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After a lot of speculation, this finally happened:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/...

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will challenge U.S. Senator Brian Schatz in the 2014 Democratic primary, Hawaii News Now has learned.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie selected Schatz, his lieutenant governor, after the death of longtime U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye last December even though Inouye had a letter hand-delivered to Abercrombie making a request that Hanabusa succeed him.

The election next year is to fill the final two years of Sen. Inouye's six-year term and another election will be held in 2016 for a new six-year term. - Hawaii News Now, 4/22/13

Schatz has the backing of environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation and several major unions.  Plus it's highly possible that the DSCC would back Schatz in the primary:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee would back appointed Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in a primary with Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), two people with knowledge of the committee’s thinking have told Post Politics.

The committee is making its position known after Post Politics reported Friday that Hanabusa had met with it Thursday. The second-term congresswoman is considering primarying either Schatz or the man who appointed him, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii).

The DSCC and all party committees generally back incumbents, but Schatz’s status as an appointee makes the situation somewhat different. But the committee backed appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) when he faced a primary in 2010, and Bennet happens to be the committee’s chairman now. - Washington Post, 4/22/13
Hanabusa believes she has a real shot to unseat Schatz in the primary:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Hanabusa emerged as the favorite to win an appointment to the Senate following the December death of her close political ally, longtime senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), and Inouye made clear he wanted her picked for his seat.

But Abercrombie surprised many by instead picking his then-lieutenant governor, Schatz, and touched off a controversy in the process.

Hanabusa has reportedly seen some favorable polling in both the governor’s race and the Senate race which, as many Democratic primaries in Hawaii do, would pit a Caucasian candidate against an Asian-American one.

While Schatz remains somewhat unknown following his appointment, Abercrombie has struggled with a poor approval rating that has made him susceptible to a primary challenge. - Washington Post, 4/19/13

Personally, I prefer Schatz over Hanabusa.  I am impressed with his work so far in the Senate and his passion to save the planet from the dangers of climate change.  Now I can support Hanabusa in the general if she were to win.  She too has an excellent environmental record.  But Schatz's passion and sincerity towards environmental issues is why I support him for the Senate.  I wish both Schatz and Hanabusa good luck in the primary and I hope they can keep it civil.  If you would like to donate to Schatz's campaign, you can do so here:
https://secure.actblue.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:07:15 AM PDT

  •  Mahalo for keeping us posted. (4+ / 0-)
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    surfermom, Rolfyboy6, Denver11, begone

    I voted for Sen Inouye all my life until my exile to the mainland. And Neil used to be my Rep in the House, as a Honolulu girl.

    What's up on the R side of the fence? Anyone remotely viable jumping into the race?

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:29:26 AM PDT

  •  I like them both. (3+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, poopdogcomedy, Egalitare

    It will be hard to choose. I agree with you about Schatz's passion for the environment and green energy. Since Hawaii imports 100% of its oil, it is imperative that we develop other energy strategies. This should be Hawaii's highest priority, and Schatz has said so.

    "For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." - President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013.

    by surfermom on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:50:06 AM PDT

  •  Colleen got bit with the ambition bug (4+ / 0-)
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    Denver11, FishOutofWater, Dallasdoc, quill

    Plus she thinks she's entitled having been Inouye's chosen one.  Too bad it doesn't work that way in the Hawaii Democratic Party.  I wish she'd stayed in her brand newly won HI-01 Congressional District.  

    This is going to get ugly since Hanabusa generally represents old Hawaii development interests (her long time boy friend has been cited and fined for misdoings in the development of Ko Olina resorts [Disney and other large corporations]), plus old time unions with construction ties.  

    Schatz represents a whole 'nother part of the Hawaii Democratic Party that wants to look ahead to Hawaii's future and the inevitable changes the tighter resources will bring to isolated Hawaii.

    "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

    by Rolfyboy6 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:04:02 AM PDT

  •  I'm with you on this (3+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, quill, Rolfyboy6
    Personally, I prefer Schatz over Hanabusa.  I am impressed with his work so far in the Senate and his passion to save the planet from the dangers of climate change.  Now I can support Hanabusa in the general if she were to win.  She too has an excellent environmental record.  But Schatz's passion and sincerity towards environmental issues is why I support him for the Senate.  I wish both Schatz and Hanabusa good luck in the primary and I hope they can keep it civil
    I like Hanabusa, and understand how hard it must have been to have that Senate seat just waiting for her via Inouye until...it wasn't. It must be frustrating as hell to be in the House instead of the Senate these days, despite the intersecting craziness.

    And I'll vote for her if she wins the primary--but I'll work for Schatz in the primary.

    For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. (JFK)

    by begone on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:27:08 AM PDT

  •  Don't blame her (0+ / 0-)

    Either one would be fine.

    Keep the TVA public.

    by Paleo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:29:28 AM PDT

  •  Who is more progressive... (2+ / 0-)
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    quill, Rolfyboy6

    That's my only q.
    Particularly on economic issues.

    Mornin'!

  •  I like them both thus let the people decide. (1+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 04:28:52 AM PDT

  •  large age difference - he's 40, she's 62 (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    Interesting age difference - he's 40 years old (born Oct 1972) and she will be 62 next month (born May 1951).

  •  Seniority Seniority Seniority (5+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, HeyMikey, quill, FG, Rolfyboy6

    Schatz is better for Hawaii. At 40 he can build up three decades of seniority and give the state more influence.

  •  I envy your problems! (0+ / 0-)

    Here in Georgia, our open Senate seat is probably going to be filled by Paul Broun (the dude on the House science committee who said evolution is a "lie from the pit of hell") or Phil Gingrey (general GOP douchebag). It will take a miracle for any Dem to win.

    Congratulations on having two good choices!

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 05:42:50 AM PDT

  •  Hanabusa voted for CISPA (1+ / 0-)
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    quill

    Big no no in my book

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