December 21, 2014

Tammy & Bryan welcome Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey

Editor’s Note: Duckworth is a 2-time AAA-Fund Endorsed Candidate.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. (H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

We congratulate Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and her husband Bryan Bowlsbey! Their statement:

My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are the proud parents of a baby girl. Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey was born on November 18. Bryan and I were deeply honored that Senator Akaka acted as Hawaiian elder and selected her middle name. We are grateful for the love and support of our family and friends. We also appreciate the respect for our privacy during this important moment in our lives.”

More at HuffPo.

Press coverage of AAA Fund & endorsees

Thanks to Asian Fortune and Jennie Ilustre for the extensive shout out on the rise of Asian American candidates. Also, congrats to everyone who ran for their leadership and courage.  -Caroline

Gautam Dutta, executive director of Asian American Action Fund, a political action committee based in the nation’s capital, is optimistic about Honda’s chances in November. “Having beaten his opponent by a 2-1 margin last June, Congressman Honda is in a strong position to win in November,” he said. Triple-A Fund has endorsed Honda and the other Democratic candidates for Congress. It enjoys a good batting average in its endorsements. “In the 2012 elections,eight of our 13 candidates won, a success rate of nearly two-thirds,” Dutta pointed out.

Other Triple-A Fund-endorsed candidates are: US Rep. Ami Bera (CA), running for reelection;U.S. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27), running for reelection; US Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)), running for re-election; US Rep. Mark Takano ((CA-41), running for re-election; Mark Takai of Hawaii, candidate for Congress; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2); and Dr. Manan Trivedi, an Iraq War vet who’s running for an open congressional seat from Pennsylvania.

US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa lost in the tight primary for the US Senate to Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, who was appointed to fill the seat of the late US Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. Pundits say Schatz is a shoo-in in November.

At press time, Dutta said AAA-Fund has not decided on endorsement regarding Leland Cheung, who is running for election for Lieutenant Governor in Massachusetts. Other state races feature Stephanie Chang, candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives; and Pramila Jayapal, candidate for Washington State Senate.


In every election cycle, Asian American leaders note the importance of becoming candidates and also voter turn-out, citing the critical issues at stake. But due to recent news on immigration, for example, the stakes are higher, indeed.

Triple A-Fund Executive Director Dutta said this year is crucial, both for issues of concern to the community and to mainstream America. In telephone and email interviews from San Jose, California, he said, “Important issues that affect our families are at stake. The newly-elected Congress will be in a position to decide a number of critical issues, including immigration reform, education and economic opportunity.”

Midterm elections are notorious for low voter turn-out. “I urge everybody to turn up on Election Day,” said Dutta of Asian American Action Fund. He said voters can show up on Election Day, or mail their ballots through early voting.

 

Republican Opponent Jim Cunneen Endorses Rep. Mike Honda

Editor’s Note: The below is a reposting of “Former Republican Opponent Jim Cunneen Endorses Congressman Mike Honda” from our friends at Mike Honda for Congress. We endorsed his 2014 campaign. Mike is an AAA-Fund Honorary Board member.

Mike Honda for Congress

Silicon Valley, CA – Today, prominent Republican Jim Cunneen endorsed Congressman Mike Honda in California’s 17th district following Vanila Singh’s 3rd place finish in the June primary. Former Assemblymember Cunneen was Congressman Honda’s Republican opponent during the 2000 Congressional election. Cunneen is also a former President and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and has held executive positions at Applied Materials and Cisco Systems (both headquartered in CA-17).

“I am proud to support Congressman Honda this November,” said Cunneen. “I’ve admired Mike for as long as I’ve known him. In the Assembly, we worked together on technology and education issues. Most of all, Mike’s integrity and good character have served our region well. His hard work and seniority has consistently delivered for Silicon Valley, including his bipartisan work to secure funding for the BART extension that is delivering thousands of jobs. As a previous supporter of Republican Vanila Singh, who is no longer in the race, I ask that other Republicans join me and switch their support to Mike Honda, who will continue working hard to represent all of us in Silicon Valley.”

Mr. Cunneen joins local Republican elected officials that have endorsed Congressman Mike Honda, such as: Sheriff Laurie Smith, County of Santa Clara; Vice Mayor Jim Davis, City of Sunnyvale; Vice Mayor Jerry Marsalli, City of Santa Clara; Councilmember Patrick Kolstad, City of Santa Clara; Councilmember Tara Martin-Milius, City of Sunnyvale; Trustee Khoa Nguyen, Berryessa Unified School District; Commissioner Cyndy Mozzetti, Fremont Planning Commission; Director Bernard Stewart, Washington Township Healthcare Hospital System; and Former Mayor Denny Weisgerber, City of Milpitas.

The latest public poll available in this race, commissioned by CBS and cited in Ro Khanna campaign memos, has Honda currently leading among registered Republican voters (19% to 18%). The poll also shows a huge lead for Congressman Honda in key demographic groups for the district, such as Moderates (44% to 26%) and Democrats (57% to 21%). Full poll results are available here.

Voters in California’s 17th Congressional District made it clear on June 3rd that they overwhelmingly support Congressman Mike Honda to any of his opponents by 20%, despite being outspent by Ro Khanna’s campaign by a more than 2 to 1 margin. The Honda campaign now has more resources than Khanna, and is in a good position to continue building upon this lead.

Sen. Hirono: To Chair Judiciary Subcommittee

Editor’s Note: The below is a re-posting of ” from our friends at Mazie Hirono‘s office.

Mazie Hirono, a voice for Hawaii in the US Senate


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday announced that Senator Mazie K. Hirono will become chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action.

The subcommittee was created at the beginning of the 113th Congress to provide oversight and review of agency rulemaking and agency action. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who currently chairs the subcommittee, is stepping down to take over a gavel on another committee. Hirono, who joined the Judiciary Committee at the beginning of the 113th Congress and has been a leader on a range of issues including immigration and sentencing reform, will assume the gavel April 1.

“I look forward to chairing the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Actions and thank Chairman Leahy for this opportunity to help make sure that the voices of everyday citizens are heard,” Hirono said. “I plan to work so that the unique needs of Hawaii are represented as we review agency actions and Executive Branch initiatives. I will also look for ways to improve oversight of government waste and abuse and strengthen consumer protections for all Americans.”

“The Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action plays an important role in the Judiciary Committee’s larger mission to provide rigorous oversight and ensure a timely and fair approach to administrative rulemaking that impacts millions of Americans,” Leahy said. “I am confident Senator Hirono will provide meaningful leadership on these important issues. I congratulate her on her new role, and I thank Senator Blumenthal for his continued service to this committee.”

“Senator Hirono has a record of ensuring that federal agencies follow and enforce the law, and I know this subcommittee will continue to flourish under her leadership,” said Blumenthal, who presided over his final subcommittee hearing as chairman this week. “It was an honor to serve as the first chairman of the subcommittee. I appreciate Chairman Leahy’s confidence and the opportunity he gave me to lead this subcommittee.”

A complete description of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action’s jurisdiction can be read online. Additional information about all the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittees is also available online.

Leland Yee Disappoints

Editor’s Note: Richard’s opinions are his alone, no one else’s.

Leland Yee arrested

Leland Yee‘s arrest is a severe disappointment to Toisanese, Chinese-Americans, his electorates, the state of California & the AAPI community all. FBI busted, raided & arrested him with 26 members of Ghee Kung Tong, a Chinatown gang for a huge array of charges, all serious & when summed, astounding.

The AAA-Fund has never had a relationship with him in any way & reminds us all how important vetting our endorsed candidates carefully & thoroughly is not just for us as an organization but for our own morality & consciousness. Voting for a candidate is a lot more than who had the most negative ads, who spent the most, whose polls got the most media buzz, who had the most lobbyists donate money to gartner favor, and other demoralizing inane parts of the politics industry. It’s about representing the public for the public good. I tell my friends to do work for the love of the purpose & politicians should likewise take heed.

Judge Cheryl Moss

Editor’s Note: As our mission here is to support AAPIs in any & every way, we feature Judge Cheryl Moss (JudgePedia, official website and biography, campaign website), a Judge of the 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Clark County, State of Nevada. She campaigns for another 6-year term in this year’s election. Having filed begins an often long road of many steps for all in US politics and we want you to publicize & support all AAPIs in this work. Note her June 10 primary election and Nov 4 general election dates so read, learn, volunteer & publicize! Below is her biography which we share with you.

Judge Cheryl Moss

Judge Cheryl Moss was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2002 and 2008 to the 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Clark County, State of Nevada. She is currently serving a six-year term until 2014.

Judge Moss is the first Asian-American to be elected to a statewide judicial office in the State of Nevada’s history. She has served in public office as a District Court Judge since January 2001.

Judge Moss attended college at George Washington University then law school at the Catholic University of America, both in Washington, D.C. Judge Moss graduated in the top 25% of her law school class in 1994. She is licensed to practice law in Nevada, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

After graduating law school and working as a judicial law clerk for Superior Court Judge John H. Bayly, Jr., in Washington, D.C., Judge Moss relocated in 1995 to Las Vegas.

In 1998, Cheryl owned and managed her solo law practice, The Law Office of Cheryl B. Moss, Chartered, practicing mainly in family law and personal injury law. In 1999, she received the Shining Star Award from the Clark County Pro Bono Project for her unselfish representation of low-income clients.

During her first year as a Family Court Judge, Judge Moss became the first Judge to implement a pilot program for referring parents in child custody cases for Problem Gambling Assessments. Judge Moss successfully launched the program with the help and coordination of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling.

Judge Moss served on the Board of Trustees of the Clark County Law Library. She also volunteers her time judging in local and statewide competitions such as the UNLV Law School Moot Court Competition, the High School Mock Trial Competition, and previously with the Trial By Peers Program. Judge Moss also collaborates with the Southern Nevada Gang Prevention Task Committee.

Judge Moss has given several lectures in legal and medical seminars dealing with substance abuse disorders and addictive behaviors. She gave presentations for the National Business Institute, the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, the National Center for Responsible Gaming, Nellis Air Force Base, the Nevada Army Reserve Training Center, and at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Judge Moss has earned over 1000 hours of continuing legal education with a concentration in domestic relations law.

In August 2007, Judge Moss was the first Judge to graduate from the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program wherein Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officers are trained to respond to emergency calls involving the mentally ill or those in crisis.

In 2011, Judge Moss was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.

In 2013, Judge Moss received The Golden Pear Award for Professional Achievement from the Filipino American Heritage Foundation of Nevada.

This is now her 14th year as a Family Court Judge. Judge Moss is dedicated to her career in public service. Judge Moss is currently pursuing re-election to a 4th term on the bench this November 2014.

Korean American Linda Bryant VA’s 1st AAPI Deputy Attorney General

Editor’s Note: The below is from our friends at Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV).

January 16, 2014
Jennifer Oh | 571 225 1930 | daavmedia@gmail.com

Attorney General Mark Herring Makes Historic AAPI Appointment. Korean American Linda Bryant has been named the Commonwealth’s First AAPI Deputy Attorney General and the First Korean American Attorney appointed by the Commonwealth’s Attorney General.

DAAV (Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia) is pleased to congratulate Linda Bryant of Chesapeake, Virginia as she has been appointed the first AAPI Deputy Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Attorney General Mark Herring. Linda will be one of four deputy attorneys general who report to the chief deputy attorney general and the attorney general. Linda will also be the first Korean American attorney to serve in the Commonwealth’s Attorney General Office.

Linda, a Korean American was raised in Springfield, Virginia and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Linda received undergraduate degrees in History and Spanish from the University of Virginia before completing her law studies at the College of William and Mary.

Following law school, Linda joined the United States Army. She completed basic training and parachutist training. She did her tour of duty as a Captain with the 7th Transportation Group – then co-located at Fort Eustis and Fort Story in Newport News and Virginia Beach. The 7th Transportation Group is known as the “Army’s Navy.” In the 1990s, when Linda served, it was one of the most deployed units of the U.S. Army. The 7th Transportation Group’s mission was to operate seaports, rail terminals and truck transportation routes to make sure our military forces could successfully enter and move forward anywhere in the world during any military deployment.

In 1996, following her tour of active duty service in the United States Army, Linda became an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She moved up through the ranks and became a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk, VA.

Since 2010, Linda has been an educator, serving as an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe School of Law.

Linda has been recognized for leadership and service to the Commonwealth of Virginia with a Virginia“2010 Leader in the Law” award, given to a handful of Virginia attorneys who have improved the Virginia legal system; a “Virginia 2010 Duval Distinguished Prosecutor Award” for fair and ethical service as a prosecutor; and, a “2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award” for combatting violence and racism in the Hampton Roads community. She is currently on the Advisory Board for Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, which finds housing for homeless vets.

Family life is very important to Linda as she is the proud mother to daughter Alex Connell and wife to Scott, who is a 23-year Naval Special Operations Officer, with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit stationed at Little Creek. He and his unit deactivate bombs around the world. Linda’s mother is Kim Fox. Her maiden name is Myungi Kim and resides in Falls Church, Virginia.

Seung Baik, President of the Korean American Bar Association for the Washington, DC Area, said “We are so glad to see the first Korean American attorney appointed to serve the Attorney General of Virginia. The Korean American community is proud of Linda and we look forward to many more years of her leadership. We hope her appointment will inspire young aspiring attorneys all over the Greater Washington, DC Area.”

Mary Thexton, President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia, commented “The AAPI legal community is so pleased to see Attorney General Mark Herring make such an early and noteworthy start to honoring his commitment that the Attorney General’s office be a reflection of Virginia’s diverse population. We applaud this first step and look forward to partnering with the Attorney General’s office in pursuit of justice in our commonwealth. ”

Linda Bryant is expected to begin her service January 27th, 2014.

FAIRFAX, VA—Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV) is a constituency group of self-identified Asian Pacific Americans recognized by the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA). DAAV is dedicated to increasing APA community engagement in the political process through such efforts as supporting increased voter registration, education awareness programs and pro APA community candidates.

What It’s Like To Be The Only Asian-American Woman in the U.S. Senate

Senator Mazie Hirono

Today, we’ve another article for you in addition to today’s newsletter trivia answer, “What It’s Like To Be The Only Asian-American Woman in the U.S. Senate“.

We’ve Tweeted this on our Twitter. Waiting for Medium‘s Facebook Page to post it to re-post it to our new Facebook Page.

Obama Nominates Christopher P. Lu for Department of Labor Deputy Secretary

Editor’s Note: The below is a highlight of “President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts“. Chris is a former White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders co-chair, an organization we often publicize and support.

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Christopher P. Lu, Nominee for Deputy Secretary, Department of Labor

Christopher P. Lu is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and in 2013, he was also a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Lu served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. Previously, in 2008, he served as Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Lu served as Legislative Director and then as Acting Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Barack Obama. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Lu was Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Minority Staff). He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Robert E. Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as an attorney at Sidley Austin. Mr. Lu was Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2011 to 2013. He received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Asian American GOTV w/ McAuliffe, Northam, Herring

Editor’s Note: The below is from our friends at their Virginia campaigns. We encourage our readers to participate in these GOTV efforts as they advance our core purpose, to advance Asian American participation in US politics at all levels.

Asian American GOTV Rally with Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring on Friday, 11/1, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. We’ll be at Delegate Mark Keam’s Office, 1952 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA, 22182.

We’re also having a special luncheon with Belkis Leong-Hong, Chairwoman of the DNC’s AAPI Caucus on Sunday, 11/3, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM over at Dragonfly Bistro at 13840 Braddock Road, Suite F, Centreville, VA 20121. Dunn Loring is closest Metro.

Can you make it to one of these events? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll contact you! We’re so happy to have the community on our side. Note if you drive or need ride.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov, 4, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov 5, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

We just released our third campaign video (shown above). Feel free to share with folks you know who can vote for us in District 67.

We’ve created an Event in our Facebook Group.

OTHER EVENTS:

FRIDAY: We’re having an Asian American GOTV Rally with Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring on Friday, 11/1, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Delegate Mark Keam’s Office, 1952 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA, 22182.

HUNG NGUYEN EVENT: We’re also having a special luncheon with Belkis Leong-Hong, Chairwoman of the DNC’s AAPI Caucus on Sunday, 11/3, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM over at Dragonfly Bistro at 13840 Braddock Road, Suite F, Centreville, VA 20121.