Hamman “Outsmarts” Opponents / Allows Opportunity for Equitable Election Process

admin | July 23rd, 2010 - 10:51 pm

David R.Hamman, who has been campaigning for the District 7 Kauai – Ni ihau state senate seat previously held by Gary Hooser perceived that Hooser was poised to eliminate potential candidates from running in various house districts by waiting until furlough Friday July 16 to declare his resignation and  thus allowing July 19, the day before the filing deadline for other house seats such as District 14, to be the first opportunity for potential District 7 state senate candidates to “pull papers” and file for the state senate seat. Such a ploy on the part of Hooser would leave only from the time of the opening of the office elections on July 19 until the closing time of the office of elections on July 20, 2010 for a potential house district candidate who may have newly stirred interest or have been recruited to run  to replace the candidate who shifted to the state senate District 7 race to “pull papers” and file.

Obviously it appears logical to recognize that to be equitable some sort of time compensation would have to be allowed. The office of elections determined that the party chairman of the party affected would be contacted and would be given three days from the date of July 20, 2010 to appoint an eligible candidate to fulfill the candidate position for house representative seat contingent on the ability to file all necessary documents and fees.

Hamman waited weeks on end for Hooser to resign, so that he, Hamman, could “pull papers” and file for state senate District 7. Without a resignation on Hooser’s part, despite his pre campaigning for Lt. Governor, no potential candidate for District 7 state senate could “pull papers” and file.

As the weeks went by without a resignation by Hooser and Hooser’s poll numbers appearing to be showing him running around fourth place as far as a potential nominee for Lt. Governor for the Democratic Party, it appeared dubious that Hooser would actually resign and run for Lt. Governor. 

Over a week before the filing deadline, Hamman called Hooser’s office in Honolulu to inquire as to wether or not Hooser was actually going to resign and run for Lt. Governor. Hamman was told that Hooser was definitely going to run, and when Hamman asked when Hooser would file, expressing concern for the deadline, Hamman was told “the early part of the week.”

When Hooser did not follow through in the early part of the week, Hamman prepared himself for the potential that Hooser would not actually file at all. Hamman “pulled papers” to run for state house District 14. After having fulfilled paperwork obligations with necessary documents and being prepared to file, Hamman was unable to get to the office of elections in time on Thursday July 14, 2010, and when he arrived in plenty of time on Friday July 15, 2010, he realized the office was closed due to furlough Friday.

Sometime prior to Hamman’s arriving at the elections office on Monday July 19, 2010, Hamman learned of Hooser’s July 16th, 2010 resignation. When Hamman confirmed with the office of elections that the District 7 state senate race was now open for “pulling papers” and filing, Hamman bewildered elections office workers by telling them that he wished to complete the process of filing for the house representative race District 14, after which he intended to file a withdrawl letter, and then “pull papers” and file for the state senate District 7 seat.

Hamman was aware that if he did not complete the filing process for the house District 14 seat, there would be virtually no time left for someone else to fill the potential candidate spot in that race. So he paid the fee and completed the filing to allow an opportunity for someone to run against the otherwise unopposed Mina Morita.

Hamman drafted a withdrawl letter explaining his desire to withdraw from the house District 14  race due to his intent to file for the state senate District 7 race which had just opened up. Hamman returned within about an hour to submit the withdrawl letter and file for the state senate District 7 seat.

Obviously Mina Morita, who has run unopposed in a number of elections, was surprised when she discovered Hooser’s ploy was “foiled.” It appears from reading comments allegedly spoken and written by her in the Garden Island Newspaper that she obviously didn’t have the accurate facts or else she expected that a candidate would have to withdraw after the filing deadline leaving no opportunity for equitable process, which would leave one wondering why one would want to eliminate the possibility of all qualified viable candidates to participate in the election process, particularly in a state where voter turn out and participation is the lowest.

Fortunately, Hamman was astute enough to perceive Hooser’s ploy and savy enough to “foil” it. And now we have a candidate, Harry Williams, running in the state house District 14 race against Mina Morita.

David R. Hamman Files for State Senate District 7 – Kauai – Ni ihau

admin | July 21st, 2010 - 9:53 pm

 David R. Hamman, a resident of Kauai for over 17 years and owner of Integrity Key Lock & Safe, the business he started almost 10 years ago, filed necessary documents to officially enter the Hawaii State senate race for district 7 – Kauai – Ni ihau.

“We need to end the pattern of excessive out of control big government spending with no fiscal accountability which has been the mode of “operendi” for our recent state senator and the lopsided legislature. Citizens and businesses of this state are now being oppressed by excessive taxation and fees that burden residents and eliminate jobs. The recent 2000 per cent increase in the oil barrel tax and the increased taxes and fees on tourists, who are our greatest source of income in Hawaii, are examples of economic “insanity”. ”

“The “centralized” public school system in Hawaii is a failure. It is a big black hole for misused tax dollars. The money is not getting to the teachers and the students. Big union bosses are “ripping off” our teachers and our children. The “centralized” DOE needs to be eliminated. Local school districts should be run by local PTA organizations. Charter schools and private schools should be encouraged to succeed. The attitude towards education in Hawaii needs to change. We need to see our children excelling.”

If you wish to contact the campaign to elect David R. Hamman to state senate, you may call (808) 346-3371, e-mail dave@hammankauai.com, visit hammankauai.com, or write to hammankauai.com at PO Box 223454, Princeville, HI 96722

Big Government Spending in Hawaii

admin | July 7th, 2010 - 2:07 am

You ought to be aware of some details of unaccountable government spending in Hawaii that is taxing and burdening each one of us, eliminating jobs, and destroying our children’s future.

The centralized Hawaii State Department of Education ranks up at the top of the list with an annual budget of 2.5 billion dollars a year. The aproximate cost to send a child to Punahou [a notably successful  private school in Honolulu] is $17,300 per year. The amount spent in the centralized Hawaii public school system averages out to aproximately $15,500, and the achievement level in the centralized Hawaii public school system is ranked one of the lowest in the country. Obviously the money is not getting to where it should be going – to the teachers and the students. It’s an issue of accountability. The DOE has not had a comprehensive audit since 1973. And every attempt to see one implemented is thwarted by those liberal big government spenders. [I wonder why? Do you think they are concerned that we might find out where the money is actually going ?]

Furthermore, the $160 million dollar DOE renovation fund [which apparently Ex-State Senator Gary Hooser takes credit for establishing] is another massive unaccounted for misuse of tax dollars created under the guise of helping the children. Per Hawaii Business Magazine, February edition the DOE had no established criteria for building repairs nor a priority system set in place for their completion, and in the abscence of such, went out and hired three layers of outside consulting firms to project manage their renovation program. Having paid out $18-20 million of tax payers dollars already to these firms, there appears to be very little actual value in repair or renovation that has actually been completed in comparison to dollars spent. On top of that, the firm with the greatest oversight authority was deciding the renovation priorities and was almost successful in getting the DOE to sign off on allowing this firm to oversee itself. [Sounds like the dream contract.]

Kauains who have a privatized hospital program also contribute to the massive Hawaii government healthcare program which spends $80 – 100 million a year subsidizing  government run hospitals in Maui, Hilo, and Kona. So, not only do Kauaians pay for their own healthcare privately at Wilcox hospital in Kauai which operates without government subsidies, but Kauains also pay for the healthcare of those government run hospitals in Maui, Hilo, and Kona. As well, these government run hospitals receive payment from the patients who actually receive healthcare in these hospitals besides the major portion of the $80 – 100 million they receive from the Hawaii state government. [Maybe we should ask why these hospitals are receiving from so many sources and are not operating on a private basis as well ?]

To add to the “lunacy”, the Hawaii state legislators [who cannot bring themselves to be responsible and live on an affordable budget, which you and I are forced to do each day to survive] have conjured up all kinds of ways to raise taxes and collect fees to subsidize their unaffodable government programs. According to the latest Hawaii Free Press [7/3/10], the legislature plans on increasing the taxes on visitors, so that a 5 night stay averaging $175 a night will potentially cost an additional $80. That certainly doesn’t appear to be the most astute way to attract visitors to a destination that desperately needs dollars and the job opportunities that go along with them. For a state that receives it’s number one source of income from tourism, you could only conclude that this is economic “insanity”.

Then there is the 2000 per cent increase with the barrel oil tax. Undoubtedly energy costs will rise, and so will all the related residual chain of expenses such as fuel, electric, cost of transportation, cost of production, cost of products [i.e. basic essentials such as food, etc].

Well if all this taxing hasn’t been enough for you, the legislature figured they could whip up the grand finale by hitting you with reimplementing the death tax. So after you have worked hard all your life earnining an income and having paid all your fair share of taxes and fees and having attempted to set something aside for your family and loved ones, they hit you again upon your death. Now starting after the first $200,000 of your estate, you will be hit with a death tax. So all those assets you so diligently set aside for your children or loved ones will be assessed an additional tax upon your death. [Why? Because big government spenders believe everyone owes them the right to spend the hard earned money and resources of others on whatever whim suits their fancy without accountability and even when there are no resources to be had.]

Why those Who attend Church and espouse to Biblical spiritual Values need to Vote

admin | July 7th, 2010 - 12:33 am

I attended New Hope Christian Fellowship’s Sunday service in Kapaa on July 4, 2010.

Pastor  Matt Higa pointed out that laws that conflict with Divine viewpoint and government officials who promote ideas that conflict with God’s design only succeed when those in the church fail to take action and vote. He pointed out that if 80 percent of those who attend churches in Hawaii would actually show up at the polls and vote, we could see representatives who promote Godly values and logic be elected and the principles and blessings of God be established and preserved in this state.

Pastor Matt pointed out statistics that express the fact that out of eligible voters who attend church, only 50 per cent register to vote, and out of that 50 per cent, only 50 per cent actually go to the polls to vote. So in other words, only 25 percent of eligible voters who attend church actually vote in the state of Hawaii.

As Pastor Matt pointed out, when we look at all the chaos and ungodly activity within government and are upset about the moral decay, we must recognize it only due to the fact that church goers are failing in their responsibility to register and to vote.

Pastor Matt revealed certain laws that are being proposed by lawmakers that would allow minors to obtain abortion operations surgeries without their parents consent. These types of ideas directly conflict with God’s design and established authority structure of the family. As he pointed out, these laws will pass if we fail to vote.