Drain the Swamp, Part 2

Aloha Friends. Welcome to part 2 of 2.  Drain the Swamp

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank you.

Writing to conservatives and Republicans, mostly in Hawaii, I email rather than blog because this is a (quasi-) private discussion. These reports chronicle HRP’s story. My perspective is that of conservative, former State Party Chairman and RNC member.  I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. Hawaii conservatives need to know that they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or let me know to be removed.

Have to know where you’ve been.  Read about how and why we are again bankrupt.  Not my site, but past reports at www.willeslee.hawaiideservesbetter.com.

 

– January 5-7 NRA BoD, N VA.

– January 20 President Trump sworn in, Wash DC

– January 23 NRA ballots mailed

 

Running for NRA Board of Directors at www.willeslee.com and www.facebook/willes.lee.5.  

Readers’ Comments – Quick Hits – Campaigns

I don’t necessarily agree with ALL our readers. “I think corrupt shameless arrogant HRP is very useful – for the Democrat Socialist Demonrats Scumbags.”  “HRP is completely useless. I recommend to start over. Clean The HRP Swamp of Corrupt insane leadership!  It’s time to Clean Hawaii HRP Swamp!  Let us work together to unite the party bring sanity to the State of Hawaii Republican voters…help support HIRA to Clean The Corrupt shameless Useless HRP Leadership!“  “It is frustrating that current leadership at HRP cannot unite, much less do anything else.“  Reader, on Pine “(At NB) I tried to expose her every chance I had; and she would lie to defend herself and attack me and get away with it.  Cedric Gates (D) and her are tight and protect each other and Caldwell (D).  An attack on one is an attack on the other, so they all retaliate and make up democratic bs stories and get away with them.  She is as bad as Hillary and Obama.“  “Time to drain the swamp at GOP Headquarters!“  About Agustin “did you really need to put in the part where someone said “Whoa, another Dem Bitch”?“  “Those GOP leaders entire mission is self-promotion.”  Reader to HQ “It’s frustrating that HRP ..  cannot endorse and campaign for a proven Republican (Slom) who’s received consistently perfect ratings from the ACU.“  “We did it without the Republican Party in Hawaii…Trump is President Elect.“  “Now…we change the Hawaii Republican Party.“  “drain the HRP swamp and either start over with HIRA lead cleanup and vetting of new members or may be faster start brand new party since the Republican Brand has been so damaged by the leaders, is meaningless, and became pathetic in HI.“  Carroll to HIRA “I heard Eric Ryan on the Carroll Cox show and he did a terrific job explaining why the HRP is so defunct!“

Gowan, BI “I feel there has never been a better time to revive and reorganize the Republican Party here in Hawaii. Out with the old, in with the new. The HRP in Honolulu is a complete failure.  Its failures are mirrored here on the Big Island, in West Hawaii.“

Reader, Slom supporter “HRP is blatantly ignoring Sam’s race — I asked the Oahu Chair yesterday if she was planning to devote any phone banking to him, and she rudely dodged the question because they aren’t doing anything. Spoke with Barbara Marumoto today, and she says it’s not just Sam’s race, but that they’re pretty much ignoring all State Legislature races.“

Berg, to HQ: “I will never support Djou or Duke again.  They are the problem along with you at GOP to embrace someone like Pine who endorsed DEM Matt LoPresti over Republican Bryan Jeramiah this go around- she even gave Jeramiah’s opponent $$$$.  Pine also endorsed Caldwell. When you finally kick Pine out of the party, I will your best worker bee cheerleader. You guys at GOP are pathetic“

Party Secretary Ready response “She’s not a Republican, hasn’t been for years“. Does not explain why Ready did NOT speak five months ago when Walden pushed for Pine’s endorsement.  Does explain HIRA’s ‘GOP is infiltrated” as HQ, Djou and Aiona encourage Rs to give to Pine.  She funnels your money to our Dem opponents. HIRA: PINE-HAS-GONE-TO-THE-DARK-SIDE. HQ and MSM won’t touch the story HIRA: Pine Flips Off Hawaii GOP.

Drain the Swamp, Part 1

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank youThe Hawaii Republican Party can be better.

Writing to conservatives & Republicans, mostly in Hawaii, I email rather than blog because this is a (quasi) private discussion. These reports chronicle HRP’s story with enormous amounts data and solutions. My perspective is that of conservative, Republican, former State Party Chairman & RNC member. I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. These reports augment what you should hear from HRP, or what you need to research. Ask party leaders to act, or continue to lose. We won’t always agree but we should be informed. Hawaii conservatives should know they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or ask to be removed.

To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been.  We’ve provided reports at least monthly for six years.  Not my site, but my reports www.willeslee.hawaiideservesbetter.com.  Read HRP’s ups and downs to understand how we got to this lowest point in modern times.

HISTORIC HAWAII.  HRP adds to history as the only state, and first in a generation, with NO opposition voice in a legislative body following Slom’s defeat.  Hawaii made history a few years ago when sitting party leader Johanson switched to Democrat.

– January 5-7 NRA BoD, N VA.

– January 20 President Trump sworn in, Wash DC

– January 23 NRA ballots mailed

Our petition was successful.  Running for NRA Board at www.willeslee.com,  www.facebook/willes.lee.5.  

Meetings – Finances – By the Numbers – Elections

Election.  We have the White House, Senate, House, majority of state houses, majority of state legislatures.  Our message to President-elect Trump “Drain the Swamp, Republicans and Democrats”.  Our message to the Trump-McConnell-Ryan team “Keep Your Promises”.  Yes, we’ll be pissed with both for the next four years, but it is better than the alternative. The economy, jobs, foreign policy, terrorism is why people voted, SCOTUS is what the election was all about: let’s do it right (no pun).   Election day is filled with good news of Republicans winning everywhere, and election night in Hawaii sucks.

Election, Hawaii.  Thank you: candidates, volunteers, donors.  HIRA also thanks you even if HQ does not HIRA: Thank you, candidates.  You didn’t fail, HRP did.  By 10 PM the damage was obvious and HIRA called for the resignation of the HQ’s incompetents:  “While every single GOP challenger went down in flames tonight, we also lost two Republican incumbents – State Senator Sam Slom (SD9) and State Representative Feki Pouha (HD47).“  HRP changes must be made to attempt to restore confidence.  SA saw the same incompetent HQ which gave no support, yet wondered why they lost every challenge AND Slom SA: Hawaii GOP Shrivel Effect “Hawaii Republicans this week continued their slide into near-oblivion on the state political scene.“  Can’t win until the disease is removed HIRA speaks to the election results.  1.4M residents, 750k registered.  58.3 voter turnout, is lower than Hawaii’s record-setting nation’s lowest 2012 61.9%. This follows a record low 38% in the primary. Those 44.5k “new” registered voters yielded only 400 more votes.  Absentee votes (AB and early) continues to rise and exceeded 50%.  Don’t blame voters.  Blame it on the lack of candidates, qualified and not, by your local GOP.

Election, Finally. Part two

Aloha Friends. Welcome to part 2 of 2.  Election, Finally

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank you.

Have to know where you’ve been.  Read about how and why we are again at bankruptcy.  Not my site, but past reports at www.hawaiideservesbetter.com

– November 8 Election Day

– November 13 Hawaii Friends of NRA Banquet w NRA President Cors kailuadawn@gmail.com

– November 26 Hawaii Senior Olympics, UH markzeug@gmail.com

– January 15 NRA ballots mailed

There is always an election.  Running for NRA Board of Directors at www.willeslee.com and finally broke down to a FB page www.facebook/willes.lee.5.  

 

Readers’ Comments – Quick Hits – Campaigns

I don’t necessarily agree with ALL our readers. “Vote for Trump/Pence to make America Safe and Great Again.“  Carroll campaign “It has been like pulling teeth to get any kind of press coverage or party support.  This is starting to become ridiculous!”   “Cheape-Matsumoto is pathetic.“  “HQ un-willingness or this case blatant refusal to hold Republican Legislators (Cheape) accountable not only to their constituents, but to the Party.  Just another reason why HRP continues to fail.“  “Boyd Ready the wagon-circler has invested a LOT of ego into HRP during the past decade.  His affliction?  He cannot admit he was duped.“  “this might be historically the most abysmal election year for HRP ever.“  “Ward – while promoting himself month ago HRP full blast about himself, in the end he pretended to be “one party one ohana” good boy by asking all candidates to send him their door piece file. He was promising to use data center to send all to specific districts from HRP HQ on behalf of specific candidates. Good idea but as all “skilled” politicians in our state do – promise everything deliver nothing.“    “Gene Ward is lost, too.”  “Anything Hellreich touches is screwed for all.”

Palcic to HRP “I received the GOP Voters Guide for our district and the Charter amendments guide.  BUT NOT our own Candidate email piece as promised by National Committeeman Ward.  Why the delay? I’ve sent the piece to you and the County Chairman twice.  Why can’t we have the complete list for our district, which might be, what, 1-2% of the total?  What makes our campaign such a great “security risk?”  We are putting forth a Republican message and supporting Republican candidates, as we have since 2004, and deserve better treatment from our own party.“

Election, Finally. Part one

Aloha Friends. Welcome back. Part 1 of 2.  Election, Finally

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank youThe Hawaii Republican Party can be better.

FINAL 2016 OPPORTUNITY

If you’re reading this in Hawaii, you have one chance to win the Presidential election, and likely win a targeted US Senate race.  In the next three days, call every one of your mainland family, friends and contacts.  Start with battleground states.  Must call, email or text is not good enough.  For Republicans and conservatives, remind them the election is about SCOTUS.  They must vote Trump.  For D friends (ugh) remind them why they should NOT vote Clinton.  You’ve sat out most this cycle.  Trump Hawaii is too little, too late.  We don’t rely on HRP’s corrupt ‘leadership’ to do anything.  Win the Presidency and the Senate.  Get on the phone, please.

– November 8 Election Day

– November 13 Hawaii Friends of NRA Banquet w NRA President Cors kailuadawn@gmail.com

– November 26 Hawaii Senior Olympics, UH markzeug@gmail.com

– January 15 NRA ballots mailed

– November 6, 2018 General Election (only 735 days)

There is always an election.  Our petition was successful.  Running for NRA Board of Directors at www.willeslee.com and finally broke down to a FB page www.facebook/willes.lee.5.  

Already Voting, part 2

Aloha Friends. Welcome to part 2 of 2.  Already Voting

 

– October 1-2 Gun Show Blaisdell  http://hawaiihistoricarms.com (i.e. stop reading, go now)

– October 9 Presidential Debate St Louis

– October 14 CWA meeting Aiea http://hi.cwfa.org

– October 19 Presidential Debate Las Vegas

– October 22 Trump National Sign wave www.donaldjtrump.com.  Hint:Hawaii – make phone calls instead.

 

Readers’ Comments – Quick Hits – Campaigns

I don’t necessarily agree with ALL our readers. “What is the point of even being a Republican in Hawaii? This is so discouraging half of the party is Rhinos the other half sends out constant criticisms of the Rhinos.“  “I have tried to contact Fritz a couple times, but never an answer.  I can’t say it matters because I would expect nothing more than lip service from these guys.“  “it seems whenever self-professing “Republicans” are mad these days and are in a pissing contest, they feel the need to recite their DD-214 or academic CV as if that makes a difference.“  “I cannot campaign for a candidate because there is no one qualified running in Hawaii.“  “The best part is that Trump is loved by all these Hawaii Republicans who used to complain that HIRA, Lee and Ryan were too hard-hitting!!“

Degracia “there is ALWAYS the same pattern to self-declared political alignment when one is a RINO. When first called out for voting the wrong way, they call themselves “moderates.”  When called out over another vote, they call themselves “bipartisan.”  When they persist in voting with Democrats they become “independents” though still carrying an (R) for ballot access, and, if conservative outcry persists, they finish the evolution by doing a press conference to announce they have become Democrats.“

Already Voting, part 1

Aloha Friends. Welcome back. Part 1 of 2.  Already voting

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank youThe Hawaii Republican Party can be better.

Writing to conservatives & Republicans, mostly in Hawaii, I email rather than blog because this is a (quasi) private discussion. These reports chronicle HRP’s story with enormous amounts data and solutions. My perspective is that of conservative, Republican, former State Party Chairman & RNC member. I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. These reports augment what you should hear from HRP, or what you need to research. Ask party leaders to act, or continue to lose. We won’t always agree but we should be informed. Hawaii conservatives should know they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or ask to be removed.

 

– October 1-2 Gun Show Blaisdell  http://hawaiihistoricarms.com

– October 9 Presidential Debate St Louis

– October 14 CWA meeting Aiea http://hi.cwfa.org

– October 19 Presidential Debate Las Vegas

– October 22 Trump National Sign wave www.donaldjtrump.com.  Hint: make phone calls instead.

– November 13 Hawaii FNRA Banquet w/ NRA President Cors kailuadawn@gmail.com

 

Meetings – Finances – By the Numbers – Elections

NRA Board of Directors www.NRA.org. Northern Virginia.  Committees met, mine are Military & Veterans Affairs Committee led by Ollie North, and Outreach Committee with Sheriff David Clark.  Hosted several Texas guests focused on 2A minority outreach.  Three committee days before Saturday Board meeting.  General Operations does more than imaginable – ranges, collectors, competition, historians, training, safety, conservation are just a few.  There is the NRA Foundation and legal actions.  However, 2016 focus is on ILA with a month until election.  Political Victory Fund endorsements NRA Political Victory Fund Grades.  Collecting signatures to run for NRA Board by petition – signees include Wayne LaPierre, ILA Chris Cox, Gen Ops Kyle Weaver, President Allan Cors (Hawaii in November), 1VP Pete Brownell, 2VP Richard Childress, HRA President Harvey Gerwig, Ollie North, Dave Butz, R Lee Ermey.  NRA does much more than politics but the political message is clear: vote for Trump and hold the US Senate.

Embarrassed, Again. Part two

Aloha Friends. Welcome to part 2 of 2.  Embarrassed, Again.

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank you.

– September 7-10 NRA Board of Directors, N VA.

– September 9-11 Values Voter Summit, Washington DC www.valuesvotersummit.org

– September 16-18 Eagle Council St Louis www.eaglecouncil.com

– September 23 CWA meeting Lihue http://hi.cwfa.org

– October 14 CWA meeting Aiea http://hi.cwfa.org

 

Readers’ Comments – Quick Hits – HRP & Campaigns

I don’t necessarily agree with ALL our readers. “I cancelled my RNC membership.“  “No Primary poll watchers.  Another missed opportunity by the incompetent cabal at GOP headquarters to hold the Office of Elections accountable.“  “Seems like they have their heads in the sand!  What a bunch of clowns!“  “Who knew a chairman could be less effective than Kaauwai or Chang.”  “D Union insiders told me that rail will get done all the way to Ala Moana…so these mayoral candidates promising no more Oahu taxes are full of crap!“  “All the people I’ve been talking to hate rail!  They want to stop construction.”  “I would never vote Djou.  He can’t be bought?  BS: he WAS bought by Lingle and fired loyal good staff in Chico and Stan“  “the Party endorses someone who is Anti-Trump.“  “Charles turned traitor and doesn’t deserve my vote“  “I’m no longer sure what Charles wants for the rail, that changes daily.“  “many of my friends have pulled back from the support of Charles Djou, although the liberal regime at HQ has smiled upon him.“  Voting for Djou “I think I’m washing my hair that day.“  Email to HIRA “I am very grateful to HIRA for exposing the corruption that has plagued the Hawaii Republican Party (HRP) for decades!  I refuse to support the HRP financially because of your excellent investigative reporting!“

Fenton FB post: Bob McDermott informed me at [state convention] that he went down on his knees to George Paris at the ironworkers (to get the endorsement).  Sounds like McDermott-speak.

Embarrassed, Again. Part one

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank youThe Hawaii Republican Party can be better.

Writing to conservatives & Republicans, mostly in Hawaii. These reports chronicle HRP’s story with enormous amounts data and solutions. My perspective is that of conservative, Republican, former State Party Chairman & RNC member. I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. These reports augment what you should hear from HRP, or what you need to research. Ask party leaders to act, or continue to lose. We won’t always agree but we should be informed. Hawaii conservatives should know they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or ask to be removed.

– September 7-10 NRA Board of Directors, N VA.  Another NRA election.

– September 9-11 Values Voter Summit, Washington DC www.valuesvotersummit.org

– September 16-18 Eagle Council St Louis www.eaglecouncil.com

– September 23 CWA meeting Lihue http://hi.cwfa.org

– October 14 CWA meeting Aiea http://hi.cwfa.org

 

Finances – By the Numbers – Election – Convention

-HRP FEC www.fec.gov  You want to give them the benefit of the doubt, then: July is RED, AGAIN.  Rohlfing won’t make donor calls, Ward hasn’t produced as promised, they leave almost 3500 in bills for next month, and RNC finally stops wasting $ in Hawaii.  Receipts $12,939= 7,564 contributions + 0 RNC + 5,375 nearly empties state account (see below).  FEC Sustaining Donors: 4/14 Exec Cmte, 3/51 District chairs, 2 party members.  When leaders don’t buy in, don’t expect others to do so.  Disbursements $14,870 = $3345 Tagavilla salary+1445 payroll tax+348 health insurance, 1476 mortgage, 3853 property tax, 1524 new compliance company is taking HQ for a ride, 405 cable, 734 copier rental, 150 Mailchimp, 293 printing, and 1000 refund of an illegal donation.  Building maintenance, accounting, office supplies held for a double hammer next month.  Zero for electioneering, and no communication or candidate support or staff hiresCoH for operations about 12k + CSC 5k soft money + 5k counties. 31k mortgage account for 97k remaining mortgage. 14/21 months this election cycle in the RED.  Since January 1, 2015 HRP is RED 24.5k.  For the election cycle, HRP is 28k in the RED i.e. living off the RNC funds Saiki did NOT use to elect Rs last election.  No funds or plans for 2016 campaigns & elections.  HRP red 27/43 past reports.  13 Rohlfing months even with $25k from Presidential campaigns, CC event, and LDD show Rohlfing/Hellreich/Liu team shortfall of 35.8k. HRP red 8/14 months under R/H/L and now 1/1 under R/H/W (Rohlfing/Hellreich/Ward).

I am wrong:  HRP sadly must continue $1500/month for ‘compliance consulting’.  Treasurer Smart touts being formally trained – she could save us 18k+/year.  HRP is no longer big money, R/H/W (Rohlfing/ Hellreich/Ward) raise less than some council campaigns.  Then, we read the Hawaii National Federation of Republican Women finance reports.  Smart oversees the reborn Hawaii chapter.  Read part two to see how suspect is their reporting.

Coincidence: soon as Rohlfing heard HRP is to be sued for stealing national convention credentials from HIRA President Ryan, HRP announces a no-notice ‘meet your chairman’ raiser.  $125 for a light lunch and ‘an update’ of how HRP wins in 2016.

-HRP CSC Hawaii Campaign Spending  First report for this year.  1. HQ doesn’t know how to use the soft money state account, 2. no support to candidates, and 3. IMS took HRP to the cleaners as Thomason slinked out the door.  For the first half of this year, receipts = 42,661, disbursements = 48,086, CoH drops to 10,469 (minus the 5,375 to FEC account). Should be a place for soft money, e.g. PACs & corporations, and specifically NOT individual donor hard money. Candidates waste your contributions by laundering $ to HRP.  To buy an event table, candidates use your contribution to eat free = Aiona $10,100, McDermott 3485, Ward 3000, Agustin 1823, Tagavilla laundered her campaign of 2500 to pay her salary (perhaps against the law to use campaign funds for personal expenses), Fukumoto 1527, Ching 1500, Cheape 1092, Tupola 550, and Moses emptied his from six years ago 300. When candidates use campaign $ to attend a party, donors should give elsewhere.  Donors should question candidates’ judgement – what is the ROI on their HQ investment?  Other donors include A&B PAC 2500, HEI 5000, BankoH 1000, and HNFRW 1500.  A few sustaining donors (hard money, bad idea) = 2 Exec Cmte, 2 district chair, 2 party members.  Most funds went to FEC account 29300, state convention food 14862, website design 625, Kailua parade 450, and 300 to ‘volunteer’ Camailleri 300 as parliamentarian.

In addition to the gross amounts from the FEC account, IMS received an average 1438/month from CSC account September to March, knowing the public wouldn’t see it until after the IMS contract was done.  It was never presented to the State Cmte.

Wasting your contributions.  The previous period Aiona gave HQ 7600, McDermott 1800 (he gave HQ more than he raised that period).  The period before Aiona gave 6600, McDermott 1500, Cheape 900.  They don’t need your $, and you should be thanked for (indirectly) contributing to HRP.

-Not all Rs are incompetent “(RNC) announced it raised $199.5 million this cycle, including $27.2 million in July.  The Party currently has $34.5 million cash on hand.“  .. even after many of us quit contributing.

Trumpified, part 2

Aloha Friends. Welcome to part 2 of 2.  Trumpified.

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank you.

Writing to conservatives and Republicans, mostly in Hawaii, I email rather than blog because this is a (quasi-) private discussion. These reports chronicle HRP’s story. My perspective is that of conservative, former State Party Chairman and RNC member.  I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. Hawaii conservatives need to know that they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or let me know to be removed.

– August 28 HRA Annual Meeting, Kokohead Range http://www.hawaiirifleassociation.org/

Readers’ Comments – Quick Hits – HRP & Campaigns

I don’t necessarily agree with ALL our readers. “Walden is biased in this and is incapable of making a fair and impartial decision.“  “the HRP is offering No real anything.“  “we are aware what we have with Beth using HRP for her own gains. . . wouldn’t trust her with anything.“  From NV “The real problem is the dominance inside the GOP of RINOs like Miriam Hellreich, who have squandered more than one chance to strengthen the HRP by pushing Conservative values within the party and recruiting Conservative candidates. They prefer to play the middle, which turns into Dem Lite.“  “(Djou) Helped reveal” massive cost overruns? Is he serious? That’s rich claiming credit for that. The media was already talking about this for years now. Al Gore invented the Internet too I suppose.“  “Want to help Charles?  Just let all your Democrat friends know he hates Trump.“  About Rohlfing email appeal “Since when is HRP going to do any GOTV??   People have already been voting for a week.  What a douche!“

Independence Day.  Reader “Fritz sent out an email with the Declaration of Independence and the HRP LLIFE non-platform on the same page.  How embarrassing.”  “Djou writes a touching story of a 1LT who gets hit in combat, then shows a photo of ….. Djou.

-State of the Hawaii Republican Party.  Reader “I can’t do it. I have the absentee ballot all bubbled in for Republican Party, signed, and sealed in the envelopes but they’re still sitting in my car for several days now. I haven’t worked up the nerve to actually drop it in a mailbox.“

Quick Hits:

– With HQ phone bank inactivated and unfunded, televisions removed, and an overpriced Saiki copier, HQ is a daycare center for paid staff.

– State of our fledgling candidates CB/State Republicans Suck at Fundraising Djou raises $233k, and Caldwell has 1.3M CoH.  Scroll down to see R legislators’ fund raising woes at the bottom of the list.

– Rail shadow over 2016 HIRA: Shall Oahu Voters Demand Another Vote On Rail?   SA OpEd: “[The FTA] knew very early on that city officials were neither competent nor honest.“

McDermott‘s ACU 57 lifetime rating = liberal Republican, and ACU is the easiest rating.

– CB on Fukumoto “Fukumoto Chang isn’t ruling out the possibility that she’ll eventually become a Democrat herself, but said that’s not a move she’d make immediately after getting re-elected.“

– SA “Thielen’s liberal streak is well known.”

– Confirmation:  HRP Candidate info omits Pine as R candidate.

– Ertl, about the Republican establishment “When an organization’s corruption is exposed and trust is lost, it is difficult for them to recover loyalty.“  HIRA exposed HRP under Rohlfing, Hellreich, Liu, Saiki.

– With instructions to pick up national convention materials at GOP HQ, feckless Trump ‘leader’ Wharton warns “The door is locked at headquarters so knock hard or call first.“

– Trump leader on being dismissed by Paikai as a delegate to Cleveland “Nathan prophesied against him (no, really) by saying God told him “he is not to go to Cleveland.”“

No effort, messaging, voter ID, phone calls, mail, email, nor recruiting for Trump Hawaii the past month, including the valuable time of Trump’s nominating convention.

– RNC tell the Rs from real Rs, or fake Rs from the Ds. Redstate/RNC Slams Trump

– Dems caught showing disrespect to our flag  GOPUSA/No Flags on Dem Stage, the Hawaii R delegation went through their entire first meeting with the flag on the wrong side of the podium.

ACU releases 2015 Hawaii Legislator ratings. 2015 Hawaii Legislative Ratings.  2016 coming.

– Make a difference using the NRA-ILA action tracker. NRA Legislative Action Tracker

– RNC list of 100+ Trump bundlers by state, not a one in Hawaii.  Paikai?  Hellreich?  Ward?  Bueller?

– Not news.  “News Alert: FBI recommends no charges against Clinton

Trumpified, part 1

Aloha Friends. Welcome back. Part 1 of 2.  Trumpified

This month is mostly about our National Convention delegation.  Trump, Cleveland, the trip, all were fine.  The Hawaii delegation and ‘leadership’? They were a mess, worse even than the mess-practiced HRP.  However, remember, 2016 is about SCOTUS, all about SCOTUS.  Let’s begin ….

There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii.  Thank youThe Hawaii Republican Party can be better.

Writing to conservatives & Republicans, mostly in Hawaii, I email rather than blog because this is a (quasi) private discussion. These reports chronicle HRP’s story with enormous amounts data and solutions. My perspective is that of conservative, Republican, former State Party Chairman & RNC member. I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. These reports augment what you should hear from HRP, or what you need to research. Ask party leaders to act, or continue to lose. We won’t always agree but we should be informed. Hawaii conservatives should know they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or ask to be removed.

– August 28 HRA Annual Meeting, Kokohead Range www.hawaiirifleassociation.org

 

Meetings – Finances – By the Numbers – Convention

ATR call with Senate Leader.  Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform, hosts 30-minute call for conservative leaders with McConnell.  McConnell touts successes: rewrite NCLB, trade authority, SS reform, anti-PR bailout, environmental law, GMO labeling, tax extender relief, 5-year highway bill.  Rescinding OCare & defunding PP – not expecting Obama to sign.  SCOTUS nominee won’t get hearing.  Ds make guns political, so no new action. Races: 24 seats defense vs D’s 10.  Next call with Speaker Ryan.

State Committee.  April had only 20/51 district chairs (even as Exec Cmte members double as their own district chair), only 4/16 NI and no BI district chairs, zero from East Honolulu.  July’s pre-Primary meeting had only 14/51 districts (less than 10% precinct chairs statewide).  Liu skips, in four years as placeholder NCM he attended less than five quarterly meetings.  In April, Treasurer Smart says party has “substantial” CoH; In July, Smart warns without explanation that funds will “not last to the end of the year.”  Cmte avoids James’ motion to throw CD1 candidate out of the party D when confronted with their hypocrisy of having not done so with the 8-10 Rs-who-endorse-Ds from the past two cycles.  Rohlfing punts on 2016 “This year is only a building block for 2018.”  HIRA/So What If We Gave Up?   Smart reports $61k operating funds (5k is county), 95k total (i.e. 34k mortgage).

RNC Meeting.  Resolutions, Contest Cmte, General Session.  Ho hum, we’re focused on Convention.  Several high-priced events (your contributions provide perks for RNC members).  No chair at Chairmen’s meeting as Rohlfing says he had flight issues.  Hellreich looks ragged, Liu is not seen.  Ward’s first appearance, with Rohlfing’s proxy – no experience, having not read the rules, never been in a meeting much less a Rules meeting – as two Trump-supporting proposals were voted down.  Everyone moves to their state hotels on Saturday, I stayed downtown with the NRA.

Pre-convention. Angst & in-fighting. Unorganized outsiders squashed by the establishment+Trump.  Good on Platform dailysignal/Despite LGBTQ members, Platform Stays Conservative and not on Rules thehill/Establishment Wins Rules Fight.  Platform is more conservative and more detailed (hint HRP) than 2012.  Platform Cmte ran long so I did radio spot for Tony Perkins to summarize progress and pitch 2A.    Paikai got photo with RNC General Counsel, not comprehending that Ryder bit*ch-slapped Paikai & Hellreich over their ‘let’s-break-the-rules-and-oust-a-guest’ faux pas.  RNC View the platform here on GOP.com.  My primary goal = Platform remains strong on 2A.  Credentials overturned two RNC decisions and publicly embarrassed CO and this parody is too good to miss daily-show/Virgin Island Delegates.  Rohlfing missed Credentials (supposed flight issues points that he never intended to attend RNC meeting) and Hawaii is the only state to NOT have two members on each convention committee.

Dayton first week wrap, and convention preview SA/Rs Hit Convention.  “Lee is a member of the National Rifle Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, and he joined members of the NRA staff and board members in Cleveland as they monitored the GOP platform discussions to ensure the party maintains its strong support for Second Amendment guarantees of the right to own firearms.“

Convention.  If you read this report then you watched or read about the national convention.  Lid:  The floor at the Republican National Convention was the political equivalent of a Michael Bay movie on Monday afternoon, with procedural chaos and some walkouts breaking out as #StopTrump GOP activists unsuccessfully demanded a full floor vote that could have been a final shot at denying Donald Trump the nomination.  Disorderly D convention Redstate/Chaos, berning flags (and people), booing. Down below, you’ll read about the Hawaii delegation which you didn’t see in the media. No Hawaii media traveling with delegation.  First time I recall that lack of local interest.