November 27, 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.

Key takeways from AAPI in-language Election Eve poll

Editorial Context: National Election Pool (NEP) is what AP, CNN and the major news services rely upon for exit polling data. It found AAPIs had a huge swing from 2012 and were the group that Republicans made the largest gains with, coming out 52D-48R (revised by them to 50D-49R.) This is slightly controversial as it doesn’t capture the Limited English Proficiency AAPIs in our population. I will also add that some of the debate around how pollsters got 2014 so wrong, some say is because pollsters pegged too closely to the US Census American Community Survey and therefore did not capture the midterm audience accurately (tends to be less diverse and older than voters in presidential years.) Also it should be noted that this in-language poll was taken pre-election.

Here are a few links about how  and why the polls were so wrong. Also any errors/ ommisions in typing were mine as I was taking notes on the call. For pretty graphics look at the presentation. -Caroline

Asian American Decisions did an in-language election eve poll of 2014 AAPI voters found here: http://vote.18mr.org/static/AAD_EE_Presentation.pdf

 

All findings from www.asianamericandecisions.com & Taeku Lee
1150 voters in 6 languages versus

National Exit Poll was of 129 voters in English, margin of error could be as high as 9%.

2-1 margins in favor of Dems 61-34%.
Although AAPIs have certain progressive values, most AAPIs do not identify as Democrats.

Texas Gov race: Asian Ams went 48-48 for Davis and Abbott.

VA Sen: AAPI 68-29 for Warner. Independents went 65-30 for Warner. Vote margin for Warner was estimated 25-30k votes, larger than Warner’s margin of victory.

Key issues:
Economy/ Jobs 32% (less prominent than 2012-2008)
Education Schools 22%
Health Care

40% of AAPIs indicated healthcare was either the most important issue or one of the top issues.

Immigration was lower down the list. 22% said immigration was not important in voting.

Partisanship:
Dem ID 97%
Republican ID 83%
Independent 58D.

Obama approval:
58-33 (15 pts higher than general population via Gallup)

Dem vote share went from 73% in 2012 to 66% in 2014

2012:
45I 14R 41D

2014:
40I 22R 39D

Partisan split on Obamacare
52 favorable 37 unfavorable

Immigration
60 support 26 oppose

Rep ID 47 support (more than oppose)

Min Wage
74-18 support

Rep ID: 57 support 32 oppose
Indep ID 67-24 support

Affirmative Action
63-26 support

Dem ID: 86-10 support
Rep ID: 38-48 oppose
Ind ID 56-30 support

Media consumption
37% internet
36% tv
12% paper

1 in 4 rely on ethnic media
1 in 6 rely on Asian language ethnic media

40% of sample was in language polling

56% were not contacted about voting

Contacted about voting by:
22 D only
11 R only
39 both parties
21 community org

2016:
65 D
35 R
33% said they were undecided or refused to give a response

Hillary Clinton:
62 favorable
23 unfavorable
2 not heard of
13 don’t know

GOP hopefuls have high unknowns, unfavorables.
Jeb Bush
25 fav 46 unfav 11 unheard 18 don’t know

Christie had 43% unfavorables.

Q & A:
Immigration sounds like it’s less important as an election issue than for the Latino community. Not single most important issue. 2014 is not a big change for AAPIs.

High no opinion rate that shows up in most polls. Party ID high portion of AAPIs either ID as independent or say they don’t know how to answer that q. Also for 2016 a high undecided portion. Tend not to share vote choice and partisanship in phone surveys until close to closing days.

Immigration linked to pathway to citizenship, were there other options provided for immigration reform? Big change between 2008 and 2012 in terms of big increase in AAPI support for immigration reform with pathway for citizenship. in 2008 it was 1 in 3. 2012 increased to majority. 2014 still a majority.

Since this is partnership between Asian American Decisions and Latino Decisions, any additional info on Young Kim & Janet Nguyen, 2 AAPI Republicans who won over Latino Dems in Orange County & implications?
Oversamples CA TX VA representative of AAPIs throughout the state. Didn’t ask horserace questions but will look into more info.

If you are only tapping English-only AAPIs, then that’s only one slice. NEP weighting moved from 52-48 D then they moved it to 50-49. This survey is pegged to Census weights. Still waiting to see why NEP they changed the weight. NEP is low sample size and they haven’t designed a way of getting an accurate picture of how AAPIs voted.

 

Last Weekend in VA, NC, CA

Proect the Vote Virginia This weekend is the last before the Tuesday election. If you’re reading, here’s what you can do this weekend. The stakes are high as, frankly, all the important races for us (Bera, Honda, Takai) are all within the margin of error or possible losses.

  1. Phone bank, canvass – either virtual (from home) or in person phone banking for critical Senatorial candidates like Kay Hagan of North Carolina (contact Jamie Maniscalco to volunteer) or Asian Pacific American candidates like our friends Mike Honda, Ami Bera, and Mark Takai. This phone banking is strictly for GOTV not for fundraising. Canvassing for critical VA races like John Foust in Virginia (contact Emil Trinidad to volunteer) or Kay Hagan in NC (closest key Senate race within driving distance). If interested in the APA candidates, contact Jian Zapata to volunteer.
  2. Protect the vote In VA: for my fellow lawyers, you could be especially helpful here but no need to be an attorney to do this. See training and details below from (contact Georgina to volunteer) and contact her above if you are interested. Also for more info on this, our resident expert since she has been leading several protect the vote efforts over the years is Erika Moritsugu.
  3. Protect the vote in VA for limited English proficient populations: for my bilingual speakers, you can help answer the voter hotline. No need to be a lawyer for this. Spanish speakers are especially needed and some Asian languages. Contact Georgina to volunteer.

For those of you who have helped in prior campaigns, you know the good feeling the day after the election knowing that we did all we could to fight for the candidates whose values and policies we support or that we protected the fundamental right of our fellow citizens to vote.

Find a way to use your weekend better!

AAA-Fund Announces Endorsements: Ige, Trivedi, Cho, Jayapal

Editor’s Note: Time is low until the election so use Twitter for David Ige as Governor of Hawai’i, Roy Cho in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, Dr. Manan Trivedi in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District. Pramila Jayapal. Go vote Tuesday.

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For Immediate Release
Oct. 24, 2014
Contact: Gautam Dutta (415-236-2048)

Washington, DC: As the 2014 general election draws near, Asian American Action Fund is proud to endorse a number of rising stars: David Ige (Hawai’i Governor), Dr. Manan Trivedi (Congress), Roy Cho (Congress), Pramila Jayapal (Washington State Senator).

“We urge you to support these outstanding leaders however you can – by voting, donating, and volunteering,” said AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta. “Your involvement can make all the difference in this year of close elections,” Dutta added.

David Ige seeks to become the next Governor of Hawai’i. An experienced lawmaker and an electrical engineer by training, David currently serves as a State Senator. Service to his country runs in the family. After the outbreak of World War II, his father Tokio Ige joined the famed 442nd Regiment, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Last August, David scored an historic upset over the incumbent in the Democratic primary. David, who holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Hawai’i, has focused his efforts on diversifying Hawai’i’s economy.

Roy Cho seeks to represent New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District. Roy is the son of Korean immigrants and a product of New Jersey public schools. His dedication to public service includes work in the New Jersey Governor’s office, for a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill, and for an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is also a founding board member of the education nonprofit New Jersey Needs You, which focuses on helping first generation college students from low-income areas land internships, graduate from college, and gain employment afterwards.

Dr. Manan Trivedi seeks to become the first Asian American to be elected from Pennsylvania (6th Congressional District). He is the son of Indian immigrants and became a naval officer to serve as a Battalion Surgeon from 2001 to 2003. Manan was among the first United States ground forces to enter Iraq. For his service, he earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. While in the Navy he served as Health Policy Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General. He currently works as a health policy consultant and a part-time primary care physician.

Pramila Jayapal seeks to become the first South Asian to serve in the Washington State Senate. She is a first time candidate running to represent Washington’s 37th Legislative District. Pramila was born in India and immigrated to the United States, by herself, when she was 16 years old. In the wake of September 11, 2001, she founded One America, which fights hate crimes and civil liberties against minority communities including South Asian populations. Pramila was also an early board member of Chaya, a nonprofit organization to help South Asian survivors of violence. She also serves on the Mayor of Seattle’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee to help raise the minimum wage in the city.

The AAA-Fund is a national Democratic political organization whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in local, state and federal government, by encouraging AAPIs to volunteer on campaigns, raise money for candidates, and run for political office.

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NYC Oct. 16: Rep. Mike Honda Fundraiser

Julie Azuma, Aziz Ahmad, Ravi & Ranju Batra, Bernard Butler, Raj Goyle and Ghulam Suhrawardi

Invite you to attend an evening reception honoring Silicon Valley’s representative

US Congressman Mike Honda
Senior Member, Appropriations Committee
Chair Emeritus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Former DNC Vice Chair

With Special Guests

Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Steve Israel, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Charlie Rangel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At the Home of Julie Azuma
Address Given Upon RSVP
(Near the Intersection of 18th Street & 5th Avenue)

Suggested Contribution Levels:
Host Committee Levels: $2,600 | $1,600 | $1,000
Supporter: $500 | Attendee: $250

To RSVP, please contact:
Sudip Dutta | RSVP@MikeHonda.com | (408) 641-1717

Please make out your check to ‘Honda for Congress’ and send to:
Mike Honda for Congress
2050 Gateway Place, Suite 100, PMB 218
San Jose, CA 95110

FEC ID #C00351379

Or contribute securely online

Contributions to Mike Honda for Congress are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.

We cannot accept contributions from corporations, labor unions, government contractors, and foreign nationals who are not permanent residents. All contributions must be made from personal funds and may not be received by any other person. An individual may contribute a maximum amount of $2,600 per election (the primary and general are separate elections) to a federal candidate. Federal multi-candidate political action committees (PACs) may contribute $5,000 per election. Corporations and individuals are strictly prohibited from reimbursing another person for making a contribution to Honda for Congress.

Paid for and Authorized by Mike Honda for Congress

Mark Takai for Congress

Mark Takai for Hawaii in the US Congress

Editor’s Note: Rep. Mark Takai (HI House District 33 (Aiea)) is a current and former AAA-Fund endorsed candidate now running for election to represent HI-1 (Honolulu, Kaimuki, Aiea, Mililani, Pearl City, Waipahu, Waimalu). He is already the Democratic Nominee for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional district. We encourage HI-1 voters to look seriously at his past & candidacy at Facebook.

HI CD1 endorsee Mark Takai is only 4% down against former Rep. Djou with 12% undecided (Civil Beat). We the AAA-Fund are supporting his campaign through online donations to enable him to successfully represent HI-1.

Mark Takai for Congress

AAAF Seeks Campaign Fellows for Reps. Honda, Bera

APPLY NOW FOR MIKE HONDA CAMPAIGN FELLOWSHIPS! DEADLINE SEPT 22

Looking to work on a campaign and want to get paid for it? The Asian American Action Fund seeks two Mike Honda Campaign Fellows to work on targeted campaigns for AAA-Fund endorsed candidates. Fellows should be willing to relocate. Stipend of $2,000 per month plus supporter housing. Send resume and a cover letter to asianamericanactionfund@gmail.com. Please specify which position you ‘d like to be considered for.

Field Organizers

AAA-Fund is looking for a fellows to help implement voter contact plans for targeted races in several states, build relationships with activists and community groups on the ground, and work to turn out the vote for the campaign.

Qualifications.
– Candidates must be willing to work long and/or odd hours through the campaign.
– Candidates must be able to speak and work with diverse communities and leaders.
– Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills and be a team player.
– Candidates with past experience on an electoral or issue advocacy a plus.
– Bilingual candidates preferred, but not required. (Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Cantonese, and/or Spanish)
– Candidates must have reliable transportation and their own laptops.

Responsibilities
– Implementing an aggressive voter contact program
– Recruiting, managing, and training volunteers
– Planning events and house parties throughout the district
– Building relationships with political stakeholders, activists, and neighborhood leaders
– Collecting and managing data from the field efforts
– Report to the field director

Legal Protection Fellow

AAA-Fund is looking for a qualified fellow to manage the voter protection efforts for a highly targeted Democratic Congressional campaign in California. Most important qualities:

1) Being able to recruit/train/deploy/lead a team of election protection volunteers
2) Manage relationships outside of the campaign, particularly at the County Registrars office
3) An entrepreneurial and strategic thinker who can anticipate where voter challenges are likely to crop up.

Fellows will be working full-time on a Congressional campaign; therefore, he or she should also be comfortable long hours, be a skilled multi-tasker, team player, dedicated to the cause, and be flexible and willing to help the campaign wherever help is needed!

A J.D. is strongly preferred, but not required. The candidate should be prepared to work with lawyers/law students as well as County election officials.

–Caroline

AAA-Fund Endorses Stephanie Gray Chang for Michigan State Representative

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JULY 29, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gautam Dutta (415) 236-2048

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Asian American Action (AAA) Fund is pleased to announce the endorsement of Stephanie Gray Chang for Michigan State Representative (MI-6).

AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta said, “We are excited to support Stephanie. Her proven ability to bring people together will make her an effective leader in the statehouse.”

Stephanie has deep experience as a community organizer, coalition builder, and advocate who attended the University of Michigan. She strengthened Asian and Pacific Islander American civic participation by co-founding APIAVote-Michigan, advanced nonpartisan voter registration and protection, and initiated a documentation project with Youth Leadership Corps.

Stephanie also defended affirmative action, mentored Hmong and Bangladeshi American youth in Osborn and Hamtramck with Detroit Asian Youth Project, and organized a coalition for a fair public defense system with Campaign for Justice.

Stephanie previously served as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the James and Grace Boggs School. She has the endorsement of outgoing State Rep. Rashida Tlaib and a host of other local organizations.

AAA-Fund Board Member Caroline Fan stated, “I’ve known Stephanie for a decade. As the daughter of immigrants, she has tirelessly worked to uplift the voices of the disenfranchised.”

After receiving the AAA-Fund’s endorsement, Stephanie tweeted, “Thank you @AAAFund for the endorsement! I am excited about this opportunity to further serve my communities. #Chang2014″

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.

Clay Pell for Governor

Clay Pell for Governor

Exciting news about 1 of my childhood heroes when I heard Michelle Kwan’s husband Clay Pell is running for Rhode Island Governor. Yes, that’s the same Pell as in the famed scholarship program, the Pell Grants, which has funded the college education for a number of our readers including yours truly.

Putting aside Kwan’s star power, here’s why I’d vote for him if I were a Rhode Island voter:

  • accepting neither lobbyists’ nor PAC’s monies to avoid legalized corruption/bribery
  • Harvard undergrad & Georgetown Law School show the best education
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education at US Department of Education; White House Fellow 2011-2012; director of strategic planning for President Obama’s national security team; active duty Coast Guard officer
  • more important than the still good party support is his on-the-ground support; if polls speak to some political industry insiders, then he’s also +9% there
  • he doesn’t lie, whether you want to use experience reading news about him, his PolitiFact page, factual defense of the usual dumb accusations during campaigns, etc.
  • doing what progressive & smart economies are doing, funding professional internships
  • this past Tuesday’s debate showed how he’s not a career poltician in style, thought & treatment
  • sure his Republican opponent is an Asian, but Allan Fung is conservative and harmful to the state proving how supporting the greater good may take us outside our Asian roots

Learn more about Clay at ClayPell.com, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Or update the race’s Wikipedia or Ballotpedia pages.