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February 24, 2009

in case you’re not a geek like me….

Filed under: HI Politics,Legislature — frosty @ 10:01 pm

you may or may be aware (though you should be), today the hawaii state senate judiciary and government operations committee has been hearing ALL DAY. and with the exception of a couple of hours during which i had to step out, i’ve been here. i’ve been here since a little after 7am. looking at my watch, it’s now 845pm and i’m still here. i’ll be here until the committee adjourns.

i thought, while i’m sitting here, listening to testimony (i presented my early in the day), i would post the testimony i submitted in support and on behalf of PDH. sorry i didn’t get it out earlier and hopefully no one has any objections…. (more…)

civil discourse?

Filed under: HI Politics — rachel @ 5:09 pm

I am distracted by today’s hearing on the civil unions bill by the Senate JGO committee. I went down to the Capitol Bldg this morning to be a part of it… and found myself in a sea of red shirts marking the crowds of church groups that had gathered to oppose the bill. I was curious as to whether the written testimonies, which had to be submited by 4:30pm yesterday, matched the numbers of the people there. So as I listen to the testimony streaming via Olelo, I am conducting a quick tally of those for and against.

Before revealing the tally, though, here are some of the arguments in opposition to civil unions that I am hearing. I simply do not understand where these people are coming from. Many of the arguments either simply don’t make sense or are based solely on religious belief.  (more…)

February 10, 2009

The Establishment of a Hawaii Health Authority

Filed under: 2Healthcare,HI Politics,Legislature — frosty @ 3:30 pm

senate bill 424, relating to health creates a hawaii health authority

responsible for overall health and planning for the state and shall be responsible for determining future capacity needs of health providers, facilities, equipment, and support services providers.


shall develop a comprehensive health plan for all individuals in the state. (more…)

February 8, 2009

super-awesome member pledge

Filed under: General,Going Forward,HI Politics — frosty @ 6:03 pm

admittedly, the name might need work, but i think the intent is clear.

ok, so maybe not, but let me explain. joe o’brien, a PDH member and frequenter of our monthly meetings made a pledge at our last meeting that didn’t garner much discussion. that pledge was to give $20 per month for dues instead of just $20 a year. he said he’d be willing to do this if others joined him.

well, there weren’t any takers at the meeting, but i’d like to take this opportunity to thank joe for his pledge to become a super-awesome member (that’s what i’m calling it until someone comes up with something better). and to ensure that joe isn’t out on that limb all by himself, i will also pledge to pay $20 per month, as apposed to what i’ve been paying: $0…. (more…)

February 6, 2009

civil unions may be coming to hawaii…. soon

Filed under: General,HI Politics — frosty @ 12:14 pm

yesterday was a good day.  i left work early and made my way to the capitol to take part in and be witness to the house judiciary committee’s hearing on civil unions, hb444.

since the end of 2007, i’ve been working with the Family Equality Coalition. the FEC is the brainchild of a number of activists who were disappointed and disillusioned after the 2007 hearing on civil unions. the FEC, while now part of a broader coalition that includes some unions faith groups, college and community organization, was instrumental in the early stages of this process.

in december PDH officially became a member organization of the FEC…. (more…)

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