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OUR VIEW: U.S. SENATE


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Voters deserve ethical, focused campaigning


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2014

~~<p>If one tries to find the polar opposite of the slick, urbane power center that is Capitol Hill, it would be a loose-knit town like rural, rustic Puna on Hawaii island. But now, in dramatic irony, the fate of who occupies one of Hawaii's valued U.S. Senate seats &mdash; incumbent Brian Schatz or challenger Colleen Hanabusa &mdash; comes down to residents of two Puna precincts who have yet to vote three days after Saturday's primary election, due to Tropical Storm Iselle damage. For the two Democratic contenders, with so much at stake, it'll be a tricky thing campaigning in a disaster zone, so caution against overstepping ethical lines is warranted. The state Office of Elections, meanwhile, must be above reproach about the voting process for these Puna precincts.</p>
<p>Both campaigns have stated, first and foremost, their concern for these hard-hit residents. Fallen trees and debris are blocking roadways, and downed utility lines have left power and communications spotty or nonexistent. It will be indeed interesting to see the type and level of recovery assistance these campaigns intend to supply; any help to restore normalcy is certain to be appreciated.</p>
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If one tries to find the polar opposite of the slick, urbane power center that is Capitol Hill, it would be a loose-knit town like rural, rustic Puna on Hawaii island. But now, in dramatic irony, the fate of who occupies one of Hawaii's valued U.S. Senate seats — incumbent Brian Schatz or challenger Colleen Hanabusa — comes down to residents of two Puna precincts who have yet to vote three days after Saturday's primary election, due to Tropical Storm Iselle damage. For the two Democratic contenders, with so much at stake, it'll be a tricky thing campaigning in a disaster zone, so caution against overstepping ethical lines is warranted. The state Office of Elections, meanwhile, must be above reproach about the voting process for these Puna precincts.

Both campaigns have stated, first and foremost, their concern for these hard-hit residents. Fallen trees and debris are blocking roadways, and downed utility lines have left power and communications spotty or nonexistent. It will be indeed interesting to see the type and level of recovery assistance these campaigns intend to supply; any help to restore normalcy is certain to be appreciated. Login for more...



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