The Obama’08 website proclaims,
This year, we are proud to be the first major political party to open its platform process to all Americans. And we want you to contribute your ideas and input. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a real impact and help set the agenda for the next four years and beyond.
These platform events had been announced earlier this month:
From Saturday, July 19th to Sunday, July 27th, everyday people all across America will hold Platform Meetings in their homes, or in their local churches and even coffee shops, to help build the Democratic Party’s platform for change from the bottom up.
Attend a Platform Meeting and tell us what matters to you, so we can incorporate your ideas into the party’s platform. A few participants may even be invited to appear and testify at the National Hearing.
The website provided a guide for hosts.
Hawaii had several listening posts, one of which was hosted by Gerry Chang at the Ala Wai Plaza condominium today (Saturday), July 26, 2008, from 9 AM to Noon. (more…)
The flurry of last minute candidate filings on Tuesday and the resulting fallout illustrates part of what is so horribly wrong with our political system. A Star Bulletin article says,
The unexpected maneuvering added excitement to a season that otherwise has a record 20 House Democrats without opposition, as well as two Senate Democrats and two House Republicans with no opponents.
20 House Dems, 2 Senate Dems and 2 House Repubs without opponents! Yikes. Is that because their constituents are so happy with their representation that there is no need to run opposition? Doubtful. (more…)
Yesterday was an interesting day in local politics!!
I first saw the breaking news about Kobayashi running for Mayor on the Honolulu Advertiser site. Then noticed the post on Ian Lind’s blog (here then here). Wasn’t till later that I read the posts on HawaiiReporter.com (here then here) that explain the drama in all of its exciting detail! Whew!
I think there is an interesting lesson to learn with this exciting and dramatic scenario. 1) Last minute filings can shake up the system. We already knew that, but it definitely makes the game more interesting! 2) Prospective candidates should perhaps file for candidacy even if they have no shot at winning. I have always wondered why certain people “run” for office, without really running. Often referred to as vanity candidates, they get their name on the ballot yet don’t seem to work very hard to garner votes. Perhaps there is another purpose for simply getting your name on the ballot. In yesterday’s example, the only people who had time to file papers were political insiders. People who had some sort of advance notice or at least were in a position that they could drop everything and run for office at the last moment. If someone with the potential to be a “serious” candidate had at least filed papers ahead of time, those seats wouldn’t have been left in such a vacuum. (more…)