House Speaker Calvin Say - Photo courtesy of House Majority Blog
House Speaker Calvin Say - Photo courtesy of House Majority Blog

BY JIM DOOLEY – Calvin Say is once again the speaker of the state House of Representatives.

After weeks of negotiations with a bloc of dissident Democrats, Say was voted back in unanimously shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Legislature opened earlier in the day with leadership questions unresolved.

Say thanked his colleagues for what he called “your vote of support and confidence.”

He read a lengthy quotation from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, which ends with the line: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

Say then told the representatives, “We are all here for the greater good of serving the Lord and the people of Hawaii.”

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Jim Dooley joined the Hawaii Reporter staff as an investigative reporter in October 2010. Before that, he has worked as a print and television reporter in Hawaii since 1973, beginning as a wire service reporter with United Press International. He joined Honolulu Advertiser in 1974, working as general assignment and City Hall reporter until 1978. In 1978, he moved to full-time investigative reporting in for The Advertiser; he joined KITV news in 1996 as investigative reporter. Jim returned to Advertiser 2001, working as investigative reporter and court reporter until 2010. Reach him at Jim@hawaiireporter.com