The power of the (auto) pen
January 3rd, 2013
11:30 AM ET
2 years ago

The power of the (auto) pen

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - If you are a president who desperately wants to salvage your Hawaiian vacation, why stick around Washington to sign a bill when an automatic pen can do it for you?

That’s what happened Wednesday when the long-haggled over bill to avert the fiscal cliff was delivered to the White House for the president’s signature. With Obama 5,000 miles away in Hawaii, aides decided to prepare the president with an electronic version of the document for his review rather than commission a special flight to currier over the document.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Hawaii • President Obama
Schatz sworn in as U.S. senator from Hawaii
December 27th, 2012
02:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Schatz sworn in as U.S. senator from Hawaii

Washington (CNN) - Hawaii's newest senator was nominated, appointed, and sworn into his seat so quickly he had to scramble to get himself ready for the red-eye flight to Washington.

"I bought this coat yesterday," Brian Schatz told reporters after landing on the mainland dressed in an overcoat - hardly necessary in Hawaii, where temperatures were in the low 70s on Thursday.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii
December 26th, 2012
07:10 PM ET
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Hawaii governor taps Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz as new U.S. senator

(CNN) – Hawaii’s governor announced Wednesday that Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will fill the seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant after the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Schatz, 40, is a former state legislator and executive of a nonprofit group.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii
Dem leader calls for ‘haste’ in Senate appointment
December 22nd, 2012
08:16 PM ET
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Dem leader calls for ‘haste’ in Senate appointment

(CNN) – It’s one of those legislative showdowns where every vote could count and any vote not cast could be decisive.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Saturday for Hawaii’s Democratic governor to appoint “with due haste” a successor to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, then the body’s most senior member, who died Monday at age 88.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii • Neil Abercrombie
Obama to attend Hawaii memorial service for Inouye
December 22nd, 2012
02:59 PM ET
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Obama to attend Hawaii memorial service for Inouye

(CNN) - President Obama will attend the final memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii on Sunday, the White House announced.

The service will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Among those buried there are 32 Medal of Honor recipients and at least one former senator.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii • President Obama
December 21st, 2012
01:12 PM ET
2 years ago

At memorial service, Obama lauds Inouye as 'inspiration'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama praised Daniel Inouye as perhaps his "earliest political inspiration" while delivering remarks at a memorial service for the late senator on Friday.

The Hawaii Democrat, the second longest serving senator in U.S. history, died on Monday. He was 88.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii • President Obama
Photo: Capitol tribute to late Sen. Daniel Inouye
December 20th, 2012
10:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Photo: Capitol tribute to late Sen. Daniel Inouye

(CNN) – The remains of Sen. Daniel Inouye from Hawaii arrived in Washington Thursday to lie in state in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol. Vice President Joe Biden and congressional leaders delivered remarks at the arrival ceremony.

Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II and represented Hawaii in the Senate for five decades. The Democratic senator died Monday at the age of 88 after being hospitalized for "respiratory complications."

He won his ninth consecutive term in 2010 and was the second-longest-serving member of the Senate in its history, trailing only Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Inouye was a senator for all but three of Hawaii's 53 years as a state and had served as its first House member before that.


Filed under: 2012 • Daniel Inouye • Hawaii
Inouye gave preference for successor before he died
December 18th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Inouye gave preference for successor before he died

(CNN) – Sen. Daniel Inouye named U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his preferred successor before his death Monday in a letter to Hawaii's governor, his office said.

Hanabusa, a first term Democrat, represents Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii
November 12th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
2 years ago

First Hindu elected to Congress

(CNN) – In an election that broke boundaries, Hawaii elected the nation's first practicing Hindu to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard, who will represent the state's second district, told CNN Monday that her election "shows the respect, diversity and love and aloha that people have in Hawaii that would allow for something like this to happen."
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Filed under: 2012 • Hawaii
Dying man casts final vote
October 22nd, 2012
06:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Dying man casts final vote

(CNN) - A photo of World War II veteran Frank Tanabe casting what will likely be his final ballot in a presidential election has gone viral –and captured the hearts of thousands.

Tanabe, 93, is in the final stages of inoperable liver cancer and is currently at home receiving hospice care, surrounded by his wife and children in Honolulu.
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Filed under: 2012 • Hawaii
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