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Move to eject candidates could frustrate voters

Rules are rules, and it’s the job of the Democratic Party of Hawaii to enforce its own. But party officials shouldn’t be surprised if their latest move to keep things tidy draws a few howls of frustration from voters who want choice in the coming election season.

Three legislative candidates in the primary reportedly did not register with the party until just before the deadline, falling short of the requirement that they be Democrats in good standing for at least 60 days before they run.

The idea is a good one, to fend off opportunistic last-minute campaigns by candidates not committed to party platforms. There was no evidence of such skullduggery here, but that’s the rationale. Still, in a state with a lackluster record of civic engagement, the parties need to put at least as much energy into encouraging candidates as they do knocking them off the ballot.

What can JetBlue guy do for an encore?

What kind of job should an extremely disgruntled employee seek?

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater made news with his colorful exit down an escape chute, beer in hand, then contended he was eager to get back in the biz. But even if any airline would hire him, surely there are better opportunities for people in his shoes. How about a career as a mystery shopper, perhaps? Then they get to catch other people in their slip-ups.

Or maybe replacing Donald Trump on "The Apprentice"?

Shouting "You’re fired!" a few times ought to be therapeutic.

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