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With a Democratic primary free-for-all including seven candidates all vying to replace Colleen Hanabusa (who abandoned her seat to primary progressive senator Brian Schatz) the race has devolved to Donna Mercado Kim and whichever Not-Kim candidate can prevent a split among the other candidates.

Last night KITV held a televised debate which may have tilted the race to Mark Takai.

KITV Televised debate 2014 HI-01 Democratic candidates
All 7 Democratic Candidates for HI-01
Unions and environmental organizations are frantic to get voters to coalesce around one candidate and have endorsed Mark Takai as the one to beat Donna Mercado Kim.

Kim's anti-environment, anti-union and anti-gay positions are bad news for residents of this usually progressive and deep blue state.

If the vote fractures, Kim will walk away with the primary and thus the General.  (Although there is a strong movement to vote for TeaParty candidate Charles Djou if Kim wins the primary on the grounds that he'll be no worse and be easier to get rid of in 2016)

Mark Takai - HI-01 Democratic candidate endorsed by the Sierra Club
Mark Takai - HI-01 Democratic candidate
In answer to the question, "What will you do to help Hawaii residents bring down the high cost of living?"  Mark Takai replied:
Takai@16:08 "I believe the faster we can wean ourselves off this addiction to fossil fuel and grow our own food the more money we'll have for roads, infrastructure, schools"
 Donna Kim - Republican posing as a Democrat
Donna Kim - Former Beauty Queen DINO
But Donna Mercado Kim took her answer straight out of the GOP playbook:
kim@19:59-20:15 "we also need to support small businesses - the backbone of America. We need to look at the regulations that have come down on our businesses that's what is causing a lot of the cost to the products they sell.
In other words remove those pesky environmental, labor and safety regulations on the factory farms and other large corporations which supply our small businesses.

Way to show your true colors, Kim.

12:30 PM PT: Mark Takai needs our help in a big last-minute TV ad push prior to the August 9 primary.  Please donate now - Kim may still win unless we act.


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  •  seems you're reading more into it? (0+ / 0-)

    which is why she said it that way, but hey, the point is also to win?

    plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

    by anna shane on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:34:59 AM PDT

    •  Can I take this as the official position of Kim... (3+ / 0-)
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      roycej, anna shane, My Spin


      Donna Mercado Kim is well known for her anti-environmental positions.

      This is nothing new - Kim advocating for gutting environmental regulations, as well as other.

      She's been hostile towards unions.  She delayed raising minimum wage.

      This is not a woman who follows the Democratic Party Platform.

      Worse she's supported by the Family Forum - the far right religious organization which seeks to destroy the First Amendment protection against any religious group imposing their dogma on the rest of us.

  •  Since moving to Hawaii (2+ / 0-)
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    quill, My Spin

    I have been amazed at the number of republicans calling themselves democrats so they can get elected. If Takai doesn't win the primary, I don't know what I will do.  My wife is adament about never voting for Kim.

    The best part of winter is watching it on my tv in Hawaii.

    by UTRepub on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:23:01 PM PDT

    •  Karen from Maui mentioned that in the diary (0+ / 0-)

      From the diary:

      If the vote fractures, Kim will walk away with the primary and thus the General.  (Although there is a strong movement to vote for TeaParty candidate Charles Djou if Kim wins the primary on the grounds that he'll be no worse and be easier to get rid of in 2016)
             emphasis mine

      That's what I do not understand about Hawaii's Election laws where there is no runoff to pick a winner in a party when there are no one getting at least 50% of the vote.

      We got rid of Djuo last time he served - (I forgot how he got in. Maybe Lingle?)

  •  D. Mercado Kim got some surprizing endorsements (0+ / 0-)

    D. Mercado Kim voted against raising the minimum wage.
    D. Mercado Kim voted against marriage equality.

    She got endorsements from UPW and Emily's List.

    The 13,000-member UPW represents mostly blue-collar civil service workers across the state including cafeteria workers, custodians, electricians, correctional officers, licensed nurses and nurses' aides, refuse collectors, carpenters and mechanics.
    Here's an article that I just found: EMILY's List Teams Up With Christian Coalition In Hawaii
    Last Thursday night, backward and reactionary congressional candidate Donna Kim told PBS Hawaii viewers she opposes marriage equality based on her Catholic faith. The very next morning she was endorsed by EMILY's List, a nominally pro-choice organization.
    So Hawaii is seeing a partnership of EMILY's List and the Christian Right for the first time. Donna Kim is the Nikki Tinker of the Pacific, the face of EMILY's List's downward trajectory.
    Ref. link:
    Ref. link:
  •  3 words: Instant Runoff Voting. (0+ / 0-)

    We need IRV (and we even have it here and there already).  I don't know why we keep subjecting ourselves to situations like this, which are exactly what IRV avoids.  And most incumbents would probably keep their offices if we switched over, so there shouldn't be much of a barrier, other than a lack of public awareness sufficient to catalyze change.

    "Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so." - Robert Ingersoll

    by dackmont on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 07:58:48 PM PDT

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