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  •  I think they are Republicans (0+ / 0-)

    But in Hawai'i it is almost impossible to get elected unless you are a Democrat.  So we have an awful lot of "centrist" Dems who would be Republicans except for that and the fact the Republicans have gone so SO far right lately.

    •  So far right.... In Hawaii? (0+ / 0-)

      Ugh.  I have no comment on that.  Next time I'm traveling to Hawaii (used to do a lot of that during the summers when I was younger), I hope not to see a Tea Party person in the islands as I'm enjoying my vacation.

      But I shouldn't worry too much about Hawaii changing.  After all, Senator Mazie Hirono beat Governor Linda Lingle 62% to 35% and Lingle supposedly is the most popular Republican in Hawaii.  The one difference, at least from what I know, is that Lingle is pro-choice and not a Tea Party nut but she still got beaten hard by Hirono, who funny enough, lost to Lingle in the 2002 Gubernatorial Race by just a few percentage points.  Amazing difference in 2012 for Hirono vs. in 2002.

      •  Lingle may be pro-choice but (0+ / 0-)

        She vetoed legislation for the morning after pill.

        Colleen Hanabusa was Senate President at that time with a Senate that was OVERWHELMINGLY Democrats.

        And yet Hanabusa refused to call a Special Session to over-ride Gov Lingle's veto.

        Who knows what Lingle really thinks about choice?  But Lingle DOES whatever is politically advantageous to her. At that time she was angling to be the VP candidate for McCain

        Why Hanabusa didn't call the special session still has us scratching our heads.

        •  Ok so maybe not 100% pro-choice (0+ / 0-)

          I guess Lingle's 2012 U.S. Senate campaign couldn't get traction based on what you mentioned about her wishy-washy record on abortion.  Hawaii residents certainly seem to be smart enough that they don't want another Republican U.S. Senator being elected, particularly one in their own state.

          As for Colleen Hanabusa, it could be that Brian Schatz could beat Hanabusa in the primary, stay in the U.S. Senate and then Hanabusa might lose her seat in the House of Representatives.  I'm actually looking at the current HI-01 Democratic candidates and I see not one, not two but four of them (maybe a fifth one emerging as well).  That's quite a race.

          Ikaika Anderson
          Will Espero
          Mark Takai
          Kathryn Xian

          By the way, the Honolulu Civil Beat via Huffington Post just did a big hit piece on Brian Schatz, almost going after his character and then basically pointing to the direction of Colleen Hanabusa's campaign potentially getting traction from this.  This was written not too long ago but so far from what I've seen in Schatz, he's an outstanding progressive Democrat and I have no reason to believe he's anything from what this article states.

          •  Yeah Chad is pro Hanabusa (0+ / 0-)

            He was also an Ed Case supporter so that should tell you something :-)

            One of the reasons Democrats in Hawai'i are really p'o'd at Hanabusa is that the last time her seat was left vacant a Republican (Djou) won it.

            That may explain her more rightward leaning than Sen Schatz - CD1 is Honolulu city and may be more conservative than the state as a whole.

            So while she is pretty good at keeping her CD1 House seat, her conserva-dem...uh....excuse me..."centrist" views probably won't go over as well when the entire state votes in the Senate race.

            But back to the Civil Beat article.  We were all ecstatic when Civil Beat started up.  At last! Journalism not influenced by the mainland newspaper parent's Republican owners!

            But because of really slanted opinion pieces like this masquerading as journalism, we've all pretty much given up on Civil Beat as an independent source.

            •  Honolulu more conservative? Hahahaha (1+ / 0-)
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              Karen from Maui

              Maybe that's because it's a metropolitan city as opposed to most parts of Hawaii, which tend to have towns, cities here and there but nothing that compares to Honolulu.

              But still, Hanabusa really should be kicked out of Hawaii.  Her days there as Congresswoman are over.

              I think you're right on the bias with Civil Beat.  I was looking at poll numbers for the Hanabusa-Schatz race and saw a video featuring the commentator from Civil Beat on a poll where he says even though Schatz has a 36% - 33% lead over Hanabusa, the race is a statistical tie.

              REALLY.  Over someone's 3 point lead?

        •  yack, VP candidate for McCain? ... unbelievable/nt (0+ / 0-)

          "It's what you do, not what you say, that makes your nation" - some dude

          by mimi on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 02:16:21 PM PDT

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