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December 26, 2007

The Candidates’ views on Executive Power

The Boston Globe has an interesting article on the candidates’ views on executive power. LithiumCola, on Tue Dec 25, 2007 at 07:46:13 PM PST, wrote an article on DailyKos that he began with this introduction:

The Boston Globe sent a questionnaire out to (nearly) all of the Presidential candidates in the Democratic and Republican parties, asking them their views on the power of the Presidency. Without specifically using the phrase “unitary executive”, the 12 questions were nevertheless clearly designed to test each candidate’s willingness to roll back Presidential powers accumulated under George W. Bush.

A December 22 article on the results can be found here, along with a menu for viewing the questionnaire itself and the full responses, sorted by candidate or question number.

This is among the most important issues, if not the most important issue, in the current election cycle. The candidates’ responses to this questionnaire deserve scrutiny.

The article, by Charles Savage of the Boston Globe, was based on a survey of the candidates’ responses to a series of questions, and provides the best information to date on this important subject. Blogger LithiumCola is not completely satisfied with the leading candidate’s responses (“None of the front-runners are 100% reassuring.”) Candidates of both parties participated. LithiumCola summarizes,

When it comes to the Democrats, whether a reader finds Clinton’s, Obama’s, or Edward’s responses most reassuring, is partly a matter of interpretation . . . perhaps a matter of how charitably one is willing to read.

Therefore, rather than trying to summarize for you, I recommend that you read LithiumCola’s summary, and Charlie Savage’s original article, yourself, to form your own opinion.


December 12, 2007

closed primaries

Filed under: HI Politics — frosty @ 4:18 pm

i know this is a hot issue and has the potential to split the party, if it hasn’t already. there is a disclaimer, of sorts, at the very beginning of the blog, but given the nature of this particular topic, i feel the need to reiterate. the statements i make here are mine and mine alone. i do not, in any way, shape, or form speak for the progressive democrats of hawaii as an organization. officially, PDH has no position on this issue.

that being said, as a liberal and an active member of the democratic party of hawaii, i am a staunch supporter of closed primaries.

the internal party debate, so to speak, became public in the headline story of today’s honolulu advertiser. from where i sit, the divide lies between two groups: the elected officials, party leadership, and those who are afraid of how it will look, who are against the suit, and the those who believe that the members of the party should be the sole deciders of who represents the party in general elections. (more…)

December 10, 2007

Why vote in the primaries?

Filed under: 08 Presidential Hopefuls,General,HI Politics,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 8:49 pm

We usually don’t copy whole messages for our blog here, but I want to make an exception for the following essay by David Swanson. I don’t agree with him on every single point– For example, his 7th paragraph. I believe swing voters DO exist. For example, they’re the ones who voted for George Bush in 2004 and now wish they hadn’t. But in about two months, we’re going to have our own Primary, right here in Hawaii, so let’s think a bit about why we should bother to vote, eh? Here we go: (more…)

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