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  •  and your alternative is??? (19+ / 0-)

    If you say Colleen Hanabusa, you are going to have a hard time getting anyone here to agree with you.

    She opposes marriage equality

    she voted in favor of CISPA

    She is part of the drone caucus

    she voted against EPA

    She is a member of the New Democrat Coalition

    sure does not sound like the kind of Dem someone in a district carried 70% by Obama needs to take for election, so it must be what she really things.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:55:06 AM PDT

    •  I don't think Hanabusa still opposes marriage (8+ / 0-)

      equality, but that goes to show something: a lot of Democrats have switched sides, including both of the candidates here apparently, and Tulsi Gabbard as well. This purity test isn't fruitful.

      And I'm not an advocate for either side here, but what makes him unqualified? Hanabusa has more congressional (and legislative) experience, but Schatz is old enough, he's a resident of his state that he represents, and he's held office before too. He's perfectly qualified.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 01:08:40 AM PDT

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      •  This hit piece is very offensive (10+ / 0-)

        This part I'm quoting is pretty much in direct opposition to what this site is all about.

        Vast, vast sums are coming from out of state, mostly from other Senators and mainland environmental groups.  Schatz has received $52,500 from 16 different Mainland Senators' PACs.  He is beholden to mainland interests while his opponent, Colleen Hanabusa, was endorsed by Senators Akaka and Inouye -- the last two senators to represent Hawaii.
        If this diarist wants to write good things about Hanabusa, fine, even if I don't have the same opinion, but this diary is a flaming bag of dogshit.

        look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

        by FishOutofWater on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 03:32:12 AM PDT

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        •  Environmentalist Supporting Schatz is BAD??? (2+ / 0-)
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          So we should vote against Schatz because environmentalists SUPPORT him???!!

          I rest my case.  This is exactly why I'm voting FOR Schatz.

          This hit-piece, diary just made the point for me.  Hanabusa does NOT support environmental protection but Schatz does.

          Or why would this Hanabusa supporter condemn Schatz for having environmental protection organizations donating to him???

      •  She supports equality now (4+ / 0-)

        It sounds like she didn't until December 2012, and:

        Michael Golojuch Jr., chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered caucus, said Hanabusa had the ideal chance to disclose that she changed her position when she was running for re-election or when Obama made his own announcement. Instead, he said, her revelation did not come until December, when she wanted the appointment to fill the Inouye vacancy.

        “It was like pulling teeth to get a statement from her at Christmastime when we were looking at replacing Senator Inouye,” he said.

        Several gay-rights advocates also blame Hanabusa — who has sought to distinguish herself from Schatz based on her experience, including, among other things, the heavy lifting she often did on legislation in the state Senate — for the failure of a civil unions bill in the Senate in 2009.

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