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2012 Asian American Voters: Five Facts

The article below is a crosspost. "5 Facts about 2012 Asian American Voters" was prepared by Anh Phan of the Center for American Progress. This article finds its complement also in the read-between-the-line issues laid bare in the 2012 Facts for Features: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2012 (based on the 2010 U.S. Census).


Inouye and Akaka support Obama's Afghanistan troop increase, Abercrombie and Hirono question it

Reaction to President Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan continues to come in. Here's a report from the Honolulu Star Bulletin that shows the Hawaiian Congressional delegation split. Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka have voiced their strong support for the escalation in forces while Representatives Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono have raised questions.

Colleen Hanabusa officially enters HI Congressional race

It's official. Hawaii State Senator Colleen Hanabusa has officially entered the race for the 1st Congressional District. Hanabusa, the Senate majority leader, is running to replace U.S.

Mazie Hirono releases video on healthcare

Watch my new Video on Health Care


As the health care debate continues, I want to make sure you have access to accurate information surrounding our reform efforts in Congress.  I have created a Health Care Reform webpage, which I encourage you to visit.

Colleen Hanabusa set to run for Congress

Here's some exciting news out of Hawaii. Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, the state Senate president, is expected to soon announce her candidacy for the First Congressional District in Hawaii. That's the seat being vacated by current Representative Neil Abercrombie who is stepping down to run for Governor.

Asian American Democrats discuss healthcare on NPR (transcript)

Congressmembers Judy Chu (CA-32) and Mike Honda (CA-15) were on NPR's Tell Me More this morning to discuss healthcare reform. Great to see them discussing the public option and how their constituents are in favor of it.  Please continue to support these courageous Congressmembers who are under a lot of pressure to give in to the White House which seems desperate to cut a deal. (Who knew throwing temper tantrums, lying and bringing guns to townhalls would get you what you want.)

Mazie Hirono and Doris Matsui Announce Project Support from Stimulus

Slow news day so far. Here are a couple of recent press releases from Congressmembers Mazie Hirono (HI-02) and Doris Matsui (CA-05) on the how some of the stimulus money is being spent in their districts.

$2,264,000 in Federal Funding For Maui County Parking Garage and Renewable Energy Resources Center

Mazie Hirono (HI-02) Supports the Public Option

Just came back from a luncheon with Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-02) in LA's Koreatown hosted by the Korean American Democratic Committee of Los Angeles. About twenty people gathered on the second floor of a Korean restaurant to hear Hirono speak about health care reform, EFCA, the stimulus package and other issues they are tackling in Congress.

Public Option Needs Our Support; Contact Your Congressmember

In response to the unsatisfactory compromise that Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-30) recently reached with the Blue Dog Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, a group of progressives Democrats have signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House health care leaders.

Progressive Report Cards Handed Out to Congress

capitol Here's a nifty little site that calculates how progressive each member of Congress voted overall and in terms of particular issues:
ProgressivePunch is a non-partisan searchable database of Congressional voting records from a Progressive perspective. But we're convinced it's extremely useful irrespective of anyone's political positions. We show the performance of members within 160 different issue categories, and detailed vote descriptions, thereby empowering you to zero in on what matters to you.
The scorecard gives a lot of details, including the breakdown between "crucial" and "overall" votes, as well as votes by lifetime and in the current session. They also include the states general political tilt and a good breakdown of how they came up with their scores. The reason this list is so important is because we need to identify who are the true movement progressives so we can promote them as our leading voices. Let's make sure we turn to them as our spokespeople on key issues. Let's make sure that the ones who score highly are featured on the networks and in the media. Let's support them financially when we can. (Note: From a quick and completely unscientific glance, it seems like it's a lot of the moderates and conservatives who I tend to see on the TV.) Anyway, go check out where you Congresscritter is ranked. In terms of AAPI's, here are the lifetime scores of our two AAPI Senators on crucial and overall votes: 23 Akaka, Daniel (D-HI) 87.48 91.98 45 Inouye, Daniel (D-HI) 75.45 85.63 To check out our House members, join us on the other side: