Editor’s Note: In June 2012, Civil Beat sent 10 questions to each of the candidates registered to run for the U.S. Senate in the Aug. 11 primary. Eight of the 11 responded, including Heath Beasley. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by Ed Case, Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle to see how Beasley’s positions compare to those of his main competitors. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Beasley’s response.Drone Strikes Federal Debt Economic Growth Funding Akaka Bill Health Care Policy Filibuster Global Warming Super PACs Overlooked Issue
1. President Obama has significantly increased the use of drones to assassinate terrorist targets. The policy has been criticized for denying due process rights for at least one American living abroad, and for the collateral killing of civilians. Do you support this policy — why or why not?
America’s foreign policy over the past several decades has weakened the vested power of the Congress to declare war. President Obama’s drone attacks only follows a pattern that pervious presidents carved out of the Constitution with the help of lawyers. The Commander in Chief oversteps their bounds of authority granted by the Constitution in their war actions. They have led the country into countless conflicts like Vietnam, Panama, and many other military operations with out Congress’s consent. I do not support drone attacks without the permission of Congress. Congress should have the final say in what actions this country involves itself. ↩ back to top
2. A divided U.S. Congress has not been able to come to agreement on how to lower the federal debt, in …
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Ige Vists Japan and China
Gov. David Ige is visiting Japan and China through Oct. 14 to talk about economic development, energy cooperation and education.
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Offshore Wind Farm Planned
A $1.6 billion, 400-megawatt offshore wind farm is planned 10 miles southeast of Barbers Point in West Oahu.
The state wants soil testing done, and it’s also asking a federal agency to help determine if there are health risks at the base in Kaneohe.
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For years, county liquor commissions have controlled dancing in bars and restaurants where alcohol is served. Now they have to define what it is.
Members whose terms expired in June stay on to keep the council running as they wait — and wait — for Gov. David Ige to make new appointments.
The head of Hawaiian Electric Co. talks about Hawaii’s 2045 renewable energy goals and how unique conditions help keep the islands’ power bills so high.
When belongings are confiscated instead of trashed, Honolulu’s retrieval process is too expensive and cumbersome for many.
The Center for Food Safety sought emails between legislators and seed companies. It’s appealing the denials to the Office of Information Practices.
Defining “local” in Hawaii is highly subjective, but exploring the question proves enlightening.
If the sign isn’t removed, a group demands more signs, including one saying, “There is no god … We have each other.”
A legal clinic trying to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted has new leadership that’s hoping to free more innocent people.
As the sun finally overpowered the clouds, some visitors couldn’t resist venturing a little farther out on Oahu’s southeast shores than safety officials would prefer.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the EPA praise a new agreement to fix the underground storage tanks, but critics say it’s not enough.
The Public Utilities Commission hears a lot about alternative utility ownership models, but little about a proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries.
Candidates include Walter Ritte, Rowena Akana, Bumpy Kanahele, Dante Carpenter, Lilikala Kameeleihiwa and Faye Hanohano.
The state Land Use Commission often lacks the power to enforce the conditions that developers agree to.
Keith Davis was in an unusual and sometimes dangerous line of work, often spending weeks at sea to make sure fishermen abide by the rules.
Of the state program’s 800-plus “graduates,” only 20 have returned to prison after committing a new sex crime, a recidivism rate of slightly more than 2 percent.
The Navy says the plume is stable, but it is nearly half the volume of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
As the ACLU launches a legal battle against Honolulu’s sweeps of homeless encampments, it points to a Los Angeles case in which that city’s sweeps were ruled unconstitutional.
An assessment of the controversial Honolulu Police Commission is up next for the panel looking at improving the structure of Oahu’s government.
The justices consider a change after nearly two dozen attorneys requested the ability to help clients who want to establish dispensaries.
Hawaii is underserving its 12,000 youths who suffer from mental illness, and the problem is getting worse.