

A: Yes, it absolutely it should change. The current condition of Hawaii's economy, infrastructure, [etc.] need to be examined and/or changed by electing leaders with more fiscally conservative ideals. Furthermore, true democracy cannot be realized when there will always be a single party in a bipartisan system that has the overwhelming majority. Every constituent regardless of party affiliation deserves to be heard, but that opportunity is often ignored in our state as a result of the overwhelming influence asserted by the Democratic establishment.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2016 Hawaii Senate race Jul 29, 2016

Cam Cavasso: Photo ID for voting

Question topic: People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Cavasso: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Ige: Run government with open & public two-way communication

Our democratic form of government requires active citizen participation. My administration will work hard to earn your trust by creating a process of two-way communication. Action Plan:
Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website DavidIge.org Aug 9, 2014

Eddie Pirkowski: No photo ID for voting

Question topic: People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Pirkowski: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Jul 2, 2014

David Ige: Support independent redistricting but also voter ID

Q: Do you support limits on individual contributions for state candidates?

A: Yes.

Q: Limits on PACs?

A: Yes.

Q: Should candidates meet voluntary spending limits?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

David Ige: Limit campaign donations and campaign spending

Q: Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates: Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Action Committee?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Party?

A: Yes.

Q: Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

David Ige: Require photo identification in order to vote

Q: Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

John Carroll: Don't regulate campaign contributions; they're free speech

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: No. I believe in Freedom of Speech and I don't believe we should impair freedom of expression with governmental regulations. I have the least amount of money of any of my opponents. I don't begrudge them their money.

Source: VoteSmart 2012 Hawaii Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Ed Case: Only 8% of my campaign money comes from PACs

Democrat Ed Case sent out an email encouraging supporters to "follow the money" when it comes to Hirono donor's. Excerpt from Case's email: "Special interest PACs and other political committees. These mostly DC status quo defenders have contributed about $700,000 to Mazie and $10,000 to me in this race. Over our congressional careers fully 31% of Mazie's contrbutions (almost $1.9 million) have come from PACs compared with only 8% of mine. Mainland money. Fully 64% of all of Mazie's PAC and 'itemized' (over $200) contributions in this race have come from mainland donors, while 75% of mine have come from Hawai'i. (Candidates don't report the names and addresses of donors of $200 or less, but if we count those my Hawai'i contribution portion is higher.)"
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2012 Hawaii Senate debate May 10, 2012

Cam Cavasso: Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns

Q: Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii State Legislative 2011 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Duke Aiona: Limit all political contributions: corporate & party

Q: Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government: Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Action Committee?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Party?

A: Yes.

Q: Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Brian Schatz: Partial state funding for state level political campaigns

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

A: Undecided on Individual limits; PAC limits; and Corporate limits.

Source: Hawaii Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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