5 things to watch in every state: Hawaii

Even though a great new hero of the left who is totally standing up to the corruption of the DNC out of the goodness of her heart and not at all out of political expedience is running for re-election, there’s not a whole lot happening in Hawai’i that’s really interesting electorally speaking.  But I decided to do this goal. So here we are.

  1. Amendment 1: Seriously, there’s not a lot of interesting elections happening in the state.  This Amendment would change the Constitution to require the value for civil jury trials in common law to be increased from $5,000 to $10,000.  I read this ballot measure like 10 times.  The only organized opposition to the Amendment is State Farm.  I’m assuming other insurance companies are also not a fan of the law.  But I really want to see what happens to it.  I don’t know. I have a weird obsession with things.
  2. U.S. House of Representatives, Hawai’i’s 2nd Congressional District: Oh look, it’s some portion of the left’s new hero, Tulsi Gabbard.  She’s running for re-election.  I am rooting for her to crush her opponent.  Mainly because her opponent Angela Aulani Kaaihue has made so many racist remarks and weird questionable remarks that the Republican and Democratic Party have disowned her.  While campaigning, she has said that she is healthy and cancer free while also running for Mark Takai’s seat who died of cancer. I don’t know. But she’s registered as running as a Democrat, too, so both sides.
  3. Hawaii House of Representatives, District 31: This is interesting to watch because the Democratic candidate Aaron Ling Johanson has switched his political party from Republican to Democrat.  Johanson won the 2012 election with 65.2% of the vote as a Republican and 71.8% of the vote in 2014 as a Republican.  Can Johanson win as a Democrat in the district?  I don’t see why not.
  4. Hawaii House of Representatives, District 43: This is one of the few districts in Hawaii represented by a Republican.  So, of course, it’s going to be a tough election for the Republican Andria Tuploa.  Tupoloa was elected to the House in 2014 with 2,828 votes, 738 more than the Democratic incumbent. Staceylnn K.M. Eli defeated Karen Leinani Awana in the Democratic primary.  Eli might have a shot at retaking the seat.
  5. Hawaii House of Representatives District 47: Ahh another republican running for re-election.  Feki Pouha is running for re-election.  Pouha received 2,996 votes in 2014 defeating Democratic Kent Fonoimoana by 180 votes.  2014 was significantly more of a Republican year than 2012 or 2016 should be.  But Pouha did better in 2012 than 2014.  So I’m not sure how Sean Quinlan would do in 2016 to defeat Pouha but I’m interested in watching.