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Thursday, May 16, 2013
GOP Lost 50% of Statewide Offices Under Willes Lee
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Fact Check: Hawaii Republican Assembly Graphic

by Boyd Ready, Vice-Chair, Coordinated Campaign, Hawaii Republican Party

A Hawaii Republican Assembly (an organization not officially affiliated with the Hawaii Republican Party) graphic published on May 9, 2013 on the Hawaii Reporter website at (LINK) misstated the actual number of Republican electoral wins and the actual percentage changes for Republican state office holders for the period 1998-2012. Notice how the HRA errors, which go from large to small, exaggerates the decline. Look closely at where we’ve had our biggest losses. We must be cautious about what we read, especially if we rely on it.

2-Yr
Ending
House Senate Gov/LG Total % Party
Chair
HRA
Graphic
Error %
1998 12 2 0 14 -- Alcantara 25 79%
2000 11 2 0 13 -07% Lingle 22 69%
2002 18 3 2 23 +77% Kane 17 26%
2004 14 5 2 21 -09% Morioka 13 38%
2006 11 5 2 18 -14% Aiona 13 28%
2008 5 2 2 9 -50% Lee 10 11%
2010 6 2 0 8 -11% Kaauwai 9 12.5%
2012 7 1 0 8 0 % Chang 8 correct


Source: Hawaii Legislative website – LINK **

Historic Republican victories in several of our legislative districts in 2012, with new young legislators getting elected by tirelessly canvassing their districts, motivating their voters to go to the polls, and even unseating a long time Democrat incumbent in the state house is an indication that the downward trend since 2004 may be reversing. The victims of this downtrend are the residents of Hawaii who must bear the burden of one party rule and the excessive taxation, burdensome regulations, bloated state government, and lack of fiscal accountability one party rule brings.

Hawaii Republican House Minority Caucus influence has grown because it aligned itself with the governing coalition (a first in history in Hawaii’s State House) and in doing so, earned committee vice-chairmanships and the opportunity to champion Republican and conservative values by preventing minimum wage & GET, hikes, stopped PLDC, increased transparency in budgeting, restored the Hurricane fund, and reduced the Governor’s bloated budget request.

Our Hawaii Republican Party remains committed to making our state better for everyone by championing Liberty, Limited Government, Individual Responsibility, Fiscal Responsibility, and Equality of Opportunity. We will continue to work hard to promote these values, educate and inform Hawaii’s voters, recruit quality candidates, and elect Republicans to help restore prosperity to our state, eliminate overregulation, reduce government waste, and ensure government officials are accountable for their actions. The Hawaii Republican Party welcomes all Hawaii citizens who share our values to join us.

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**Note—Hi Legislative historic data is kept as 2-year increments, starting with the odd-numbered year.  Gabbard flipped parties in 2007-08. Brickwood Galuteria, one time Democratic Party Chair, and Josh Green, are listed as R one year, mistakenly. Trimble & Whalen are listed as R senators in 2008, also mistaken. Karen Awana flipped in 2008. This corrected chart treats defectors as no Republican in office, but that does not account for most of the HRA errors.

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Hawaii Republican Party Straight Talk

Message from Hawaii Republican Party May 16, 2013

Your Hawaii Republican Leadership team has a proven record of accomplishment over the past 2 years.  We’ve successfully raised enough funds to pay off a $110 thousand debt. 

We’ve organized districts, recruited candidates, conducted a highly successful Presidential caucus, and earned historic victories in several of our legislative districts in 2012, with new young legislators getting elected by tirelessly canvassing their districts, motivating their voters to go to the polls, and even unseating a long time Democrat incumbent in the state house.

Hawaii Republican House Minority Caucus influence has grown because it aligned itself with the governing coalition (a first in history in Hawaii’s State House) and in doing so, earned committee vice chairmanships and the opportunity to champion Republican and conservative values by preventing minimum wage and GET hikes, stopping the PLDC, increasing transparency in budgeting, restoring the Hurricane fund, and reducing the Governor’s bloated budget request.

Our Hawaii Republican Party remains committed to making our state better for everyone by championing Liberty, Limited Government, Individual Responsibility, Fiscal Responsibility, and Equality of Opportunity.

We will continue to work hard to promote these values, educate and inform Hawaii’s voters, recruit quality candidates, and elect Republicans to help restore prosperity to our state, eliminate overregulation, reduce government waste, and ensure government officials are accountable for their actions.  The Hawaii Republican Party welcomes all Hawaii citizens who share our values to join us.

You may receive (or have received) e-mails about the Hawaii Republican Party from an anonymous sender or a spoofed sender (a person pretending to be someone else by mimicking another person’s e-mail address or persona).  These dangerous e-mails often contain inflammatory personal attacks, innuendo, disinformation, and misinformation about our party.  In the past, some of our elected officials experienced serious problems with similar emails, finding that these e-mails often contained malware harmful to their computers. Unfortunately, we’ve had more than one elected official who has had their identity stolen or had their computer hacked. For your safety, please be vigilant and practice safe computer practices.

Hawaii Republicans respect the First Amendment, freedom of expression, and the right to disagree or have other opinions.  We believe a vigorous, honest, fact-based debate, based on public policy issues, is healthy for our party, our state, and our nation, and makes us stronger.  We believe in the rule of law and accountability to our membership for the leadership and management of our party’s activities. 

Anonymous or spoofed e-mails that engage in vicious, inflammatory personal attacks on our party based on misinformation or disinformation have no place in a civil society and should not be considered credible or trustworthy.

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