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Closing out today's diaries, I'd like to congratulate Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI) on an impressive fundraising quarter:

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz's election campaign has raised over $1.1 million in the first quarter.

The campaign announced Thursday that the money primarily came from individual donors and that nearly 80 percent of donations were from within the state.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie in December appointed Schatz to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye even though it went against Inouye's dying wish to have Democratic U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii replace him. Schatz was Abercrombie's lieutenant governor. - The Republic, 4/11/13

Schatz has been picking up a lot of endorsements from major unions and environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters.  Schatz also hit the campaign trail hard during Congress' recess:

Hawai'i's newest U.S. senator, Brian Schatz, visited Maui on Saturday, April 6, to learn more about local agriculture at the recent Maui County Agricultural Festival and talk with constituents about local concerns.

Schatz said that his colleagues in the Senate are particularly interested in knowing more about the various forms of "clean energy" that are being tried on the Valley Isle. The daylong visit on Saturday was part of a more extensive tour of the state with time divided between legislative matters and laying the groundwork for his 2014 bid for re-election. - Maui Weekly, 4/11/13

I've written a bit about Schatz and his record on environmental issues:

I am impressed with how Schatz has hit the ground running in the Senate on battling climate change which he stated was a top priority for him in the Senate:

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz speaks the state Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Dec. 26. 2012 after Gov. Neil Abercrombie, right, announced he was appointing Schatz to fill the seat vacated by the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
“Climate change is urgent, solvable, human-caused, and real,” Schatz tells TakePart, with no equivocation, no hesitation in his voice. “The United States can and should lead on this issue and generate positive momentum.”

Schatz's bill is still in the discussion phase. Briefly, it would place a fee, to be determined—$15, $25, $35?—on all six greenhouse gases, collect the fee from large polluters only, and then figure out something to do with the proceeds.

These options include, but are not limited to: returning the proceeds to consumers, especially low-income consumers, paying down the deficit, protecting jobs, cutting taxes, or investing in clean tech. - Take Part, 3/15/13

So lets keep Schatz momentum going and help him win a full term in the Senate:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks, In Support of Labor and Unions, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    greenbird, tharu1, SoCalSal, samddobermann

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:00:09 PM PDT

  •  my "reader's voice" has chosen (0+ / 0-)

    to pronounce it like "Shots."

    and nice red tie, knotted well, in pic with future ms. senator "shots," picking up tips and vitae entries. ;)

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:06:03 PM PDT

  •  Hmm. Need to add a comment to your lonely (1+ / 0-)
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    And that is: how much I loved running into Brian when I took Manoa walks before work in the mid-90's. He'd be standing at the corner Diamond Head of Roosevelt High School, campaigning in a solitary way, and after a few times, we engaged a bit. My daughter later told me she had a high school crush on him, and somehow their timing didn't work out with the to-and-fro of high school relationships.

    I still think I saw him in 1995, but Wikipedia says it was 1997. A little mystery.

    That's the personal story. The bigger one? He has deserved his support here. He must have the ego a politician needs, but he doesn't live on ego. I've seen him at educational events and beyond--very down to earth. His focus has been great so far. Long may he focus this way.

    So this is probably just for you, poopdogcomedy, but, hey, why not?

    For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. (JFK)

    by begone on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:09:56 PM PDT

  •  he sounds great to me. (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe Abercrombie knew what he was doing.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 04:11:02 AM PDT

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