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Linda Lingle: Experience as governor makes her best choice, Republican says

By Derrick DePledge

LAST UPDATED: 06:03 p.m. HST, Jul 19, 2012

@Red=[C]Cindy Ellen Russell / crussell@staradvertiser.comFormer Gov. Linda Lingle campaigned Saturday during the Korean Festival at Kapiolani Park.

Former Gov. Linda Lingle thinks Congress has lost its way. The Republican sees a Washington, D.C., that places party label above prog­ress, calculation over compromise. A fiscal conservative who is moderate on social issues, Lingle promises a more bipartisan approach if she is selected to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.

She is urging voters to look beyond partisan politics and Hawaii's deep Demo­cratic tradition and consider the value of having "a foot in both camps."

"These people in Congress today have completely lost that their obligation is to the people, not to their political party. They should have known that but obviously they've really gone astray," Lingle said in an interview at her campaign headquarters off Dillingham Boulevard. "And so we felt it was important to reflect in my language what I hear from the public, which is, ‘How come they don't get along? How come they can't get anything done? Why don't they compromise? How come they can't come together?'"



>> Background: Born June 4, 1953, in St. Louis; graduated from Birmingham High School, Lake Balboa, Calif., 1971; journalism degree, California State University at Northridge, 1975

>> Religion: Jewish

>> Family: Divorced

>> Experience: Public information officer, Hawaii Teamsters and Hotel Workers, 1975-1976; founder and editor, Molokai Free Press, 1976-1980; chairwoman, Hawaii Republican Party, 1999-2002

>> Politics: Politics: Maui County Council, 1981-1991; Maui County mayor, 1991-1999; Hawaii governor, 2002-2010


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


>> Ed Case


>> Mazie Hirono


The Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now will sponsor a televised debate between Demo?cratic U.S. Senate candidates Ed Case and Mazie Hirono from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 26 on KHNL, KGMB and KFVE.

Lingle, 59, said U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former U.S. Rep. Ed Case — the Demo­cratic contenders — lack the kind of leadership experience she had as the state's chief executive.

"The other candidates have never had to make tough personal decisions in a public setting. Personal in the sense it was them — they couldn't hide behind a committee chairman or a caucus or a legislative body," she said. "I had to make the decisions, sometimes very difficult ones, but I had to do it."

Lingle, who is expected to win her primary against former state lawmaker John Carroll, could have trouble scrubbing partisanship from the campaign. Hawaii-born President Barack Obama will be on the ballot for re-election in November and will appeal to voters to keep the Senate in Demo­cratic control. U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate president pro tempore, will remind voters that a vote for Lingle could mean a Republican Senate that would lessen his power.

Lingle may also have to outline a more detailed argument to convince moderate Demo­crats and independents that her bipartisan approach is authentic and not simply an election-year calibration.

Linda Smith, Lingle's former senior policy adviser, described her as a thoughtful but demanding chief executive who would listen to all sides of an argument before making decisions. "I do think that ability to bring in both sides, listen to it, find where there is some common ground, is clear in her track record as a governor," she said.

As a Republican governor with a state House and Senate ruled by Demo­crats, Lingle had little ability to advance a public-policy agenda through legislation. High job-approval ratings for most of her two terms and even a record state budget surplus did not give her enough political leverage to counter the raw numerical strength of the majority party.

Ideas to provide broad tax relief and to break the state Department of Education into local school districts with locally elected school boards failed to move.

Her most substantive legislative achievement was the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the state's goal of achieving 70 percent clean energy by 2030 — 40 percent from renewable energy and 30 percent through conservation. Her administration worked with the U.S. Department of Energy and key Demo­cratic lawmakers on what could be the catalyst that eventually moves the islands away from dependence on imported oil.

Her administration also sought to move more Hawaiians onto homestead land and encourage science, technology, engineering and math education to prepare students to compete in a global economy.

Lingle often asked not to be judged solely by her legislative accomplishments, but by her administrative actions, such as the emergency proclamations she issued to help provide shelters for the homeless on the Leeward Coast.

"My only role here is to do what I can to make things better in our state for the people who live here, and I think they know that," she said of the public's perception about her as governor.

But many voters will also remember the Lingle years for the Hawaii Superferry debacle and for teacher furloughs.

Lingle has never expressed regret about her administration's decision to exempt $40 million in harbor improvements for the Superferry project from environmental review. The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the decision was wrong as a matter of law. Internal records also showed that state staff closest to the project had recommended an environmental review and had warned that an exemption could doom the project.

Lingle did second-guess her decision to sign off on teacher furloughs on classroom instruction days, which caused turmoil for parents and was nationally criticized by educators. Yet Lingle insists she had been assured by educators that the furloughs, which were used to help close the state's budget deficit during the recession, would not be taken from instructional time.

LINGLE has mostly avoided the polarizing debates over social issues that have often been staples of national Republican campaigns. She has long supported abortion rights for women, although she opposes so-called partial-birth abortion and wants parental notification for minors who seek to end their pregnancies. Her veto of a civil-unions bill during her last year in office, however, is likely to follow her.

Lingle considered the civil unions that would have been allowed by the bill as equivalent to same-sex marriage, which she opposes, and thought voters should have the opportunity to settle the issue. (Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a similar civil-unions bill into law soon after he was elected.)

As a U.S. Senate candidate, Lingle has argued that states should be left to determine how to define marriage. The Hawaii Constitution gives the Legislature the power to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Lingle said she would not oppose the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. "My personal belief is that marriage is between a man and woman, but once individual states decide how they define marriage, I think those decisions should be respected by the federal government," she said on a Star-Advertiser questionnaire.

Intense partisanship in the Senate over the past few years has shoved many moderates to the sidelines.

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, a moderate often instrumental in close votes, chose to retire rather than campaign for re-election this year after she concluded there was no realistic expectation that the polarized climate would change in the short term. U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., a bipartisan leader on foreign relations, was beaten in a primary in May by a state treasurer who thinks voters want Republicans to take a more conservative tack.

Jason Grumet, founder and president of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., said Lingle, who serves on his governor's council, could help fill what he described as a "troubling void" of independent voices.

He predicts the party that wins a majority in the Senate in the November elections will have only razor-thin control, so majority votes — or the 60-vote threshold needed to break filibusters — could "depend on those dozen members who occupy the middle and are willing to vote conscience as well as party."

Many Hawaii Demo­crats concede that Lingle governed close to the center but have serious doubts that she could live up to her bipartisan promise in the Senate.

When invited onto the national stage, Lingle praised President George W. Bush's tax cuts as a key to economic recovery at the Republican National Convention in 2004, and enthusiastically introduced former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at the GOP convention in 2008. She made several campaign swings on the mainland four years ago, during which she criticized Obama as unprepared for the White House and joked that he was a mystery to most people in Hawaii.

Lingle's actions nationally undercut what had been a carefully cultivated image at home. Despite the negative reaction, she said she does not regret standing with Palin, who at the time was the GOP's vice presidential nominee. She thinks the public will see through Hirono or other Demo­crats who continually refer to the Palin introduction as proof of her true colors.

In blue Hawaii, Lingle's election victories have been unlikely. She was in the islands only for a few years — "I was Republican, haole woman, Jewish from the mainland" — when she was chosen to represent Molokai on the Maui County Council in 1980. She served two terms as Maui County's mayor. She was the first woman, and the first Republican in four decades, to take Washington Place when she beat Hirono for governor in 2002. She won every state House district in her sweep to re-election in 2006.

"I hear this everywhere, from all kinds of people," she said. "They may be Republicans, they may be Demo­crats. They want something to get done."

No Hawaii Republican has been sent to the Senate in 36 years. Lingle is telling voters that their choices for president and Senate are completely different decisions. The next president will be in office for four to eight years, she says, but the next Hawaii senator could serve for a generation.

"This is a generational decision. This is not about who supports President Obama on any particular issue," she said. "This is about who can most effectively represent the people of Hawaii for a generation, who has done more for the people of Hawaii up to this point and who has the best vision for the future."

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MalamaKaAina wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 01:52AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
And Linda!
on July 18,2012 | 06:19AM
wondermn1 wrote:
Go Linda Go
on July 18,2012 | 06:22AM
allie wrote:
She was a very poor governor
on July 18,2012 | 06:37AM
Taisho808 wrote:
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on July 18,2012 | 07:21AM
allie wrote:
Ben was wonderful. Lingle was a big FAIL
on July 18,2012 | 12:37PM
OldDiver wrote:
Linda Lingle left Neil Abercrombie with a $1.2 billion budget deficit. Against a State policy of not putting all of your eggs in one basket she place $1 billion of our tax dollars in auction rate securities on wall street. At this point we have no idea how much if any of the $1 billion we will get back. She had parents of public school students arrested for try to talk to her about furloughs. Lingle was the failure of all failures.
on July 18,2012 | 08:17AM
OldDiver wrote:
On a side note after one year of Governor Abercrombie we now have about a $200 million budget surplus.
on July 18,2012 | 08:19AM
serious wrote:
It's the economy, OD! And our economy is tourism -- sad for our college grads turning beds for an income and career, but look at us--worst state for doing business. Military -- great but with their housing allowances, a local person can't rent for a economical price since it's fabricated by the military. We can't run the Federal goverment by stimlus -- buying jobs. Getting our Olympic uniforms made in China--who in the heck is in charge? As Summers said after an economic meeting with HIM--we need adult supervision!!! Obama ran on change--I agree, we need a change!!! Look at Obama's cabinet! How many were in business--ran a company, wrote a payroll check?
on July 18,2012 | 09:03AM
OldDiver wrote:
When Charles Djou was in the House the Democrats passed a measure to bring back manufacturing to American through taxes and other incentives. Djou voted no. Republicans in the Senate then killed the bill.
on July 18,2012 | 10:38AM
ya_think wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 09:09AM
OldDiver wrote:
Very true.
on July 18,2012 | 10:38AM
lee1957 wrote:
That's because Neil's a genius!
on July 18,2012 | 12:16PM
serious wrote:
Linda has my vote. Open and straight forward. We definitely need CHANGE!!!
on July 18,2012 | 08:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Are you serious?
on July 18,2012 | 11:36AM
4watitsworth wrote:
OMG we don't need a change for the worst! She's the worst politician ever. PLEASE don't....
on July 18,2012 | 03:36PM
Admirable wrote:
ANYBODY BUT ED CASE! ED CASE IS A BIG DISGRACE! 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). He also managed the union busting outfit for a couple of years. Corporate law at its worst! 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!" http://www.carlsmith.com/PracticeAreas/Labor-Employment.asp
on July 24,2012 | 05:02PM
LMO wrote:
Oh, please. Her experience here should show us she is incapable of moving us forward. All she would do is follow the party line.
on July 18,2012 | 02:07AM
false wrote:
Over 100 of Lingle's vetoes were overridden by the legislature. Lingle didn't have much chance to move anything forward in our democrat dominated state.
on July 18,2012 | 02:26AM
wondermn1 wrote:
THATS THE TRUTH, This Island is(was) about 90 % thats why welfare is so high and we are out of money. THINK PEOPLE AND THEN VOTE FOR LINGLE
on July 18,2012 | 06:23AM
allie wrote:
Thje same is true with Obama hon. That is still no excuse. Lingle lacks candor and skill
on July 18,2012 | 06:37AM
cocoschoice wrote:
I think maybe youre thinking of someone else, Allie.
on July 18,2012 | 06:59AM
allie wrote:
Ben is honest. Lingle is not
on July 18,2012 | 12:37PM
4watitsworth wrote:
Oh Allie, you're so funny. But your statement about Lingle is true. Thanks for the laughs.
on July 18,2012 | 03:39PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Experience is good only if it's GOOD experience. With lingle, it's been one BAD experience after another.
on July 18,2012 | 04:21AM
jakwa wrote:
Experience? Hah! The public unions ran all over her namely the HSTA. Drug testing tied to pay raises sound familiar?
on July 18,2012 | 06:03AM
postmanx wrote:
Experiencing Lingle as Governor was light years better then our current experiment with Abercrombie. Just saying....
on July 18,2012 | 07:00AM
allie wrote:
huh? No way
on July 18,2012 | 12:38PM
serious wrote:
In yesterday's article Mazie said she would have brought more earmarks to Hawaii but the Republican Congress blocked them. If she remembers, no more earmarks were number two after healthcare on Obama's campaign. Even uncle Ben has recently opposed them. Yes, if you want continued bipartnership bickering go for Mazie.
on July 18,2012 | 02:27AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
Earmarks is not what we need! Federal money IS NOT FREE!! Hawaii needs to be weaned from the Federal Money. We depend too much on Washington! Get it?
on July 18,2012 | 03:31AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 08:05AM
loquaciousone wrote:
another lingle failure. Where are the ag inspectors that keep invasive aliens out of Hawaii? Where are in the Healt Inspectors that keeps the rats out of Waikiki and Chinatown? Lingle's devastating misguided budget cuts, while Governor, have turned hawaii into and Invasive Species Paradise.
on July 18,2012 | 03:37AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Let's not forget that she gets most of her campaign money from mainland Republican interests. If she were that great for Hawaii, the local money would be pouring in. It's unfortunate for Hawaii voters that we have such bad choices presented to us.
on July 18,2012 | 06:21AM
allie wrote:
True..she is swimming in money from the super rich who want to buy hawaii.
on July 18,2012 | 06:38AM
Descartes22 wrote:
Bi-partisanship is Lingle's mantra? Talk about a hollow campaign promise. The reactionary Republican senators from the south and midwest have emasculated what was envisioned at the inception of the nation.. Their only policy objective over the past four years has been to defeat Hawaii's Obama. Lingle would vote in lockstep. As the last state to vote, Hawaii cannot be the tipping point to a Republican controlled senate. Both Democrat candidates are weak but Lingle would be bad for Hawaii and the country.
on July 18,2012 | 04:05AM
Maui wrote:
If elected, Lingle will vote exactly the way Mitch McConnell tells her to vote. She won't dare do otherwise.
on July 18,2012 | 05:08AM
allie wrote:
yup...you got it
on July 18,2012 | 06:38AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Linda, a bi-partisan Republican? That's an oxymoron. There is no such thing. The Republicans on the Hill will soon teach her how to vote "NO" on everything that would benefit the people.
on July 18,2012 | 06:45AM
allie wrote:
Yes, and Lingle will cleverly pretend not to be Tea Party while telling Tea Party shed is one of them!
on July 18,2012 | 12:38PM
Kawika50 wrote:
Just wondering if she has taken the Grover Norquist No Taxes pledge yet. Anybody know? That would say a lot about how "bi-partisan" she will be.
on July 18,2012 | 02:56PM
cocoschoice wrote:
She has never "voted in lock step" with republicans. She has stood up to both parties when they are doing things that hurt Hawaii.
on July 18,2012 | 07:01AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Experience is good only if it's GOOD experience. With lingle, it has been one BAD experience after another.
on July 18,2012 | 04:20AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I seem to be hearing an echo for the past week. Better go to the doctor and check my ears, because I thought I heard Pete and Kirk accuse Ben of pay to play.
on July 18,2012 | 09:17AM
akuman808 wrote:
Come on Linda. Campaign "speak" echos nice but reality is that if every republican in Congress votes unanimously against any democratic proposal, what makes you think as a freshman senator you can be that maverick. You would be another vote for the 1%, Wall Street, insurance & drug companies and oil interest. Be honest, that's the change that Washington DC needs.
on July 18,2012 | 05:19AM
Changalang wrote:
Umm, we were all right here when she was Governor. No mass populace amnesia.
on July 18,2012 | 05:31AM
cocoschoice wrote:
Amen, Changalang. It's like these people lived in a different state that we did!
on July 18,2012 | 07:01AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 08:09AM
Changalang wrote:
No, that is where Lingle was hiding to avoid 'fessing up to the public about her Administration's dominant role in the Auction Rate Security Fiasco.
on July 18,2012 | 05:00PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 08:35AM
kuewa wrote:
From her viewpoint, Lingle's experience as governor qualifies her for office. From the public standpoint, her 8 years as governor were a dismal failure, marked by her inability to work in a bipartisan political environment, purposely snubbing the first President born in Hawai`i, taking unnecessary trips at public expense, and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on poorly planned, failed initiatives, such as the SuperFerry and biotech tax credit program.
on July 18,2012 | 06:00AM
sparkyzane wrote:
Do you also remember Uncle D saying the same or even worse in favor of Clinton? No, I thought not.
on July 18,2012 | 11:01AM
hanamauka wrote:
LL thoughtful??? Here's what she said in 2008: About Obama - "I'm the governor of Hawai'i, and Senator Obama likes to say he's from Hawai'i. But, the truth is, I've never met him in my life. He's never called me on the phone, and ninety-five percent of the people in my state had never heard of him before he ran for president.” About Sarah Palin - "I'm one of the only people in America who knows Sarah Palin…I'm one of the only people who has traveled her road."
on July 18,2012 | 06:01AM
NITRO08 wrote:
BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME! IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on July 18,2012 | 08:10AM
Hawaiianbob wrote:
She only wishes. She must be on window pain.
on July 18,2012 | 06:12AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Lucky for us, Republicans make up only about 10 percent of the voters in Hawai`i, and they are all busy pouring their money into the ill-conceived railroad to nowhere.
on July 18,2012 | 06:37AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Ridiculous. Republicans stand for fiscal austerity. Trying to blame them for rail is absurd. In this state, the most democratic one there is, it's obviously not republicans who've gotten this rail fiasco going.
on July 18,2012 | 06:55AM
false wrote:
Too true. The Mall Train belongs to the democrats.
on July 18,2012 | 07:28AM
lee1957 wrote:
Your slip is showing old man. To think that if you are for rail makes you a Republican, and by inference, a Democrat if against, is absurd, bordering on both sanctimony and stupidity.
on July 18,2012 | 12:28PM
57nawahine wrote:
Her past as our Gov. has me thinking she will not get my vote!
on July 18,2012 | 06:42AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 08:11AM
allie wrote:
That was the least of the evil she did out here
on July 18,2012 | 12:39PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
The censors are at work today, protecting Lingle and her people from reading the truth.
on July 18,2012 | 06:45AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Remember, Lingle is the one who described GWBush as one of the smartest men she's known. I know one of her former husbands, and he is ten times smarter than Bush. She also spoke of her admiration of poor Sarah Jane Palin.
on July 18,2012 | 06:47AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Lingle had how many husbands? and where are they now and what are they doing? .....any kids from these marriages? I wanna know!
on July 18,2012 | 03:57PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I'm curious what the final tally was for the SUPER FERRY DISASTER. At last count it was a couple of million dollars and counting. All that money and NOTHING to show for it - something like the rail..... and what about the billion dollars that go frozen more solid than a wooly mammoth in a glacier because of mismanagement.
on July 18,2012 | 06:56AM
serious wrote:
Wasn't her fault---it was the "no change" Democrats. What! A private company making money!!!! Not in the worst state for doing business, highest fuel costs, highest Union labor, I could go on!!!
on July 18,2012 | 07:03AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The Hawaii Supreme Court shot down the Super Ferry because Lingle didn't think it was necessary to do an EIS and went ahead with the project despite her own staff warning her that this was a mistake. The billion dollars that I am referring to is the one Budget and Finance Director Georgina Kawamura forgot about and didn't do due dilligence to protect the money. I'm not making this all up -- really.
on July 18,2012 | 08:06AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 08:13AM
cocoschoice wrote:
I remember the surpluses we had when Lingle was Governor. And I remember that we re-elected her by historic margins. I remember that we all REALLY liked her. Seems like you all have forgotten everything. I also remember that she got things done. She didn't sit and wait to be told what the president wanted or how Uncle Dan wanted her to vote.
on July 18,2012 | 06:57AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 08:13AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I'm still trying to figure out if you've taken sarcasm to the next level or you been dipping into some really really strong koolaide.
on July 18,2012 | 12:09PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
OK, S-A censors, you win .... for now. I'll sign off and go on to better things, but I won't forget. My posts that you refused to let your readers see, were true and if truth bothers you, so be it. Have a nice day.
on July 18,2012 | 07:16AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
As admirable Ms Lingle may be for her accomplishments as governor, if she becomes the next US senator, she would be a most junior Republican senator. As such, she would have to toe the party line dictated by the party leader – the ninja turtle McConnell who has been unalterably unmoveably opposed to any bill introduced by the Dems and especially Obama. The Republicans in both the House and Senate are responsible for the gridlock in government, no more jobs, increasing debt, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the criminal shenanigans on Wall Street. In addition to a second term we should be giving the President a Congress that will cooperate for the good of the country instead of a Congress that does nothing but blame Obama.
on July 18,2012 | 07:35AM
serious wrote:
Wait a minute!! When the Messiah took office the D's dominated both houses--correct??? Where was his compaign pledges--whatever happened to all of those CHANGES? As a great American once said, are you better off now than you were four years ago? Get him out of office and into South Chicago!!!
on July 18,2012 | 09:12AM
lee1957 wrote:
Don't spoil partisan myopia with facts, Macadamiamac might need therapy.
on July 18,2012 | 12:32PM
stevelaudig wrote:
We have enough "Zionist Israel Firsters" in the Senate we don't need another Senator who puts Zionist Israeli interests ahead of United States. Remember the Liberty.
on July 18,2012 | 07:42AM
lee1957 wrote:
Please connect the dots between the USS Liberty and Lingle. Feel free to dig a little deeper than sloganeering.
on July 18,2012 | 12:33PM
control wrote:
what a joke.....superferry fiasco just because her rich friends in washington were connected to the project and they wanted it fast-tracked (mgmt speak for cutting corners), furloughs for our schools and she has the nerve to say she's strong and proud of her record in education. The state retirement system fiasco, the employee health benefits fiasco. the dept of health multiple fiasco because of deep, deep, budget cuts. no more inspectors, businesses free to do what evah......the list goes on and on......
on July 18,2012 | 07:49AM
lee1957 wrote:
One Republican governor in 40 years and all the State's problems are attributed to her. Furloughs are still with us, just by another name. Retirement system is a fiasco due to decisions made in the 1990's, read Waihee and a Democratic controlled legislature, ditto for employee health benefits. She had the backing of the legislature on the superferry. But hay, why ruin a good story, right?
on July 18,2012 | 12:38PM
GrLan21 wrote:
Yeah...let's elect Lingle so Furlough Fridays can go national! Lol! They were such a success here in Hawaii when all the students lost instructional time. Lingle is not pro-education as her latest commercial incorrectly states. She made Hawaii an emabarrassment by supporting us having the shortest school year in the nation. Remember how parents camped outside her office until she finally gave in and supported restoring the instructional time.
on July 18,2012 | 08:01AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 08:15AM
HoldEverything wrote:
She campaigned for Sarah Palin. Enough said.
on July 18,2012 | 08:17AM
Wazdat wrote:
I am voting for Mr. Case. If somehow Mazie wins, then I will vote for LINGLE. Yes she has issues but voting the same ole B$ into office will not CHANGE anything.
on July 18,2012 | 08:48AM
lee1957 wrote:
Did you know Maize was raised by a single mom?
on July 18,2012 | 12:39PM
Donald Mack wrote:
Yes, I would vofe for Linda Lingle again although I was miffed when she was very timid in her support of LT GOV Duke Aiona when he ran for GOV a few years ago. Congressional experience, etc. definitely did NOT help Neil Abercrombie who is still unable to peform his job as GOV!
on July 18,2012 | 08:59AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Folks say Linda is a bad choice. But then you look at the other choices and go, "Well, maybe not that bad after all." I mean, compared to Mazie I'd vote for Chthulu.
on July 18,2012 | 09:09AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Imagine if Ben had decided to stay home and iron his clothes instead of jumping into the Mayoral race. Our choice for Mayor this year would be Dumb and Dumber.
on July 18,2012 | 11:39AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Mazie or Linda? A puppet vs. someone who is willing to buck her own party? Hmmmm.......Frankly, though, I can't say I'm thrilled with Lingle as she is a republican in the mold of Olympia Snow and Susan Collins (liberal repubs). However, she is a fiscal conservative and that is what we need in Washington. Case or Lingle would be an interesting matchup.
on July 18,2012 | 09:52AM
Naloboy wrote:
FUnny....she didn't seem so bi-partisan when she went around the country campaigning for Sarah Palin and the Tea Party agenda. I don't believe the Tea Party folks are interested in anything relating to bi-partisanship. Its there way or the highway. Since that's the way the GOP thinks these days and since Lingle's biggest and most generous support comes from mainland GOP folks and PACS....how does she plan to be bi-=partisan if elected? What a SHIBAI!
on July 18,2012 | 09:53AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
As opposed to groups like Move On? Let's face it, partisanship exists on both sides. And someone like Lingle (who is very liberal IMO) is about as good as you're going to get re. bi-partisianship.
on July 18,2012 | 04:35PM
jankenpo wrote:
Pretty much with all politicians, it's hard to believe that they will practice what they preach. In this case, is she is going on the bipartisan mantra just to get votes? Me think so.
on July 18,2012 | 10:23AM
nitpikker wrote:
she conveniently does'nt mention that its HER republican party that won't compromise!!
on July 18,2012 | 10:28AM
americantaxpayer wrote:
I'll be voting for her!
on July 18,2012 | 10:36AM
allie wrote:
I will vote for Case or mazied
on July 18,2012 | 12:39PM
jkjones wrote:
Ill take Lingle over Mazie anyday, but not over Case. This is not about party affiliation--even by Lingle's terms--it's about character and its relationship to to the people of Hawaii. Mazie is a do nothing party hack and Lingle is owned by a few in Tourism. Case is independent. The broader community, with no ties to influence, is his benefactor.
on July 18,2012 | 11:10AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
I'm a conservative, but Case is a consideration. Anybody but the Mazie puppet.
on July 18,2012 | 04:31PM
Changalang wrote:
Pull a Democratic ballot in the Primary then. Lingle is not even close to being threatened by her Primary challenger. Any Republican who wants to actually draw blood and knock down the Machine will cross-over for Case. This may be the only chance Hawaii gets to take out one of Inouye's Princesses. Think about it. If Case wins in the Primary, then Lingle runs against a Democrat with one tenth the funding of Lingle. Running against Case is Lingle's best chance. Knocking Mazie out of the race and spanking the Establishment Democrats is something Hawaii Conservatives can brag about for a decade. Taking Mazie out sends a message to Emperor Dan himself. :)
on July 18,2012 | 05:12PM
Changalang wrote:
" The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. "
on July 18,2012 | 05:25PM
Admirable wrote:
on July 19,2012 | 01:23AM
Admirable wrote:
on July 19,2012 | 01:22AM
Damia wrote:
The question is which candidate will cause the least amount of damage to the people of Hawaii?
on July 18,2012 | 11:32AM
keight wrote:
I can't believe the staradvertiser is now promoting candidates ... must have something to do with the Lingle ad that was on their website for so many months ...
on July 18,2012 | 11:39AM
jkjones wrote:
keight, I believe the SA is doing a series on US senatorial candidates. They already featured US Senate candidates Hirono and Case. lingle is the 3rd installment.
on July 18,2012 | 12:15PM
thevisitor967 wrote:
What experience? When Lingle was governor she (1) implemented 17 furlough days in the public schools thus making Hawaii the laughing stock of the country; (2) didn't do an environmental survey so the Super Ferry went out of business, (3) made cutbacks in the state budget thus resulting in further cutbacks the following years, etc. With experience like that--who needs Lingle?!
on July 18,2012 | 12:15PM
allie wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 12:40PM
oneindisarray wrote:
If people of this state actually vote for a woman who proposed and pushed for furlough days in the first place (34 days at first, which means students would have been out of school TWO TIMES as much as they were!), and then backtracked and blamed teachers for being the ones somehow at fault for an idea she PUBLICLY PROPOSED, and is now SOMEHOW advertising she was some savior in terms of education with the STEM program... I'm seriously going to throw up. Be smart Hawai'i. And I'm glad this website is actually posting the anti-Lingle comments considering its ridiculous and fishy support of her.
on July 18,2012 | 06:26PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
HSA will just post any comment that does not attack someone personally. The polls show that there is a race between the candidates. Otherwise, why have an election right?
on July 18,2012 | 07:03PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well I hope Linda will fare well in Congress, however only one voice will not do it. Linda will need to be a leader among leaders in order to accomplish her goals, especially with a Democratic President, unless Romney wins. The big budget deficit frightens me and just about everyone else. The United States of America needs to survive though, because who else will lead this world into the future? I wonder what would happen if the two parties (Democrat and Republican) were done away with, and just have people elected to office, instead of this yes or no, or this right or wrong, or this u against us, or us against u?
on July 18,2012 | 07:01PM
commoner wrote:
Lest we forget.....it was under Lingle's administration that the Super Ferry FAILED. Then, .she implemented the FURLOUGHS of TEACHERS...meaning, less EDUCATION for the children of Hawaii. Then, more furloughs of other state workers.....Auwe! But, can't blame the people of Hawaii for putting her in as governor, then,...since, many felt that her predecessor, Cayetano, was WORSE. So, at the time, people voted, against the party....just because of the arrogance of her predecessor, Cayetano and his administration. Thus, she became governor.....now, known as the FURLOUGH governor.
on July 19,2012 | 12:08AM
Admirable wrote:
Ed Case's lack of funding is an indication of his lack of support. If he survives the primary which he probably will not. He will be crushed by Linda Lingle's war chest in the general election. I doubt he will inspire the democratic funding nor support to overcome those obstacles. Mazie Hirono has the necessary funding and support to beat Lingle. Mazie Hirono is the candidate with the best platform and political savvy to do the job.
on July 19,2012 | 09:35PM
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