Progressive Democrats endorse Sen. Akaka

The Progressive Democrats of Hawaii, local chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, has endorsed Sen. Akaka in the election for U.S. Senate ( This endorsement took place in compliance with standards set by the national PDA. Sen. Akaka responded to questions posed by PDH, and his responses are available on the PDH website given above.

His challenger, Rep. Case, did not respond. There is a certain irony in that Rep. Case has challenged Sen. Akaka to public debates, which the Senator has declined to join. Apparently Rep. Case prefers the spoken word to the written word!

A sample of 4 putatively progressive websites all rank Sen. Akaka as more progressive than Rep. Case. For one of them, see the extended entry. I'll write about the others later.

Bart Dame, in a private e-mail written in mid-May that has been circulating here, wrote the following summary of Case's voting record:

The National Journal on Feb 24th published an ideological ranking of all members of Congress. Overall, Ed Case was the 25th most conservative Democrat in the House. 22 of the more conservative Democrats came from the South, so I guess you can say they don't have much freedom on how to vote. Of the two non-Southern Dems, both came from conservative districts that voted for Bush. After looking at the scoring, I can comfortably say that Ed Case is the most conservative Democrat in the House who has a choice on how to vote! The others HAVE to support Bush-- Ed CHOOSES to do so.

On foreign policy matters, only 5 Dems in the House vote more conservatively than Ed. Five! . . .

We know that Ed Case has repeatedly expressed his admiration for Joe Lieberman, but Ed's overall voting record is rated MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN LIEBERMAN'S! The scores are on a 100 point scale. The higher the number, the more conservative the voting record.  Ed: got a score of 41.3. Joe Lieberman received a 34.3   For comparison, Henry Cuellar of Texas, being derided by the "netroots" across the country as a sell-out DINO worthy of defeat, got a 44. Daniel Akaka received a score of 21.2.

(You can find all these scores and check the methodology at the National Journal website: )

This analysis seems on target, to me.

Bob Schacht

Tags: HI-Sen, HI-State-Politics (all tags)



Could progressive Sen. Akaka

please start voting against drilling in ANWR?  then I might be more inclined to think of him as a "progressive."

by lorax 2006-06-10 01:20PM | 0 recs
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No Democratic senator I am aware of is truly an environmentalist.  

The ANWR drilling as a symbol of environmentalism is as misleading as support by anti-environmentalists like the Sierra Club and Greenpeace.  Few have done more to harm the environment than these outfits that rely on emotionalism and are sure to cave when it truly matters.

An extreme example is in terrorism that attacks transgenic crops.  Future transgenic crops may save on land, labor, fertilizer and pesticide while providing long life produce and the fine folks like Sierra Club and Greenpeace are plumb against them.  

No doubt there is a potential for harm but those who fear that they might grow two heads if they eat transgenic foods could use one that works.

by terryhallinan 2006-06-10 02:57PM | 0 recs
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Terrorism that attacks transgenic crops?

by RickD 2006-06-10 03:25PM | 0 recs
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"Terrorism that attacks transgenic crops?"

Have you been living in a cave somewhere?

There is growing acceptance of transgenic crops in Europe but even in the U.S. where transgenics are a regular part of the diet, surveys show that the majority is concerned if you read carefully. Hilarious is the horror of one attempt to splice a gene from an arctic fish into tomato plants to help them resist cold.  

The destruction of trial crops has occurred frequently in Europe and some folks even in this country have made a fine living with horror stories that match anything Stephen King could dream up.

Prof. John Thompson of Waterloo University in Canada has made a Nobel quality discovery of ubiquitous genes that allow plants to resist drought, heat, salt, poor nutrition, pests, disease and even death itself.  Years have been wasted with attempts to do "natural breeding" rather than the quicker gene splicing.  It is only relatively recently that the genes were discovered to be present in animals.  That includes our own species, of course.  Gene therapy is in early pre-clinical testing of the "Death Switch."  The future can be delayed but will not be prevented by idiots who worry that bananas that have their own genes spliced in will be harmful compared to ones that are bred artifically for the super genes.


by terryhallinan 2006-06-10 04:22PM | 0 recs
Right, that's all well and good...

but "terrorism"? Can you at least agree that if people start labeling organizations who disagree about GMOs terroists, then the word has lost all meaning?

by Mullibok 2006-06-11 05:57AM | 0 recs
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Destruction is quite different than disagreement.

by terryhallinan 2006-06-11 08:15AM | 0 recs
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i don't know what the hell you're talking about with transgenic crops, because the Sierra Club sure as hell isn't talking a lot about that.  they mainly talk about wilderness and energy issues, and ANWR happens to be a place where those two issues come together.  ANWR is a DAMN IMPORTANT ISSUE as a massive stretch of America which is presently protected but perilously close to becoming un-protected.  for Sen. "Progressive" Akaka to vote, again and again, to drill there, makes me not all that excited about his being elected to another 6-year term, especially when Rep. Case votes against drilling there.

by lorax 2006-06-10 09:39PM | 0 recs
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"i don't know what the hell you're talking about with transgenic crops, because the Sierra Club sure as hell isn't talking a lot about that."

Good to hear that the bastards have let up - if they have.  They were among those on the frontline in the effort to inhibit the development of agriculture that promises bounty with less pollution, labor and land. Luddhites are more properly classified as conservatives than liberals but are truly reactionaries.

Environmentalism is a noble cause but many of those claiming the title are profoundly anti-environmentalist.

Say, what do you think of Al Gore's role in reducing the Protection of Species Act to rubble? :-)

by terryhallinan 2006-06-11 05:00AM | 0 recs
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Its really that simple.  Do we want Henry Cuellar representing Hawaii in the Senate?

Even if Akaka is not the most progressive, to put it frankly he will die soon and Case as a Blue Dog DINO  will be almost impossible to beat in a primary.  

by burroughs 2006-06-10 06:14PM | 0 recs
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Case won't get close to winning.

by rtaycher1987 2006-06-10 06:16PM | 0 recs
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Akaka will win and should win.  But more important and more relevant to me is the winner of the primary for the seat Case previously held.  

by illinois062006 2006-06-10 07:16PM | 0 recs
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No he is not.
I know that there is a lot of complaining
about faulty polls from those who don't want
to think they are wrong, but the poll showing
a closer race is wrong. Yes case does play
the maverick role decently and has had
a decent amount of success in running against
the party leadership and jumping to higher positions but how likly is it that a moderate(one of the most conservative democrats and probably within the top five among moderates in safe seats going to win win a primary against an old and seemingly somewhat inefectual liberal.
With the war in Iraq(whith Cases strongly opposing withdrawl) and with such strong polarization felt by democrats it just isn't going to happen.
The polls don't match the facts. Case might make a comeback and win gov after lingle retires
or SEN if one of HI senators retire or die.
by rtaycher1987 2006-06-10 11:46PM | 0 recs


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