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Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii won’t seek re-election
http://www.bostonherald.com ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/02/2011 4:46:46 PM PST by GOPsterinMA

AP story, link only.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: 112th; 2012; akaka; danielakaka; hawaii; hi2012; ussenate
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1 posted on 03/02/2011 4:46:50 PM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: GOPsterinMA

Hawaii will just put another democrat into office. They are pretty darned addicted to the Democrat slush fund and handouts.


2 posted on 03/02/2011 4:50:28 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae
Hawaii will just put another democrat into office. They are pretty darned addicted to the Democrat slush fund and handouts.

Hawaii is like our version of the Canadian Maritimes is to Canada, basically a welfare pit.
3 posted on 03/02/2011 4:52:21 PM PST by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii...

I was taught that we can't say that name...

4 posted on 03/02/2011 4:52:32 PM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Another open Democrat Senate seat. This one will be hard to pick up, but on the other hand, no one saw Charles Djou picking up the House seat in Hawaii.

Still, a long shot.


5 posted on 03/02/2011 4:52:47 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Is there any chance of the GOP flipping this seat?


6 posted on 03/02/2011 4:52:58 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error)
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To: Danae

A fiscal conservative could win here.

That conservative should espouse tax cuts, a business friendly atmosphere to promote job creation, cuts in state regulations that inhibit entrepreneurship and limited government.


7 posted on 03/02/2011 4:54:25 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: rdl6989

???

Maybe Linda Lingle?


8 posted on 03/02/2011 4:54:42 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Unfortunately, the only reason that Djou won that special electon is because they had 2 dems running in it. That split the dem vote. Between them the 2 dems garnered 57% of the vote.


9 posted on 03/02/2011 4:55:16 PM PST by Jean2
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To: GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

It’s about time, but this is an outside shot at best. Linda Lingle wasn’t particularly popular when she left office and Duke Aiona lost to a leftist hippie by a larger than expected margin. Maybe one of the Congresswomen will run.


10 posted on 03/02/2011 4:56:26 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Quitter. He needs to get some time under his belt like Hawaii’s other Senator, who’s been in Washington since 1959.


11 posted on 03/02/2011 4:57:06 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: GOPsterinMA

He was born in 1924, and is the state’s junior senator in every sense of the word.


12 posted on 03/02/2011 4:57:34 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GOPsterinMA

The Dems will have to spend more money here now.


13 posted on 03/02/2011 4:59:49 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Jean2

You are right.

I don’t suppose they would make the mistake again.

The only other way I could think of would be a monumental landslide by Republicans in a Presidential year.


14 posted on 03/02/2011 4:59:57 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: GOPsterinMA

She could maybe do it.


15 posted on 03/02/2011 5:00:31 PM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Maybe Duke Aiona will give the Senate seat a shot?


16 posted on 03/02/2011 5:02:51 PM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: Danae

Is this where Shinseki of the berets for every Army trooper gets the nod?


17 posted on 03/02/2011 5:13:55 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I’m done looting and plundering the place.

Time to give some other thief the chance. :)


18 posted on 03/02/2011 5:16:34 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

There is a way of reporting items like this without FR running into copyright problems.

You can report the essence of the story while attributing the sources.. like a book report or a review
The Boston Globe has reported through an Associated Press article if a by line (name of reporter) name the person
reports that bla bla bla and give a critique of what was reported then if possible link it.


19 posted on 03/02/2011 5:23:21 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province Let it be ruled by a professor " Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Maybe Obama will run for Senator of hawaii. He won’t have to show a birth certificate to get on the Ballot. Look at the name recognition, a sitting president becomes a senator. He spends enough time in Hawaii, he probably already has residence there too. Neal abercrombie will declare Obama a legal resident, let’s face it he said he was there when Obama was born and he can vouch for obama, but darn it barack I just cannot find that Birth certificate. thats okay Neal, just say I live here year round and the State supreme Court will allow my name on the ballot just like Rahm Emanauel’s. It it only cost the taxpayers of the USA 5 billion dollars. what does hawaii need I can send on over another 5 billion of the unspent 787 billion? get in touch with Ben or Tim either one will take care of it for you.


20 posted on 03/02/2011 5:25:57 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks GOPsterinMA.


21 posted on 03/02/2011 5:29:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Ed Case might be who the dems pick, although he’s out of favor with the old boys&girls democrat club of Hawaii recently because he wanted to run against Akaka last time. The syndicate, whoops I mean club told him, “It’s not your turn, we still have a chance at the Akaka bill moneygrab.”

The one I suspect will be annointed by the syndicate is Hawaii House leader, Blake Oshiro. Not only is he as liberal as they come, he’s openly gay. And the kicker is he’s Japanese which in Hawaii politics means he’ll always have a large percentage of the racist asian community vote for him no matter how bad or corrupt he is. He pushed hard to get the morning prayers banned when the House meets to appease his buddies at the ACLU. He’ll end up senator for life like Inouye.


22 posted on 03/02/2011 5:35:42 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: GOPsterinMA

Hello Senator Shinseki.


23 posted on 03/02/2011 5:38:07 PM PST by Tailback
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To: GOPsterinMA

Our only palindrome senator.


24 posted on 03/02/2011 5:41:25 PM PST by almcbean
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To: GOPsterinMA

Our only palindrome senator.


25 posted on 03/02/2011 5:41:38 PM PST by almcbean
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To: C210N
Akaka? Isn't that Japanese for "chickensh*t?"
26 posted on 03/02/2011 5:45:54 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: GOPsterinMA

Dear friend,

After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012. As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me. However, I feel that the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Hawaii. In 2006, the people of Hawaii gave me an opportunity to continue my service in the United States Senate and I fully intend to serve the last two years of my term in office.

At the end of this term, I will have served almost 22 years in the United States Senate and, prior to that, more than 13 years in the United States House of Representatives. I am proud of my accomplishments and my incredible staff in Washington, D.C. and Hawaii. They have exemplified the true meaning of being a public servant. They have worked tirelessly and without their dedication and loyalty, I could not have accomplished all that I did.

Millie and I will return to Hawaii at the end of this Congress and spend time with our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I would also like to spend time documenting my life and career, and serving as a mentor to future political leaders. I have always strived to serve the people with much love and aloha, never forgetting my humble beginnings, and it is my hope that they, too, will continue this tradition. We must never forget that we, as political leaders, work for the people of Hawaii and not the special interests.

I will always cherish the time I spent working in Washington, D.C., and extend my heartfelt thanks to the people of Hawaii for their confidence in me.

I would like to thank my family, my staff and my friends for their unwavering support. I would like to especially thank my wife, Millie, for her continuous support and encouragement. I could not have done it without her.

Finally, I would like to thank Senator Dan Inouye. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and steadfast support.

Aloha pumehana,
Daniel K. Akaka


27 posted on 03/02/2011 5:50:36 PM PST by Kahuna
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To: americanophile

I’ve heard Lingle wants it and was planning to run if Akaka retired.


28 posted on 03/02/2011 5:53:09 PM PST by mwl8787
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To: rdl6989

Maybe former Governor Linda Lingle will run.


29 posted on 03/02/2011 5:55:53 PM PST by BoxerDawgs (Land of the free . . . because of the brave!)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

“Another open Democrat Senate seat. This one will be hard to pick up, but on the other hand, no one saw Charles Djou picking up the House seat in Hawaii.

Still, a long shot.”

Perhaps Chin Ho Kelly or maybe Duke Lukela could give it a try.


30 posted on 03/02/2011 6:00:44 PM PST by headstamp 2
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To: GOPsterinMA
Maybe Linda Lingle?

I suppose even a RINO is better than a RAT.
31 posted on 03/02/2011 6:01:46 PM PST by dirtman
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To: Danae

So the only reason he’s retiring would be that he doesn’t want to serve in the minority.


32 posted on 03/02/2011 6:03:28 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Aloha, you loser Akaka macaca. Good riddence.


33 posted on 03/02/2011 6:03:38 PM PST by decisis
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To: dirtman

“I suppose even a RINO is better than a RAT.”

See Scott Brown


34 posted on 03/02/2011 6:27:08 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: GOPsterinMA
"Maybe Linda Lingle?"

Somewhat of a RINO, but probably reliable on fiscal issues. Probably the best you can hope for from the Maui Waui State.

35 posted on 03/02/2011 6:35:13 PM PST by cookcounty (STOP Obama's War Against Children!)
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To: Kahuna

These farewell-type “letters” from so-called public servants are a joke. One would think by reading them that these money/power leeches are really just altruistic public volunteers serving the greater good. What B.S.

If this clown really believed what he was writing, he would have forgone all riches that have come his way during 35 years in Congress. Has he done that? I didn’t think so. They are in it for themselves, plain and simple. Anyone who believes someone like Akaka is a “servant” needs their head examined.


36 posted on 03/02/2011 6:35:51 PM PST by GnL
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To: GOPsterinMA
AP story, link only.

Headline says it all anyways. Good riddance.

37 posted on 03/02/2011 6:36:42 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: GOPsterinMA
"“I suppose even a RINO is better than a RAT.”

"See Scott Brown."

Well, Scott may not be close to being ideal, but he's a lot better than Teddy Kennedy.

38 posted on 03/02/2011 6:37:29 PM PST by cookcounty (STOP Obama's War Against Children!)
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“...but he’s a lot better than Teddy Kennedy.”

True. One broken arm is better than two, too. But, you still have a problem.


39 posted on 03/02/2011 6:42:30 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Well we have one thing going for us with this seat. It would be impossible for anyone worse to get the seat. We would just trade one lib for another lib.


40 posted on 03/02/2011 6:44:25 PM PST by Plumres
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To: cookcounty

““I suppose even a RINO is better than a RAT.”
“See Scott Brown.”

Well, Scott may not be close to being ideal, but he’s a lot better than Teddy Kennedy.

He the biggest thing Sen Scott Brown counts as one more to pry that gavel out of idiot Reid’s hand! The time to get the RINO’s is in the primary. After that we have to suffer with them.


41 posted on 03/02/2011 6:48:12 PM PST by Plumres
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To: GOPsterinMA

I don’t think this is a possible pickup for the Republicans. I mean, c’mon. Hawaii? May as well be D.C.


42 posted on 03/02/2011 6:48:34 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Plumres

With less seniority, which may be big.


43 posted on 03/02/2011 7:54:33 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

S/He may be a RINO, but I think Djou or Lingle should run. I’d much rather the seat go Republican to a center-left person than to a communist/socialist like Abercrombie.

Putting the flame retardant suit on.


44 posted on 03/02/2011 9:52:42 PM PST by TXConservative25
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To: GOPsterinMA

Scott Brown is way better than Coakley would have been.


45 posted on 03/02/2011 9:54:46 PM PST by TXConservative25
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To: C210N

LOL - I was thinking the EXACT same thing!!! :-)


46 posted on 03/02/2011 10:53:58 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: GOPsterinMA
See Scott Brown
Yes, I know, but compared to who he ran against, which would you rather have? And he is a step up from the swimmer.
47 posted on 03/02/2011 11:33:39 PM PST by dirtman
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To: GOPsterinMA
Self described “native” Hawaiians are as ignorant and racist as most black folks when it comes the the so-called “white” Republican Party—plus they are damned Leftists.
A GOP Representative may sometimes win in districts with large American populations but most of the state is of Polynesian descent so a state wide win is impossible unless we can run a conservative of the same Pacific heritage.
The large minority Japanese leanings I'm not sure of.
48 posted on 03/03/2011 2:50:10 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Only God has more power than the Second Amendement to save America.")
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To: Happy Rain
Oops,I got some figures wrong.
I mistakenly lumped those of Filipino descent with the Polynesians-thus creating a false majority. It changes the post to some degree but "native" Hawaiian xenophobia is well known.
49 posted on 03/03/2011 3:00:19 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Only God has more power than the Second Amendement to save America.")
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To: GOPsterinMA; Kahuna; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; ...

Lingle is probably (definitely) our only chance, RINO though she is.

Aloha Barry is likely to win the state huge again, big coatails to overcome. Lingle is popular enough to have a shot.


50 posted on 03/03/2011 4:30:43 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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