December 24, 2009

… paging William Shatner … paging William Shatner …

Posted in Election reform, Elections, Fair Elections Now Act, politics, public campaign financing, voter owned elections tagged , , , , at 5:32 pm by bluebanshee

… paging William Shatner … where is “Captain Kirk” when he’s needed? (Putting hand over eyes and squinting into the distance) Hope he’s not too busy being “Priceline Negotiator” to take on this new role that exactly fits his talents. What new role, you might ask?

Well, I’ll tell you: a reprise of his Letterman appearance featuring bongos, a tall stool and black turtleneck sweater – but with a brand new script. Not that old Palin resignation stuff (that’s so last summer!). But a little rhyme by Gregg Levine over at about the health care reform spectacle in Congress. Levine does a masterful job of tying the corrupting power of money to the legislative process in the Capitol.

Since Shatner is not available right here and now, we’ll have to make do with making a mental YouTube (aka using our collective imagination) to make this happen. So visualize a black-turtlenecked Shatner propped against a tall stool on a darkened stage. The bongos start. Then Shatner begins reciting the following rhyme. Read the rest of this entry »


May 25, 2009

HI tries public campaign financing

Posted in Election reform, Elections, public campaign financing, voter owned elections tagged , , at 3:32 pm by bluebanshee

The Aloha state’s first publicly funded elections will be tested on the Big Island next year.  Hawaii will join jurisdictions throughout the U.S. that are instituting the public financing option.

Candidates for city council will need to make a decision by February 1, 2010 if they wish to participate.  Meanwhile, there is a lot of work to do in developing rules and procedures.

The state Campaign Spending Commission must comply with the law by hiring and training new staff, creating an online filing system, creating a candidate’s guide, providing training classes and developing an independent and nonpartisan review committee for the funding program.

“We have a long way to go,” said commission Executive Director Barbara Wong. “There’s a lot of questions that need to be asked as we’ve gone through the law.” Read the rest of this entry »