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June 23, 2009

a perfect PDH

Filed under: General — frosty @ 10:43 pm

its been suggested that we use this blog as a forum for brainstorming the future of progressive democrats of hawaii. seeing as i seem to have an abundance of free time during the evenings these days, i thought i’d start.

first let me tell you about my history with and dedication to PDH.

i happened to come along just as the organization was getting started and it seemed like a great opportunity for me to get involved. i jumped in with both feet, helped draft the organization’s by-laws and ran for the steering committee as soon as i had the chance. i didn’t get elected the first time around, but continued to work.

i attribute everything i’ve been able to accomplish in the last few years to my involvement with PDH and the people i met who ‘mentored’ me. while i’ve diversified, so to speak, my involvement in hawaii politics, i still hold the success of this organization as a top priority.

that being said, i envision the perfect PDH as an organization to be reckoned with. there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ve had some successes and because of the quality of our members, we have maybe more influence and respect that we should for an organization of our size. but we can do more. we can be bigger and better.

i want us to be able to influence policy, the success or failure of bills, the success or failure of candidates running for office. i want PDH to be an organization that people talk about, an organization that excites people and energizes them to participate in the political process.

though i admit to not knowing exactly how to get us there, we have a lot of good, smart, experienced members, and it is my hope that together we can build a more perfect PDH. and i hope the conversation can start here.


  1. I think that is a wonderful idea. I have been following you since I came on Twitter and don’t know what other way I will find out what is going on in the state with progessive Democrats. It makes perfect sense. Hope to work for a few of the candidates in the nest election and I need to stay connected to do my homework.

    Comment by Dianne Benedict — June 24, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  2. please email me asap. I would like to start a chapter here on Kaua’i asap. check out my blog, google me, I am on twitter, youtube and digg as punohuspicks.

    I am on facebook, click the badge on my blog.

    I feel that I have the connections to get a good chapter started. If there already is a chapter please let me know.


    Anne Punohu

    Comment by Anne Punohu — December 5, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  3. I like the sentiment, but I don’t think that this organization can marshal a lot of opinion. People will listen to what we say, but they may not be inspired to take action. It’s nice that there are a lot of like minded people in the Democratic Party, but the party does not control our candidates. Never the less, we will continue to be an independent voice within the party.

    I think that there needs to be political discussion among different political organizations so that we can set up some kind of framework of belief. It can include non-profits in the discussion. It should not be a form of platform which party leadership strives to compromise our differences. Standard party organizations such as the County Central Committees for example would not be a good place for this discussion.

    I would rather have a discussion in which all alternative viewpoints are flawed– in general they are. All viewpoints are summarized in some way. Candidates can find ways to fix these flaws– if there is some political gain. Rather than a convention format where delegates are selected and votes are taken, I would rather see a conference type of format where anyone can attend, and all viewpoints are presented. This is very similar to a scientific or technological conference. This kind of venue is more consistent with our community and educational goals. And it does not prevent us from taking stands on any political issue.

    Comment by Al Toda — December 10, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

  4. Just thought I would ask if we can have informal polling from this blog. For example, the website http://www.surveymonkey.com/ can be used for free polling. If there is a strong preference then we could also do a petition and present these results to politicians– assuming we can find more than 300 to sign the petition.

    This would also publicize this blog.

    Comment by Al Toda — December 10, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

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