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I will be interviewing Hawaii gubernatorial candidates Neil Abercrombie, Duke Aiona, and Mufi Hannemann in early July. The interviews will go up on Huffington Post and my blog as well as here on DailyKOS. If you have any suggested questions for the candidates, please post them at www.davidthielen.info. Also, any useful information to use in follow-ups to the questions is greatly appreciated.

I have two goals in my interviews. The first is to add to the conversation – if we learn nothing new then it was a waste of both the candidate's and my time. So I don't ask questions that they've already been asked multiple times. Second, it's to try and get a good picture of who they are. A large part of the impact they have as governor is the million medium level decisions they make, what they focus on, etc. That comes back to who they are. For examples of my interviews, here are my ones of the front runners for the Senate in Colorado – Michael Bennet [D] and Ken Buck [R].

And please, background details on suggestions are greatly appreciated. I get some details about Hawaii politics from my mom but not that much. Not being plugged in has some advantages (I come at this truly not having a favorite in the race), but also some major disadvantages. Background helps a lot.

Thank you very much – dave

P.S. – I asked Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa for interviews also – but never got a reply to my emails. No idea why.

Originally posted to DavidThi808 on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM PDT.

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  •  Here are two questions (0+ / 0-)
    1.  What will you do to support and strengthen Hawaii's Prepaid Healthcare Act so that it works seamlessly with federal health care reform?  Background - HI was exempted from ERISA laws way back in the 70s as related to healthcare and so has had a robust employer based system, but as costs keep rising employers are tempted to subvert the law by hiring parttime workers. Federal HCR should help but would be interested in how to meld the two programs
    1.  (especially for the Democratic candidates). How will you bring increased accountability into the department of education?  If we cannot educate our children effectively, and those who can afford to keep sending their kids to our admittedly world class private schools, we will only continue to foster the divide between the haves and have-nots and this is not good for our society short or long term
  •  Question (0+ / 0-)

    Mr. Hannermann - growing up, did you get teased for having the name 'Mufi'?

    "In his library at Simi Valley, dead Reagan waits dreaming"

    by greatdarkspot on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 12:51:15 PM PDT

  •  Ties to the International Transformation Network (0+ / 0-)
    Ask both Mufi Hannemman and Duke Aiona about their ties to Ed Silvoso and his Christian Dominionist organization the International Transformation Network. Blogger Bruce Wilson (Troutfishing) has been covering this in his writings here and at Talk2Action.

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