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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI U.S. House 1 Mark Takai Democratic 12%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 26%
HI Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui Democratic 26%
HI State House 2 Clifton Tsuji Democratic 26%
HI State House 7 Cindy Evans Democratic 39%
HI State House 8 Joseph Souki, Jr. Democratic 18%
HI State House 10 Angus McKelvey Democratic 23%
HI State House 12 Kyle Yamashita Democratic 26%
HI State House 15 James Tokioka Democratic 30%
HI State House 17 Gene Ward Republican 38%
HI State House 20 Calvin Say Democratic 26%
HI State House 21 Scott Nishimoto Democratic 27%
HI State House 22 Thomas Brower Democratic 27%
HI State House 24 Della Belatti Democratic 30%
HI State House 25 Sylvia Luke Democratic 26%
HI State House 26 Scott Saiki Democratic 23%
HI State House 28 John Mizuno Democratic 26%
HI State House 29 Karl Rhoads Democratic 23%
HI State House 35 Roy Takumi Democratic 26%
HI State House 37 Ryan Yamane Democratic 26%
HI State House 42 Sharon Har Democratic 30%
HI State House 46 Marcus Oshiro Democratic 26%
HI State House 49 Ken Ito Democratic 26%
HI State House 50 Cynthia Thielen Republican 42%
HI State Senate 3 Josh Green Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 6 Roz Baker Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 7 Kalani English Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 9 Sam Slom Republican 79%
HI State Senate 10 Les Ihara, Jr. Democratic 27%
HI State Senate 11 Brian Taniguchi Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 13 Suzanne Chun Oakland Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 14 Donna Kim Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 15 Glenn Wakai Democratic 30%
HI State Senate 17 Clarence Nishihara Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 19 Will Espero Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 20 Mike Gabbard Democratic 26%
HI State Senate 21 Maile Shimabukuro Democratic 23%
HI State Senate 24 Jill Tokuda Democratic 26%
HI Council Member 1 Kymberly Pine 43%
HI Council Member 6 Carol Fukunaga 26%
HI Council Member 6 Carol Fukunaga Democratic 26%
HI Council Member 7 Joey Manahan 27%
HI Council Member At-Large Gary Hooser 38%
Karen Awana 23%
Lyla Berg 30%
Joe Bertram III 26%
Robert Bunda 35%
Rida Cabanilla 33%
Mele Carroll 27%
Jerry Chang 26%
Corinne Ching 40%
Pono Chong 26%
Lynn Finnegan 50%
Colleen Hanabusa 26%
Faye Hanohano 26%
Clayton Hee 30%
Frederick Hemmings, Jr. 48%
Robert Herkes 36%
Jon Karamatsu 26%
Russell Kokubun 26%
Marilyn Lee 26%
Michael Magaoay 38%
Barbara Marumoto 43%
Hermina Morita 33%
Blake Oshiro 26%
Roland Sagum III 37%
Norman Sakamoto 23%
Dwight Takamine 26%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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