Outnumbered by Democrats 24-1, Sen. Sam Slom can’t even make a motion on the state Senate floor without a Democrat’s help; otherwise it will die for lack of a second.
Representing Senate District 9 in east Honolulu, he’s been the chamber’s lone Republican since 2010 and is good-natured about constituting the Senate’s entire GOP caucus. But he gets serious when talking about how his party could gain a stronger toehold in the islands — and it’s not by becoming more moderate.
Civil Beat’s Eric Pape caught up with Slom recently at the Capitol as he played host to some third-graders and then sat down in his office to talk about his political lot in life.
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Chrystèle Bossu-Ragis has been a radio reporter, editor and newscaster for 15 years in her native France for Virgin Radio, previously known as Europe 2. She has also worked as a Silicon Valley correspondent for Europe 1.