Inside Politics: Lawmakers tackle 2012’s election problems at polls

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who is chairing the committee in charge of next month’s swearing-in ceremony, said Wednesday one of the panel’s first priorities was to prevent the obstacles that many ticketholders faced in 2009.

The Third Street tunnel, where thousands of ticketholders were trapped in what became known as “the purple tunnel of doom,” is going to be closed.

Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, announced other crowd-control plans, including more magnetometers to speed security lines and an increase in signs and personnel directing attendees. Committee staff also plans to monitor social media to detect logjams so officials on the ground can help.


Congresswoman seeking appointment to Inouye’s seat

HONOLULU — Rep. Colleen W. Hanabusa will apply for the Senate vacancy created by the death of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, her spokesman said Wednesday.

Ms. Hanabusa, 61, is the early favorite for the post, having won the endorsement of Mr. Inouye, a fellow Democrat.

Mr. Inouye said in a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie dated Monday that his last wish was for Ms. Hanabusa to succeed him. Mr. Inouye died that day from respiratory complications. He was 88.

On Thursday, Mr. Inouye will be the first person to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda since President Gerald R. Ford.

Mr. Abercrombie will decide Mr. Inouye’s replacement. His spokeswoman, Louise Kim McCoy, declined to comment Wednesday on how much weight the governor might give to Mr. Inouye’s request in appointing his replacement.

Mr. Abercrombie will choose Mr. Inouye’s successor from a list of three candidates submitted by the state Democratic Party. The party's central committee plans to meet Dec. 28 to select the candidates. The application deadline for prospective candidates is Monday. Under state law, candidates must come from the same party as the prior incumbent.

Ms. McCoy said Mr. Abercrombie has no plans to apply for the vacancy himself. Neither does retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, who is supporting Hanabusa for the job, according to his spokesman.Whoever is appointed will have to stand for election in 2014.


Undersecretary being probed over providing info for film

The Pentagon says its top intelligence official, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate to be the next CIA director, is under investigation in connection with information he provided to makers of a movie about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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