Hawaii’s Historic 2014 Primary Election

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 7:10 pm

With an unprecented two hurricanes taking aim at the Isles, yesterday’s Primary election was threatened, but, after the Big Isle shredded Iselle, the election happened with minimal impact. Two precincts in the Puna district, here on the windward side of the Big Isle, were forced to close due to the destruction from Iselle. And, their absentee votes will ultimately decide the Schatz-Hanabusa feud.

 

Mixed Messages: Where Does Rep. Hanabusa Stand on Social Security?

By: Sunday July 21, 2013 7:00 am

In D.C., Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa of Hawai’i is known as a leader of the New Democrat Coalition. New Dems describe themselves as “centrists.” Pro Publica describes them as “the Coalition Pharma and Wall Street Love”. New Dems urge other Democrats to be more open to compromising with John Boehner, Michele Bachmann and other Congressional Republicans.

Not a popular position with progressives who see these far right extremists chipping away at their civil rights, social safety net and jobs.

“Democrat In Name Only” Challenges Progressive Senator Brian Schatz

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 7:35 am

In the ongoing squabble over former Hawai’i Senator Inouye’s seat, DINO (Democrat In Name Only) Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) continues to maintain her sense of entitlement and has announced she will primary Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Progressive Caucus Will Gain Members After Elections

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 3:30 pm

Democrats picked up three seats from Republicans, making good on some prior anomalies and realigning correctly. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Cedric Richmond (LA-02) and John Carney (DE-AL) all won. Of those, I would say Hanabusa and Richmond will join the Progressive Caucus. In AL-07, Terri Sewell replaced Artur Davis. She’s a lot more progressive than he ever was, and she will likely join the caucus. David Cicilline (RI-01), the replacement for Patrick Kennedy and another openly gay member of Congress, is likely to join (Patrick Kennedy never did). The race that a progressive lost in a primary, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13), was over ethical issues, and she’ll be replaced by Hansen Clarke, likely to join the caucus.

What’s likely, then, is an increase in the ranks of the Progressive Caucus numbers. Even if they opened the floodgates on the Blue Dog Caucus, which they limit, they won’t increase their numbers.

Late Election Updates: Bennet Wins CO Sen, Murray Up in WA; Hanabusa Gives Dems Rare House Win

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:10 am

Late last night, Democratic old bull Jim Oberstar was defeated in MN-08 by Chip Cravaack. Surprisingly, the extremely flawed GOP nominee Raul Labrador managed to ride the wave and beat incumbent Walt Minnick in ID-01.

FDL’s Hot House: (10/28 Update) 104 Congressional Races to Watch

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 7:10 pm

The number of contests up in the air continues to grow: As a result of new polling, I’m adding two close races to the list, FL-25 and KY-03.

Several other races have also been updated to reflect new information. Overall, the updates are a mixed bag, but, on net, I would say today’s news is slightly positive for Democrats.

FDL’s Hot House 100: (10/25 Update) Now Two More Congressional Races to Watch

By: Monday October 25, 2010 1:30 pm

I’m adding two seats, KY-06 and NE-01, to the FDL Election Hot House list (making it the Hot House 100!) because recent public polling has shown both races within five points. I’m also updating four other House seats–HI-01, MA-04, MA-10 and MI-01–to reflect new public polling information.

Don’t Mess with Daniel Inouye: Case Drops Out in HI-01

By: Monday May 31, 2010 3:22 pm

Democratic moderate Congressional candidate Ed Case showed he couldn’t act against the interests of Hawaii Democrats. His positions against working families in Hawaii made him unelectable to his base, and Sen. Daniel Inouye made sure Case wouldn’t get away with it by withholding his support. The DCCC’s surrender of this special election turned out to be the best option for all involved.

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