Political Radar


August 30th, 2013

State House Democrats have scheduled a private caucus on Friday to meet with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Attorney General David Louie on marriage equality.

Abercrombie has released the draft of a gay marriage bill and has asked lawmakers for feedback before he makes a decision on whether to call a special session.

A majority in the House support gay marriage, but House Speaker Joseph Souki has said he wants a firmer commitment from lawmakers before signalling to the governor that there are the votes for the bill in special session. The state Senate has the votes for the bill.

Other House sources have said that Abercrombie may have to make his decision without the benefit of a solid House vote count.

The private caucus is scheduled for Friday morning at the state Capitol.

5 Responses to “Caucus”

  1. Eric Ryan:

    Such drama queens. How about some real reporting? Like, what quid pro quo dealings are being undertaken by the governor and the house leadership to help some Democrat legislators to see the light? Will Abercrombie 'release' some monies in districts with cooperative legislators and then provide said legislators with photo opportunities? Will Abercrombie assist with fundraising for the 'cooperative' ones? Of course this stuff is probably happening, but this newspaper appears to have chosen not to chase these stories; focusing instead on the will they / won't they drama. C'mon Star-Advertiser. Everybody knows your pro-SSM editorial stance. Now, let's see some reporting.

  2. Goober:

    Everyone is running again for re-election.
    Those running could not care less about ethics.
    No one died and went to heaven or purgatory
    came back to tell.

  3. Andy Parx:

    You're a regular riot Ryan- it's yer Republicans in Souki's gang that are creating the unfathomable calculus.

  4. Kolea:


    It is not the elected Republicans who are stalling this bill from passing. Yes, only one is voting "Yes," but the GOP caucus is not badmouthing their Democratic colleagues for supporting marriage equality. The Republican House members recognize majority opinion has changed and they are on the losing side of the issue.

    But that doesn't cause them to rant. That job falls upon the Catholic Bishop with his bogus scholarship, his "legitimate discrimination" and the few grandmothers he can assemble. And it falls upon the Protestant fundamentalists. You know, the ones who have been caught stealing millions of dollars from the public education system by routinely underreporting the number of hours they are using our schools. But somehow, they still find the stones to lecture the rest of us on "morality." Go figure.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Since sodomy is legal between two consenting
    adults, let them deal with it. They both look forward
    to getting their next colonscopy.

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