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+ Reid says Democrats will keep Senate majority
Majority Leader Harry Reid insists his fellow Democrats will hold the majority in the U.S. Senate. He prodded the opposition, particularly Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, by suggesting the Republicans have been weakened by the most ideological conservatives in their party.
Reid noted that McConnell was tied in polls with a Democratic challenger even as he’d picked up a challenger in his GOP primary.

Reid says Democrats will keep Senate majority

Majority Leader Harry Reid insists his fellow Democrats will hold the majority in the U.S. Senate. He prodded the opposition, particularly Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, by suggesting the Republicans have been weakened by the most ideological conservatives in their party.

Reid noted that McConnell was tied in polls with a Democratic challenger even as he’d picked up a challenger in his GOP primary.

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Senate approves budget deal to avert fiscal cliff

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Vice President Biden Swears in Brian Schatz as Senator from Hawaii

+ Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced tonight Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the U.S. senator from Hawaii — not Sen. Inouye’s first choice.
On the day he died, the late senator wrote a letter to Abercrombie asking that he pick Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to replace him.
Hanabusa made it to the final round of consideration, but she did not win the nomination.
"The charge of the central committee was to take all points of view into account, from Sen. Inouye and from the rank and file — the Democratic grass roots," Abercrombie said during a news conference on Wednesday evening. "No one and nothing was preordained."
Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, he launched an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress.
Schatz served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. He was sworn in as lieutenant governor in December 2010.
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Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced tonight Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the U.S. senator from Hawaii — not Sen. Inouye’s first choice.

On the day he died, the late senator wrote a letter to Abercrombie asking that he pick Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to replace him.

Hanabusa made it to the final round of consideration, but she did not win the nomination.

"The charge of the central committee was to take all points of view into account, from Sen. Inouye and from the rank and file — the Democratic grass roots," Abercrombie said during a news conference on Wednesday evening. "No one and nothing was preordained."

Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, he launched an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

Schatz served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. He was sworn in as lieutenant governor in December 2010.

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