Session Done, But Is Hawaii Speaker Consolidating Power?

Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

On the last day of the 2013 legislative session, Democrats in charge of the Hawaii House of Representatives took the rare step of adding four more members to leadership posts.

All four representatives have been supporters of Calvin Say, the speaker emeritus, and not Speaker Joe Souki.

Derek Kawakami and Ty Cullen were named assistant majority leaders, Henry Aquino was named policy leader and Ryan Yamane was named majority whip, the House's fourth.

Is Souki consolidating his power?

And are Republicans, who formed a coalition with Souki supporters to get the necessary 26 votes to appoint him speaker, losing what little clout they have?

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