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Souki has enough votes to topple House Speaker, sources say

By Derrick DePledge

LAST UPDATED: 06:18 p.m. HST, Nov 20, 2012

State House Republicans have agreed to organize with Democrat Rep. Joseph Souki and a dissident faction, sources say, potentially giving Souki and the dissidents the majority necessary to topple House Speaker Calvin Say.

The seven Republicans would join with at least 21 Democrats to form a coalition of 28 — two more than the 26 needed to control the 51-member House. Say's faction represents 22 Democrats. One newly elected Democrat remains undecided.

Souki, a former speaker, negotiated the deal with House Minority Leader Aaron Johanson, sources told the Star-Advertiser.

Sources say Republicans could receive the vice chairmanships of three committees — including the House Finance Committee, which could have a Republican and a Democratic vice chairman — under the agreement.

Two years ago, Republicans had sided with Say in a leadership battle with Democrats, giving the speaker the leverage to hold off a challenge.

Dante Carpenter, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, had urged House Democrats in a letter last week not to organize with Republicans. He said the net result would create a "super-minority" among the seven Republicans while disenfranchising Democrats on the losing end.

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false wrote:
Oh my, I dont' know what to Say.
on November 20,2012 | 05:18PM
false wrote:
Joe is a much more honorable man than Calvin.
on November 20,2012 | 05:20PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
on November 20,2012 | 06:31PM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Joe honorable? Joe enriched himself on real estate commissions selling Bishop Estate land, payback from Henry Peters, Dickie Wong, Lokilani Lindsey, et al. Dealing with crooks is honorable. Selling Hawaiian lands to make a buck. He's a senile joke, puppet put up to let the republicans back in, and the 'honorable' 'progressive' democrats. Shibai
on November 20,2012 | 09:23PM
Squidy wrote:
Shame on any Democrat who would sell his or her principles to join in a deal with minority Republicans for power and their personal advancement. Short term thinking by small minded political hacks.
on November 20,2012 | 05:35PM
false wrote:
Yeah all of those who aren't small minded political hacks should just wait for orders from Dan Inouye.
on November 20,2012 | 05:53PM
Holomua wrote:
There are no Democratic principles. The Hawaii Democrats are Democrats only by name. In Hawaii it is the younger Democrats and the Republicans who call for change, while the traditional Democrats (Inouye, Abercrombie, Hirono, etc) want to maintain the status quo. That's right; Hawaii Democrats are conservative. People who want to change things in Hawaii become Republicans because they cannot change things within the Democratic party.
on November 20,2012 | 06:50PM
Bothrops wrote:
The boys are back in town from the Bishop Estate! http://archives.starbulletin.com/98/06/05/features/memminger.html
on November 20,2012 | 06:31PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Watch that GE tax soar.
on November 20,2012 | 06:53PM
Papakolea wrote:
Giving the GOP some vice chairmanships in order for the dissident faction to wrest control is all part of the political game. In the end, it's a good thing because those districts that elected Republican representatives can have stronger representation. For Carpenter, it's not about the will of the people or representation for everyone. It's all about holding on to power.
on November 20,2012 | 07:17PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Too bad! This means we are back to the "good old boys" system.
on November 20,2012 | 07:58PM
false wrote:
wrong. We are escaping the gold old boy system
on November 20,2012 | 08:11PM
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