When Hawaii's U.S. Senators Don't Vote the Same Way

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — They have the same first name, belong to the same political party, and were born just days apart in 1924. But Democratic Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye have disagreed on a few key measures so far this year.

A Civil Beat analysis of all 123 Senate roll call votes from January through August reveals that Akaka and Inouye took opposite positions just three times this year — on the Patriot Act, financial reform and changes to the U.S. patent system.

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