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Mazie Hirono: Candidate sees values as unlocking opportunities

By Derrick DePledge

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LAST UPDATED: 09:47 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2012

Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.comCongresswoman Mazie Hirono waved to spectators along the route of this year's Independence Day Parade in Kailua.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono contends Hawaii voters want a U.S. senator who shares their values, who is tough enough for a fight but practical enough to collaborate.

When the liberal congresswoman speaks about values, she does not mean the left or right politics of Washington, D.C., but the examples she learned from her mother, who fled an abusive husband in Japan to bring her children to the islands. She means education that unlocks the opportunity for children to succeed, jobs that pay a living wage, and a safety net strong enough to take care of seniors.

In the Democratic primary against former Congressman Ed Case, a moderate who has challenged Hirono to move beyond her biography, Hirono has relied on her immigrant story to explain to voters why she would be on their side if chosen to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.

"My background has so much to do with the fact that I don't give up, that I'm very focused, because I had a mom who did that," Hirono, an attorney, said in an interview at her campaign headquarters off Nimitz Highway. "I've told her that there's nothing I can do that will ever match what she did in terms of her personal courage."

Hirono, 64, describes Case, who is known for his independence, as more likely to alienate lawmakers in Washington than collaborate.

"You can be the smartest person, but you're not going to accomplish much if you can't work with your colleagues and if you can't convince your colleagues of what you're doing," she said.

PROFILE

MAZIE HIRONO

>> Background: Born Nov. 3, 1947, in Fukushima, Japan; graduated from Kaimuki High School, 1966; psychology degree, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1970; law degree, Georgetown University Law Center, 1978

>> Religion: Buddhist

>> Family: Married to Leighton Kim Oshima; Oshima has a stepdaughter, Malia, 39, from a previous marriage.

>> Experience: State deputy attorney general, Antitrust Division, 1978-1980; private attorney

>> Politics: State House of Representatives, McCully-Moiliili, 1980-1994; lieutenant governor, 1994-2002; U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District, 2007-present

ABOUT THIS SERIES

This is the second of three stories profiling the candidates running to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Daniel Akaka, who is retiring.

MONDAY

>> Ed Case

WEDNESDAY

>> Linda Lingle

TELEVISED DEBATE

The Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now will sponsor a televised debate between U.S. Senate candidates Ed Case and Mazie Hirono from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 26 on KHNL, KGMB and KFVE. The debate will be the final televised forum scheduled before the Aug. 11 primary election.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, the state's leading Demo­crat, and the Demo­cratic Senatorial Campaign Committee prefer Hirono in the primary. Most of the labor, environmental and progressive interests that dominate party politics have endorsed her. She has eclipsed Case in fundraising. Her campaign team is stocked with advisers who helped Akaka beat Case in a primary six years ago.

But below the surface, many political insiders still have suspicions about her abilities as a campaigner, citing a coolness for the retail side of politics that sometimes comes across as disdain. After three decades in elected office as a state legislator, lieutenant governor and congresswoman, her critics say, voters should know more about her than her childhood struggle with poverty.

"Mazie can't win," the refrain that undermined her campaign for governor against Linda Lingle a decade ago, is creeping into conversations about a potential rematch with the Republican in the November general election.

Amy Agbayani, who directs diversity programs for students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said Hirono's biography has influenced the congresswoman's approach to issues such as protecting Social Security and Medicare and advocating for universal preschool. She believes Hirono's public service is an attempt to help people living through the experiences she had as a young girl.

"She picks the right issues to fight about," she said.

Agbayani said Hirono, as a liberal woman representing the same rural Oahu and neighbor island congressional district as the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, a feminist icon, was expected to carry on Mink's legacy. Even before going to Congress, she helped form the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee to elect progressive, pro-choice women to state office, the steppingstones for national politics.

But Hirono, as she did on policy issues at the Legislature, has also quietly dug into the grunt work necessary to win federal money for Hawaii.

"If you look at her track record, she actually delivers," Agbayani said. "And that's because she has the collaborative style."

Hirono's record in the state House, where she represented McCully and Moiliili, was labor and consumer oriented but occasionally more strident than collaborative. She wanted government to ensure that developers included affordable housing in their projects, taxed real-estate speculators who were driving up housing prices and compelled auto insurers to roll back premiums.

As Gov. Ben Cayetano's lieutenant governor, she supported the state's creation of the Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance Co., a workers' compensation insurer of last resort for businesses. (Hirono named her pet cat "HEMIC.") She celebrated the Pre-Plus early education program for children from low-income families. She lobbied Congress to include South Korea in the federal visa-waiver program so more Korean tourists could visit the islands.

While publicly loyal to Cayetano, Hirono maintained some autonomy, walking the picket line with public school teachers and urging a fair contract settlement with the state during a strike in 2001.

IN CONGRESS, Hirono was in the majority for her first four years, the minority her last two, and has gone through the same challenges as other junior lawmakers in sculpting individual accomplishments in a 435-member chamber.

Hirono takes pride in achievements that might not make banner headlines but are important to communities. Among them were $2 million that Wai­ma­nalo residents wanted to help clean up a World War II-era landfill at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows; repair money for the Lower Hama­kua Ditch to help provide irrigation water for farmers and ranchers in Hawaii County; and an additional $6 million annually after getting the Federal Aviation Administration to count interisland passengers in the formula for awarding airport improvement grants.

Hirono was also aggressive about setting up Hawaii to receive federal money through earmarks — a tool Ino­uye has used successfully in the Senate — before House Republicans curtailed the practice. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Hirono ranked first in the House for sponsoring or co-sponsoring earmarks in fiscal year 2010 and fourth in fiscal year 2009.

"I truly am a doer," she said. "I am not a talker."

Hirono had a liberal rating of 90.7 this year, which places her among the most liberal in the House, according to the National Journal, which publishes annual ratings of federal lawmakers. Case, who served in the Blue Dog Coalition of moderate and conservative Demo­crats, had a 59.8 liberal rating in 2006, which is closer to the ideological middle.

Hirono and Case have similar views on social issues and the environment but splinter on economic policy. As a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Hirono is more vocal than Case about calling for higher taxes on the wealthy, ending tax breaks for oil companies and reducing national defense spending.

But often their differences are more about emphasis. Hirono and Case both favor a millionaire's tax and ending tax cuts for the wealthy approved under President George W. Bush. Both Demo­crats would lift the $110,100 cap on earnings covered by the payroll tax that finances Social Security. Hirono, however, would set the income cap higher than Case, shifting a greater share to the wealthy, while Case would also raise the retirement age for younger workers to help sustain Social Security over time.

"I don't think people in Hawaii even know what a Blue Dog person is," Hirono said. "Truly, they don't think about things in that way. They think about who is really listening to them, who is on their side, who is getting things done for them."

Case has consigned Hirono to the left-wing fringe, outside the mainstream in Hawaii and Washington. But the Progressive Caucus, at 75 House members, is the largest among Demo­crats and three times the size of the Blue Dog Coalition.

Patrick Griffin, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C., who served as a White House assistant on legislative affairs under President Bill Clinton, said the caucus more closely reflects the politics of leading liberals such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"To call it fringe would be an exaggeration," he said. "It's probably more aligned with the mainstream of the leadership of the congressional caucus."

Hirono dismisses comparisons between this election and the 2002 governor's race, when she barely escaped a primary against Case and lost to Lingle. Pay-to-play scandals had weakened Demo­crats to the lowest point since statehood. Hirono appeared indecisive when she bypassed the governor's race for a campaign for Hono­lulu mayor, then jumped back in after Mayor Jeremy Harris, the party's favorite, backed out of the governor's race in the cloud of a campaign-finance investigation.

(Cayetano, in his 2009 memoir, said he was officially neutral in the primary. "It was no secret, however, that I was pulling for Case to win.")

Lingle made state history as the first woman and the first Republican in 40 years to be elected governor.

"She knows that the people of Hawaii remember Furlough Fridays, remember the fiasco over the Superferry and the fact that she was out there campaigning for the McCain-Palin ticket," Hirono said of Lingle's two terms.

Hirono would make her own history this year. She would be the first Asian-American woman and just the third woman of color ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

"Every time I talk about my background, my mom and her influence on my life and my values, people always come up to me," she said. "It doesn't matter whether it's here or on the mainland. They say, ‘You know what? You really get what people are going through, what our family is going through.'

"And, in fact in my life, so many people come up to me in my life, they'll say, ‘I had a situation like that. And it's very important that somebody like you, with that kind of experience and voice, is in the U.S. Senate.'"






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MalamaKaAina wrote:
ANYBODY BUT MAZIE!
on July 17,2012 | 01:34AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
I certainly hope so! I'm tired of the BS commercial saying they had to live from paycheck to paycheck. What about the voters who don't have one or if they do, they don't even receive enough to make ends meet?
on July 17,2012 | 02:51AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
When The Big M talks up education she is in reality wanting to pump up the teachers' UNION, her Godfather
on July 17,2012 | 05:37AM
postmanx wrote:
I'm impressed with her two years of work in the private sector.
on July 17,2012 | 05:55AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Wow, at the age of 64 she has two years of work in the private sector? I'm also impressed. She is surely qualified to lead our nation out of our economic mess. Really, two years???
on July 17,2012 | 08:49AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
At the moment when Lehman went under, pulling the rest of the market, the Honorable Congresswoman refused to do anything to restore confidence to the market, bringing the financial system to the brink and the Great Depression of the 20s closer to reality, in 2007. She and other elected officials tried to deflect the ensuing criticism... calling it a bail out. She has a made a career out of not having to act, and that's unacceptable: what are you in office for if not to act, and get the big ones right?
on July 17,2012 | 09:35AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope... many Democrats argued to these to go into bankruptcy like regular banks where the FDIC guaranttees some deposits up to a max amount, and creditors have priorities like employees. In that case investors would take a hit. Republicans opposed this as "federalizing" the banks. Big deal....

It would have meant a lot less loss to depositors if the govt had seized Lehman before it collapsed. But we did not have the laws in place so that the SEC could act... Hopefully now we do have these laws... http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/21/more-on-the-bank-plan/


on July 17,2012 | 11:52AM
kekelaward wrote:
Krugman???? Hahaha.
on July 17,2012 | 11:55AM
KING_CRABBE wrote:
wow, two years.............was that suppose to lead the dummies that believe her?
on July 17,2012 | 09:35AM
sluggah wrote:
"Would you like fries with that?" is about Laizie's speed.
on July 17,2012 | 11:38AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
More than Barry - you know, the dude supposedly running the USA - really, not a joke.
on July 17,2012 | 03:24PM
1local wrote:
$million dollar home in Kahala and $million dollar tax return - time for mazie to retire and continue to live off tax payers
on July 17,2012 | 03:06PM
Changalang wrote:
Mazie's waste of the Peoples' time in Congress and lack of accomplishment speaks for itself. So, now the Establishment machine wants to promote her into the Senate? Mazie deserves everything she has given the voters of Hawaii back as a reward. She gave us nothing; therefore, voters should reciprocate and give her nothing back. Hawaii deserves better.
on July 17,2012 | 06:03AM
OldDiver wrote:
Little dramatic don't you think? You can check Mazie's web page to look at her accomplishments while in the US House. Simply writing that Mazie did nothing is a clever attempt to diss her without much thought. If you believe Hirono's record of accomplishment is poor then you must have nightmares about Case's dismal record of doing nothing.
on July 17,2012 | 08:39AM
Changalang wrote:
It is not dramatic to properly identify Sloppy Second Hirono as a do nothing politician, when that is what she has done. It even would not be overly dramatic to appoint her a lifetime UN-achievement award as her record of nothing rivals any other politician's record of nothing in Hawaii's complete and historical political history. I leave it to Dinosaur Democrat Machine Bots to promote her propaganda contrary to her real record of nothing. Nothing one can say about Mazie is dramatic. She is a human mannequin and Congressional wallflower. The only time she is animated is when Dan has his good hand up her back operating her puppet controls. Even then, Mazie is a snoozer. Maybe her and Emperor Inouye can sure nap time on their reduced schedule in the new Minority Party in the Senate, as the National GOP new Majority will spend all thier time punishing Dan and Mazie for past sins, thereby making Hawaii constituents the recipients of the GOP wrath. Sadly, it is true. Mazie hiding under Pelosi's skirt put a huge payback target on her back. Republican punks are punching their own hands waiting for revenge.
on July 17,2012 | 09:05AM
wiliki wrote:
You forget it was Hirono who broke the impass between Cayetano and the teacher's union. She also has been able to work at consensus and collaborate at the federal level.
on July 17,2012 | 11:55AM
Changalang wrote:
So, Hirono sold the teachers down the river? That makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up.
on July 17,2012 | 12:00PM
wiliki wrote:
It was a tough negotiation, but they believed her when she said it was the best that they could get. This is something that Ben could not do. He could not force them to settle with him. And he should have known that from day 1. Do we want that kind of leader in city govt in these terrible economic times?
on July 17,2012 | 02:45PM
Changalang wrote:
So, she betrayed the HSTA and let Ben take the blame? Maybe mazie should just play it safe and not try and "fix" anything on her own. That Mazie solution was the beginning of the end for teachers. Now, HSTA is the sex slave of HGEA and UPW. Thanks Mazie.
on July 17,2012 | 08:16PM
kekelaward wrote:
Ummm...I believe that there are better things for us to do than childishly "punishing" perceived enemies. We have a country to fix and that better take precedence over everything else.
on July 17,2012 | 12:00PM
Changalang wrote:
Clearly you haven't spent any time in D.C. of late. However, Rodney King would be proud of your proclamation; well, not anymore.
on July 17,2012 | 01:50PM
kekelaward wrote:
Yeah, that's the sad truth isn't it. It's going to have to be us Americans who live in America and not the District who are going to have to bring the country back from the edge.
on July 17,2012 | 04:10PM
Changalang wrote:
The spirit of America is like a Phoenix. When we need it most; it is reborn from the ashes. We are very close to the moment of truth that we almost faced in 2008. America is basically bankrupt and Bernanke's strategy of buying enough time by printing money is failing. I watched him testify today. Americans will be the only ones to help America when the die is cast and the world is down and out. Both parties will cooperate when they absolutely have to. Our GDP to debt ratio tells every American all they need to know about our collective future. The only solution will be compromise and cooperation, when all other options have been exhausted. Just $0.02.
on July 17,2012 | 08:13PM
serfboy wrote:
If all your research for Rep Hirono was done on HER website then I'll beg your pardon as I disregard your opinion.
on July 17,2012 | 07:00PM
allie wrote:
Anyone but Lingle!!!
on July 17,2012 | 06:19AM
KING_CRABBE wrote:
wrong already, lingle will be the only one to bring money to hawaii, she is right race,m right color and right gender, a woman: Lingle will work!
on July 17,2012 | 10:06AM
wiliki wrote:
She wont be able to do that when the Senate remains Democrat....
on July 17,2012 | 11:56AM
Changalang wrote:
The Senate is going to flip; but Lingle will be representing the interest that financed her campaign form out of State if she wins. A vote for Mazie is a vote for Lingle. History repeats.
on July 17,2012 | 01:52PM
wiliki wrote:
I disagree. Lingle's terrible legacy as governor will mean that she can't talk her way to victory. The race is hers to lose if she cannot expect any support from Ed Case.
on July 17,2012 | 02:43PM
Changalang wrote:
You really don't know how many thinking Democrats are tired of being told who to vote for; do you? Why do you think the apathy non-vote is so high in this State? Check the demographics in the polls. A vote for Mazie in the Primary may well equate to a blank bubble for Mazie in the General. I can't vote for Lingle in good conscience; why should I vote for Mazie and suspend the voice of my conscience for Party loyalty? The knife cuts both ways and the growing mass dissidence doesn't answer to dinosaurs anymore. Think about it. Do you think I am alone with this perspective? Just shows how out of touch The Machine mouthpieces really are. Lingle and Mazie have one thing in common. They both are owned and operated by Special Interest. Ed is clean. That is why he has no money, but a lot of time to go face to face with the grassroots instead.
on July 17,2012 | 07:03PM
serfboy wrote:
Are you saying you will vote for Ms Lingle because of her skin color?
on July 17,2012 | 07:04PM
peanutgallery wrote:
She has dipped her beak long enough.
on July 17,2012 | 07:43AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Yes, please. Mazie's admission that she's not the "smartest" is the most truthful statement she's ever made. She's a product of slick advertising by the Democratic party who controls her every move. Her actions are the same as politicians from the past, when money was plentiful. Now that our country is going broke, we need politicians with brains and courage to make the difficult decisions to save our country. If not, look at Greece and Spain to see where we'll be in a few years. Mazie is not capable of making good decisions.
on July 17,2012 | 08:45AM
kekelaward wrote:
Sad that she would attempt to dumb down her constituency by saying that we don't know what blue dogs are. Well some of us unwashed masses do pay attention and don't take kindly tpo her elitest attitude. I would venture to say that some of us plebes know more about American politics than mazie does.
on July 17,2012 | 09:07AM
wiliki wrote:
Mazie's heart is in the right place and her priorities are for the people.... And she's smart enough to get things done. No need for a smarty pants here.
on July 17,2012 | 11:58AM
Admirable wrote:
ANYBODY BUT ED CASE! Ed Case had almost twenty successful years working for a law firm that specialized in representing companies in union busting! How is he considered a choice for democratic voters?
on July 21,2012 | 07:12PM
hanamauka wrote:
She hired John White.
on July 17,2012 | 01:45AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Don't let people know.
on July 17,2012 | 02:52AM
Changalang wrote:
He was her Chief of Staff. John White attacks Ben, but leaves his boss alone. Mazie "found a loophole" also, and owes $69,191.42 via the same logic in PRP's ads. The worse thing about Hawaii politics is how the machine does business and selectively slimes individuals, and looks the other way on others. Corruption is, as corruption does. Of note, Ed Case got the letter from the HCSC and instead of using John White's loophole; Ed wrote a check for the money owed. only $2000 was identified as over the limit from donors or from a undocumented source. All the candidates got letters from the Commission. Politicians of character responded appropriately. Others, responded within the letter of the law. Deeds are a stronger definition of a candidate's character, than Words. In fairness, politicians running in this cycle that covered the contributions by paying the Commission include Mufi at $80,225; Speaker Say for $250, and Charles Djou for $300. ex-Gov. Lingle still owes money as well; a pittance of $250. Deeds go to proven character; words go to nothing.
on July 17,2012 | 06:18AM
OldDiver wrote:
Chang, so how do you justify your support of Ben "pay for play" Cayetano. Because what he did was not illegal, just unethical?
on July 17,2012 | 08:32AM
nalogirl wrote:
Get over it already OD, the plan backfired on PRP.
on July 17,2012 | 08:48AM
Changalang wrote:
Ben and the other politicians did the legal thing. Ed Case, as usual, was one cut above on honorable deeds and did the morally superior thing. Always remember it is Mazie's Chief of Staff that went there and it is the rest of thinking Democrats that have spoken up and identified how the Rail mafia lies to crush its opponents and conceals its own bought and paid for politicians by ignoring that logic. Such duplicity is only present in "White" Collar criminal minds. Time for a Federal investigation as to why the Rail Mob is spending so much money to deceive the Public Trust. The Deeds of the Rail mafia clearly define why the current Governor and Senate candidates are saying "this is not the Rail we supported years ago." May the light of truth burn all who try and hide from the rays of more light. Hawaii needs more light, and I shall help to bear that burden, proudly.
on July 17,2012 | 09:14AM
wiliki wrote:
What's "legal" got to do with corrupt, dishonest, and cheating the people out of value for their money?
on July 17,2012 | 11:59AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mazie needs to be investigated for her participation, allegedly, in the pay to play politics of the past. I demand a special prosecutor. All my union buddies agree.
on July 17,2012 | 12:44PM
Bean808 wrote:
That being the case it will take years. They will have to investigate every politician in this state.
on July 17,2012 | 01:54PM
Changalang wrote:
She should explain how she hired her husband's law firm for campaign contract work also. Laundering through one entity back to the shared household? Hmmm.
on July 17,2012 | 01:55PM
wiliki wrote:
All Ben has to do is apologize. Not only has Hirono done that because she returned 5 times more money, than did Ben-- over $100,000.
on July 17,2012 | 02:41PM
Changalang wrote:
You bring up a great example of how Mazie's Words don't match her Deeds. She said sorry, but still owes $69,191.42. Ed wrote a check for $2K and owns the moral high ground via your logic.
on July 17,2012 | 06:43PM
Changalang wrote:
I would like to see all the "illegal" donors prosecuted and thrown in jail. It would really clean up Hawaii politics and create much needed job opportunities for non-corrupt attorney/donors. :)
on July 17,2012 | 01:53PM
kekelaward wrote:
I bet some people threw up when they read your comment....it probably never dawned on them that they might be the ones going to the big house....and not the candidate of their choice.
on July 17,2012 | 04:15PM
Changalang wrote:
The law is the law and illegal donors should be weary of any links to any other investigation to see if taxpayer monies were laundered to PR firms to specifically defeat a candidate running for public office. Rod Tam can buy lunch in the OCCC cafeteria. ;)
on July 17,2012 | 06:46PM
Admirable wrote:
That sounds like the script for a good fantasy movie or maybe a video game! ANYBODY BUT ED CASE!
on July 19,2012 | 02:53PM
Admirable wrote:
ANYBODY BUT ED CASE! ANTI-LABOR ATTORNEY FOR ALMOST TWENTY YEARS? Service on Ed Case campaign website lists service as: Attorney, Carlsmith Ball, Honolulu (1983-2002) Partner (1989-2002). From the website of Carlsmith Ball, Honolulu today 7/21/12. "CONTRACT NEGOTIATION AND ARBITRATION. You find a union authorization card in the employee locker room and realize your company is being organized. What are your rights? What can you tell employees without triggering an unfair labor practice? What constitutes a lawful no-solicitation policy? Who will be eligible to vote if there is an election? We have the experience to guide you through organizing drives and election campaigns. We offer skilled advocacy before the National Labor Relations Board in both election and unfair labor practice proceedings. We have proven expertise to either lead your management bargaining committee or advise it in union contract negotiations. We view arbitrations as an important component of labor contract administration. We understand that unions rely on arbitrations to attack management rights and to gain what they could not negotiate at the bargaining table. We also understand the impact on morale when a poor employee is restored by an arbitrator who strays from the contract. We prepare for arbitrations thoroughly, and well in advance. We take care in selecting the appropriate arbitrator. Our hearing presentations are crisp, organized and to the point. We do not personalize the issues, and we avoid theatrics. Our post-hearing briefs are well written, cogent and thorough. We aim to win." Ed Case law practice is riddled with activities that are generally labled as "Union Busting!" In what make beleive world is Ed Case a democrat? http://www.carlsmith.com/PracticeAreas/Labor-Employment.asp
on July 21,2012 | 10:02PM
Bean808 wrote:
What? Is that right?
on July 17,2012 | 01:50PM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
I find it interesting and somewhat puzzling why "Lazy" Mazie, Uncle Dan's lapdog, insist on running campaign commercials only about her background, NOT what she has accomplished while in DC, or what she intends to do if elected. Quite frankly, I have grown weary of hearing about Mazie's mothers struggles. As an attorney and one who feasted at the taxpayers tough for so long, I don't believe that she's suffered what many taxpayers suffer today.
on July 17,2012 | 02:28AM
serious wrote:
Like Obama, she can't run on her record!!!
on July 17,2012 | 02:38AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Hmmmm........what record?
on July 17,2012 | 02:53AM
Changalang wrote:
Why pay good money for dead air?
on July 17,2012 | 06:20AM
WesleySMori wrote:
"LOL"!!
on July 17,2012 | 08:51AM
jkjones wrote:
I HAVE YET TO SEE HER WORK ACROSS THE ISLE AS SHE CLAIMS. MAZIE IS ALL LIP ACTION, IF IT SOUNDS GOOD, USE IT. IM SO TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT HER MOM.
on July 17,2012 | 07:39AM
Changalang wrote:
Mazie has alienated any chance of bi-partisan relationships. She has been hand in hand with Pelosi. Her whole political career has been to find power within her party and stand next to it. That way she doesn't have to actually do anything and can blend into the wall behind her. That is why she could only be Lt. Governor blending into Ben's background. When it came her turn to lead, her loss gave Hawaii Lingle and broke a 43 year winning streak for Democrats going back to our beloved Gov. Burns. Mazie cannot stand alone. She has always needed to be propped up. Hawaii deserves better. Hawaii deserves a Freshman Senator that does not have a payback bulls eye on their back. Hawaii deserves a fresh start for the next generation. Time to make friends for Hawaii and leave the bachi of old enemies behind.
on July 17,2012 | 09:21AM
Admirable wrote:
You seem to just make up your stuff as you go along. Another posting from one of Ed Case's campaign trolls...
on July 18,2012 | 03:07PM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
She will win because of her ancestry, female, name recognition, and the big D after her name. Those of us that participate in the blogs have a pretty good idea of what is happening in Hawaii. It does not matter if you are a liberal or conservative...at least we care enough to stay somewhat informed. However, I know that the majority of Hawaii residence do not take the time to know more about the candidates, or make the time to turn out to vote. Hawaii is number one in the country for the lowest voter turn out at around 44%. Why don't we care more?
on July 17,2012 | 04:16AM
serious wrote:
We don't care because the politicians all have the same DNA---Democrats--Union supported.
on July 17,2012 | 04:50AM
koolau wrote:
toomuchpilikia, you're right on target regarding our local voters. Too many will make their uneducated decision based on her name, "D", ancestory, etc. and not bother to check her record, or those of others. In the end, we get what we deserve. I only hope your crystal ball has too much 'maka pia-pia' and not accurate in predicting she will win........for all of our sake. Didn't Mazie say that Ed voted for the MCCain/Palin ticket? No doubt she's still hanging on to the likes of Pelosi's skirt.
on July 17,2012 | 04:52AM
Kawipoo wrote:
A good example is Old Diver. I don't blame him though because he dived into six inches of water and suffered brain damage.
on July 17,2012 | 08:51AM
wiliki wrote:
Ed voted against Obama... no way. But what will bring people out to vote is publicly financed elections!
on July 17,2012 | 12:02PM
Changalang wrote:
Senator Dan Inouye and Senetor Dan Akaka voted against Obama's 2013 budget. Check the record. Obama needs Senators that can help him out. The Machine is rusting to a halt.
on July 17,2012 | 06:49PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Is she still alive?
on July 17,2012 | 04:25AM
Changalang wrote:
Of course, dead people don't vote in Hawaii elections via absentee ballot.
on July 17,2012 | 06:19AM
allie wrote:
I liek her passion for helping small children!!! Mazie is just fine. It is Lingle I worry about. Lingle will send your children to war to protect her funders while Mazie will send your children to school.
on July 17,2012 | 06:21AM
kekelaward wrote:
If it's a union run public school, what's the difference? Speaking of education, what are mazie's views on vouchers for low to middle income parents to send their kids to good, productive private or charter schools, rather than poorly performing public schools? Is it like obama's, who sends his kids to a private schoil but tells the parents living in DC tough luck if they can't afford it as a payback to the teacher's unions for their campaign contributions?
on July 17,2012 | 08:45AM
wiliki wrote:
Public school students-- especially those in the top third-- are every bit as good or even better than private school students.
on July 17,2012 | 12:04PM
kekelaward wrote:
How many from the inner city are able to break into the top third? I am sure they have the potential, but are at a disadvantage due to the lack of resources available thru the public school system. With a voucher system those kids could get those resources via a charter or public school. They'll have to pass the tests to get into those schools, but I bet those that want to will apply themselves and gain entrance. There are many stories of inner city kids doing that already.
on July 17,2012 | 04:24PM
lee1957 wrote:
Sure she loves the small children. That's why she is for borrowing huge sums of money to spend today so the small children will have to pay it back when they grow up. In her zeal to be the candy man today, she is cursing the future to a life of poverty.
on July 17,2012 | 08:40PM
loquaciousone wrote:
There goes the mom violins again. I'm voting for Case just so I don't have to hear the mom story anymore.
on July 17,2012 | 04:51AM
koolau wrote:
Why was she in private practice for ony two years? Was it too much government regulations and taxes to run a business and having the bottom line responsibility? Okay, so run for government office and not have to worry about spending limits and bottom line accountability. That makes sense.
on July 17,2012 | 04:58AM
pechanga wrote:
Shenokea! Same old puppet...
on July 17,2012 | 04:58AM
sluggah wrote:
A rubber stamp for Harry Reid and Uncle Dan.
on July 17,2012 | 06:57AM
kekelaward wrote:
It's clearly stated in the article that she is a follower of nancy pelosi. Which is enough reason not to vote for her.
on July 17,2012 | 08:47AM
nitrobreath wrote:
A related question: I have asked the StarAdvertiser how to disable the political ads on this website, but they did not respond. It is really annoying to see Linda Lingle's picture front, top and in plain view.
on July 17,2012 | 07:05AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Add Mufi to your list.
on July 17,2012 | 07:17AM
false wrote:
I have asked the SA to disable all ads for those of us to now have to pay for access. I can understand ads if access is free. This is really inappropriate.
on July 17,2012 | 08:38AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Good luck with that.
on July 17,2012 | 09:15AM
kekelaward wrote:
Perhaps if you added some Ben Franklins to your request, they would have responded. Advertising revenue is god to them and money talks.
on July 17,2012 | 08:49AM
Larry01 wrote:
Is Mazie running, or is her mother running? Geez, I'm so sick and tired of hearing about her mother!
on July 17,2012 | 07:16AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Mazie, do your voting public a favor and just tell us what you've done with your time in Congress. Tell us what bills you've initiated so we know we have a leader and not a follower. Every time you duck this question, it only strengthens our belief that you're Dan's lap dog. Every time you duck this question, you're doing a disservice to the voters. Simple question Mazie, what have you done with your time in Congress?
on July 17,2012 | 07:16AM
kekelaward wrote:
6 years in congress and even a democrat party propaganda rag like the SA was hard pressed to fill one paragraph with her accomplishments during that time. Not one major piece of legislation introduced or one major law passed. Seeing who her mentors are, I guess we should be relieved.
on July 17,2012 | 08:52AM
kekelaward wrote:
Well, she did manage to become assistant chair of the congressional branch of the Democratic Socialist of Amer http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2872027/posts
on July 17,2012 | 09:21AM
McCully wrote:
Mazie always toots her horn during the election season. But she never backs it up during session. All talk and no action. Time to put her into RETIREMENT.
on July 17,2012 | 07:17AM
flyonthewall1 wrote:
I threw up inside myself after reading this...
on July 17,2012 | 07:18AM
9ronboz wrote:
Don't share her views
on July 17,2012 | 07:19AM
false wrote:
This whole story about her mother is really sounding like a broken record. Many of us just want to know what she has done. Digging up a few WWII inert torpedos at Bellows buried on military land was a waste of money. The Hamakua project seems like the only thing that really benefited the public. Just curious - wasn't this the politician who couldn't decide between running for this office or the governor's office a few years back? That appeared to be self motivated political opportunism...
on July 17,2012 | 07:30AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
"Mazie Hirono: Candidate views values as opportunities for education and jobs"

That headline looks like someone spilled a jar of political buzzwords. I'm surprised you didn't work "children" and "future" in there too :)
on July 17,2012 | 07:39AM
HEARTOHEART wrote:
My mother story ...and her upbrigning in Hawaii is started to sound like a broken record. her Buddhist story ("I am a pacifist because I am a non practicing Buddhist ") is sounding phoney A good lady whose time as come to retire
on July 17,2012 | 07:58AM
WesleySMori wrote:
Touce HEARTOHEART!!!! "TOUCHE"!!!!
on July 17,2012 | 08:57AM
turbolink wrote:
One point I'll give her, Congresswoman Hirono doesn't seem to have her staff submitting disingenuous posts first thing like a couple other candidates that want to take her current congressional seat.
on July 17,2012 | 07:58AM
Kalli wrote:
Only Case would have a chance against Lingle. In any debate, Lingle will beat Crazy Mazie. Mazie has been on the taxpayer dole for over 3 decades, time for a private sector job.
on July 17,2012 | 07:59AM
beachbum11 wrote:
At one of the local parks
on July 17,2012 | 08:38AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Lazy, Dazy, Hazy Mazie.
on July 17,2012 | 08:07AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Left out crazy.
on July 17,2012 | 09:13AM
nalogirl wrote:
I can't believe she has been in office for so long. The woman has no substance and I am so tired of her telling us about her mother leaving their abusive father. That has nothing to do with being in congress, I never heard anything from her until she started shaking in her shoes that Case jsut may beat her. Please, vote her out!
on July 17,2012 | 08:46AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Vote for her Mom. Mom got things done. Even Mom is going, "Yo, Mazie, what the heck you been doing girl, desu ka?"
on July 17,2012 | 09:16AM
jayz43 wrote:
That's why I occasionally read all the comments, my way of receiving comic relief: Mama san: Yo, Mazie....LOL
on July 17,2012 | 11:51AM
saveparadise wrote:
No new initiatives. Isn't she more like a tag along? Untypically however she is not making any false promises. She just quietly rides the gravy train and votes in favor of what she supports. Nothing will change but at least no b/s.
on July 17,2012 | 08:59AM
kainalu wrote:
I held Mazie accountable for Ben Cayetano's failing Governorship and voted for Linda Lingle for Governor. But Mazie has taken her opportunity and made the best of it. I now consider her an accomplished stateswoman, otherwise, she represents my desires. I want the Affordable Care Act - my wife and have been paying into the system too much for too long through our insurance premiums - sick or not. I want those entitlements that I worked hard for all my life, like Social Security and Medicare. I support a woman's right to choose - no business of mine. I support equal opportunity. I'm one of the 97% - my wife and I together as a matter of fact - that didn't earn over $200k-a-year in 2011 (sourcing the IRS). I support a reversion back to the tax-table for that top 3%. For me its simple: Mazie advocates for those things I hope for. She has my vote.
on July 17,2012 | 09:06AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
One should always vote one's self-interest. It is what made America great. I want my pony, too. Gimmee, gimmee, gimmee.
on July 17,2012 | 09:13AM
kainalu wrote:
What could one person possibly do - how hard can one person possibly work - how smart can one person possibly be - to earn $44-million dollars for a single-day's work? Maybe its just me, there's something seriously wrong with that picture. And something strikes me as "wrong", when a guy comes up with a good idea, otherwise product, and within a matter of years is able to buy an Island. Specifically, if the product is produced in some off-shore sweat-shop, and sold in retail outlets in which the income of these associates for these outlets don't qualify to buy a home. Finally, I recognize the growing divide between the "haves" and "have nots" - and its our political policies up to this point that has allowed this to occur in my humble opinion. One word: Deregulation - the concept of allowing big business, big oil, and big banking to operate with little to no regulations. Deregulation is a pillar of the Republican Party platform, and can be directly connected to our recent financial meltdown, the gulf oil spill, and the shrinking of the middle-class.
on July 17,2012 | 11:44AM
lee1957 wrote:
So you are against private enterprise at some point? Do we have the state confiscate anything deemed "unfair for one person to have?" The growing divide you speak of is between people who "do" and people who wonder what happened. I think your concept of deregulation is misleading. Take the airline idustry. There is plenty of regulation for the sake of safety. Before they were "deregulated" the government had lots of business regulation that artificially inflated prices. At the same time, airlines oiled the political machinery to keep the status quo. The industry was deregulated and the airlines had to compete on their merits. Lots of venerable names disappeared, but airfares are much more competetive and affordable than they were before deregulation.
on July 17,2012 | 12:19PM
serious wrote:
Anyone old enough to remember when people were turning down pay raises because they would be in a higher tax bracket?? Top bracket was 90% Sure, Jimmie Carter, tax and spend. 18% mortgage rates. The entire tax system needs to be changes. Everybody pays 10%, no deductions!!! Fairy tale!!!!
on July 17,2012 | 10:01AM
Anonymous wrote:
Probably because like their boss, they don't do anything. At least akaka's staff tries to help.
on July 17,2012 | 09:15AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
At the moment when Lehman went under, pulling the rest of the market, the Honorable Congresswoman refused to act, bringing the financial system to the brink and the Great Depression of the 20s closer to reality, in 2007. She and other elected officials tried to deflect the ensuing criticism... calling it a bail out. She has a made a career out of not having to act, and that's unacceptable: what are you in office for if not to act, and get the big ones right?
on July 17,2012 | 09:19AM
Changalang wrote:
Instead, she embraced the criminal Barney Frank who used his power to force banks to write mortgages for sub-prime. When forced, Banksters do what they do best; get the other guys to pay for it. So, they sliced and diced all the MBS s into barely recognizable parts, re-packaged them as CDO s to spread risk and real value, and then insured all those loans via a CDS market. So, I guess we can conclude that Mazie cannot be trusted to do anything, and must be left to do what she excels at, NOTHING. When she finally picks someone to stand by; it turns out that it is a major villain in causing the Global Depression. Please Mazie; do more nothing ! The American People cannot afford the consequences when you apply yourself. Retire and take care of yo' mama; apparently she deserves it.
on July 17,2012 | 10:18AM
Admirable wrote:
ANYBODY BUT ED CASE! ANTI-LABOR ATTORNEY FOR ALMOST TWENTY YEARS? Service on Ed Case campaign website lists service as: Attorney, Carlsmith Ball, Honolulu (1983-2002) Partner (1989-2002). From the website of Carlsmith Ball, Honolulu today 7/21/12. "CONTRACT NEGOTIATION AND ARBITRATION. You find a union authorization card in the employee locker room and realize your company is being organized. What are your rights? What can you tell employees without triggering an unfair labor practice? What constitutes a lawful no-solicitation policy? Who will be eligible to vote if there is an election? We have the experience to guide you through organizing drives and election campaigns. We offer skilled advocacy before the National Labor Relations Board in both election and unfair labor practice proceedings. We have proven expertise to either lead your management bargaining committee or advise it in union contract negotiations. We view arbitrations as an important component of labor contract administration. We understand that unions rely on arbitrations to attack management rights and to gain what they could not negotiate at the bargaining table. We also understand the impact on morale when a poor employee is restored by an arbitrator who strays from the contract. We prepare for arbitrations thoroughly, and well in advance. We take care in selecting the appropriate arbitrator. Our hearing presentations are crisp, organized and to the point. We do not personalize the issues, and we avoid theatrics. Our post-hearing briefs are well written, cogent and thorough. We aim to win." Ed Case law practice is riddled with activities that are generally labled as "Union Busting!" In what make beleive world is Ed Case a democrat? http://www.carlsmith.com/PracticeAreas/Labor-Employment.asp
on July 21,2012 | 10:04PM
KING_CRABBE wrote:
ANYBODY BUT LAZIE MAZIE, ED CASE HAS A PROVEN RECORD, HE DOES NOT RUBBER STAMP POLICY, HE IS AN INDEPENDENT THINKER, AND NOT PARTY PLAYER, LINGLE, GABBARD, ANYBODY BUT MAZIE AND MUFI, PLEASE!
on July 17,2012 | 09:27AM
serious wrote:
In all due respect, "The Republican Congress stopped the Earmarks?" Fast backwards---wasn't that one of Obama's campaign goals???? If HE gets reelected--what a mess he is going to inherit!!!!
on July 17,2012 | 09:55AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Collaberation? You've got to be kidding me. Show me one time she dared to buck Uncle Dan or Obama, or fail to toe the democratic line? Never. She is truly a puppet of the democatic machinery. Case or Lingle, but anyone but the Mazie Puppet.
on July 17,2012 | 10:29AM
Peacenik wrote:
"You can be the smartest person, but you're not going to accomplish much if you can't work with your colleagues..." If your beliefs are strong that you're doing the right thing, you work that that much harder to convince others, it's the right and smart thing to do. Not just throw up your hands and say, I'll go will the crowd, it's easier. No more talk of your mom, she not the one running.
on July 17,2012 | 11:46AM
Changalang wrote:
Really Mazie; cut the umbilical cord already. No wonder she always needs SOMEONE holding her hand. Vote against co-dependence and vot e for Independent leadership in the Pimary on August 11th Hawaii !
on July 17,2012 | 12:05PM
lee1957 wrote:
Maize is as far removed from the political center as one can get, yet she keeps peddling this fantasy about being able to collaborate to get things done. What's scary is people actually believe her. These reason nothing productive gets done is because of people who occupy the edges of the left and right, and I would classify Maize as one of them.
on July 17,2012 | 12:00PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
So let's see....the anti-Mazie sentiment is running about 90% here. Yup that almost guarantees she will win in a landslide. Hehehe.
on July 17,2012 | 12:47PM
Changalang wrote:
Sad, but potentially true.
on July 17,2012 | 01:58PM
kekelaward wrote:
You took the words right out of my mouth!
on July 17,2012 | 04:29PM
lee1957 wrote:
She probably will win, that's Hawaii politics. She will still be about four standard deviations from the political mean. Which means she won't get anything done, which is a good thing.
on July 17,2012 | 08:46PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Give me a break. It is all about her mother again. Exactly what are Mazie’s values? Let’s see. She supports homosexuality, she supports women having children without being married, she supports people on welfare and she supports every entitlement program every created or which liberals may want to create. When is she going to show some support for the working people of America who have to pay for the deadbeats of our society which she favors so much?
on July 17,2012 | 01:30PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Mazie's values. I had to laugh when I read that.
on July 17,2012 | 01:39PM
Admirable wrote:
I will vote for Mazie Hirono! She represented the people of Hawaii with honor and dignity over the years. She has a proven record of working and voting for issues that help working people with families, education,womens issues, seniors and her support of Social Security, Healthcare etc. She is a great representative and will make a great Senator.
on July 17,2012 | 01:53PM
Changalang wrote:
ROFL.
on July 17,2012 | 02:02PM
Admirable wrote:
The nice thing about that is my vote cancels yours. LOL!
on July 17,2012 | 02:52PM
Changalang wrote:
I am bringing ten, for the record. :)
on July 17,2012 | 06:34PM
Admirable wrote:
I will try not to get trampled by your horde of followers. :)
on July 17,2012 | 09:40PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mom speaks.
on July 17,2012 | 02:28PM
Peacenik wrote:
You forgot, "I believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy."
on July 17,2012 | 06:12PM
Admirable wrote:
I'm sure that any opinion that disagrees with yours is probably something your not used to hearing. You should probably get over it. The facts speak for themselves. Ed Case is a poor candidate. He cannot be trusted by his colleagues or the voters. The fact that he has lost his last three times out is an indication that he will not be successful in his run for the senate. All the hysterical ranting and raving by the paid character assassins in this forum does not change that. See you on voting day!
on July 17,2012 | 06:56PM
lee1957 wrote:
Make sure you grandkids know where the money went, because they will be paying for everything Mazie if for.
on July 17,2012 | 08:49PM
Admirable wrote:
The grandchildren will do just fine unless Ed Case is elected. In that case they will have to worry about education, medical care and Social Security...
on July 19,2012 | 02:46PM
Kuniarr wrote:
This entire articleon Mazie Hirono is nothing more than a paid advertising masqueratind as "news". Upon reading the 2nd paragraph of the news item that said "When the liberal congresswoman speaks about values, she does not mean" it became obvious that the entire news item is nothing more than a paid ad for Hirono masquerading as "news".
on July 17,2012 | 02:25PM
Kuniarr wrote:
That the StarAdvertiser would stoop so low as masquerade a political ad as "news" is inappropriate if the SA wants to keep its credibility and its integrity.
on July 17,2012 | 02:29PM
kekelaward wrote:
It'll be far different tomorrow!
on July 17,2012 | 04:31PM
Kuniarr wrote:
The Hirono new piece is appropriate in the Editorial page whereby opinions about the centerpiece of the article is appropriate. A news item should only deal with facts not opinions.
on July 17,2012 | 02:33PM
Grimbold wrote:
Who shares my values? I am for death penalty for all three timers, forced sterilization of third generation welfare people, forced sterilisation after the third chil to stop overpopulation, stop all immigration, public housing only for unhealthy elderly, take away kids from homeless mothers and sterilize them.
on July 17,2012 | 05:24PM
Changalang wrote:
Pat Buchanan?
on July 17,2012 | 06:36PM
st1d wrote:
"Patrick Griffin, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C., who served as a White House assistant on legislative affairs under President Bill Clinton, said the caucus more closely reflects the politics of leading liberals such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "To call it fringe would be an exaggeration," he said. "It's probably more aligned with the mainstream of the leadership of the congressional caucus." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but to the mainstream american public pelosi and hirono are not only fringe but lunatic fringe.
on July 17,2012 | 06:51PM
lee1957 wrote:
Just remember, out of all Democrats in the House, Nancy Pelosi is the finest example of leadership they could come up with.
on July 17,2012 | 08:51PM
HD36 wrote:
Spooky Kabuki
on July 17,2012 | 08:20PM
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