Lame duck

August 31st, 2010
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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaksa Republican who has co-sponsored the Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill, has conceded in the GOP primary for Senate.

Murkowski is needed by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, to muster the 60 votes required to break Republican procedural roadblocks on the bill.

Akaka has said he is still optimistic he can get a Senate vote on the bill this year, before the political composition of the Senate changes in January after the results of the November elections. Murkowski’s term ends in January.

3 Responses to “Lame duck”

  1. Nikki Heat:

    Has the Akaka bill in its current Senate form been approved by the House– I thought the House approved the former version that Governor Lingle and Attorney General Mark Bennett expressed objections about? If the House still needs to approve the marked up version (like the Health Care bill), when either house in Congress falls into GOP control, Aloha Akaka bill. . . . perhaps permanently.


  2. Ken Conklin:

    “Akaka has said he is still optimistic he can get a Senate vote on the bill this year”

    I’ve seen that same statement in “news reports” several times every year for the past ten years.

    I wonder what strange version of the Akaka bill will be introduced in the new 112th Congress next January.


  3. Maui-Loo:

    What’s astonishing to me is how any native Hawaiian can vote Republican.


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