Legislative primer 2: Universal truths, rules of the game

In order to understand and effectively navigate the legislative process, there are 7 critically important universal truths that must be understood and followed. They may at first seem overly simple and obvious, but they are critically important and impact all decisions.

Legislative session primer – 30 days out

The 2019 legislative session officially opens on Jan. 16, and concludes 60 “session days” later on May 2, “sine die” (traditional term used to adjourn the legislature - Latin for “proceedings that have been adjourned”).

Under the guise of civility

As newly elected legislators at all levels begin taking office, it is important to remind everyone that robust debate and holding our politicians accountable is critical to a healthy democracy.

Prayers, politics and policy – Thanksgiving thoughts

I think taking one day per year and dedicating it to being thankful is a good idea. Actually, I wake up most mornings just being thankful for being alive, thankful for my good health, for my wonderful family, and for being able to do the work that I do.

Choosing the chair – Whose bias do you prefer?

Today being the first post-election meeting of the Kauai County Council is sure to be non-eventful on its surface. But the sub-currents are no doubt running strong, even as the winners are gracious and the losers act like all is OK.