Beginning today, a daily rundown of Hawaii political, government and da kine news of interest to Civil Beaters. Top of mind: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye‘s re-election chances, national support for Colleen Hanabusa, and the franking privileges of Rep. Charles Djou.
Big surprise: The Rothenberg Political Report says Inouye’s seat is one of only six “safe” seats for Senate Democrats, who are still forecast to retain Senate control despite losing 5-7 seats. Inouye, who turns 86 in September, tweeted today that he is now the second-longest serving Senator in U.S. history.
1st Congressional District hopeful Hanabusa has qualified for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue Program, meaning financial, communications, grassroots and strategic assistance. The Hawaii GOP calls it a “flip-flop” because of the DCCC’s earlier support for Ed Case, who since dropped out of the race.
Djou’s congressional office has mailed out a color flyer titled “On the Job … Working for Hawaii Families and Our Economy.” The flyer includes a survey asking constituents for their views on a “nationalized” health care system, expanding free trade with the Philippines and South Korea, and the $860 billion stimulus package. The mailing was “prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense,” according the mailer — ironic, given Djou’s oft-stated antipathy for government spending.
Republican Djou is touting the results of a Pacific Business News readers’ pulse survey that says by a 2-to-1 margin Djou would be better for business than Hanabusa. He’ll no doubt be pleased as well with an NPR poll that concludes the GOP is expected to have “big gains” in the House come November. Djou’s seat was among those surveyed.
“Bush’s brain” Karl Rove will headline a fundraiser breakfast for Lt. Gov James “Duke” Aiona this Friday morning at the Oahu Country Club in Honolulu. It’s Rove’s second appearance on the hulihuli chicken circuit this year; the talk is titled “How to Win in Hawaii.” As with the earlier event, a protest is planned by the local chapter of World Can’t Wait, which believes Rove is a war criminal.