And then there were 3
The nominees to replace former state Rep. Hermina Morita are in, now that she’s moved on to her Public Utilities Commission job.
They are: Dr. Neil Clendeninn, a Kauai internist and biotechnology expert; Realtor Foster Ducker; and Kauai County Councilman Derek Kawakami.
The Kauai Democratic Party picked them from a field of eight applicants and sent them up to the Dems’ state office; this week they’ll land on the governor’s desk.
And the winner is … to be announced within 60 days.
Isle spending law at risk
Heads up to those interested in the "voter-owned election" pilot project under way in Hawaii County Council races. The U.S. Supreme Court onMonday heard the arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case that could decide whether a key component of Hawaii’s own law stays in place.
The case centers on the Arizona law on which Hawaii’s project was based. At issue: whether to use a public fund to "match" a privately funded candidate’s spending.
Challengers say this impinges on the private candidate’s free speech by discouraging them from spending more.
Who knows where this will lead, but a lot of observers think the court is going to strike it down. Stay tuned.