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District 5 Democrats Complete Review of Candidates for Vacated State House Seat

The District  V Council of the Hawaii Democratic Party met on Friday, December 27, to consider nine candidates who applied for the State House District 5 seat recently vacated by Representative Denny Coffman.

Rep. Denny Coffman

Rep. Denny Coffman

The nine candidates who applied to be among the three nominees submitted to Governor Neil Abercrombie for selection were: Abigail Au, Kaliko Chun, Richard Creagan, Barbara Dalton, Una Greenaway, Lei Kihoi, Gene “Bucky” Leslie, Michael Matsukawa, and Steve Sakala.

Thirteen members of the District Council participated in the  ranking and selection process to determine the three nominees to the House Seat.  Four members of the District Council – Creagan, Dalton, Greenaway, and Matsukawa – applied for the position and were recused from the meeting and the selection process.

According to District 5 spokesperson, John Buckstead, “the ranking and selection process maximized the preferences of the Council members, and folks were pleased that we are able to submit three well qualified nominees to the Governor and that the process of making the selection was very fair and transparent to the voters.”

The names of the three nominees will be released by the Governor or the Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.  With the opening of the Legislative session being less than three weeks away, a selection by the Governor is expected soon.

 

Candidate’s Forum Tonight at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale

Candidate’s forum tonight, Tuesday July 10th at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale from 5-9pm. We will have voter registration info, info tables from many different organizations, and light refreshments will be served.

At least 26 candidates have agreed to attend so far, including Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a, Russell Ruderman, Bob Marx, John Carroll, Lorraine Rodero Inouye, Brittany Smart, Denny Coffman, Harry Kim, Dominic Yagong, Lincoln Ashida, Paul Dolan, Ken Goodenow, James Weatherford, Zendo Kern, Karen Eoff, Chelsea Yagong, and many MORE! Candidates will be making short speeches and will be available for informal talk story sessions. A town hall forum will begin at 7:30. Please bring your questions and a friend! Check this web site for more info http://7wiseideas.org/

Sponsored by Occupy Hilo, Pele Defense Fund, Puna Pono Alliance, Ohana Ho’opakele, Malu Aina, Aloha Uprising, Na Kupuna Moku o Keawe, Heiau o Lono, Na Koa Lohe o Ke Akua, and MKrug

Hawaii House Representative Denny Coffman Introduced Bills

The following is a list of bills introduced by Hawaii House Representative Denny Coffman this year:

HB100 RELATING TO VOTING.
HB121 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII CIVIL AIR PATROL.
HB334 RELATING TO FORFEITED VEHICLES.
HB335 RELATING TO THE BIOFUEL LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM.
HB337 RELATING TO ATHLETIC TRAINERS.
HB380 RELATING TO GEOTHERMAL ENERGY.
HB655 RELATING TO USE OF INTOXICANTS WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE.
HB657 RELATING TO THE DRIVER EDUCATION.
HB658 RELATING TO DRIVER EDUCATION.
HB659 RELATING TO SENTENCING.
HB660 RELATING TO COUNTIES.
HB999 RELATING TO ASPARTAME.
HB998 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
HB1147 RELATING TO CAPITAL BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS.
HB1333 RELATING TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.
HB1342 RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
HB1369 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO BOTH REQUIRE THE LEGISLATURE TO ENACT LAWS TO AUTHORIZE THE COUNTIES TO ISSUE TAX INCREMENT BONDS AND TO EXCLUDE THE BONDS FROM DETERMINATIONS OF THE FUNDED DEBT OF THE COUNTIES.
HB1370 RELATING TO SMOKING.
HB1371 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SIXTH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT.
HB1372 RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
HB1364 RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
HB1365 RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
HB1366 RELATING TO ENERGY.
HB1367 RELATING TO CIVIL PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT.
HB1385 RELATING TO COASTLINE PRESERVATION.
HB1386 RELATING TO FUEL TAXES.
HB1411 RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES.
HB1436 RELATING TO HARBORS.
HB1517 RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
HB1518 RELATING TO ENERGY.
HB1530 RELATING TO ATHLETIC CONTEST OFFICIALS.
HB1552 RELATING TO COFFEE.
HB1553 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR INVESTIGATION AND MITIGATION OF DAMAGE DONE BY THE COFFEE BERRY BORER.
HB1554 RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX.
HB1613 RELATING TO VOTING.
HB1623 RELATING TO CIVIL UNIONS.
HB1656 RELATING TO TEACHERS.

Video Clips From the August 21st, Public Hearing on the Shoreline Access

Media Release:

Senator Josh Green, and Representatives Denny Coffman and Cindy Evans knew they had to respond to the public outcry over the closure of the public access road along the coast that leads to the Kohanaiki Beach area.

Little did they know the extent of the publics unrest. Thousands of signatures were gathered in a matter of weeks, and hundreds showed up in person to let their representatives know, that either NELHA opens the gate, or the people would open it themselves.

Some of the people wanted to go down that night and open it, others suggested the next day, everybody agreed that if it was not open in a 30 day period, it would be time to act.

Ron Baird, the CEO of NELHA, has given a number of reasons for closing the gate, but none of them really seem to hold water, adn none of them seem to justify the manner in how it was done.

Giving just two weeks notice, Baird ordered that the gate be locked for good.

It is the general sentiment that he should not onlly open the gate, but resign.

Needless to say the public is upset, and unruly to say the least. 30 days seems like the longest people will wait for NELHA to respnd.

A lot of credit most be given to Josh Green for holding this informal meeting to gather information. The Senator and two Representatives took a lot of heat from the public, who sometimes blamed them for the gate being locked. The truth of the matter, is that they were there to gather information to find a remedy.

That remedy appears to be to open the gate, restore access, and replace Baird with someone who has more respect for the residents that call Kohanaiki their second home.

Big Island Live broadcast the whole meeting live, and is playing reruns periodically. This is a short edited version of a two and a half hour public outcry.

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Big Island Rep. Denny Coffman Put’s Newsletters Online

I just noticed the following tweet from Thelma Dreyer:

Big Island lawmaker Rep. Denny Coffman’s newsletters are now online

You can read his newsletters here.

Rep. Coffman: District 6 - North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau

Rep. Coffman: District 6 - North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau