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Isle delegation's power decreases to nil

By Derrick DePledge

LAST UPDATED: 03:43 a.m. HST, Dec 21, 2012

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono knew she was expected to carry the legacy of retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, a Democrat who gracefully embodied the aloha spirit of Hawaii in the Senate.

But the death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye this week of respiratory complications leaves Hirono and the temporary appointment who will replace the senior senator with much more urgent responsibilities.

Hirono, who will be sworn in to the Senate on Jan. 3, must immediately begin to fill the void left by Hawaii's loss of 72 years of seniority — Inouye's 50 years and Akaka's 22 years — and lead a congressional delegation that will be among the least experienced in Washington.

The 65-year-old former lieutenant governor and state lawmaker is among the most popular Hawaii politicians — the Hawaii Poll put her favorability rating at 62 percent in October — but she has never had the expectations that are placed on her now.

"Even as we mourn the senator's passing, we will pull together and build on the tremendous foundation he laid for us in so many areas," Hirono said Wednesday by phone from Washington. "And I know he would expect us to be strong and go forward, and that's what I'm going to do, and our entire delegation is going to do that."

Hirono, who has served for six years in Congress, said she had the opportunity to watch and work with Ino­uye on issues important to Hawaii. "I bring all of my years of experience and learning from him over this period of time to bear on the challenges ahead," she said.

Senate Democrats had announced last week that Hirono would be assigned to the Judiciary, Energy and Veterans' Affairs committees. But Inouye's death opened up the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, and the potential nomination of U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as secretary of state, would lead to adjustments in the committee lineup, so it is possible Hirono might get another assignment.

Hawaii has relied on the federal money that Inouye delivered for a half-century. In the days since the senator's death, political analysts and economists have tried to quantify his loss, but the impact is incalculable. Ino­uye's influence was not just measured by dollars and cents, but also in the personal relationships he cultivated over decades with senators, congressmen, presidents, diplomats, military brass, bureaucrats, lobbyists and interest groups.

Political insiders say it would be unfair to expect Hirono — or any new senator — to replicate Inouye's influence or Akaka's aloha. But Hirono will not get the same grace period she might otherwise have enjoyed if she had been able to experience the Senate under Inouye's wing for a few years.

One of the themes of Hirono's successful campaign against former Gov. Linda Lingle was that a Lingle victory and a Republican Senate would weaken Inouye's power. That power is now gone.

Hirono and the temporary appointee chosen by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to replace Inouye will start near the bottom of Senate seniority. In the U.S. House, former Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is replacing Hirono in the 2nd Congressional District, will also be near the bottom.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, was first elected in 2010, so she too has little seniority. Hanabusa is among the Democrats under consideration to replace Inouye, so if she were appointed to the Senate, the winner of a special election to follow her in the 1st Congressional District would also start near the bottom.

"I don't think that a delegation that works as strongly as we do starts at zero," Hirono said. "The Senate is also a changing institution, so there is movement that happens. But the bottom line is that Sen. Inouye did leave us with a tremendous legacy and foundation that we will build upon."

Hirono, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate and just its second woman of color, enters a Senate that is far different today than the exclusive old boys' club that Inouye encountered in 1963 and was largely still in place when Akaka arrived in 1990. Two women served in the Senate in 1990. In January, Hirono will be among a record 20 women in the chamber.

Hirono has a kinship, both personal and political, with the newly elected Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

The internal politics of the Senate may also be different. A ban on earmarks, which Inouye — the "king of pork" — had reluctantly approved, makes it more difficult for senators to direct federal money for projects in their home states.

Senate Democrats are discussing term limits on committee chairmanships — Republicans already have a six-year limit on chairpersons and ranking members — that would discourage senior senators from establishing the nearly untouchable power lnouye had built on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate Democrats, under pressure from progressives and labor interests, are also talking about filibuster reform. Some senators want colleagues who filibuster to actually take to the Senate floor and talk at length to block legislation, rather than just threaten to filibuster. Some also favor limits on the number of opportunities to filibuster on a single bill.

"We recognize, certainly, the greatness of Sen. Ino­uye. But I believe Mazie has always been prepared to lead," said Jadine Nielsen, a friend and ally who thinks Hirono will rise to the challenge.

Bob Toyofuku, a Hirono confidant and one of the state's top lobbyists, said Hirono is a collaborator who already drew support from within the Senate during her campaign. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, had publicly backed Hirono over former congressman Ed Case in the primary.

"So I think that will go a long way," Toyofuku said. "And she's not afraid to talk to anybody."

Charles Freedman, a veteran Democratic strategist, described Washington as "a pretty tough town with jagged edges," but contends Hirono will bring the same Hawaii ethos that guided Ino­uye and Akaka and often disarmed their colleagues.

When senators paid tribute to Inouye over the past few days, they cited his familiar life story — his bravery in World War II that earned him the Medal of Honor, his service to Hawaii in Congress since statehood — but among the most touching anecdotes were about his qualities as a person. Senators had similar praise for Akaka on his retirement.

"I think Mazie will not leave us short on being a good projection of what Hawaii is about, as a person," Freedman said. "I think she'll fit in right away and won't leave anybody disappointed."


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Obama, Biden to speak at cathedral service for Inouye

Akaka urges Senate to pass recognition bill in Inouye's honor

Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Fund to continue senator’s work

Hanabusa looks strong as possible replacement for Inouye

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Daniel K. Inouye | 1924 - 2012

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Democrats will name candidates to succeed Inouye on Dec. 28

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President orders flags flown at half-staff for Inouye

Leahy succeeds Inouye as Senate president pro tempore

VIDEO: Senate remembers Sen. Inouye

Hawaii mourns 'An American hero'

Mikulski to become first woman to head Appropriations Committee, replacing Inouye

Sen. Inouye’s influence extended into sports realm

Congressional sway funneled billions of dollars to isle projects

A champion of Japanese-Americans

Lawmakers from both parties praise legacy of modest hero

Inouye advocated for Hanabusa to take his place in U.S. Senate

Inouye's impact on Hawaii was monumental

Sen. Inouye’s influence extended into sports realm

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye dies at age 88 of respiratory illness

Inouye wanted Hanabusa to succeed him in U.S. Senate

Statement from President Obama on Sen. Inouye's death

Gov. Abercrombie says public memorial will be planned

Inouye tributes come from White House to Honolulu Hale

VIDEO: Sens. Akaka and Reid speak about Inouye

Statement announcing Sen. Inouye's death

Sen. Inouye to remain in hospital indefinitely

Inouye 'fighting respiratory complications'

Photos: Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye Part I

Senator Daniel Inouye through Associated Press' lens Part I

Senator Daniel Inouye through Associated Press' lens Part II

Senator Daniel Inouye through Associated Press' lens Part III

Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye Part II

Remembering Sen. Daniel Inouye Part III

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false wrote:
Hawaii should have elected Ed Case 6 years ago. Now Hawaii has squat for seniority, and soon it will have 2 squatters in the Senate.
on December 20,2012 | 12:57AM
mellishi wrote:
...Mazie oh Mazie, ZERO is still ZERO! (even my grandchildren can figure that out...zero zero= zero !!!) Give us a break, stop the grandstanding and get to work...all of you will have a lot of catching up to do (but don't count of being there too long, it is like what Elizabeth Taylor said to her7th husband: "...I too, will not keep you too long" and neither will the voters of Hawaii. Period.
on December 20,2012 | 02:21AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
We'll see if "Lazy" Mazie lives up to her nickname!
on December 20,2012 | 02:43AM
Dawg wrote:
More like amazing Mazie! Eat your words!
on December 20,2012 | 04:15AM
OldDiver wrote:
Ed Case's reputation in the House was one of a backstabber speaking out of two sides of his mouth. He was not trusted by anyone and would not have made many friends in the Senate.
on December 20,2012 | 06:59AM
OldDiver wrote:
It's interesting that this forum is dominated by the CONservative right wing fringe who side with the millionaires and billionaires. Me thinks too much Republican TV (Fox News) is bad for the thought process.
on December 20,2012 | 07:04AM
donthigpen wrote:
OD..me thinks you had a bad case of the bends that killed alot of your brain cells. I've read your posts over the months and you are 1 totally negative dude.
on December 20,2012 | 07:42AM
waikiicapt wrote:
Good old OD, we can always count on you for a daily dose of anti-conservative-republican rantings, no matter what the subject or people involved. Poor old makule man....must be lonely to have such a view on life through that tired old kaleidoscope you look through everyday of your life.
on December 20,2012 | 08:20AM
64hoo wrote:
are you one of allie's roommates at her dorm.
on December 20,2012 | 08:31PM
allie wrote:
true...he needs to disappear. He has become an unwelcome embarrassment
on December 20,2012 | 07:06AM
64hoo wrote:
hes one of your dorm students.
on December 20,2012 | 08:36PM
64hoo wrote:
last year old diver was really euphro 18 one of allie's roommates that stay in her dorm.
on December 20,2012 | 08:40PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Isn't the use of "amazing" and "Mazie" in the same sentence a contradiction in terms?
on December 20,2012 | 08:50AM
Dawg wrote:
Oh yeah another fool! You are probably a Lingle LOSER!
on December 20,2012 | 04:14AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Senator Inouye and former West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd were the two largest pork producers in the Senate. Bboth becamed consumed with the power seniority brought them and stayed in office way too long such that they died in while still serving.
on December 20,2012 | 02:43AM
Dawg wrote:
Another Case Closed! He is and will always be a LOSER!
on December 20,2012 | 04:14AM
allie wrote:
yup..silly old dude
on December 20,2012 | 06:33AM
fishwrider wrote:
yes you are.
on December 20,2012 | 10:11AM
allie wrote:
ummm...you are confused by someone else hon
on December 20,2012 | 12:37PM
UHFAN1984 wrote:
Mr. Case should have went with the program and not run against Akaka and stayed in the house to learn the ropes then the senate seat whould have been his also if I'm not mistaken house seniority also transfers to the senate. So Mr.Case is the one who let our state down
on December 20,2012 | 04:38AM
allie wrote:
Case thought he was entitled to a seat. In reality he is and was a mediocrity
on December 20,2012 | 05:40AM
fishwrider wrote:
and you're a guy pretending to be a UH coed. what does that make you?
on December 20,2012 | 10:05AM
Wazdat wrote:
WHAT... since when is this a KINGDOM and DAN was the RULER ????
on December 20,2012 | 05:43AM
JamieGo wrote:
Actually, it doesn't. When you start in the Senate, you are starting from day one. Your time as a Representative doesn't count towards seniority in the Senate.
on December 20,2012 | 12:48PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Maybe the people should start to question this seniority thing. Should all of congress have equally weighted votes?
on December 20,2012 | 01:39PM
Wazdat wrote:
AGREE. Hawaii is getting what it DESERVES after making sure Ed Case would not get elected. Thanks Dan, NOT
on December 20,2012 | 05:42AM
allie wrote:
I am told by my prof. that Case was a light weight minor leaguer who has money and thought he deserved a seat. Truth is Hawaii needs to develop younger, more talented pols. None of the current crop are in any way impressive. You just keep recycling incompetence out here
on December 20,2012 | 06:33AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Second hand opinion from somone who teaches because they can't do.
on December 20,2012 | 06:55AM
allie wrote:
huh? I am a student
on December 20,2012 | 07:06AM
turbolink wrote:
Exactly, and not a very perceptive one, by the way.
on December 20,2012 | 07:09AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Yes, you are. Taking what your profs say as gospel, then echoing it. My comment targets profs who know nothing, starting with their opinion that Case had money and ending with their opinion he was a light weight. Read up on who did what to take down Dickie WOng, Lindsey and peters, then come back and tell me Case was a light weight. Your profs certainly don't know their history.
on December 20,2012 | 07:16AM
fishwrider wrote:
no you're a GUY pretending to be a UH coed, loser.
on December 20,2012 | 10:08AM
el_burro_sabio wrote:
tell us the professor's name
on December 20,2012 | 07:23AM
fishwrider wrote:
Kind of like the time you claimed your professor called Colt Brennan a loser because of his drunk driving arrest BEFORE it actually was reported? Another lie? It wouldn't be blog if “allie” wasn't here bright and early posting her broken record posts about how bad everything about/related to Hawaii is. Message board MO is a "UH coed freshman from North Dakota" so as not to be revealed as a straight-up outsider loser with an axe to grind. Problem with the MO is that she's claimed to be a freshman on these blogs for the last three years (the three year freshman program?). Disrespects Hawaii and UH sports even when pretending to give out a complement (i.e "team winning but plays a very weak schedule, players doing well but wouldn't make it anywhere else, etc.). Her quotes on UH sand v-ball were "It sums up the importance of UH sports" and "embarrassing". BTW, what college kid is up at 5:00am EVERY MORNING to log on to SA and post comments. Either lying about being a student or a goober with no social life. Also claimed at one point that she "played volleyball in ND and was asked to walk-on at UH. NOT!!!!...I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT. FYI, "allie" was outed as a guy after "she" slipped and posted about Hawaii HS football in the '80's and '90's as well as a number of other past local events/people, Watch out boys.....Mahalo
on December 20,2012 | 10:08AM
allie wrote:
what on earth are you talking about?
on December 20,2012 | 12:38PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
The past is a stark reminder that Hawaii's political future in Washington belongs to those born in the last quarter of the 20th Century. The state now has an opportunity, an obligation, to honor youth. As powerful and important as is Senator Inouye's dying wish, the Governor ought to appoint a ar more youthful leader to fill his unexpired term..
on December 20,2012 | 02:32AM
allie wrote:
true..Hanabooboo is really old. But in any case nobody we send there will have the slighest bit of power or clout. Hawaii needs to figure something else out when it comes to economic growth
on December 20,2012 | 05:41AM
fishwrider wrote:
allie the lonely "anti-anything Hawaii" troll trying to pass herself off as a "freshman at UH from North Dakota" to try and hide her hater agenda (problem is that's been her MO for the past three years....a 3 yr freshman program maybe?). she's here, bright and early every morning posting her "thoughts". Sad, no life and this is probably the way she retaliates for being a nobody. Kind of suspicious how she commented on the St Louis HS football dynasty in another post yet claims to be 18 yr old from the mainland. Saint Louis ruled in the '80s and 90s. EXPOSED.
on December 20,2012 | 10:10AM
allie wrote:
I graduate next December. I cannot wait to get back to the mainland. Sort of too bizarre out here. Too much unreality.
on December 20,2012 | 12:39PM
turbolink wrote:
There are a lot of folks who can't wait for you to get back to the mainland.
on December 20,2012 | 06:26PM
808comp wrote:
We will see what happens. I think when more women gets into office things will change. One of the things that i hope won't happen is the military loosing funds where they start closing or moving to other places,otherwise alot of people who is employed by the military is going to be out.
on December 20,2012 | 03:14AM
loquaciousone wrote:
A new day in Hawaii is born. We are now in a position to move to the front of the pack with our powerful representation of women. Colleen will soon vacate her newly won seat for greener pastures, Tulsi will rail her way no matter what stands in front of her, and Mazie will.......well.....will........umm........talk about her mom. Wow are we blessed.
on December 20,2012 | 03:25AM
danji wrote:
The lost of power?? Right and we will not regain some of the power with Mazie and Colleen is office cause they are mere RUBBER STAMPS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Really if Hawaii is to try and get back some of that power in the near future let's put Tulsi in the Senate. We can build on her youth and dedication and most of all she is a representative of the people and self appointed "leaders" as Colleen and Mazie think they are(both are arogant even if they came from humble beginings. And Abercombie is a total loser if he bows to our fallen senator. Dan was powerful and did a lot for Hawaii but that doesn't mean he should dictate who should take his place in his dieing bed.
on December 20,2012 | 04:12AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
You are so accurate in what you write. In all due respect to Senator Inouye, don't let him dictate to the Gov from his grave. Mazie will not have anyone to hide behind now. She must be shaking in her pants. The other members of congress will soon grow tired of her repeating the mantra of "this is what the late senator Inouye would have wanted".
on December 20,2012 | 05:43AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Yes but they were the most expensive type of rubber stamps and not the cheap ones you can buy online.
on December 20,2012 | 05:46AM
Dawg wrote:
God Bless Amazing Mazie! You Go Girl, we have your back!
on December 20,2012 | 04:16AM
bender wrote:
Who the heck appointed Hirono as leader of our Congressional delegation. I believe Sen. Inouye's replacement will have equal seniority in the Senate to Hirono, that is unless the Democratic Party Central Committee and Gov Abercrombie muck this up and don't get Inouye's replacement appointed in time for the January 3rd swearing in. It won't be difficult for whoever is appointed as Sen. Inouye's replacement to outshine Hirono. She will be lost without Dan Inouye telling her what to do so whoever succeeds Inouye will have the additional burden of guiding Hiroino.
on December 20,2012 | 04:51AM
allie wrote:
neither will make any difference
on December 20,2012 | 05:42AM
turbolink wrote:
Then why were you sign waving for Hirono as you proudly boasted during the campaign?
on December 20,2012 | 07:10AM
allie wrote:
she was better than lingle. Far less dangerous
on December 20,2012 | 12:40PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
My popoki could outshine Hirono!!
on December 20,2012 | 08:49AM
maafifloos wrote:
Sad but true. Inouye's leacy will be his seniority and the pork he delivered. This article is about power (ability to delive pork).r
on December 20,2012 | 05:32AM
Wazdat wrote:
Mazie is 65 already and hanabusa 62 ???? we need YOUNG, FRESH and NEW IDEAS. Hawai is DOOMED.

She is going to have a really HARD time without Dan there to help her.

on December 20,2012 | 05:41AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Charles Djou for President.
on December 20,2012 | 06:18AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I think the girls are OK. Neither of them look a day over 70.
on December 20,2012 | 08:06AM
loquaciousone wrote:
on December 20,2012 | 08:47AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I'm pretty sure but I can't guarantee it.
on December 20,2012 | 09:02AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Kabuki theater?
on December 20,2012 | 02:29PM
HD36 wrote:
Yea, they call it , "The Spooky Kabuki"
on December 20,2012 | 08:21PM
HD36 wrote:
True, thier hair color looks totally natural too.
on December 20,2012 | 08:20PM
allie wrote:
totally agree
on December 20,2012 | 02:59PM
jchun1 wrote:
Curious - could Akaka fill the remaining term for Inouye? Then there could be seniority and someone for Hirono/Hanabusa to lean on.
on December 20,2012 | 06:07AM
ichiban wrote:
Sorry, he already commented to the Gov he doesn't want to be on the short list. Was in the news couple of days ago.
on December 20,2012 | 06:35AM
McCully wrote:
Hawaii brace yourself for future base closing, no federal dollars for Pearl Harbor and other programs. These two new senators will bring nothing to Hawaii cause they get no respect from other senators in congress. And again here we go again with two new senators who about the same age. When is this state going to learn, it's time to get younger people in congress like Gabbard or Djou.
on December 20,2012 | 06:18AM
Wazdat wrote:
on December 20,2012 | 06:21AM
awahana wrote:
Everyone old enough to understand all of this, knows that whether you appreciated Senator Inouye or not, his end does not bode well for the 50th state, regardless of your political party. We will see this only when we look back over the next 10 years.
Nevermind 12/21. Armageddon came 5 days early for Hawaii.
on December 20,2012 | 06:28AM
markat wrote:
Whew! Thanks for the reminder. I was starting to get depressed.
on December 20,2012 | 06:55AM
all_fed_up wrote:
Sad but true.
on December 20,2012 | 07:01AM
GeoDiva wrote:
We are so screwed.
on December 20,2012 | 06:30AM
tiki886 wrote:
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on December 20,2012 | 06:48AM
allie wrote:
totally agree
on December 20,2012 | 02:59PM
all_fed_up wrote:
Time to walk the talk, Mazie.......
on December 20,2012 | 06:56AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I don't think she can walk and talk at the same time -- unless it's about collaborating with her mom.
on December 20,2012 | 02:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Based on her astonishing record of accomplishment - zero bills passed in six years as a legislator - I think we can comfortably say we are pretty well scroo'd. But hey, it is not like voters did not know this and they voted for her anyway so....done deal, eh? I wonder if her Mom is available to help out?
on December 20,2012 | 07:18AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Obama better lock his door. Hirono also said that she is there to carry out his agenda. She'll be knocking on his door to ask what to do at every turn.
on December 20,2012 | 01:44PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Why doesn't Abercrombie temporarily appoint Akaka? This would gain back some seniority and allow Maizie to gain some as well and have a mentor. Being on the judiciary, veterans and energy committees have almost zero monetary advantages for Hawaii as opposed to defense spending. These politicians do not seem to be acting in the best interest of the State but rather for self benefit...
on December 20,2012 | 07:18AM
Sunny wrote:
With all due respect...YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!
on December 20,2012 | 07:59AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Notice these discussions about replacements sound a lot like voting for American idol. Maybe we should let everyone use their smartphone and text their favorite's name in to Dante Carpenter. Then we could have a show where the losers are eliminated one by one until we find out who Hawaii has chosen. Hey, it's no worse than the current methodology.
on December 20,2012 | 08:04AM
flyingpuaa wrote:
Governor John Waihee has the gravitas, the experience, and the heft necessary to lead our delegation in DC. He also has the ability to horsetrade, a much maligned but much needed skill on the hill and in the US Senate. Finally, he is like a junkyard dog going after a bone, and you can bet that if he were appointed he would teach us something about bringing the bacon home to Hawaii. Dont forget his contacts with the Clintons and their huge importance to the POTUS, to the democratic party, and to the 2016 Presidential race. He should be on the short list of names that go to the Governor.
on December 20,2012 | 08:28AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ol Suid Wattah spent all of the Ariyoshi surplus, hired vast numbers of state employees, darn near bankrupted Hawaii an thenbecame a high powered lobbyist for fat cat issues. You're right....he's a perfect match.
on December 20,2012 | 09:04AM
inverse wrote:
What about Waihee, RightStar and how they stole millions from people's trust funds.
on December 20,2012 | 11:38AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Might as well nominate UH President MRC Greenwood!!!
on December 20,2012 | 02:32PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Look,appoint someone young. 50 years it took the King, Mazie has maybe 20 or 30, not enough to get real power.
on December 20,2012 | 08:03AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mazie? You'll have to stick a mirror under her nose every 10 or 20 years just to make sure she's still on the job.
on December 20,2012 | 02:46PM
Anonymous wrote:
That is what happens when there is no term limits for the office. It also is a consequence of one person having too much power and longevity in the office.
on December 20,2012 | 08:31AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

In other words the very powerful Democrat Regime in Hawai'i are unable to exert force on other people as they have in order to redistribute other people's hard work and money to themselves.

They abused their power to steal this money in the form of taxes.

This is a GREAT day in Hawai'i! Teach the children well. STEALING is wrong! Mahalo ke akua for this gift!!!

on December 20,2012 | 08:41AM
Imagen wrote:
Oooohhh... LanaUlulani: you started off okay but your end was less than "aloha". Inasmuch as the table is divided in opinions and beliefs of Senator Dan's tenor, everyone in Hawaii has benefited from his work. I did not agree (and still do not) with his position on "rail" and felt that he was truly out of touch. Rail was and continues to be constructed with lies and deception. There will be no winners in this project. We do need some program and/or system that will mitigate our traffic congestion, but at the same time, we need to focus on the upgrade and maintenance of our failing infrastructure and facilities, before we go out and build some on top of all the failures. Good grief people; just in this morning's news, there will be some water main upgrades on systems that were built/installed in the 1930's! The analogy of having a deteriorating house but yet you still go out and buy a new car... Regardless of what your feelings are for our senior senator, let us all take a moment to give him the respect he deserves. He truly was a champion for Hawaii; whether you agreed with his thoughts or not.
on December 20,2012 | 09:33AM
allie wrote:
agree..but Lana is a proud American and she has the right to speak even if she is inaccurate
on December 20,2012 | 12:41PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Unlike some people, I never saw Inouye as a god. Instead he inflicted alot of PAIN on many innocent people. For example Inouye helped to bring depleted uranium to Wai'anae and Nānākuli where now the children of Wai'anae and Nānākuli are sponges for the depleted uranium which creates radon which is shown to cause cancers thus death.

He even destroyed heiau. The list of his evil deeds is far too long. He was NOT a god. Inouye was an EVIL Man.

on December 20,2012 | 03:48PM
64hoo wrote:
we benefited from dans work high unemployment.
on December 21,2012 | 12:07AM
Fred01 wrote:
Well, at least she is better than that evil loser Hanabusa.
on December 20,2012 | 09:02AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
We're screwed now....
on December 20,2012 | 09:13AM
A lame replacement to a powerful politician.
on December 20,2012 | 09:17AM
ichiban wrote:
I've noticed in the comments about the likes and dislikes of the candidates. Some comments bashing the personalities or even religious beliefs of that person. Like it or not the VOTING MAJORITY put these candidates into office, that's a fact. I wish there was another way to elect and get the best person for the job into office. I hate it when during the PRIMARY ELECTION, I must chose and vote for a candidate ONLY by party affiliation, no crossover voting. I especially hate it when the candidate I choose is because he/she is the lesser evil. I want to VOTE FOR SOMEONE BECAUSE I WANT THAT PERSON IN OFFICE. Maybe we should change the way we choose a person to run for office and disregard the part system. Just elect someone we feel can best do the job. All this bickering is for naught, fix the cause of the problem.
on December 20,2012 | 09:52AM
Papakolea wrote:
With all due respect to Senator inouye, did anyone not see this coming? Our two senators were 88 years old. We made the conscious decision to ride the gravy train for as long as it would run. Now we'll pay the price. Mazie is at an age when most people are retiring or have already retired. Are we really going to have history repeat itself by re-electing her? By the time she's able to acquire any significant influence, she'll be retiring.
on December 20,2012 | 10:20AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Mazie Hirono? Who is that?
on December 20,2012 | 11:03AM
BTO wrote:
As we lose more and more of the great leaders of the greatest generation of this country who fought for the values and morals of the flag, it is unsettling to know that we now have the woodstock generation on capital hill...
on December 20,2012 | 11:40AM
lovedogs wrote:
Mazie will not be a representative of the Hawaiian Spirit as was embodied by Akaka and Inouye. At a function honoring Akaka, I was unaware that I was crossing her path, as I was glancing at someone behind me and she had to stop her entrance. I was a little suprised and was going to say excuse me, but she flashed a very sour expression with a hint of disgust. We are required to attend many functions with politicians and this was my first encounter with her. As the rule goes, if someone has a positive experience they don't necessarily tell anyone, but if you have a negative experience you tell ten others. As for me, if her name comes up I will tell my story. Her true colors showed that nite.
on December 20,2012 | 01:47PM
entrkn wrote:
Hirono and Hanabusa are useless old cows and Hawaii needs to move them out of the way to some harmless obscure state appointments right now and invest in people like Tulsi Gabbard and Brian Schatz, who will serve us long and well in the Senate, and people in Congress who will have immediate impact and presence like Mufi Hanneman and Ed Case... this is the time to be shrewd and calculating about who is best for Hawaii immediately and who is best for Hawaii long term and discard all sentiments... and dead wood.
on December 20,2012 | 01:48PM
allie wrote:
very true..both are embarrassing to us
on December 20,2012 | 03:02PM
Lets look at the bright side. Hawaii may start getting some federal money in about 20 years or so. In the meantime, we can all live off the land. I better convert my yard into a vegetable garden and take up hunting and fishing. Of course if the world ends today, it won't matter.
on December 20,2012 | 02:37PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Those urban ag lots at Ho'opili are looking better and better. Plant that bitter melon now!
on December 20,2012 | 02:47PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
Whether we supported Inouye or not he did shape the way Hawaii is today, all who are in favor of change will surely get it now with out his presence and double whamming at that Akaka's retirement, look for lean years ahead for all who calls Hawaii home.
on December 20,2012 | 02:57PM
danji wrote:
Mazie you are not even close to trying to keep Dan's legacy going but you can try. You and Colleen are not the choosen ones even if Dan Chose Colleen and I don't think Dan even raved about you. You and Colleen are just trying to jump on the band wagon of Dan's passing.
on December 20,2012 | 05:13PM
HD36 wrote:
Inouye got much respect because he lost an arm fighting for America, right after America had unconstitutionally interned American Japanese and stole their land. So, he came in when they we're not only feeling guilty about that, but also his sacrifice for the same country that did it. Fast foreward, and you got two old ladies who have lived high on the hog as career politicians. From listening to them speak, they don't have a chance of bringing half the money that Dan did.
on December 20,2012 | 08:19PM
64hoo wrote:
hes to old.
on December 21,2012 | 12:05AM
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