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By Drew Johnson
Inept government shouldn't be entrusted with the power to kill its citizens
Topic - Linda Lingle
When the junior senator from Hawaii, Democrat Daniel K. Akaka, announced last year that he wouldn't seek a fifth term, the Republican Party immediately set its sights on the seat, viewing it as a tough but possible pickup in its quest to retake control of the Senate.
Rep. Mazie K. Hirono won the Democratic primary in Hawaii for an open U.S. Senate seat, setting up a race in November against former Hawaiian Gov. Linda Lingle.
Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is chasing surfers for their votes in Hawaii _ channel surfers.
Former Rep. Ed Case of Hawaii is the first official candidate in what is expected to be a flood of candidates for the 2012 election to succeed retiring Sen. Daniel K. Akaka.
The retirement of four-term Sen. Daniel K. Akaka is likely to force Democrats, already facing a slew of tough races next year, to gear up for another battle in a state where they haven't lost a Senate race in more than 30 years — deep-blue Hawaii.
Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie convincingly won the Democratic nomination for Hawaii governor and will face Republican Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona in an attempt by Democrats to regain leadership of President Obama's birth state.
Hawaii's governor on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have permitted same-sex civil unions, ending weeks of speculation on how she would weigh in on the contentious, emotional debate.
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle will ask government employees' unions to agree not to seek pay raises as the state faces a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall over the next three years.
In the past, Hawaii's Democratic delegation has struggled to win support for bills, including former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka's push for federal recognition of Native Hawaiians, Lingle said.
"There needs to be balance in government," Lingle said. "If you have all one party or all the other party, who is watching out for the public? And the answer is too often no one."