Now that a week has passed, there is now enough time to process all the thoughts about the political trends I have noticed.
First, let's start off with here in Hawaii
Ed Case is now the US Representative for urban Honolulu.
Ed Case expressed skepticism about the Jones Act (the shipping law) in the past.
I really hope he presses the issue in Congress. Whenever Jones Act is in the news, Ed Case needs to have an immediate public response. Continue to speak to the public about how the Jones Act harms Hawaii's access to international trade.
Introduce a bill in Congress to exempt all US-occupied islands from the Jones Act.
Do all that even if it makes enemies with the status quo in Hawaii!
- reform our primary elections. Make it like California's primary in which people aren't restricted to voting within one political party, and make it so the top 2 vote-getters (regardless of political party) go on the General Election. Learn more at https://pablowegesend.blogspot.com/2018/08/hawaii-primary-elections-need-to-change.html
- Make it so that the governor's candidate can choose his/her running mate for lieutenant governor. That isn't an option now. As the drama between Andria Tupola and Marissa Kearns showed, we can't afford to have that type of dysfunction in the executive branch!
- Reform our legislature. Maybe one part of the legislature can represent districts (they both do now), and have another part of the legislature be like a parliament in which a political party can have proportional representation (ie. if Democrats have 60 % of all Hawaii resident support, they have 60% of the seats. If Republicans have 20% of all Hawaii resident support, they have 20% of the seats. And if Libertarians have 10% and Green have 10%, then have both have 10% of the seats each. That way all the parties have a seat at the table. That way different ideologies have a voice in the legislature
- Redefine Hawaii's relationship with the United States. A constitutional convention would be a perfect opportunity to discuss whether Hawaii would remain part of the US. The statehood vote was in 1959. Many of us weren't even born yet! Why can't we have an official discussion about our status? Why can't we have at least an every-decade opportunity to vote on whether Hawaii shall remain part of the US?