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Case blasts Hirono plans for debates as an 'insult'

By Derrick DePledge

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U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono will appear with former U.S. Rep. Ed Case at five joint forums and debates before the Demo­cratic primary for U.S. Senate in August, but she agreed to only one televised forum and bypassed debates offered by the state's major news outlets.

Hirono announced Thursday that she accepted forum and debate invitations from the Oahu County Demo­crats, the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, the Maui AARP, Hawaii Public Radio and PBS Hawaii but declined requests from the commercial news media. Case, who has pressed Hirono for debates for several months, also accepted the five invitations but described the debate schedule as an "insult to the voters of Hawaii."

DEBATE SCHEDULE

U.S. Senate 2012 primary

» May 25: Joint forum by the Oahu County Democrats

» May 29: Joint forum by the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association

» June 12: Debate hosted by the Maui AARP

» June 13: Radio debate sponsored by Hawaii Public Radio

» June 14: Televised candidate forum hosted by PBS Hawaii

 

Hirono, who leads in public opinion polls, fundraising and endorsements, chose a schedule that appears to minimize the potential for the debates to have a dramatic influence on the primary. They are set for late May and early June, two months before the Aug. 11 primary, enough time for either candidate to recover from a poor performance.

Public radio and public television also have a far narrower reach than commercial news media.

Case, who had asked Hirono for more than two dozen debates, wants the largest number of debates and the widest reach possible in part to help offset Hirono's lopsided financial advantage. Hirono has raised $2.5 million, while Case has collected more than $600,000, so the congresswoman will have greater ability to get her message to voters through paid advertising.

Hirono's decision to decline debate invitations from the commercial news media is unusual for a statewide political campaign but not unprecedented. Case made the lack of debates an issue in his unsuccessful primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, in 2006. Akaka agreed to a single televised debate on PBS Hawaii, and while most political analysts believed Case was more effective at answering questions, the debate did not change the course of the primary.

"I look forward to having a conversation with the people of Hawaii about my plans to help our families through these challenging times, protect Social Security and Medicare for our kupuna, strengthen our economy, and create a more sustainable future for our state," Hirono said in a statement. "I'm pleased that these debates and joint forums will include a neighbor island debate, and sponsorships by public radio and public television."

Case said Hirono's campaign slogan should be "No Debates; Just Watch My Commercials." He said he believes the congresswoman purposely rejected debates on commercial television stations that would have had the potential to attract the most voters.

"Obviously, she just doesn't want to engage with the voters or with me. And the question is, Why? What's she afraid of?" he said. "I think it's not just a matter of giving the voters a fair look at us. It's also about, Can you do the job of a United States senator? Because this is part of that job, a crucial part of that job.

"It's the world's greatest deliberative body. You've got to be able to stand up, without handlers, without spin, without a teleprompter, without notes, and defend, advocate, discuss, decide, move forward."

The live televised forum is scheduled for June 14 on "Insights," a PBS Hawaii show moderated by Dan Boylan, a political analyst and columnist for MidWeek who is a retired history professor at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.

Hawaii News Now and the Star-Advertiser offered Hirono and Case statewide television debate opportunities. KITV and Civil Beat, and KHON also offered to sponsor debates.

Debates give voters the chance to evaluate candidates side by side and see how they handle questions under pressure. While strong debate performances — or gaffes — can leave lasting impressions, debates are rarely game-changers.

Political strategists have also complained in recent years that some of the debates hosted by the commercial news media have drifted too much into entertainment.






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Ronin006 wrote:
Maizie is afraid to debate because she can't defend a single thing for what she supposedly stands. She sets a lousy example for a representative of the people.
on April 20,2012 | 02:22AM
kiragirl wrote:
She is a typical female - all show and no giddy up!
on April 20,2012 | 06:17AM
allie wrote:
She is intellectually and morally superior to lingle or case hon
on April 20,2012 | 08:37AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Fine...debate and prove it.
on April 20,2012 | 11:17AM
jkjones wrote:
mazie intellectual? LOL. she is a political mannequin, aptly displayed by the asian voting network and gopher for dan inouye.... you want to talk about shakers--linda lingle and colleen hanabusa. both, are workers, create their networks and are productive. like them or not, polititics aside, they both work hard for hawaii..
on April 20,2012 | 11:52AM
allie wrote:
Lingle was an inept governor and always so cynical about what she was really up to. Case is well, a pleasant man and perfectly harmless. Mazie works hard for Hawaii.
on April 20,2012 | 12:17PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Never true. She can't debate herself out of a wet paper bag. She has done nothing to help the people of Hawaii, only to further her career with Dan the Man without a plan
on April 20,2012 | 12:49PM
f206 wrote:
She's nothing but Dan Inouye's puppet.
on April 20,2012 | 08:37PM
Ronin006 wrote:
And thanks to Obamacare, Dan now has two arms and is able to pull the strings to control two marionettes named Mazie and Colleen
on April 21,2012 | 12:25AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
ANYBODY BUT MAZIE AND MUFI!!!!!!!
on April 21,2012 | 12:51AM
OldDiver wrote:
Similar strategy Linda Lingle pulled on Hirono when they ran against each other for governor. Lingle was the front runner so she dictated the rules of their debates so she could just ignore the questions and repeat prepared statements. With our current system the front runner calls the shots.
on April 20,2012 | 06:21AM
wiliki wrote:
Yes. That's true, and debating Lingle may be a problem for the same reason. Hopefully Hirono remains the front runner til the end. I really don't understand the problem here. FIVE debates is a lot of debates to me and the news media can cover it or not. It's the news media choice and they don't get to charge outrageous fees to the debaters for airing the show as when they produce the show.
on April 20,2012 | 07:39AM
Graham wrote:
The prolem is these debates are mainly for smaller and selected venues.
on April 20,2012 | 10:13AM
wiliki wrote:
Not a problem. News media just needs to ask permission or pay a nice donation to these organizations for permission to televise the debate.
on April 20,2012 | 04:33PM
jkjones wrote:
lingle won by winning over independents and democrats to vote for her. mazie lost because she only had the party base--mainly asians. the whole state knows it, except for you. no surprise since you are a rail clone yourself. tell the truth, mazie is a party clone. no personality. boring, and extraordinarily mediocre.
on April 20,2012 | 11:58AM
palani wrote:
Our invisible Representative Hirono can only parrot what her Democrat machine tells her. On her own, in a debate setting, she'd be lost, so it's not in her interest to engage Case, Lingle, or any other opposition candidate.
on April 20,2012 | 06:30AM
allie wrote:
As a female college student, I am all for Mazie. She stands for the right values. Case is a bore and an opportunist. Lingle is too horroific to even consider.
on April 20,2012 | 06:42AM
wiliki wrote:
Case also stands for Blue Dog Democrat values which are closer to Republican than Democrat views. For example, they wanted to focus more on the deficit than jobs-- just like the Republicans. But at least they don't want to kill Medicare and Social Security like the Republicans.
on April 20,2012 | 07:42AM
connie wrote:
Blue Dogs a response to the prospect of government spending exceeding the debt limit in 2002. Rep. Ed Case gained ground level experience in the government debt crisis that started in 2002, and continues to today. In 2002, the debt limit was raised to $6.4 trillion. 2012 debt limit looks like $16.4 trillion. A two and a half times increase in ten years. Govt. spending far outstripping the rate of inflation. What does this mean to you and I? I don't know, but I believe Rep. Ed Case has the experience, expertise, and ability to communicate to be a US Senator. When you see Ed, ask him about the Federal debt ceiling. And then ask Rep. Hirono.
on April 20,2012 | 08:43AM
allie wrote:
Case is far better than Lingle but I find him uninteresting and rather a bore
on April 20,2012 | 10:58AM
wiliki wrote:
It's odd that even Santorum has said that deficits don't matter. That was when George W wanted to cut taxes and prospects of a huge increase in debt loomed. And just after Clinton had brought a surplus to the budget. Blue Dog Democrats seem to be ignorant of basic economics concepts. Not only, I question whether their hearts are in the right place to rate the deficit over jobs. Our economy wont get going again until employment goes up.
on April 20,2012 | 04:30PM
lee1957 wrote:
Interesting comment. So you are looking for style over substance? I had to ask, but it's hardly a fair question as Mazie isn't exactyl inspiring.
on April 20,2012 | 06:49PM
nalogirl wrote:
and exactly what has Hirono done for our state? NOTHING!
on April 20,2012 | 08:46AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
So you're still pretending to be a college student?
on April 20,2012 | 11:17AM
DAGR81 wrote:
fenale college student - explains it all.
on April 20,2012 | 04:22PM
f206 wrote:
You need to look for a better role model.
on April 20,2012 | 08:38PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Mazie also refused to hold town hall meetings with her constituents during the summer when the health care bill was being fought in congress. She instead attended a few gatherings of people hand-picked by her staff to give her a favorble hearing. She can't stand the heat of a good, honest debate.
on April 20,2012 | 02:26AM
eros_et_logia wrote:
Hawaii people listen to the people who are most likely to ensure Uncle Jimmy's pension plan or Aunt Jeannie's contract bid. They'll vote for whoever the establishment tells them to vote for. Mazie Hirono may indeed have thoughts of her own, but the fact is that Colleen Hanabusa and her are, for better and worse, Dan Inouye's robot puppets. And Hawaii people are just fine with that. I don't like Ed Case much either, but Hawaii seems to be the only place in the entire country not the least bit intrigued by an opposition candidate (Democrat or Republican) during times of supposed strife. I guess if little Kanoa get chance fo leave da island fo go skoo and make good away from Hawaii no one will complain. I mean, what more can we ask for? Sure as hell beats the plantation, right?
on April 20,2012 | 02:53AM
droid wrote:
You’re wrong about people not being intrigued by the opposition candidate. That candidate is Linda Lingle. Our kama‘aina are smarter than you think. They know that the GOP controls the U.S. House and are about to take the U.S. Senate. If the Aloha State wants any influence on Capitol Hill with Inouye neutralized, we need a Republican, pronto. People said the GOP would never win the governor’s seat after 40 years of Dem dominance. Two terms, anyone? History is about to be made again.
on April 20,2012 | 05:05AM
Changalang wrote:
The best debate for Hawaii would be between two moderates anywhere and often; Ed Case and Lingle to position Hawaii with a candidate that can gel with the new majority in the Senate coming in November. Crossover for Ed and elevate the narrative for Lingle in the General. Be relevant for a change. It is ironic that the Hawaii GOP may be the key to deny the will of the Imperious Senator in his last term. :) Think about it. Ed was no money and the Machine voters will not show for him in the General under Dan's command. If Lingle goes against the Machine in November, then they will bury her by the sheer volume of numbers.
on April 20,2012 | 06:20AM
OldDiver wrote:
Case is a self professed Blue Dog Democrat. In other words a Republican who puts a (D) after his name. He is anything but a moderate.
on April 20,2012 | 06:49AM
Changalang wrote:
Yes, that is what Hawaii will need when the Senate flips GOP in November. Senator Inouye and Rep. Hirono are on the GOP enemy's list and will actually do worse for Hawaii than having a fiscally prudent socially moderate new face to build bridges for Obama in the Senate. Obama will hold the White House without doubt, but the GOP will lose 25 seats in the House and gain a 2 point advantage in the Senate taking the Biden out of all 50-50 Senate stalemates. I want Obama to have the best second term possible; therefore, we have a duty as loyal Democrats to send him the most capable person to help him in the Senate. Case represents the next generation of national stature that will secure Hawaii's ever vanishing influence for the post Dan squared years coming soon. We owe it to the Hawaii Democratic Party to think progress, not past. Our current machine runs on fossil fuel that we can't get anymore soon. A New Day means a new energy source, cooperation for the future. All loyal Democrats now Mazie has always been and is sloppy seconds. Be real, think forward.
on April 20,2012 | 07:26AM
wiliki wrote:
And I doubt that Inouye has any real love for Hirono. She tried to get him kicked out of the Democratic Party when the rape scandal with his hairdresser surfaced when she was a leader in the Hawaii State Senate. There she was another Nancy Palosi. Rep Weiner has good reason to be aware of the high personal standards that the women of the Democratic Party keep.
on April 20,2012 | 07:48AM
connie wrote:
Blue Dogs a response to the prospect of government spending exceeding the debt limit in 2002. Rep. Ed Case gained ground level experience in the government debt crisis that started in 2002, and continues to today. In 2002, the debt limit was raised to $6.4 trillion. 2012 debt limit looks like $16.4 trillion. A two and a half times increase in ten years. Govt. spending far outstripping the rate of inflation. What does this mean to you and I? I don't know, but I believe Rep. Ed Case has the experience, expertise, and ability to communicate to be a US Senator. When you see Ed, ask him about the Federal debt ceiling. And then ask Rep. Hirono.
on April 20,2012 | 08:52AM
OldDiver wrote:
Ed Case is no fiscal conservative. He stated that he would have voted to invade Iraq. That war is responsible for a great deal of the national debt.
on April 20,2012 | 09:26AM
Changalang wrote:
The Iraq War is over . Is there a record of Ed's vote that you can provide? Mazie failed to stop the Iraq War with her miserable failure at being relevant in Congress. If Congress had Special Olympics for their members; then Mazie could still only be able to win a Silver at best. She is nothing but a record of loss and the Machine protecting her from exposure to her supposed constituency. Keeping a seat warm in Congress is not good enough for Hawaii anymore.
on April 20,2012 | 11:12AM
lee1957 wrote:
Don't forget all the oil we got!
on April 20,2012 | 06:53PM
allie wrote:
Lingle is no conservative. She has an agenda to serve another country and to serve the rich at the expense of America. She was a horrible governor
on April 20,2012 | 06:43AM
soshaljustic wrote:
In defense of Lingle, she was not that "horrible" as you say. She managed to take emergency money out for needed shelters for the homeless. The Democrats, of which I am one, chastised her for doing that humane and very loving gesture for our ohana that need it. If that is what is considered to be "Horrible" as a politician, than we can use more "horrible" politicians in these austere times. It is one thing to go with the PARTY, but quite another to recognize the oath that we abide by in office, to that Constitution of the United States. Lingle lived up to the oath of office on a people level. Some other politicians do not. Let that guide your vote.
on April 20,2012 | 08:18AM
allie wrote:
Totally disagree. She was cyncial and dishonest. She duped a lot of people and we paid the price.
on April 20,2012 | 08:32AM
kalanilee wrote:
She duped you too....
on April 20,2012 | 08:53AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Gee, allie, there you go again with your "Lingle has an agenda to serve another country" rant. You've been called on your anti-Semtic insinuations in the past and yet you still do it. I'm no fan of Linda Lingle and would never vote for her, but you're crazy. Just because someone is Jewish DOESN'T automatically mean "they have an agenda to serve" Israel.
on April 20,2012 | 10:55AM
allie wrote:
I neevr mentioend the country. It is certainly never wrong to put American interests before the interests of any other country. You need to do some research hon. You seem lost
on April 20,2012 | 11:00AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
allie: (1) I'm not your "hon" (2) you havementioned the country in past posts in past years (3) I notice you're still pretending to be a "female college student" (4) I need to do some research? On what---the fact that you have ully camoflaged your anti-Semtic rants, BTW, research shows that during his years in the US Senate, Dan Inouye has been a very prominent supporter of Israel and has bragged about steering federal money to various projects in Israel. Just wondering, allie--does that mean Inouye "has an agenda to serve another country"?
on April 20,2012 | 11:40AM
allie wrote:
I neevr mentioend any country. I said that you need to do your reserach.
on April 20,2012 | 12:19PM
lee1957 wrote:
Your comment is disingenuouos.
on April 20,2012 | 06:54PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
Allie - then what country are referring too? At least give us a name to support your statements. With Lingle being Jewish it's not hard to infer which nation you mean unless you state otherwise.
on April 20,2012 | 07:30PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Really? A horrible governor? I wonder why she got to serve two terms instead of only one.
on April 20,2012 | 02:19PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Enough already. Time to put new blood in office. Mazie can't even use a bathroon without permission.
on April 20,2012 | 03:11AM
OldDiver wrote:
And if Lingle wins she will do the same. She will cave to the right wing fringe Republicans in the Senate.
on April 20,2012 | 06:23AM
allie wrote:
and to AIPEC
on April 20,2012 | 06:44AM
wiliki wrote:
Lingle is a masterful politician-- likes to use wedge issues to split ofr chunks of her opponents supporters and dirty campaign name calling with negative advertising. She plays to win-- serving is secondary. It's a political game for her -- all the way.
on April 20,2012 | 07:52AM
allie wrote:
well said. She ttoally played the evangelical groups out here and laughed behind their backs at how stupid they are. Many of us knew it at the time
on April 20,2012 | 08:33AM
Kuniarr wrote:
"will"?You mean yoou can predict the future?
on April 20,2012 | 02:22PM
tiki886 wrote:
PG - Mazie will prove you wrong with a pursuasive commercial that shows her using a bathroom without permission.
on April 20,2012 | 07:33AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Derrick, u mention that debates are rarely game-changers. I have read that the Nixon Kennedy debate in 1960 was more influential to those who watched on Television, rather than those who listened on Radio.
on April 20,2012 | 03:33AM
Invested wrote:
that was because it was the first televised debate for presidential office. I would have been influenced by the format.
on April 20,2012 | 05:00AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There were reports that those that saw the Televised debate voted differently than those that only listened to it on Radio. On TV one can see a lot of the hand gestures and all or most of the facial reactions and how and why there were pauses between answers.
on April 20,2012 | 06:00AM
OldDiver wrote:
Exactly Invested. That was an actual debate. We rarely see those nowadays. Candidates today just repeat memorized statements prepared for them by their handlers and ignore the questions. The last real debate we had here was Cayetano vs Lingle. It was a disaster for Lingle, which is why we won't be seeing a real debate for the senate race this year.
on April 20,2012 | 06:28AM
Changalang wrote:
Debates sponsored by local news are game-changers in Hawaii. That is how Carlisle beat Caldwell. Hawaii watches and Team Mazie knows she will appear exactly how she is and turn people off. We loyal Democrats know we are supposed to vote for Mazie, but if you show us who she is; we will go for a real viable candidate. The Machine handlers know this all too well. That is why the picked PBS; because they know Hawaii watches Joe Moore and doesn't watch PBS. It is only so they can say they had a televised debate. When a candidate hides herself from WE THE PEOPLE, then do they truly deserve OUR vote?
on April 20,2012 | 07:32AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ah, now u have a comment.
on April 20,2012 | 08:30AM
Changalang wrote:
And you have the usual valuable opinion that enriches the blogosphere; over and over and over and over.
on April 20,2012 | 11:05AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If u notice i have not let on as to who I might vote for. In fact, those Editors at HSA takes care of that for me because if I express too strong of an opinion, they seem to want to have their Editor-in-Chief check out my "comment sent for approval".
on April 20,2012 | 01:56PM
connie wrote:
Absolutely right. Rep. Hirono, and the mainstream Democrats know a debate moderated by Joe Moore , Keahi Tucker, or Paula Akana, those we know and love, would attract a large television audience. We are talking US Senate, one of the most powerful seats in our Government. US Senators operate on a global scale. Rep. Hirono, if you are afraid of being on Hawaii television, how can we expect you to represent Hawaii at the the national and international level? I can see Sen. Case on national news and CNN talking to the world.
on April 20,2012 | 09:09AM
Changalang wrote:
I heard him on KSSK one morning and his flow of thought and articulation of ideas expressed the value of his intellect. Denying him that type of exposure to to the Hawaii television public is what this is about. Mazie's debating skills would just elevate him in eyes of voters standing next to Mazie. That is why she already lost to Lingle; because when Hawaii sees the real Mazie, we pass. Mazie is weak without the Machine propping her up that Hawaii voted Republican for the first time in 40 years. As a loyal Democrat, I believe we should have the option to choose our best, instead of being forced to eat Hamburger Helper. Inouye is Senator; not Emperor.
on April 20,2012 | 11:04AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
I iknow Paula Akana and Joe Moore and have watched both of them. But, I won't watch the debates to watch the moderator. I'll watch it to see and hear the cadidates. BTW, who the heck is Keahi Tucker?
on April 20,2012 | 11:12AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
"They picked PBS because they know Hawaii watches Joe Moore and doesn't watch PBS." C'mon, if voters care to watch the debate, they'll watch it whether they have to click on Oceanic channel 03 or Oceanic Channel 10. Give voters SOME credit.
on April 20,2012 | 11:09AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
I'm old enough to have actually seen that debate in 1960. Nixon had just gotten over an illness and looked very haggard. His famous "five o'clock shadow" was very obvious thru his poorly-applied TV make-up. In contrast, Kennedy looked tanned and relaxed. (This was the days of black-and-white TV.)What surveys after the debate showed was that people who watched it on TV thought that Kennedy won the debate and that people who listened to it on the radio thought that Nixon won.
on April 20,2012 | 11:06AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Nice dude, that is what I meant, that if many had not seen the debate on TV, Nixon may well have become President in 1960 instead of 1968.
on April 20,2012 | 01:57PM
CaptK wrote:
May as well debate the real decision maker instead, Uncle Dan...
on April 20,2012 | 04:16AM
allie wrote:
The leader in a race rarely gives the opponebt air time hon
on April 20,2012 | 06:45AM
Kawipoo wrote:
You have to have at least average intellegance to debate. Unfortunately Mazie does not fit this criteria. She is merely a rubber stamping robot who cares more about being a career politician as opposed to representing the people.
on April 20,2012 | 05:30AM
OldDiver wrote:
Nope. The last time Hirono and Lingle debated, Lingle set the rules do the candidates could ignore the questions are repeat prepared statements. Against Cayetano, Lingle ignored the questions and just repeated prepared statements. Her lack of intellegence was exposed and she lost the race. She won't be making that same mistake again.
on April 20,2012 | 06:32AM
Changalang wrote:
LIngle beat Mazie for Governor because of the debate. Dan wanted Colleen to run instead. Now, we have Crazie Mazie as second fiddle demanding that she be promoted for tenure served. If she was a Hawaii Teacher, she would have an "F" from the public and replaced by a capable person. What is good enough for the teachers, should be good enough for Washington. Don't you think?
on April 20,2012 | 07:36AM
wiliki wrote:
Lingle also tried to split off Hawaiian voters who generally support the Democratic Party. Part-Hawaiians are about 20% in our local resident population and make up a sizable voting block. And they will turn out to vote in large numbers in fear to protect their interests. As it turns out, Hirono has been more supportive of the Akaka Bill while she has been in office, than has Lingle. Hawaiians got it wrong.
on April 20,2012 | 07:59AM
allie wrote:
Lingle used Hawaiians hon. That is the way she operates. Talk to the evangelicals who found out how she used them in her last election.
on April 20,2012 | 11:13AM
lee1957 wrote:
You really believe Lingle had the horsepower to set the rules? Maize was the LG, Lingle was the underdog.
on April 20,2012 | 07:01PM
loio wrote:
I hope during these debates someone asks Ms. Hirono whether or not she is a member of the Democratic SOCIALISTS of Amierica ("DSA"), and what that group is and stands for.
on April 20,2012 | 05:37AM
OldDiver wrote:
Silly question. Something Republican TV (Fox News) would say.
on April 20,2012 | 06:33AM
tiki886 wrote:
She is a member of the DSA - Democratic Spcialists of America. Look it up. There are 70 of them in Congress and Mazie is one of 4 Vice Chairs. She is a self-declared SOCIALIST. It is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. Their website is http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html .The DSA's self-declared principle of 'Economic Redistribution' clearly shows where these folks are coming from and exactly where they plan to take America. Are you surprised?
on April 20,2012 | 07:50AM
soshaljustic wrote:
So I take it you are for social darwinism where the strong prey upon the weak? even when there is enuf to go around? the only reason humanity has created a false urgency of running out of goods that we produce with work, is to create a false human hierarchy to support social darwinism? That you would deny your neighbor anything you own, is to appear you are better, and for self comparison value only? How rethuglican and inhumane. Economic redistribution IS in order. There does not need to be this false social darwinism. We humans are harmed by it and it drives our WARS, silly. If you had all you needed to live happily, you cease beng mad and sad, but become glad ;o)
on April 20,2012 | 08:29AM
tiki886 wrote:
I prefer Freedom and Liberty to your euphemistic view of COMMUNISM!
on April 20,2012 | 08:38AM
tiki886 wrote:
PS - Communism has murdered more of its own citizens of this economic society than all of the world wars put together.
on April 20,2012 | 08:44AM
OldDiver wrote:
Mazie Hirono is a member of "The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC)". tiki886 sometime it is amazing the things you make up.
on April 20,2012 | 08:42AM
tiki886 wrote:
Your reaction tells me you don't approve of the word "Socialist"? No wonder they had to change their name from, 'Democratic Socialists of America's Progressive Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives' to just plain "Congressional Progressive Caucus". Same people, same agenda just disguised under a different label. Back in the 20s and 30s "Progressive" was a dirty word so they hi-jacked the label "Liberalism" and changed it to "Liberal". I understand the need to continually change one's label. That happens when the truth eventually comes out that, "The goal of socialism is communism." V.I. Lenin
on April 20,2012 | 09:31AM
Changalang wrote:
Mazie is could at belonging to the right clubs and vanishing into the wallpaper when people look around the room for leaders that have made an impact.
on April 20,2012 | 07:43PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
"Look it up"? Look it up whaere? The Rush Limbaugh website?
on April 20,2012 | 11:15AM
IAmSane wrote:
"Look it up. There are 70 of them in Congress and Mazie is one of 4 Vice Chairs." Yeah, I tried looking it up and got nothing. Maybe you should provide the proof, instead of telling people to "look up" things that you made up.
on April 20,2012 | 08:32PM
wiliki wrote:
OTOH she has gotten a lot of recognition for her efforts to support women, social security, medicare and civil rights from many left leaning groups. I wouldn't be surprised if she has gotten an award from them.
on April 20,2012 | 08:02AM
akulepapiomoi wrote:
Hirono is hopeless and knows it. She knows she cannot win in any debate. Hawaii should see this and NOT vote for her.
on April 20,2012 | 05:51AM
wiliki wrote:
This is typical misogynistic thinking and attitude. It's a problem when Hirono runs against a man. It's the reason that she has to prove she is much better than Case to prove that she is equal to him. We'll see what happens when she debates him in 5 debates this June. He'll need the extra time to recover his ratings. She's being so considerate here on this debate issue. I don't see any reason to label her response as an "insult" (Case's words) to him.
on April 20,2012 | 08:09AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Wow nice word wiliki, your misogynistic. Never thought u had it in u. I just learned a new word today, however do not ask me to try to spell at the next Spelling Bee. Also I looked up the word.
on April 20,2012 | 08:34AM
IAmSane wrote:
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
on April 20,2012 | 08:35PM
tiki886 wrote:
I don't believe misogyny is the problem. It's more like she's insipid, vapid and uninspiring.
on April 20,2012 | 09:45AM
allie wrote:
true.
on April 20,2012 | 04:40PM
bender wrote:
Hirono will undoubtedly point to these five debates as evidence of her willingness in an attempt to deflect any criticism. She knows within that it would be bad PR to participate in any widely televised debates and will "duck and cover" to the max.
on April 20,2012 | 05:56AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope media charges candidates for this "free advertizing" in the debate shows that they produce. She needs to save her money for the general election where she may need the moola to pay for a debate with Lingle. Or she will probably need the money to fend off all the negative ads that Lingle will project at Hirono. Lingle has collected millions of dollars more than Hirono.
on April 20,2012 | 08:14AM
OldDiver wrote:
And that's not counting the millions Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce will be spending on Lingle's behalf some of which could be foreign money used to influence American elections.
on April 20,2012 | 08:44AM
Changalang wrote:
No televised debates on the local news networks for a Senate race? Mazie is afraid that WE THE PEOPLE will find out she is Crazie. The Machine wishes to keep Hawaii in the dark.
on April 20,2012 | 06:09AM
allie wrote:
Case is a farce and is no way ready to serve in any role
on April 20,2012 | 06:44AM
OldDiver wrote:
Mazie is a progressive. She is a strong advocate for the middle class. That only sounds crazy to billionaires who don't want to pay their fair share to live in the greatest country on earth.
on April 20,2012 | 06:53AM
allie wrote:
true..I am voting Mazie. We all are.
on April 20,2012 | 07:19AM
wiliki wrote:
Only one televised debate show on Hawaii PBS. But the news media can choose to cover the other four debates at their own cost. I'm sure that they'd rather have the candidates pay for the advertising though.
on April 20,2012 | 08:18AM
nalogirl wrote:
Not me.
on April 20,2012 | 08:50AM
allie wrote:
especially you
on April 20,2012 | 11:01AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Hey OldDiver, when you go to a potluck, how about you get everyone's financial situation and then bring your fair share. Would the poorest one not have to bring anything? The richest, always brings the main dish? Or we all chip in to by a piece of real estate. We contribute according to each person's finances, but we each get an equal share of the pie. Sound "fair"?
on April 20,2012 | 07:51AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Love your screen name.
on April 20,2012 | 08:31AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Thank you. When people only read headlines or listen to gossip, myths are created.
on April 20,2012 | 09:25AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Only read headlines? That is me, man. I am guilty of the Jay Leno Syndrome.
on April 20,2012 | 01:59PM
OldDiver wrote:
Nice try at your promotion of CONservative myths. The rich have contributed money to politicians to have their taxes lowered. This has increased the national debt which the middle class will have to pay back. The rich made their money on the backs of the middle class. They made their money because middle class Americans defended and died so the rich could make billions of dollars. Time for the rich to show their gratitude and pay their fair share of taxes.
on April 20,2012 | 08:51AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
I still want to know what "fair" is. What is "middle class". I know what poor is. Those are the people the left try to brainwash by promising something for nothing, which translates to entitlements for votes.
on April 20,2012 | 09:24AM
kalanilee wrote:
Progressive?? That's really funny.
on April 20,2012 | 08:51AM
Kawipoo wrote:
Over 40% of American's don't pay taxes. Hoe about their fair share?
on April 20,2012 | 01:11PM
Changalang wrote:
Case is the future. Sen. Inouye and the Machine he built is grinding to a halt. No one lives forever. Mazie represents all the weaknesses of Machine politics. If Hanabusa was in there, like Inouye originally wanted, then I would be supporting her hands down. Mazie has always been second choice, but has always been an irritating but tolerated part of the Hawaii Democratic Party; she is political herpes. Something we just have to live with but will never produce more than an embarrassing presentation on occasion or an annoying itch. We should not be stuck with her for life. Ed Case is the cure. Sen. Inouye should take his medicine.
on April 20,2012 | 10:51AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Mazie "was I supposed to do anything while I'm a senator?" Hirono is hiding behind Inouye. She has no record to speak of and is acknowledged a a "yes" woman for Inouye. Lazy Mazie indeed.
on April 20,2012 | 06:24AM
OldDiver wrote:
Linda Lingle is hiding behind her public relations team. Linda ain't that smart and isn't calling the shots.
on April 20,2012 | 08:52AM
allie wrote:
The rich from other states are supporting her as she will serve their interests. Please look at who her donors are and why they are flooding Hawaii with money. What is their agenda? Look behind the curtain. You might be shocked at what is there.
on April 20,2012 | 11:03AM
bigtaiho wrote:
Why is case crying? He's the idiot that could not wait for Akaka to retire.
on April 20,2012 | 06:38AM
bigtaiho wrote:
Case a typical white boy that had his chance but thought it would be no problem to defeat Mr distinguished Hawaiian, Akaka
on April 20,2012 | 06:44AM
tiki886 wrote:
Akaka is the token Hawaiian the Dems needed to play in the sandbox of the Indian Affairs Committee.
on April 20,2012 | 07:59AM
allie wrote:
He was an embarrassment in the Senate. Nice guy but not more than that.
on April 20,2012 | 08:34AM
OldDiver wrote:
Akaka was a well respected member of the Senate. His age has caught up with him and it was time for him to retire.
on April 20,2012 | 08:53AM
allie wrote:
lol. sure hon. dream on
on April 20,2012 | 12:21PM
bigtaiho wrote:
Stop crying case you gave up your rights when you tried to oust Akaka. You should not have ticked off the elder statesmen.
on April 20,2012 | 06:47AM
bigtaiho wrote:
After you lose to Hirono hope you fade in the past.....
on April 20,2012 | 06:48AM
rosa wrote:
What's the big deal Mr. Case. Debates don't mean much. I already made up my mine who I am voting for. Most people vote for integrity, not for showmanship.
on April 20,2012 | 06:58AM
false wrote:
Right on!
on April 20,2012 | 07:06AM
tiki886 wrote:
What integrity?
on April 20,2012 | 08:00AM
kalanilee wrote:
What are you talking about? Debates or whatever you call it gives us an inside view as to what our candidate is all about...and if what is important to us. How do you decide who has integrity without knowing what is important to them and to us?
on April 20,2012 | 09:53AM
pakeheat wrote:
rosa is talking about some different kind of integrity, you know what I mean, LOL.
on April 20,2012 | 01:07PM
McCully wrote:
How can anyone like Maize decline debates with Case? She's afraid to show how bad she is cause King Dan won't be there to help her. It's time for voters to wake up and vote out the mouses and get people who will do something for the state and not sit in Congress waiting for time to pass by.
on April 20,2012 | 07:13AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You have correctly identified the issue. Mazie does not have a strong history of accomplishment and her forward program is to do whatever she is told to do. That is Mazie's modus operandi - be good, wait your turn, do what you are told. I think Case has a better chance of helping Hawaii out over the long term meaning once both Dans have left the Senate and we need a new person to start up the seniority ladder. Mazie does not have that independence of thought needed to represent our State.

The proof of this is Mazie's ducking any meaningful debate forums. For all the words said by her handlers, it is evident to all that she is flat out afraid to go head-to-head with her challenger and debate the issues. It's all PR and sound bites, no substance.


on April 20,2012 | 08:05AM
wiliki wrote:
She has already accepted 5 debate chalenges. Case doesn't get to choose. It's up to Hirono.
on April 20,2012 | 08:20AM
allie wrote:
I love Mazie. She protects women's issues. Case is a spoiled and mediocre attorney from a bad family I am told.
on April 20,2012 | 08:35AM
kalanilee wrote:
What women's issues has she protected? You sound like a Mazie supporter....completely clueless.
on April 20,2012 | 09:48AM
pakeheat wrote:
Wasn't there a movie called "Clueless"?
on April 20,2012 | 01:09PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
Lovely, now we've gotten to the heresay portion of the argument.
on April 20,2012 | 07:35PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
5 low profile forums. Mazie declined debate offers from Civil Beat-KITV, KHON and two debates with Hawaii News Now & the Star Advertiser. In other words, the major tv and newspaper forums. The ones where voters would get a fair understanding of the candidates' positions.

Mazie appears to be a coward and does a disservice to the people of Hawaii by dodging and weaving and avoiding debates at a meaningful forum. (Allie loves Mazie but as we all know, Allie is an impostor troll. Come to think of it, that may explain the affinity between the two.)


on April 20,2012 | 08:55AM
kalanilee wrote:
You've completely missed the point
on April 20,2012 | 09:45AM
dhclinton wrote:
has mazie ever used her brain? she continues to vote partyline 100% of the time. no onder they call her lazy.
on April 20,2012 | 07:17AM
pgkemp wrote:
can't stand the two,but case has a case...............
on April 20,2012 | 07:18AM
wiliki wrote:
Case is getting desperate and resorting to name calling. Hirono is justified. His remarks whether in the debate or not ("insults") will be used by Lingle in her campaign to get Cases supporters to her side. He wont repudiate his uncalled for remarks if he loses the primary or support Hirono's candidacy. So what's the incentive for Hirono to debate him. She'll defend herself directly to the people to Case's attacks. She hasn't set out to attack him so he really doesn't need all that money to defend himself.

Hirono has already announced that she will debate Case in five debates which the news media can cover if they want the people to hear about it. I also notice that the SA has NOT interviewed Hirono for this article. Where's the balance? Why doesn't the SA try to be fair in this article?


on April 20,2012 | 07:35AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Case should be grateful for Mazie's commitment to do any debates at all. Lingle has refused all invitations to debate her primary opponent John Carroll. Lingle has billed herself as a "bi-partisan moderate." She can't afford to discuss any issues important to Republicans (most of which she is on the wrong side of). Republicans should demand a series of public debates in order to see what Lingle really stands for and not allow themselves to be blatantly taken for granted.
on April 20,2012 | 08:14AM
allie wrote:
good point
on April 20,2012 | 08:35AM
OldDiver wrote:
Linda Lingle is scared of John Carroll. That is pretty sad.
on April 20,2012 | 08:54AM
allie wrote:
True. But aminaly she fears voters will find out about her true positions that in no way help Hawaii.
on April 20,2012 | 11:11AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
I don't think she's afraid of John...she's just been running as a fake Democrat too long to have much relevant to say to Republicans. She wants this Republican primary over as soon as possible so she doesn't have to actually convince any Republicans why they should vote for her. She wants to get on with peddling her "bi-partisan" hogwash to independents and wobbly Democrats in the general.
on April 20,2012 | 11:22AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Afraid of John? Nobody is afraid of John. That's hilarious. Nobody even cares about John. Not now, not ever. He's like the sad guy who goes out and holds that one lonesome sign on Kalanianaole. Everybody waves, snickers and moves on. In sorets terms it's like a debate between Peyton Manning and Timmy Chang. Timmy who? Exactly. Where do you get this stuff, Rollman, it's really funny.
on April 20,2012 | 02:18PM
Changalang wrote:
Keith cares because he smells crossover potential that could damage the Machine that replaced him as an obsolete part years ago. It is hilarious to see him feigning outrage and defending a long time Republican. You should print the thread.
on April 20,2012 | 10:56PM
Changalang wrote:
LOL. John Carroll is the self appointed opposition for the Hawaii GOP in any race of any election cycle. It is the only way he can get a donation/handout anymore. Give him a dollar and a free meal and he'll run against anyone in the GOP and milk it for all its worth. Look at the percentage of votes he has carried in any of the last primary races he was posed for. Lingle and the rest of the GOP probably didn't even notice he was in the race. Look at cash on hand in the Carroll and Lingle camps. The truth is right there.
on April 20,2012 | 10:42AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Unlike Lingle, John actually pays for almost all of his own campaign. Lingle get's most of her money from mainland special interest PAC's, so your theory that John is in it for your "dollar" is all wet.
on April 20,2012 | 11:25AM
allie wrote:
Very true. She has nothing but disgust for Hawaii and its people. She intends to sertve outside interests as well as herself
on April 20,2012 | 12:23PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Rollman has a great sense of humor. Imagine actually supporting John in any race! Funny stuff.
on April 20,2012 | 02:19PM
Changalang wrote:
Yup, just throw a $1 dollar cheeseburger from McDonalds and watch old John go long for yet another free meal.
on April 20,2012 | 07:46PM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Let's compare resumes...John was a combat fighter pilot, a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines for 30 years, a military judge advocate, a practicing lawyer for 40 years, chairman of the Republican Party and elected to the State Legislature 5 times. As far as I can tell Changalang and Meneki_Nedo topped out at unidentified blog troll.
on April 20,2012 | 10:04PM
Changalang wrote:
Keyword is WAS. You WAS somebody too until they wiped their bvtts with you and walked away. It's a small island. Everybody knows everybody. The name you think you still have is now being trounced by "trolls". LOL. Go long; cheeseburger incoming.
on April 20,2012 | 10:51PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I finally have a reason to say that mazie has shown some intelligence. The more she speaks the more the public will understand how clueless she is. She is a product of slick advertising and the backing of the party that controls all of her decisions. Wake up Hawaii!!! Our nation and state are headed towards bankruptcy and neither party and all politicians are doing nothing about it. All they do is say what the people want to hear, "tax the rich and everything will be all right". Even though I have little positive thoughts about republicans, I believe four more years of obama will virtually doom our next 2-3 generations. History will eventually show that he is one of the worst presidents of all time.
on April 20,2012 | 08:22AM
allie wrote:
not at all. She is a very bright attorney. Just because she is humble and kind does not amke her stupid at all. She sees through lingle's shibai all the way
on April 20,2012 | 08:36AM
AhiPoke wrote:
You must be a relative or one of her campaign workers. I know many democratic insiders who would never describe her as "humble and kind". In fact, I've heard her described by several of them as "mean spirited". She has been known to threaten people in her own party who do not actively support her campaign.
on April 20,2012 | 08:58AM
kalanilee wrote:
Ha....ha....about Mazie.....she is clueless...sadly
on April 20,2012 | 09:44AM
Opihipika wrote:
There his goes! Remember his attempt to run against Akaka? It just shows what kind of a person he is......"ARROGANT".
on April 20,2012 | 08:24AM
nalogirl wrote:
Unreal. It amazes me how Akaka and Inouye are considered royalty by some voters. Mazie has never thoought for herself, and bascially we have one person in congress, Inouye, all the others just do what he says. Why does anyone in a democracy need to ask "permission " to run for a public seat? Yeah Mazie, don't forget to bow and kiss Inouye's ring too.
on April 20,2012 | 08:55AM
AhiPoke wrote:
EXACTLY!!!!!!!
on April 20,2012 | 09:11AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
On his good days, Akaka eats soup with a fork. Other days, not so capable. Nobody should treat public service as guaranteed lifelong employment. Know when to fold 'em.
on April 20,2012 | 04:38PM
allie wrote:
good point
on April 20,2012 | 04:42PM
kalanilee wrote:
He doesn't need to ask permission....think about it
on April 20,2012 | 09:42AM
kalanilee wrote:
In watching Mazie through the years, I recognized that she poor and ineffective communication skills. Much of what she says is very basic rhetioric and sadly, I don't believe she is up to any kind do debate. She's unable to think and analyze quickly, and I believe she knows this about herself. It must be terrifying to her going up against the likes of Ed Case.....who I have come to believe would be the better candidate. Mazie....you can't keep hiding....be a brave girl and show us what you're all about.
on April 20,2012 | 08:45AM
earlson wrote:
We need a strong senator who will be able to take Dan's place. I was all for Mazie but now have to re-think my support of her. We can't have a senator that's scared to debate in the national limelight. So if Mazie won't even debate on our local TV networks, she won't have the backbone to do what needs to be done for Hawaii. I can understand why she didn't do much in the US House because she was one of 435 but in the US Senate she will be very visible and is one of 100. Hawaii can't have a weak senator now that Dan is probably near the end of his carreer. Despite the party's criticism and dislike for Case, at least he's not afraid to push a position and may that's what we need to protect Hawaii's interest when Dan is gone. Mazie, if you are reading this, show us what you're made of and do 3 debates on each of the 3 major local networks.
on April 20,2012 | 09:28AM
connie wrote:
Agreed. C'mon Rep. Hirono, at least do KITV or Hawaii News Now. Ask to have Paula Akana or Tannya Joaquin to moderate. That way you'd have Ed outnumbered 2 to 1. For PBS? Ask Leslie Wilcox instead of Dan Boylan. Nothing against Dan Boylan, but see above. Don't do KHON. If Joe Moore moderated a KHON debate, I'd vote for Joe.
on April 20,2012 | 10:21AM
9ronboz wrote:
hirono is useless
on April 20,2012 | 09:50AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Who knew that 10 years later a rematch would take place? That is Hirono vs. Lingle.
on April 20,2012 | 02:01PM
Recce wrote:
Lazy Mazie is too lazy to do the work required to prepare for any debates that might be seen by more than a few dozen folks. Just think ... if she becomes a U.S. Senator, how in the world can we expect her to do the hard work required to debate the issues that shape our nation and affect the world? Oh, right. She won't have to. She'll just have to look at her daily crib sheet provided to her by Dan. But when Dan leaves the scene, as all of us must, then what will she do? Exactly! Nothing. Just like she's "done" her entire political career. Who can name just one initiative she's ever come up with? One thing you can point to and say, "That was Mazie's idea. That was something she championed and now it's law." You simply cannot. Sure, she's voted on bills, but we could send a 20-year HGEA secretary or UPW rubbish collector up to D.C. to vote exactly the same way Lazy Mazie votes and essentially have the same track record of doing nothing but casting votes.
on April 20,2012 | 10:10AM
Tropicboy wrote:
I just did a check on Thomas.gov and counted 28 total bills (sponsored) by Rep. Hirono none of which became law. At least she has tried but you wonder how effective she will be in the Senate.
on April 20,2012 | 10:45AM
Tropicboy wrote:
Can anyone here list the accomplishments that Rep. Hirono accomplished on her very own in Congress so far? What legislation (House bill) did she write and then submit for passage?
on April 20,2012 | 10:23AM
connie wrote:
Hawaiian Homeownership Opportunity Act, Filipino Veterans Of WW II Family Reunification Act, Medicaid Coverage For Citizens of COFA Act, Ka'u Coast Preservation Act, North Maui Coastal Preservation Act, Visit USA Act, Small Business Innovation Act, National STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Education Tax Incentive Teachers Act,. A sampling of what Rep. Hirono has introduced covering a broad range of topics, environment, education, Native Hawaiians.
on April 20,2012 | 10:51AM
allie wrote:
True. And she is kind and helpful if you call her office. And she supports the education of young children. As a female, she has the women's vote. Case is a an empty suit and Lingle is, well, waht she is. Vote Mazie!
on April 20,2012 | 11:12AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
"She supports the education of young children". Well, duh! What candidate doesn't? "She's kind and helpful if you call her office". What Congressman would tell her/his office staff to be rude and sarcastic to people who call the office? I'm going to vote for Hirono, but I'd suggest, allie, that if you really support her, you stay as far away from her campaign as possible. Your statements in her support are laughable
on April 20,2012 | 11:51AM
allie wrote:
I tell it truthfully and some cannot handle that.
on April 20,2012 | 01:10PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Dream on!
on April 20,2012 | 01:31PM
tiki886 wrote:
allie confirms my impression that Mazie is insipid, vapid and uninspiring. Mazie needs to go back to practicing divorce law to get some meaning and excitement in her life.
on April 20,2012 | 11:31PM
DAGR81 wrote:
allie, you need to get a life.
on April 20,2012 | 04:34PM
localguy wrote:
I checked the Library of Congress, Creating Jobs Through Small Business Innovation Act of 2011, H.R.142 and guess what I found? Mazie's name is not listed anywhere. Connie, did you check these postings or just post what Mazie gave you? Just saying you might want to check before you post. How many of your other listings for Mazie are also bogus? Rookies posting again.
on April 20,2012 | 11:46AM
connie wrote:
H.R 448, related Bills 447, 449. Its on Maize's Congressional webpage.
on April 20,2012 | 11:57AM
Changalang wrote:
"Tropicboy wrote: I just did a check on Thomas.gov and counted 28 total bills (sponsored) by Rep. Hirono none of which became law. At least she has tried but you wonder how effective she will be in the Senate." . . . So, it appears she can introduce legislation, but her colleagues don't consider it good enough to be taken seriously and effective. Ariyoshi was quiet, but effective. Mazie is quiet, and an embarrassment to her job description.
on April 20,2012 | 11:34PM
Changalang wrote:
Has any of the introduced legislation made it past the President's desk? Those Acts count. Let's give credit where credit is due. What did Mazie start that went through both Houses and got signed into law by a President? Sad she can't tell us in a televised debate on a real channel? Many in Hawaii don't even know the channel number to PBS.
on April 20,2012 | 11:03PM
localguy wrote:
Note Mazie's name does not appear anywhere. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.1425:
on April 20,2012 | 11:57AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Anyone notice that Ed Case looks and sounds (his speaking voice) a lot like Willard "Mitt" Romney?
on April 20,2012 | 10:47AM
localguy wrote:
Mazie obviously knows her limitations, knowing if she debated on multiple TV stations, voters would realize she is not capable of serving in this position. So she is trying to duck these events while playing with smoke and mirrors. Sorry Mazie, we can see right through you. You might as well step down, you have earned a vote of no confidence from voters. Let the better person who is fully qualified for the position take over. Good bye Mazie, hello Ed Case. Welcome to your new job. We are proud of you.
on April 20,2012 | 11:41AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mazie obviously knows her limitations

Yes. She is essentially limited to parroting what her masters tell her to say and doing so in carefully edited TV spots. She avoided every meaningful opportunity for actual debate. This will ultimately cost her. Hawaii folks don't like that kind of hiding.


on April 20,2012 | 02:22PM
Changalang wrote:
The sad part is that she actually embraces the servitude that comes with strings attached. That is her comfort zone. Hawaii deserves someone who can think for themselves and discern the pulse of her constituents without having to raise her hand and ask the Yoda of Pork if she can get up and use the bathroom.
on April 20,2012 | 11:39PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
ANYBODY BUT MAZIE!!!!!
on April 20,2012 | 02:55PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Debates set a forum for the voter to be informed of the candidate's position. It is inappropriate for anyone running for office to refuse any form of debate, simple as that.
on April 20,2012 | 07:02PM
f206 wrote:
We deserve better than Lazy Mazie hiding behind Dan Inouye's pants leg. She must really not think much of the people of Hawaii if this is the way she chooses to run her campaign. Don't the people of Hawaii deserve better Mazie? We deserve an answer!!
on April 20,2012 | 08:41PM
tiki886 wrote:
I think Mazie should run and hide from Case because I want Linda Lingle to win. She lost to Linda the last time they went head to head and she'll lose again this time around.
on April 20,2012 | 11:41PM
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