Some of Hawaii's political leaders on Wednesday captured the dedication ceremony of the "Spirit of Daniel Inouye," a C-17 Globemaster cargo plane named for the late U.S. senator from Hawaii.
From state Rep. Mark Nakashima:
From U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa:
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said Tuesday that she would not challenge her Democratic primary loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
State law gives candidates, political parties or at least 30 voters of any election district six days to contest a primary with the state Supreme Court.
The deadline for any challenge is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Here is the portion of state law that applies:
(a) In primary and special primary election contests, and county election contests held concurrently with a regularly scheduled primary or special primary election, the complaint shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the supreme court not later than 4:30 p.m. on the sixth day after a primary or special primary election, or county election contests held concurrently with a regularly scheduled primary or special primary election, and shall be accompanied by a deposit for costs of court as established by rules of the supreme court. The clerk shall issue to the defendants named in the complaint a summons to appear before the supreme court not later than 4:30 p.m. on the fifth day after service thereof.
(b) In primary and special primary election contests, and county election contests held concurrently with a regularly scheduled primary or special primary election, the court shall hear the contest in a summary manner and at the hearing the court shall cause the evidence to be reduced to writing and shall not later than 4:30 p.m. on the fourth day after the return give judgment fully stating all findings of fact and of law. The judgment shall decide what candidate was nominated or elected, as the case may be, in the manner presented by the petition, and a certified copy of the judgment shall forthwith be served on the chief election officer or the county clerk, as the case may be, who shall place the name of the candidate declared to be nominated on the ballot for the forthcoming general, special general, or runoff election. The judgment shall be conclusive of the right of the candidate so declared to be nominated; provided that this subsection shall not operate to amend or repeal section 12-41. [L 1973, c 217, §1(aaa); am L 1974, c 34, §1(c); am L 1979, c 133, §5; am L 1998, c 22, §2]
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, the declared winner in his primary against U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, spoke by telephone Sunday night with President Barack Obama, his campaign said.
Schatz thanked Obama for his support throughout the Democratic primary:
"It meant a lot to hear from the President. His endorsement was important to me personally and to the campaign, and I thanked him for it. We talked primarily about the future and the need to work together for the country as a whole and for Hawaii, which will always be special to him. We still have the general election in front of us, but it was very heartwarming to hear from him."
According to the precinct breakdown posted on the state Office of Elections website U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa each won one of the outstanding Puna precincts in Friday's makeup election in their Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
The vote totals include the votes that were cast at the precincts, absentee walk-in and absentee mail-in ballots. Precinct 04-01 is Hawaiian Paradise Community Center and 04-02 is Keonepoko Elementary School:
Schatz won the nomination with 115,401 votes (48.5 percent) to 113,632 votes (47.8 percent) for Hanabusa. He will face former state lawmaker Cam Cavasso in the November general election.
Voting for both precincts was conducted Friday at Keonepoko Elementary. The precincts were closed during last Saturday's primary due to surrounding storm damage from Tropical Storm Iselle.
The Cook Political Report, a Washington, D.C.-based independent online newsletter, has moved the Hawaii governor's race from "lean Democrat" to "toss up," after David Ige's unprecedented primary upset of Gov. Neil Abercrombie in Saturday's primary.
Ige is in a three-way contest against Republican James "Duke" Aiona, the former lieutenant governor, and Indpendent Party of Hawaii nominee Mufi Hannemann, the former Honolulu mayor. Libertarian Jeff Davis also is in the mix.
The Hawaii Poll, taken last month, showed Aiona emerging from a hypothetical three-way race, taking 41 percent, followed by Ige at 34 percent, Hannemann at 16 percent and 10 percent undecided.
Cook Political Report's Jennifer Duffy notes:
“This year’s race has an added complication in the form of former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who has entered the race as an independent. Hannemann lost the gubernatorial nomination to Abercrombie in 2010, meaning that his presence on the ballot seems likely to hurt Ige more than Aiona. The three-way race creates a lot of unknowns. At the same time, it creates an opening for Republicans.”