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Trump Makes it Easy for Ige to Defeat Tupola--Media Sings Along
SA: …While Trump is seen as an asset to some mainland campaigns — he has been stumping for his fellow Republicans in places such as Houston and Mesa, Ariz. — political observers say it is a different story in Hawaii.
Fewer than 30 percent of Hawaii voters cast their ballots for Trump in 2016, and Trump does not appear to have won over many Hawaii voters since then….
At the same time, Tupola is in a difficult spot because the Hawaii Republican Party has shrunk to its “ideological core,” and local Republicans won’t support a candidate who does not support the president, said John Hart, chairman of the Department of Communications at Hawaii Pacific University.
“It’s a difficult line for her to walk because on one hand her party clearly wants her to pledge allegiance to the president, and on the other hand there are going to be a lot of times when that line isn’t going to do anything for her politically, which is why Ige ought to be doing what he’s doing and connecting her with the president at every turn,” Hart said.
Ige used that tactic during the first televised debate between Tupola and Ige on Oct. 15, and likely will try that approach again when they square off in a televised debate tonight. That debate on KITV begins at 9 p.m….
Tupola said what Ige is doing is a common strategy across the country this year. “No one’s really running against their opponents; everyone’s running against the president,” she said. “In the communities that I’m going to, people might bring it up here and there, but the only people who bring it up consistently are reporters.”
Former Gov. John Waihee is Ige’s campaign chairman… (Which should be an issue in and of itself….)
read … Trump has Rep. Andria Tupola walking a fine line
Target HSTA and HGEA: A Maui Mother Outlines how Faculty and Staff Get Drawn into Bullying Complaint
CB: …On the second day of school this year, a counselor to whom Grove and her husband had complained asked T.G. about the court case, according to Grove. The mother contacted the school principal, telling her she didn’t want her daughter asked about the suit and requested any continuing counseling be done when she was able to accompany her daughter.
The following day, as T.G.’s fifth-grade class was lining up to re-enter their classroom, the counselor stood in the doorway, giving each student a high-five. He put his hand down when he got to T.G., according to Grove.
“(He) picked her classroom line to stand in front of. She had no choice but to walk by (him),” Grove said. “As a counselor, you should mentally know it’s psychologically damaging to a kid. You put your hand down, and continue high-fiving every other kid.”
Grove said she wrote the principal about the matter. In a letter to Grove dated Sept. 7 that was reviewed by Civil Beat, the principal responded that the counselor “was complying with the directive given to him to not interact with (T.G.) when he was ‘high fiving’ students and did not do the same to (T.G.)”….
read … A Maui Mother Recounts Her Daughter’s Struggle With Bullying
Bullying: Gays vs DoE
CB: …DOE leadership was fixed in opposition. In legislative testimony, then-Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said House Bill 688 was not necessary, pointing out the existence of administrative rules like Chapter 19, the student discipline code; “schoolwide positive behavioral interventions and supports”; and the Comprehensive Student Support System network guiding all schools.
“Forcing schools to do more monitoring and training would be counter to Matayoshi’s promise to principals — that she would ‘take things off their plate’, not add to it,” recalled Kim Coco Iwamoto, who sat on the school board at the time and supported the version of the Safe Schools Act as originally drafted.
When the stripped down bill eventually passed, “advocates were dissatisfied,” Iwamoto said….
Flashback 2006: The transsexual agenda for Hawaii schools
read … Why The Effort To Curb School Bullying In Hawaii Isn’t Working
Star-Adv: We Have to Make Suicide Look good to Trick the Mainland
SA Editorial: …Other states have been pressed for changes after living with the program for a while. For example, advocates of amending the Oregon law have pressed to extend eligibility to people suffering from a disease such as Alzheimer’s, not only ailments that are themselves terminal. Or they have pushed for an extending the survival prognosis window from six months to a year.
So far, such initiatives have failed. It’s interesting, and encouraging, to see that some of the resistance has come from right-to-die groups such as Compassion &Choices. They worry, with good reason, that letting the constraints slip could convince opponents in other states that their concerns are well-founded.
Clearly, Hawaii must proceed with caution.
When the assisted-death option becomes active in January, residents want to see it presented as a choice that is truly compassionate. And state leaders must not allow such “compassion” to evolve into a force directed more by expedience than by loving care….
read … Assisted death requires caution