Lawmakers live it up in Hawaii

Lawmakers live it up in Hawaii

Elvis Aloha_from_Hawaii_Via_SatelliteMarch 5, 2013

By John Seiler

Not since Elvis filmed “Aloha in Hawaii” 40 years ago has so much fun been enjoyed in the Hula State. Reported the Bee:

“Seventeen legislators attended one of two Maui public policy conferences last November, each of which was bankrolled by a nonprofit group, according to newly filed financial disclosure statements.

“The annual Capitol Hawaii tradition allows elected officials to talk public policy and schmooze on the dime of Capitol interests without having to disclose their participation until months later.

“The groups do not identify their donors and have strong ties to former legislators.

“The most popular Hawaii conference was the one that offered legislators the most expensive accommodation package as a gift.

“The California Independent Voter Project provided up to $2,800 per legislator to attend the event for three or four days at the Kea Lani resort, which describes itself as a “luxurious haven in one of the most scenic places on Earth.”

“The nonprofit group, which is led in part by former Democratic legislator Steve Peace, is backed by various business, labor and other interest groups whose identities are not reported.”

If this were the Illinois Legislature, I could see flying from the frigid Land of Lincoln to the balmy Islands of Elvis — assuming the plane even could get off the ground through Illinois’ current blizzard.

But why not hold the special-interest junket right here in California where the weather is warm in March? Anywhere along the coast would be great.

That way, while legislators were selling out their constituents to the special interests, at least the tourism cash would remain here in the Golden State.

On the other hand, in Hawaii there’s a greater chance of an Elvis sighting:


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  1. Cacheguy
    Cacheguy 5 March, 2013, 12:04

    Who were the legislators that went on this junke? It would be interesting to know.

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  2. Cacheguy
    Cacheguy 5 March, 2013, 12:05

    Junket (forgot a letter)

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  3. Lou Sylvestri
    Lou Sylvestri 5 March, 2013, 12:49

    How can I get a position with the state that has that type of benefit.

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  4. us citizen
    us citizen 5 March, 2013, 14:13

    I think it should be mandatory that they stay in CA UNLESS they have paid for this themselves. If its not our dime, who cares. Other than the business would be good for CA

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  5. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 5 March, 2013, 20:02


    I hope Sean Penn has a nervous breakdown over his hero’s death. No, not Obama, Chavez.

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 6 March, 2013, 09:00

    If those greedy legislators would just STAY in Hawaii. It would be cheaper to pay their rent there, rather than them coming home to raise our taxes again.

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  7. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 6 March, 2013, 09:06

    This type of excess is prevalent under the reign of Bozo Brown. They are corrup and entitled, all believing they are essential and gov t is grossly underfunded.

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    NTHEOC 6 March, 2013, 14:35

    Dyspeptic says:
    I hope Sean Penn has a nervous breakdown over his hero’s death. No, not Obama, Chavez.
    So what do you care for dys? Chavez sold the bulk of Venezuela’s oil to the United States! I’m sure it was still not enough for the Republican pig war machine! If they were in office they would have just invaded the country for the oil all while killing children and their families along the way, your tax dollars at work.” El Comandante” Didn’t want The US influence in his region,So what! And,Chavez used his country’s vast oil wealth to launch social programs that include state-run food markets, new public housing, free health clinics and education programs. Poverty declined during Chavez’s presidency in their country. All the republican pigs do is steal oil to pad their fat wallets and screw the working people!!!!! Again, what did Chavez do to you? Or what did Sean penn do to you?????

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  9. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 6 March, 2013, 21:41

    Dyspeptic can’t help himself, NTHEOC. Rush and the other NeoCons told him he needed to fear and hate Chavez because Chavez said bad things about laissez-faire capitalism and tried to improve the living conditions of his people.

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  10. Hondo
    Hondo 6 March, 2013, 22:47

    The truth on Hugo. When he took over a dozen years ago, Venezuela had a good economy, a strong middle class and it was a safe place to live and visit. I knew a man who came here from there about the time Hugo took over.
    Now, the economy is in shambles, Hugo devalues the money there every other week. And the country is a horrifically violent place, a slaughterhouse of murder and violence.
    Hugo looted the country. He is a billionaire socialist. He had no real money when he was elected el presidente, nothing like the billions he has now. Of the trillion dollars in oil revenue his country has received over the years, hundreds of billions are missing.
    Fear him? Scream on. Instead of spending the oil revenue on guns, he and all his cronies stole it. A squad of boy scouts with BB guns could hold off that banana republic army.

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  11. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 7 March, 2013, 18:37

    In 1996, two years before Chavez became President, the inflation rate in Venezuela was over 99% for the year. At varying times since the 1970’s, the poverty rate in Venezuela was nearly 70%, falling to approximately 35% within two years of Chavez taking office.

    Venezuela is just another petroleum based economy, which means its economic health has always risen and declined with the price of oil. It was also a founding member of OPEC, long before Chavez was anywhere on its national scene.

    Most of the right was particularly annoyed with Chavez because the U.S. is one of the largest buyers of Venezuelan oil, which meant we provided something on the order of $400 billion of income to the state owned oil company there each year. It was the state owned part of the Venezuelan oil business that the petro-politicians here hated most, because that meant they couldn’t get their hands on any of the vast oil resources there.

    Fear of Chavez? Certainly not for any military reason, but his ability to influence OPEC and the price of oil was always something feared and resented by the oil companies and their bought politicians like Bush, Cheney, et al.

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