PDHblog This is a place for members of Progressive Democrats of Hawai‘i to express their thoughts, hopes and exasperations about political happenings.

June 16, 2009


Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,SHAPES platform — frosty @ 9:41 pm

i’ve been made aware of an excellent movie premiere here in honolulu on june 26th at the blaisdell concert hall.

i’ll let the preview, which is powerful in its own right, speak for itself. i will suggest, however, that PDH try to get as many people together as possible and go as a group.

March 14, 2009

Accountability and Justice Working Group

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics,SHAPES platform — Tags: — BobSchacht @ 7:49 pm

The “A” in the PDH S.H.A.P.E.S. platform stands for Accountability and Justice for the Bush and Cheney administration. The national Progressive Democrats of America considers this part of their “Stop the War” priority, since most of the Constitutional excesses of the Bush & Cheney regime are related to the so-called “Global War on Terrorism.” That first priority begins:

End the War, Redirect Funding

PDA wants all troops withdrawn promptly, and war funds redirected toward social needs at home and humanitarian aid in Iraq. Toward that end, we call on the Democratic-led Congress to use its powers to 1) cut off funding that prolongs the military occupation of Iraq, and 2) fully investigate false White House claims justifying the invasion and occupation of Iraq. If such investigations lead to moves toward impeachment, so be it.

(emphasis added.)


March 6, 2009

From S.H.I.P.S. to S.H.A.P.E.S.

Filed under: HI Politics,SHAPES platform — BobSchacht @ 8:18 pm

In the March 2006 issue of The Progressive, the remarkable Molly Ivins published one of her memorable columns, Enough of the D.C. Dems, in which she chastised Democrats,

“As usual, the Democrats have forty good issues on their side and want to run on thirty-nine of them.”

Her solution?

“Here are three they should stick to:

1) Iraq is making terrorism worse; it’s a breeding ground. We need to extricate ourselves as soon as possible. We are not helping the Iraqis by staying.

2) Full public financing of campaigns so as to drive the moneylenders from the halls of Washington.

3) Single-payer health insurance.”

I took her suggestion to PDH, adding one more item: Impeach Bush and Cheney! I also arranged these 4 items into a handy acronym S.H.I.P.:

Stop the War!

Health care for all!

Impeach Bush and Cheney!

Public financing of elections (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…)

January 19, 2009

Silencing Dr. King

Filed under: 1Stop War,5Economics,Barack Obama,General,HI Politics — Bart @ 11:15 am

Today, as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, it is a proper time to reflect upon the meaning of the man’s life work and message–the challenge he made to each of us to rise to our responsibilities, get out of our comfort zone and work to stop injustice.

Dr. Martin Luther King: Struggling Not to Lose Him

Dr. King was murdered in April 1968 in an attempt to silence his voice. We cannot erase that crime and the burden it has placed upon the movement for justice. But we can resist the many “little murders” which are committed every year around his birthday as the political and economic elite, dare I say, “the ruling class,” works to silence or muffle his message. (more…)

December 4, 2008

Auto Bailout

Filed under: 5Economics,National Politics — frosty @ 11:01 am

so i’ve become a big fan of podcasts. i know they’ve been around a while, but i’m just now getting on the bandwagon, so to speak. i listen (or try to) everyday to a handful of various news podcasts, including the bbc, democracy now, the economist, and the rachel maddow show. its this last one that has, over the last week or so, repeatedly covered or commented on the auto industry bailout… or lack thereof.

admittedly, i was against the bailout of the mortgage industry, big banks, and wall street. there is no doubt in my mind that they, with the help of lax regulation and oversight, have put us in this mess. it was their blind gluttony at the expense of everyone else that has pretty much tanked the US and world economy. (more…)

December 1, 2008

Hawaii’s leadership on renewable energy

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,HI Politics — BobSchacht @ 10:59 pm

Jeffrey Mikulina, a longtime environmental activist in Hawaii, is making waves, so to speak, with the Blue Planet Foundation.

An editorial in the New York Times quotes him in the lead sentence about “a new campaign to wean Hawaii from fossil fuels in 10 years.” According to the editorial,

A green consciousness is beginning to take root in Hawaii. In January, the state approved a plan to cut its reliance on foreign oil by 70 percent by 2030. Mr. Rogers doesn’t want to wait that long, so his [Blue Planet] foundation is trying to turbocharge the effort. Mr. Mikulina, the foundation’s executive director, says this will mean more than just throwing up lots more solar panels and windmills and making lavish investments on exotic technologies.

The editorial concludes,

Hawaiians have a long tradition of self-sufficiency, community action and a deep attachment to the land that sustains them — leadership in a clean-energy movement could powerfully reaffirm those values and perhaps spread them to the rest of the nation.

You’ve probably heard about this effort before. Perhaps you read about the ambitious conference in Ko Olina last April, bringing together dozens of experts in the field to develop tangible ways to advance the goal of clean energy for Hawaii (Blue Planet Summit taps array of experts). If not, check the summit’s website.

Anyway, it is not often that Hawaii is recognized by the New York Times for its leadership. Now, how can we engage the political process to promote achieving this campaign to wean Hawaii from fossil fuels in 10 years?


October 17, 2008

League of Conservation Voters Scorecard

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,HI Politics,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 1:26 pm

The Scorecard for the 110th Congress, as calculated by the League of Conservation Voters, has come out. The scores for Hawaii’s delegation are as follows:

Sen. Daniel Akaka: 100%

Rep. Mazie Hirono:   92%

Sen. Daniel Inouye:  91%

Rep. Neil Abercrombie: 77%

Unfortunately, they provide no easy way to discern the reason for the scores.

Why is Rep. Abercrombie’s score so much lower than the others? My mind goes back to the bills that Abercrombie co-sponsored with ex-Rep. Richard Pombo, one of LCV’s “Dirty Dozen” congressmen of the 109th Congress. One was their Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act, which  allowed new oil drilling leases between 50 and 100 miles, unless a state specifically passed a law to forbid them. And it would allow new leases beyond 100 miles, and give sole authority over that remote region to the federal government. The House voted 232 -187, to approve this bill. But that was not their only collaboration. (more…)

October 3, 2008

Hawaii Congressionals Cave on Bailout Bill!!!

Filed under: 5Economics,HI Politics,National Politics — Bart @ 10:00 am

This started as an email to friends this morning after I read how the House has passed the Wall Street bailout bill. I tracked down how Neil and Mazie voted and was disappointed enough to finally write something on the bailout bill and the underlying crisis. I do this in a hope of stimulating discussion, even debate, among progressives over the need to develop a pragmatic, but progressive approach to the unfolding economic crisis (crises). An approach which should not only be suitable for “salon talk,” but for engaging our neighbors and politicians in taking real world steps towards dealing with it in practical terms.

Which of us are going to be homeless, unemployed (under-employed) and/or financially ruined 12 months from now? Twenty four months from now? Are we going to continue and watch, while uttering “tut, tut” from the sidelines? Let’s start organizing now, while we still have roofs over our heads, electricity to run our computers, and enough money to keep our “always on” high-speed internet connections.

Most immediately, call Neil and Mazies Office NOW. Their phone numbers, and my continuing commentary/kvetch, can be found after the jump!

(Please jump into the discussion by leaving your comments at the end!)


April 26, 2008

Resos Relating to Health and Human Services

Filed under: 2Healthcare,HI Politics — Bart @ 10:28 pm

This is the place for ideas for resolutions, suggested drafts and discussion on proposed resos for this committee.

Here is the resolution submitted by ADA/H in 2004. Still good.
Universal Healthcare Reso, ADA/H

Background document created by ADA/H
Basics of a Healthcare Security Act

Draft resolution based on PNHP doc, submitted by JE
Universal Healthcare Reso, JE

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