Hawaii lieutenant gov. picked to fill Senate seat

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s lieutenant governor spent time in the morning telling fellow Democrats why he should become the state’s next U.S. senator. Hours later, he was hitching a ride to Washington with President Obama to be sworn in as the late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s successor.Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to the post Wednesday, going against the dying wishes of Inouye, who wanted U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to take his place.Schatz, 40, said his top priorities would be addressing global climate change, preserving federal funds used in Hawaii for things like defense spending and transportation, and getting federal recognition for Native Hawaiians in forming their own government, similar to many Indian tribes across the United States.Schatz, who ran with Abercrombie for the state’s top two offices in 2010, beat out Hanabusa and Esther Kiaaina, a deputy director in the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.The three candidates were selected by state Democrats Wednesday morning from a field of 14. The candidates briefly made their cases before the state party’s central committee, which handing the three top names to the governor.Continue Reading…

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Hawaii lieutenant gov. picked to fill Senate seat

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