Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Clean Elections has a fighting chance this session

For the first time in eight years, there's hope that Hawaii will join other states that have passed some kind of clean elections law.

Star-Bulletin reporter Richard Borreca was in the hearing room yesterday and filed this story.

For the first time, the state Democratic Party testified in favor of the bill. The Campaign Spending Commission also made favorable noises (see article). The Voter Owned Elections people did a superb job explaining the advantages of the proposed bill to committee members. They were able to field all of the hardball questions thrown by a few legislators who seemed reluctant to go along with the wave of support in Hawaii and nationwide for clean elections.

As many as eight states have legislation in progress this year and may join the states and municipalities that already have some form of publicly funded elections.

If you would like to get corporate money out of Hawaii's elections, you can help with a phone call to House Judiciary Chairman Tommy Waters at 586-9450. Just leave a message that you would like him to pass HB661, the clean elections bill.


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