The Way Forward After Inouye

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

A number of words have been expressed about the immediate impact of the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye on Hawaii in the U.S. Congress. With that, it is worth pointing out a few realities about how impacts like this will affect Hawaii in at least the medium term.

As with everything in government, there are certain truths and rules that will come into place in the weeks, months and immediate years after Inouye is buried, and his replacement named by the governor. Some of them will keep to the path that has already been laid out; while some of them will be created due to the absence of such a powerful individual whom many say was the center of gravity of all Hawaii politics.

Here is my take as to what can be anticipated moving forward:

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