Honolulu's Civil Beat published an interesting piece on 4/28: "The Hawaii House: Where Factions Determine Power and Influence" by Nathan Eagle.
Statesman James Madison, referred to a faction as, "A number of citizens...who are united by some common impulse of passion, adverse to the rights of other citizens..." See Political Faction.
When factions overstep the public for self-serving reasons - for example, a bill proposing vehicle tax increases scheduled for hearing without public notice (SB 2938) - then citizens' rights are being violated.
Mr. Eagle illustrates how factions influence which bills are introduced and subsequently passed. Going against one's own faction can lead to isolation and cost re-election.
Is there an internal struggle of conscience at the capital wherein lawmakers truly consider what their constituents want? Maybe. There are a few good leaders, but not enough. Thoughts?