That sound you heard last week was the collective lip-smacking of numerous Hawaii politicians—both in and out of office—who are now chewing on a tantalizing question: who wants to become a United States Senator? It’s a pretty plumb gig—one that comes with influence, power and prestige. And the opportunity doesn’t present itself often; before 86-year-old Sen. Dan Akaka announced … [Read more...] about Who’s Next? A Look At the Race to Replace Senator Dan Akaka
Sen. Dan Akaka
If the Akaka Bill ever had its moment, it was when the Democrats controlled Congress and a Hawaii-born President sat in the White House. That moment has passed -- and the Native Hawaiian Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act is no closer to passage than it was a decade ago. Now, with the announcement that Akaka will step aside in 2012, it may be dead and buried. Does that … [Read more...] about Can State Bills Succeed Where Akaka Bill Failed?
Sen. Dan Akaka announced today he won't run in 2012, opening up a Senate seat that's been reportedly coveted by the likes of former Rep. Ed Case and former Gov. Linda Lingle. Here's Akaka's announcement. … [Read more...] about Breaking: Akaka Won’t Seek Reelection in 2012
The Akaka Bill—also known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act—has endured a number of setbacks and false starts since it was first introduced 10 years ago. But it's actually close to becoming law—perhaps closer than ever. In February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed it. Five months later, Senators Akaka and Inouye agreed to tweak the bill to gain state … [Read more...] about Akaka Bill Update