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Souki ousts House Speaker Say with the help of Republicans

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Nov 21, 2012

State Rep. Joseph Souki and a dissident faction of Democrats have the support of House Republicans in a reorganization that will oust House Speaker Calvin Say, it was announced today.

Souki said the move was made “to avoid months of political posturing and delay that held up the legislative work after the 2010 election."

The announcement was made by Souki and House Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson.

“There’s much work to do before the Legislature begins and we could delay no longer,” Johanson said. “We decided to put politics aside and came together to start working on the next challenges facing all of Hawaii.”

Souki said, “We’re happy to have reached this agreement. This will allow us to focus our attention on the issues and begin preparation for the 2013 session.”

For Souki, the move is a return to the speaker's position after being toppled by Say 13 years ago.

Say, 60, is the longest-serving speaker since statehood.

Souki confirmed that he had 28 votes, two more than he needed, to become speaker. Those votes include seven Republicans.

In exchange for their support, Republicans would be named vice-chairmen on 3 key committees — House Finance, Energy and Economic Development, he said.

He added that he did not see Rep. Marcus Oshiro as remaining chairman of the House Finance Committee.

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false wrote:
Hmm, no mention of pardoning that turkey Dan Inouye
on November 21,2012 | 11:48AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Hello? Please learn the difference between Federal legislators - Senator Inouye - and the State legislature.
on November 21,2012 | 12:00PM
false wrote:
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on November 21,2012 | 12:41PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Just ignore her. She is a bitter lady in her 60's from the mainland who lives on the windward side. She has no sense of humor and from her prior posts, no sensitivity for the kapuna who live on fixed incomes.
on November 21,2012 | 05:04PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
on November 21,2012 | 11:56AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Yup. In one fell swoop, Souki has given three Republican reps more power than they would have had otherwise - pretty powerful committees - House Finance, Energy and Economic Development. Hope Souki doesn't regret it. Very interesting.
on November 21,2012 | 10:29PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on November 21,2012 | 12:09PM
Sunny wrote:
Joe Souki, younger, modern and smarter?
on November 21,2012 | 12:26PM
localguy wrote:
Compared to Inouye yes. Still we need fresh blood in charge. Sad to say Joe isn't it, back to the same ole, same ole, good old boy network.
on November 21,2012 | 07:58PM
allie wrote:
true but is soupy-I mean Souki-any better? Where are the new faces and talent. Why keep sending these guys back for more plunder?
on November 21,2012 | 01:11PM
grantos wrote:
were you even around when Souki was speaker?
on November 21,2012 | 03:39PM
Lindall wrote:
I don't think so. Say always tried to help us little people. It's a sad day.
on November 21,2012 | 08:47PM
cocobean wrote:
The only difference between Say and Souki is a different group of "friends" will have their favors granted. Joe knows how to scratch peoples back but will expect to have his back scratched too. The old boy play to pay network is still alive they just have to pay a different piper. But then again, who knows. Joe and his coalition just might have the People's best interest at heart.
on November 21,2012 | 11:40PM
Hookup wrote:
"Souki said the move was made “to avoid months of political posturing." But at the same time "In exchange for their support, Republicans would be named vice-chairmen on 3 key committees." Hmmm.
on November 21,2012 | 12:36PM
Squidy wrote:
Shameful. The Party should take the Dems who participated in this heresy up on charges. Laura Thielen was Joan of Arc compared to this!
on November 21,2012 | 01:27PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Well, I don't know if Souki is any better, but Say needed to go.
on November 21,2012 | 01:46PM
false wrote:
Right,t you know nothing.
on November 21,2012 | 01:54PM
nontaister1 wrote:
Eh Cal,too bad The Flamingo Chuck Wagon closed down....
on November 21,2012 | 01:50PM
false wrote:
It ain't over yet bradda!!!
on November 21,2012 | 02:08PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Souki? Republican? Say it ain't so.
on November 21,2012 | 02:06PM
MightyMakiki wrote:
When are the are Republicans going to learn that you don't change a Bell Boy for an ILWU Pineapple. Big mistake, unless the Decedents will kick Souki out real quick.
on November 21,2012 | 07:00PM
false wrote:
Don't they have until Jan.2013 even though Souki. Remember a few years ago a couple of dems try to oust Say on the floor opening day. Like to see some of that action happening. Now that election are over we need some real news. LOL Souki a terrible choice.
on November 21,2012 | 02:07PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Any change that diminishes Marcus Oshiro's role/power is a good change.
on November 21,2012 | 02:07PM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Put politics aside, so you can hurry up and work with the most corrupt politician of his generation. Good luck
on November 21,2012 | 02:29PM
Fred01 wrote:
Calivin was certainly the most corrupt politician of his generation! Good point!
on November 21,2012 | 06:35PM
The House needs a new perspective.
on November 21,2012 | 02:34PM
buds4life wrote:
The only way the legislature can get a new perspective is rid itself of career politicians like Say and Souki. I think it's called term limits. Any Mr. Souki be careful who you sell your soul to.
on November 21,2012 | 03:59PM
Papakolea wrote:
Souki is very much pro gambling under the mis-information that it will help our economy. The social costs will far outweigh whatever tax revenue it brings in. We just took four steps backwards.
on November 21,2012 | 03:49PM
Fred01 wrote:
Huh? Get off your couch already!
on November 21,2012 | 06:34PM
gth wrote:
Papakolea I agree with you. Having gambling in Hawaii will just ruin the "Aloha" or what little we have left of it. See what drugs and alcohol is doing to the islands ...guess what gambling will do.
on November 22,2012 | 03:38PM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Elmer Fudd
on November 21,2012 | 03:55PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Say, 60, is the longest-serving speaker since statehood.">>>Longest serving and biggest problem. Coincidence? I think not.
on November 21,2012 | 06:13PM
Fred01 wrote:
Thank God! Calivin and his supporters are the biggest wimps alive.
on November 21,2012 | 06:34PM
AJSay wrote:
This is so interesting (sarcasm) and to read the comments altogether is another interesting factoid. OMG I am so totally sadden with politics and when people complain so much, it makes me think why don't they participate more. Life is difficult and it is so very easy to blame everyone; yet, no ones steps up to the plate. If you want terms, then find people that are willing to sell their life for the public good. Public that wants everything on a silver platter and only for themselves. In any case, this is one of the greatest reasons why I do not enjoy politics, politicians, all of it. If you think it is only bad here with Hawaii's political environment, this about the US environment and then globally. Why am i wasting my time even writing this. Good luck to us all!
on November 21,2012 | 06:57PM
localguy wrote:
Here we go again, we have a golden opportunity to bring new blood into position and what do we do, recycle another bureaucrat. No wonder so little is done during their work day, same ole, same ole. If Joseph Souki was a true leader, he would realize his time has passed and to pass the position on to a new person. Sad to say Joe is just another career bureaucrat. Well, you know what they say about diapers, full of it and should be changed often. This is what we do, nothing.
on November 21,2012 | 07:58PM
Anonymous wrote:
on November 21,2012 | 08:53PM
h20dragon wrote:
What happened to the Democrats playing together?
on November 23,2012 | 09:59AM
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