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Balancing on political platforms

The Hawaii Democratic Party’s recent attempts at party-line discipline spotlight growing conflict between adherence and “big tent” inclusion

By Lee Catterall

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2013

~~<p>Through decades of political control, Hawaii's Democratic Party has been regarded as a &quot;big tent&quot; &mdash; but now, it is letting it be known that discipline is required.</p>
<p>Given its dominance here, though, should the positions taken by the party's state organization overrule the desire of constituents in a particular district or a politician's floating of ideas for public discussion?</p>
~~

Through decades of political control, Hawaii's Democratic Party has been regarded as a "big tent" — but now, it is letting it be known that discipline is required.

Given its dominance here, though, should the positions taken by the party's state organization overrule the desire of constituents in a particular district or a politician's floating of ideas for public discussion? Login for more...



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