With Hurricane Iselle slated to hit the Big Island this evening, the HI-Sen election could be affected by depressed voter turnout. Iselle will continue up the island chain as a tropical storm. Maui gets it early Friday morning. Oahu and Kaua'i are next up on election day (Saturday).
MoveOn has emailed a comparison of Sen Brian Schatz and primary challenger Colleen Hanabusa that refutes Hanabusa's ads claiming she didn't vote to cut Social Security (which she did in 2013 when she voted for an amendment to implement Simpson-Bowles which cuts COLA and raises the retirement age.)
Schatz's supporters need to be courageous and strong to brave the storm and get to the polls. Hopefully the following arguments will give them the energy to brave the wind, rain, floods - and worst of all - snarled traffic when the lights go dark!
Colleen Hanabusa voted for the Simpson-Bowles plan that would cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age to 69 for our kupuna.
Brian Schatz was one of the first members of Congress to endorse expanding Social Security benefits and has stood up against any cuts to Social Security.
Colleen Hanabusa keeps saying we can't expand Social Security because we don't have any money -- just blindly ignoring the option of lifting the cap on SS tax that causes the poor and middle class to pay 6.5% on their earnings but someone making a million dollars a year to pay at a rate of only 8/10ths of a percent.
Pharmaceutical company giveaways
Colleen Hanabusa supported allowing big drug companies to get massive giveaways from Medicare—and her staff got caught coordinating activities, potentially illegally, with drug companies.
Colleen Hanabusa voted for a coal-industry-backed bill to block enforcement of the Clean Air Act—and cited it on her campaign website as one of her proudest votes.
Brian Schatz has championed environmental issues, supporting the Clean Energy Initiative which tripled Hawai'i's renewable energy production from 6% to 18%, and supporting a bill that could lead to charging oil manufacturers a fee for emitting carbon. That work has earned him the endorsement of Al Gore and many local environmental organizations.
Progressive vs Wall Street Democrat
In the House, Colleen Hanabusa joined the corporate-friendly New Democrat Coalition, known as "the coalition Pharma and Wall Street love."President Barack Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Howard Dean, MoveOn.org members in Hawai'i, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and many other progressives. He's also been endorsed by the Sierra Club.
It's urgent that we make Get Out the Vote phonecalls. There's still time to volunteer. Go to Sen Schatz's website to sign up: http://brianschatz.com/...