Social media is where broken hearts are shared. Immediately after Councilmember Tasha Kama changed her committee vote – a known swing vote – to approve Mayor Mike Victorino’s embattled appointment for Corporation Counsel, Patrick Wong, the nastiness began. The most hurtful comments came in the form of name calling. Others leveled unsubstantiated allegations of nepotism. But of … [Read more...] about Councilmember Tasha Kama Flexes: Vote to confirm Wong signals independence
The fear expressed by many during election season that a Victorino Administration would become the Arakawa Administration version 4.0 is being slowly realized, starting with Mayor-elect Mike Victorino’s announcement of appointees to key leadership positions within his administration. On Monday, Victorino named the following selections: • Sandy Baz, director of Department of … [Read more...] about Mayor-elect Mike Victorino announces leadership selections, six carryovers from the Arakawa Administration
National A part of me resists national news. Since becoming domineered by the forces of Trumpism, the news cycle has become a sequence of palace intrigue and gaffes, sprinkled with flavors of authoritarianism, incompetence, racism, and xenophobia. It’s exhausting to keep up with. But there’s good news for those of us opposed to the racist and authoritarian impulses of … [Read more...] about One Week Later: A post-election reflection
I gotta hand it to Maui County Councilmember Mike White: he’ll do what he needs to do to maintain power. Undoubtedly a student of Machiavelli, he’s spent the last two years as Maui County Council chairperson clearly more willing to be feared than loved. After all, he seized control of the council back in January 2015 through what then-Council Chairperson Gladys Baisa called a … [Read more...] about CORRECTED: All Hail Maui County Council Chair Mike White!
[NOTE: thanks to new spreadsheets provided by Maui political analyst Dick Mayer, we've updated this post to map three important Maui County Council races, rather than just the South Maui race from our earlier post.] There's a very interesting article in this morning's Maui News on the local fallout of the 2016 election. Maui's politics are changing–been … [Read more...] about UPDATED: We mapped three crucial 2016 Maui County Council elections