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Hear from Minority Leader, Rep. Gene Ward as he responds to issues that affect the government and our community.

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

LEE CATALUNA:

Behold Honolulu's Flip-Flopping Mayor

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"(Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell) has a long record of reversing bold, unpopular decisions when the political costs outweigh the political benefits. If you don’t like what Caldwell declares one week, chances are good that he’ll take it all back, especially if voters start protesting or if Josh Green calls him out."

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REP. GENE WARD

House Minority Leader

Lee Cataluna threads the needle nicely between describing a Mayor who is indecisive and one who is able to change course on a dime and admit he was wrong. Long-range planning and listening to the grassroots are Mayor Caldwell's Achilles' heel.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

PAUL ARINAGA:

Dear Saiki and Kouchi: Please Help Save Hawaii From Ige

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The Hawaii State Legislature should pass a formal concurrent resolution officially censuring Gov. Ige for his mismanagement of the crisis, lack of transparency and failure to produce a clear economic recovery plan. This would be similar to a vote of no confidence in a parliamentary democracy

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REP. GENE WARD

House Minority Leader

Civil Beat's commentary today by Paul Arinaga, 'Dear Saiki and Kouchi: Please Help Save Us From Ige' hits the nail on the head in the need for strong leadership in this state. But rather than relying on the legislature to save us, there is a new COVID-19 testing technology that is made in Hawaii that can save the day. It's called "ASSURE-19" and is made by Hawaii's own Oceanit Laboratories in Honolulu. In this saliva test with results in just 10 minutes, this "spit in a cup" device can bring COVID-free flights to Hawaii plus could lead to COVID-free hotels, schools and workplaces. Rapid tests like this could quickly push the COVID-19 virus onto the ash heap of history. All for about $20 per test. This should be the cry of every legislator to save us from the virus, not expect the Governor to do it.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

NEAL MILNER:

The Pandemic Is Teaching Us A Lesson About Trust That We Shouldn't Ignore

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Fearful citizens are going to feel the need to feel protected and cared for. The last thing we need is a bunch of leaders who seem even more clueless and at sea than the people they were chosen to lead. That sort of leadership requires empathy rather than bluster, compassion rather than concealment, candor rather than pablum and lies.

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REP. GENE WARD

House Minority Leader

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

LEE CATALUNA:

Scapegoats And Fall Guys For A Leader Who Cannot Lead

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Who will replace these “successful leaders from public and private sectors” but beleaguered staffers a few rungs down the bureaucracy ladder? There is no bullpen of talented relievers waiting to get the call to save the game in the 9th inning. There is no bench at all. There never was a bench.

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REP. GENE WARD

House Minority Leader

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