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Hirono thrashes Lingle

With the congresswoman’s strong showing, she will be the first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate

By Derrick DePledge


U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono claimed victory over former Gov. Linda Lingle Tuesday night, becoming the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Hirono dominated the Republican Lingle 62 percent to 37 percent to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, her fellow Demo­crat.

Hirono is the first Asian-American woman, and only the second woman of color — after former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, D-Ill. — elected to the Senate.

The overwhelming victory is validation for Hirono, 65, who had lost the governor’s race to Lingle in 2002, and who has had to contend with doubts about her political strength throughout her career as a state lawmaker, lieutenant governor and congresswoman.

“I’m grateful that so many people put their faith and trust in me and our congressional delegation to do what’s right for Hawaii and to work closely with our keiki o ka aina Barack Obama,” Hirono said at the Democrats’ celebration at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

Hirono said one of the first things she would focus on is supporting Obama’s jobs initiative. “There are still too many people who are out of work,” she said. “People in this country are struggling and I can relate to that.”

Lingle, 59, wished Hirono the best. “Nobody likes to come up short in an election like this, but we can hold our heads high, and I want every one of you to hold your head high because we ran a great race, based on issues, based on a vision for the future, and the public gets to decide in the end,” she told supporters outside of her campaign headquarters. “They’ve made their decision.”

The Hawaii-born Obama won re-election and captured 70 percent of the vote in the islands, similar to his performance in 2008. Demo­crats also kept control of the Senate, so Hirono’s victory fit within a national narrative.

Kristin Fukuda, who lives in Kalihi and is studying early childhood education at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu, said education influenced her vote. She said she disagreed with the teacher furloughs under Lingle that gave public school students the fewest classroom instruction days in the nation. Lingle, educators and the teachers union had agreed to furloughs to help reduce the state’s budget deficit.

“I thought it was a mistake because it took away from the kids’ education,” Fukuda said.

Andrea Wagner, a retiree who lives in Aina Haina, said she has become increasingly troubled with the politics of national Republicans. She said many of Lingle’s campaign donors, and interest groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored television advertising on behalf of Lingle in Hawaii, were also supporting national Republicans.

“This is one of the peculiar elections where I actually wound up voting party line, which kind of bemuses me because that’s not the way I vote,” Wagner said. “I look at each issue, each candidate, and assess them that way. To be in this position is — to say the least — a little disheartening.”

Wagner said Hirono’s record in Congress made sense to her, but “an equal driving force is what’s happening on the national political stage. I couldn’t vote Republican if you paid me to, and that’s what it comes down to right now.”

For Martha Boyd, a patient service coordinator who lives in Makiki, the election was also about helping Demo­crats retain the balance of power in the Senate.

“Because I looked at the big picture about, well, how many seats do we have, what’s going to happen with Daniel Ino­uye? I had to vote my ticket,” she said. “But if I voted my conscience, if I voted the way I really wanted to, I think Linda Lingle would have made a better senator.”

Neal Milner, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said the fundamental challenge for Lingle was countering the state’s strong Demo­cratic history. “There are many more people that identify themselves as Demo­crats than there are Republicans,” he said.

Milner said the “hole is so deep for the Republicans that they have to get a whole lot of Demo­cratic votes, or even Demo­cratic-leaning independent votes, and they’re really fighting a historical process that’s pretty stable.”

The Hawaii Poll measured Hirono with a double-digit lead over Lingle in May 2011, a gap that remained stable throughout a campaign that featured five debates and more than $10 million in fundraising by the two rivals.

Hirono’s campaign themes, that she would protect Social Security and Medicare, favor higher taxes on the wealthy and invest in early childhood education and alternative energy, were aligned with core Demo­cratic values. She framed a vote for Lingle, despite the former governor’s claims of bipartisanship, as a vote for more conservative national Republicans and against Obama and U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Not only did Lingle have to run against Obama, Ino­uye and the state’s Demo­cratic tradition, she had to do so from a weaker position than during her successful campaigns for governor. Lingle’s job approval ratings, battered from the budget cuts and other fallout of the recession, were low when she left office in 2010. The Hawaii Poll found that Lingle’s favorable rating among voters never broke 50 percent during the campaign.

Lingle raised more than $5.4 million overall, considerably less than the $8 million to $10 million she initially predicted. Hirono, who raised more than $5.1 million, brought in more money than Lingle since the August primary.

Lopsided poll results kept Hawaii mostly off the Senate battleground map, but mainland interest groups did do some significant outreach in the islands.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent more than $1.2 million in advertising on behalf of Lingle. Fund for Freedom Committee, a mainland super PAC tied to the Republican Governors Association, spent about $335,000 for Lingle. Citizens for a Working America, another mainland super PAC tied to Republicans, produced an eight-page booklet for Lingle.

Majority PAC, a mainland super PAC helping Demo­crats preserve their majority in the Senate, spent more than $126,000 on behalf of Hirono. Several labor and women’s groups also dropped in with advertising worth six figures for the congresswoman.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairwoman of the Demo­cratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, called Hirono a “tireless advocate” for Hawaii. “I was proud to support Mazie from the beginning,” she said in a statement. “She ran a terrific campaign and will be a tireless advocate for Hawaii just like Senator Ino­uye and Senator Akaka. I know that Mazie and Senator Ino­uye will make a strong team for Hawaii in the United States Senate.”

Staff writers Gary Kubota and Michael Tsai contributed to this report.

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MalamaKaAina wrote:
Anybody but Mazie!
on November 7,2012 | 01:28AM
etalavera wrote:
The people have spoken! Shh...
on November 7,2012 | 01:57AM
Spikette wrote:
The voters have made their choices for those in elected office, now is the time for people and politicians to come together to improve the quality of life for all people. Maxie should do a good job if she retain the spark and determination she had as a legislator which made her the champion for bills that dealt with the health, safety, and welfare of the public. This is Linda's first political career loss and I am sure she will find a way to continue to contribute to help the people of this state.
on November 7,2012 | 08:23AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Ummmm, you understand that Mazie absolutely trounced Linda right? The race is pau already, give it a rest.
on November 7,2012 | 05:12AM
kainalu wrote:
The MOTHER of all BEAT DOWNS! Tell it like it is - Mazie SMOKED lying Lingle.
on November 7,2012 | 11:33AM
Sunny wrote:
When Lingle ran against Mazie for Governor a lot of Democrats voted for Lingle, local government is still dominated by the Democrats even with a Republican Governor. The US Senate and Representative races are a different matter. Mitt Romney and the conservative Republican platforms were rejected by the Hawaii voters. Hawaii Democratic voters did not cross over to vote for Lingle for this important Senate seat and showed their support for both Obama and Dan Inouye.
on November 7,2012 | 06:41AM
boshio wrote:
I don't think it fair to say that Hirono "trashes" Lingle. Rather this election was simply a party election. Democracts wins. Lingle, maybe next time.
on November 7,2012 | 06:49AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on November 7,2012 | 08:25AM
scooters wrote:
oxtail, your really close to that part of the anatomy of the OX that's just under the tail. You're full of it....
on November 7,2012 | 10:43AM
hapaguy wrote:
No scooters oxtail hit the nail on the head. Democrats crossed over and voted for Lingle for Gov because she was a moderate. But when she started actively campaigning for McCain/Palin and called George W. Bush the greatest President she lost all credibility. The voters of Hawaii are akamai enought to see that she sold her soul to the lunatic fringe in her party and they rejected her for that....Plain and simple.....
on November 7,2012 | 11:38AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Too bad voters were not akamai enough to see thru PRP's lies. And they were lies.
on November 7,2012 | 11:55AM
hapaguy wrote:
Unfortunately Cayetano was outspent 2-1 (3-1?) so he was not able to counter the lies that PRP and others were saying about him. I hope he is able to take his lawsuit all the way to the US Supreme Court. We need to overturn the Citizens United ruling!
on November 7,2012 | 12:23PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And when she vetoed Civil Unions after promising not to.
on November 7,2012 | 04:23PM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on November 7,2012 | 12:04PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Hey oxtail01, I present the same question to you that I presented to another commenter. Do you approve of the PRP ads that defamed Cayetano and continued to do so even after they were revealed as being false? If you do, I seriously question your character and your ability to discern right from wrong. Answer is simple oxtail01, yes or no.
on November 7,2012 | 01:16PM
kainalu wrote:
I voted for Lingle the first time, because I held Mazie responsible for the mess Cayetano left the Governorship in. I voted for Lingle the second time, because she was running against an ex-con. I voted for Mazie this time, because she's morphed into an accomplished stateswoman, those positions on issues she advocates for I agree with.
on November 7,2012 | 11:37AM
sammmo wrote:
That , too, is why Robme lost the presidential election.
on November 8,2012 | 07:46AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I think people remember Lingle for the SuperFerry debacle as well as furlough Fridays and her having some parents handcuffed when they showed up at her office. That wasn't a cool thing to do at all. Then she left the state for an extended period to stump for Palin and McCain. And, she has the gall to call herself bipartisan? Yes Linda, we know you.
on November 7,2012 | 01:12PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Who told her the "you know me" line was a good tactic? I hated that line, and it just begged the follow up...yes, Lingle, we DO know you, that's why we're not voting for you! And Mazie, the only reason I voted for you was because I can't stand Lingle and because we couldn't give a Republican seat to the Senate. Please, please, don't make me regret it. Make some noise while you're in D.C. so we still remember you exist!!
on November 7,2012 | 05:33PM
4watitsworth wrote:
Anybody but Lingle!
on November 7,2012 | 11:51AM
hikine wrote:
People fell for the lie about the furlough, they should do their homework and see the reason why it happened in the first place.
on November 7,2012 | 02:00AM
5xcalibir2 wrote:
that's a lot of people....people can be fooled once....maybe even twice....but three time?.....Lingle is enjoying her pension today and dreaming of what could've been....senator lingle.....president lingle....booo hoooo hooo
on November 7,2012 | 02:05AM
wiliki wrote:
But Abercrombie figured out a solution... The furloughs fall on non-instructional days and do not affect the kids and the remaining 5 days or so come out of another state fund the governor has access. Why couldn't Lingle have done that? It's not rocket science.
on November 7,2012 | 02:11AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
But it's still a cut in pay for teachers. Just saying.
on November 7,2012 | 07:33AM
wiliki wrote:
Of course not. They're not being paid for work that they do NOT do.
on November 7,2012 | 04:39PM
5xcalibir2 wrote:
Nobody but Mazie!
on November 7,2012 | 02:06AM
etalavera wrote:
The people have spoken! Shh...
on November 7,2012 | 02:54AM
Kawipoo wrote:
I would not use the term people. People refer to humans.
on November 7,2012 | 04:23AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And as long as the Republican party shows that type of disdain for the vast majority of the voters in Hawaii, they will NEVER gain power.
on November 7,2012 | 04:25PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Eh etalavera, read 5xcalibir2's comment again. Shhh!
on November 7,2012 | 01:18PM
wiliki wrote:
Great news... Social Security and Medicare are safe for now.
on November 7,2012 | 02:07AM
Kawipoo wrote:
Yeah print the money to pay for it and have hyperinflation in the near future and your SS will be worth nothing. She can not understand economics because one has to have an IQ greater than 10.
on November 7,2012 | 04:22AM
serious wrote:
Goes to show that even a cheese sandwich with (D) behind it can be elected in this state.
on November 7,2012 | 05:18AM
gtracer66 wrote:
Unless that cheese sandwich is Caucasian. Hawaii seems to be a racist country..ooops, state. Sorry, Hawaii is so far from having mainstream American values that it's hard to believe it's a U.S. State. Not that I'm opposed to Hawaii as a separate country ( the Hawaiian Kingdom or whatever name it was or would be known as) but just be honest with it.
on November 7,2012 | 06:50AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on November 7,2012 | 07:37AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
on November 7,2012 | 04:26PM
wiliki wrote:
This is all alarmist talk.... no inflation now for four years although Republican's keep saying it's around the corner.
on November 7,2012 | 04:37PM
Shh wrote:
Sounds like you are a hater gtracer66. Too bad you can't have peace with that. Maybe you should just move back to your state? Maybe you will feel better.
on November 7,2012 | 09:07AM
Dragonman wrote:
You seem awfully unhappy here, perhaps you would be happier if you moved back to the state you came from.
on November 7,2012 | 12:56PM
Giligan wrote:
The legal pyramid scheme. Our grandkids will pay.
on November 7,2012 | 05:24AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope... just need to get the Republicans to stop blocking changes that will help the people...
on November 7,2012 | 04:36PM
fka wrote:
Agree,great win for Mazie. Now,she will continue to fight for the middle class in the Senate. Go Mazie!
on November 7,2012 | 07:06AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
This was one race I never felt good about. Neither candidate was impressive enough to garner my vote. Hirono needs to show she can be a leader and get her bills thru to convince me she can be a power broker in Washington but Lingle was just someone I did not trust. Her mantra of bipartisanship was so obviously a tactic to get votes. She actively supported Palin and even left Hawaii for a while to stump for her. She bleeds Republican and yet had the gall to say she always worked with both parties to get things done, Yes Lingle, we know you.
on November 7,2012 | 03:12AM
5xcalibir2 wrote:
.....well said!!!!
on November 7,2012 | 03:29AM
RetiredUSMC wrote:
Lingle will fade away like the tourist she is!
on November 7,2012 | 04:15AM
Shh wrote:
Next election I think we should all vote for Independent candidates so we can start clean with no one that has run before.
on November 7,2012 | 09:09AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Boy, that would be great but it'll never happen. Only thru party affiliation do you get the big bucks to campaign and therein lies the problem.
on November 7,2012 | 01:20PM
geeknews wrote:
The people have voted in someone who has done nothing for Hawaii while being in Washington so far. Hawaii deserves what they are not going to get.
on November 7,2012 | 04:12AM
candk wrote:
Wow, I didn't realize how ignorant Hawaii’s electorate was when it came to elections until this one. The people of Hawaii are the most narrow minded sheep I have ever seen. If you are not a democrat you must be an evil right wing neocon, how stupid. Vote for the radical in chief and all his far left liberal minions. I hope I am wrong, but I truly believe this was one of the worst days in American history. The American people reelected with the help of the complicit democratic media a Socialist with Marxist tendencies (look at his actions and his past)…and the left is cheering. For the sake of our country and the world, I hope I am wrong.
on November 7,2012 | 04:15AM
fandm wrote:
Couldn't has said it better...more of the same...apparently, simply invoking the names "Barack Obama" and "Daniel Inouye" is enough to get you re-elected even when you can't take your opponent in a debate or prove that you've done anything worthwhile while representing the state thus far. Hawaii is full of sheep. Followers...sad.
on November 7,2012 | 04:53AM
Giligan wrote:
The only good thing is, Inouye and Obama can send as much pork as they can to Hawaii, until the people wise up.
on November 7,2012 | 05:27AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
But will they? Maybe Inouye, but will Obama?
on November 7,2012 | 07:35AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
candk.....sadly you are not wrong.....they are third world sheep!
on November 7,2012 | 12:21PM
Opelu wrote:
Lingle was the better communicator but it was difficult to trust and believe her message. Both candidates had strengths and the obvious of the Mazie Democratic Mob and Republican Push from National for Lingle.
on November 7,2012 | 04:28AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Congratulations Senator Hirono. Goodbye Ms. Lingle.

We showed Mufi and Ms. Lingle the door this year by convincing margins. The people have spoken... loudly!

on November 7,2012 | 04:55AM
Heinbear wrote:
on November 7,2012 | 06:21AM
ejkorvette wrote:
She'll fit right in with the other INCOMPETENTS in Hawaii's office. Pseudo-Politicians are in excess in Hawaii.
on November 7,2012 | 05:11AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
excellent analysis!
on November 7,2012 | 12:22PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Sore loser.
on November 9,2012 | 07:28PM
honokai wrote:
Hirono will do just fine under Senator Inouye's wing. The question will be what kind of leadership we will have after Inouye retires. Lingle has national leadership qualities but her party affiliation did her in. We will have to deal with the lack of national prominence in Washington when the day comes. Because we will have nothing in place for that day, it just may be too late. But that is a decision the majority of the people of Hawaii have made (knowingly or not). So we move on.
on November 7,2012 | 05:16AM
actang wrote:
Linda Lingle you have been VETOED by the people of Hawaii. It is called KARMA.
on November 7,2012 | 05:34AM
Heinbear wrote:
on November 7,2012 | 06:21AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Congratulations to Mazie. I didn't vote for her, but I hope she does what she says she can. If not, we'll see some opposition in a the next election. Please do something!
on November 7,2012 | 05:35AM
McCully wrote:
I wonder how many sessions Hirono will miss as senator, and how many bills will she introduce in six years.
on November 7,2012 | 06:33AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Today is the day to return to the Monarchy! When will we get the Kanaka to represent the Nei? And not……………..well you know. The people cheering are the consumers (I like get freebies) and not the providers. Seriously the Monarchy tops what we currently have, unbelievable! Trask sisters where are you? And no, the people have not spoken, the uneducated have. Aloha.
on November 7,2012 | 06:35AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
You're a monarchist and you don't believe all have the right to have a say in the state or the country's future? Yeah, that's a winning strategy.
on November 7,2012 | 06:42AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Yes am a PROUD royalist not monarchist. Living in 21st century Hawaii I do believe ALL have the right to have a say in the state or the country's future. But for over fifty years the Nei has had absolute rule by one party. And they continue to tax, fee “their subjects” and over develop the aina. Emperor Dan has been in office longer than I have been alive. Much rather have Kanaka rule than plantation descendents calling the shots. Tell Ed Case about his freedom to run for office and fill a seat that belongs to the “people” not Emperor Inouye. The Queen’s 1893 constitution gave voting privileges to the ancestors of the plantation workers. Yeah, that was a winning strategy. Aloha.
on November 7,2012 | 12:21PM
Dragonman wrote:
Try to relax, you to full of hate, it will make you ill.
on November 7,2012 | 01:05PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Maybe a good kukae will make it better.
on November 9,2012 | 07:29PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And as long as you want to take away the people's right to vote, you will be marginalized. Thank goodness for that.
on November 7,2012 | 04:28PM
Dragonman wrote:
Its so easy for you to call people with views opposite of yours uneducated. That is so sad that you cannot accept defeat gracefully and with diginity. Could it be you are the uneducated one ?
on November 7,2012 | 01:03PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Punahou same as Barry, far from uneducated! Aloooooha.
on November 7,2012 | 01:40PM
sluggah wrote:
What's Maizie gonna do when Uncle Dan isn't there to pull her strings? She's going to be lost, just not that bright a bulb.
on November 7,2012 | 07:09AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Anybody but Mazie!
on November 7,2012 | 12:23PM
Dragonman wrote:
Maybe you should run next time.
on November 7,2012 | 01:05PM
hapaguy wrote:
The people have spoken. And spoken LOUDLY. That was a severe trouncing that Lingle took yesterday! I'm kind of surprised at some of the comments on here as there seems to be a lot of sour grapes from the right wingers. Right wingers talk alot about the will of the people but when the will of the people overwhelming oppose their candidate then the "electorate is dumb" or "they are not "humans" or "Hawaii doesn't have American values". Amazing how losing an election can bring out the worst in people.....
on November 7,2012 | 07:14AM
bleedgreen wrote:
This election was about party. The Repulican party are of victims of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Especially Palin put a dark cloud over their party's credibility that has carried over from the previous presidential election.
on November 7,2012 | 07:28AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Republicans are victims of stupidity and greed.
on November 9,2012 | 07:31PM
volcanohereicome wrote:
Wow! Some of these comments are polar opposites.
on November 7,2012 | 07:38AM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
Time for Lingle to go out to pasture. She showed herself to be a mindless ideolog lapping at the heals of Romney (who was not really sure what he was doing) and not showing stateman (statesperson) qualities. Our leaders need to show some hudspah in leading Washington out of the morass its been in for a few years - not just adding to the problem.
on November 7,2012 | 08:06AM
ANybony But Mazie, it wasnt the voters, it was the dumb sugar and pine workers, that Dan Inouye still thinks voters are. She will never bring anything to Hawaii, a lame cluck she is. She will never Akaka bill home, never
on November 7,2012 | 08:32AM
palika wrote:
Bad night for two former Governors. Both had their records to run on, and defend and both had multiple skeletons in their closets: Lingle the furlough fridays and Cayetano the pay to play non-bid contracts for the Kapolei school complex projects to name a few. Both had nasty fights with public worker and teacher unions. Was it the unions that did them in? I don't think so. The voters want cooperation, not this constant bickering and fighting just to prove a point.
on November 7,2012 | 08:46AM
Rapanui00 wrote:
The unios in Hawaii are as close to organized crime as you can get...Hawaii is a socialist state!
on November 7,2012 | 09:32AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Move to Alabama, you match, lolo
on November 9,2012 | 07:33PM
Shh wrote:
Next year I am voting all independent candidates. Get rid of the old and bring in the new!
on November 7,2012 | 09:10AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Congratulations, Mazie. You can go back to sleep now. We'll see you again in a few years. Say hi to Mom.
on November 7,2012 | 10:33AM
scooters wrote:
What a waste of space "Lazy Mazie" takes up. "Do nothing" is her motto without the approval of Sir Daniel...
on November 7,2012 | 10:40AM
hapaguy wrote:
There goes the Star Advertiser censors again! The right wingers can post all sorts of vile crap about Hawaii and Democrats and it gets posted no problem. I post a comment about the w h i n i n g right wingers on here and it gets "Comment sent for approval"!
on November 7,2012 | 11:28AM
kainalu wrote:
Let's call it like it is - that was the mother of all beat downs. Mazie SMOKED lying Lingle. To simply blame the intelligence of the voters simply because your candidate lost makes you a loser. See how that works?
on November 7,2012 | 11:32AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Let them rant kainalu... this election showed exactly how out of touch their views are in this state.
on November 7,2012 | 04:30PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Today the stock market dropped more than 2%...professional opinion ... "Futures markets correctly priced in an Obama victory yesterday and all of the economic pain that will go along with it. As I have said weeks ago, before it was a popular topic, that an Obama victory would be wildly bullish for commodities as it would mean a vote of confidence for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his policies of easing. Of course at the same time that means that the market is pricing in perhaps a decade of more economic pain. The markets are saying that under an Obama presidency get ready for continued high unemployment, higher budget deficits, higher taxes, and higher gasoline prices and less job creation."
on November 7,2012 | 11:36AM
hapaguy wrote:
No its more a reflection of the comments that Republicans like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner made last night that have scared investors like me. A divided Congress that has an intransigent Republican party is what made the market drop. Boehner has walked back his comments of last night partly because of the drop and he is now saying he would support letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire "under the right conditions"......
on November 7,2012 | 11:46AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Both traitors to our country and President.
on November 9,2012 | 07:34PM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on November 7,2012 | 12:11PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Please don't hold your breath on that one. He/she will be no where to be found when the market stabilizes VERY soon. It just makes a good talking point for those that have to find something to whine about.
on November 7,2012 | 04:33PM
Mythman wrote:
Err, what the IMF is up to has a bearing on the Fed - I think Hawaii might have a way to get out from under the mess due to its unique history and geography. Geography is all about war and peace and prosperity and the IMF is saying to Greece et al, have it your way or make more jobs so we can make money or we will take the Middle East to war and make money funding the war(s). Hawaii is sort of out of the pocket on this which is a good thing and we do have a small handful of economists who understand this unique aspect of our situation.
on November 7,2012 | 12:20PM
Dragonman wrote:
Market went down because of bad news in Europe. Nothing to do with Obama
on November 7,2012 | 01:09PM
Mythman wrote:
Surprise, surprise. Let the grants, government contracts, welfare and job training begin. All Hail the ali'i in chief - Barry Obama, King of the World. Senator Hirano, from humble beginnings to the first colored female to sit in the US Senate. What else matters, right.
on November 7,2012 | 12:08PM
loquaciousone wrote:
As predicted two Republicans showed up to vote in Hawaii and one of them didn't have a ballot so she went home mad.
on November 7,2012 | 12:08PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Say goodnight, Mazie.

Goodnight Mazie.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled Congressional performance.

on November 7,2012 | 12:34PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Best post today - and most truthful of her previous job performance. Mahalo Maneki_Neko!
on November 7,2012 | 01:43PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
They two of you should get together and have a wound-licking party. I'm sure Lingle is available as well.
on November 9,2012 | 07:37PM
Mythman wrote:
Blog censored my word J a pa nese - noticing someone's B-race is a no no.
on November 7,2012 | 12:23PM
MakaniKai wrote:
They nevah like when you call then out! Aloha.
on November 7,2012 | 01:47PM
retire wrote:
I am so weary of recycled politians. Nothing more that intellectual incest.
on November 7,2012 | 12:37PM
turbolink wrote:
Don't guess we'll hear from Ms Hirono for another five and a half years now, then back to the epic voyage of the SS President Cleveland.
on November 7,2012 | 03:43PM
pridon wrote:
Why do you have to make everything racist. He race has nothing to do with her ability or lack thereof.
on November 7,2012 | 04:11PM
Kapaho wrote:
Hirono did thrash Lingle cause Lingle is a piece of thrash. When she stated "you know me", people responded in the negative because she did a poor job as governor.
on November 7,2012 | 05:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"Thrash" seems to be the secret word today at the SA. Intemperate. Just polarizes people. "Wins decisively" would be classier.
on November 7,2012 | 06:01PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
A lesson in "polarizing" from you? BWAHAHAHAHA! Thanks, I needed that laugh!
on November 7,2012 | 09:28PM
Venus1 wrote:
Mazie , make us proud!!!
on November 7,2012 | 08:37PM
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