Taking the floor

October 7th, 2013
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State Rep. Rida Cabanilla on Monday was named the new House majority floor leader.

Cabanilla replaces Rep. Karen Awana, who resigned the post on Friday amid reports that she is facing another fine for campaign-finance violations.

Cabanilla will relinquish her chairwomanship of the House Housing Committee.

The floor leader has the responsibility of reading the majority's votes on the floor.

“I have long respected Rep. Cabanilla as a colleague and I appreciate that she has accepted the responsibilities of majority floor leader," House Speaker Joseph Souki said in a statement. "I believe that she will continue to work for the people of her district and the state and remain a positive force here in the Legislature."

6 Responses to “Taking the floor”

  1. Kolea:

    I like Speaker Joe. But I have a hard time believing he has "long respected Rep. Cabanilla." Very few of her colleagues, in either party, respect Rep. Cabanilla. Sorry for being so blunt. I would not have said the obvious had Souki not first said such a silly thing.

    As someone who had such great optimism when the Souki-Dissident alliance took over the House leadership, the elevation of Cabanilla is yet another in a long string of appointments which suggests how unprincipled this alliance really is. I had been hoping the removal of Speaker Say would allow new, long suppressed talent to express itself. I won't mention the names of other disappointing, dim bulb reps Souki has elevated because of my inherent politeness. So long as he avoids telling obvious fibs about them, like he just did for Cabanilla.


  2. ohiaforest3400:

    A thankless job, as demonstrated by the fact that the position has recently been, and will now be, held by two of the House's dimmest bulb.

    And does else see it as more than passing ironic that the not-so-new House leadership, which campaigned on a platform of openness, transparency, etc., does not hold it's own members accountable for violation of those principles?


  3. Gale:

    I did not realize until now that the Majority Floor Leader was where the underwhelming are placed. Oh! If people had known that maybe they would not have advanced some past alums of that spot.


  4. Escpecially Incognito:

    Title alone makes it a position of power,
    with a few dollars more. Hawaii
    is becoming third world in majority.


  5. Especially Incognito:

    They should mop the floor first of all dirt.


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