Governors: Poi & Politics

New York Republican Nelson Rockefeller tucked a frangipani blossom behind his ear and finger-dipped poi and lomi-lomi salmon. California Democrat Pat Brown hoisted his considerable self onto a surfboard and got spectacularly dunked in the blue Pacific. North Carolina Democrat Terry Sanford rode water skis, Massachusetts Republican John Volpe wiggled a hula, Idaho Republican Robert Smylie and Hawaii Republican William Quinn paddled an outrigger canoe. It was the 53rd Governors' Conference, and the 31 Democrats and 16 Republicans who showed up in Honolulu last week leaned heavily to sun and fun.

But along with the poi came some politicking. The...

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