August 21, 2014

Colleen Hanabusa (2/2)

Colleen Hanabusa

Naturally, President Obama endorsed his own Hawaii state campaign head Brian Schatz for US Senate over the proven lead Colleen Hanabusa. I wrote 2 months ago about how Hanabusa provides not just any leadership or the party’s most well connected leadership but the most principled, focused & ideal leadership. Ignoring sustained junk politics like her age (which is a plus, but mean politics never sees that), we can all see the President will back his campaign staff while other Democrats back Hanabusa as it’s an all-Democratic field which leads to disillusionment over the political process that leads to political fragmentation & polarization that makes Congress what it is today.

Also, Obama’s been so unwilling to help any US Senate candidate except 1 other (then again, it’s desired). Unfortunate but understandable.

Today’s Honolulu Star Advertiser poll asks, “Should President Obama have endorsed his candidate in Hawaii’s Democratic race for U.S. Senate?” where you can vote your say. You know my say.

Update: Poll results agree, Obama should’ve stayed out of it.

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DOI: Secretary Jewell to Deliver Keynote Address at Native Hawaiian Convention

Editor’s Note: The below is a re-posting of “Secretary Jewell to Deliver Keynote Address at Native Hawaiian Convention.

Date: September 3, 2013
Contact: Jessica Kershaw (DOI) 202-208-6416

HONOLULU, HI – On Wednesday, September 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will deliver the keynote address at the 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention in Honolulu, HI.

In her remarks, the Secretary will underscore the importance of Native Hawaiian issues within Interior, and the special oversight role the Department has for the Native Hawaiian community. Immediately following the event, Jewell will participate in a brief media availability.

The Convention is considered one of the largest gatherings of Native Hawaiian organizations, leaders, policy makers, cultural practitioners, and community members from across the state. Activities include discussions on health, policy, philanthropy and civic engagement.

WHO:
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
WHAT:
Keynote address at 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention
Media availability to follow
WHEN:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
12:30 p.m. HST
WHERE:
Hawai‘i Convention Center
1801 Kalākaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii

MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend are encouraged to RSVP here.

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June 14, DC: Breakfast Honoring Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Editor’s Note: The AAA-Fund today endorsed Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in her US Senate campaign. Read more here.

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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa
Candidate for Senate Armed Services & Natural Resources Committees

With Special Guest
Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

Friday, June 14, 2013
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

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Washington, DC

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AAA-Fund Proudly Endorses Representative Colleen Hanabusa for Senate

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Asian Pacific American PAC Touts Unprecedented Opportunity to Elect Second Asian American Female Senator in American History

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Contact: Gautam Dutta (202) 236-2048 or Irene Lin (410) 241-7264

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Asian American Action Fund today announced its strong endorsement of Representative Colleen Hanabusa for Senate as the best choice to lead Hawaii and follow in the footsteps of the legendary late Senator Daniel Inouye.

AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta said, “2012 was a banner year for Asian American candidates and AAA-Fund believes we can make even more history by electing the second Asian American female to the U.S. Senate.”

Dutta added, “We believe Rep. Hanabusa’s distinguished and progressive record in the state Senate and in the U.S. House make her an outstanding candidate to succeed our dearly beloved Senator Inouye.”

“I am truly honored to once again have AAA-Fund’s support in my campaign for the U.S. Senate. Their support made a key difference in my victory in 2010.” said Rep. Hanabusa. “I look forward to continuing to work with them on issues of critical importance to our AAPI communities, including passing immigration reform, recognizing Native Hawaiian sovereignty and fulfilling our obligations to our Filipino veterans.”

AAA-Fund is a Democratic PAC with local chapters across the country devoted to strengthening the participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the political process.

In 2010, the AAA-Fund lent its support to Hanabusa in the contested House special election for the 1st Congressional District.

Rep. Hanabusa was the first Asian Pacific American female to preside over a legislative body in the United States and the first woman to preside over either chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature.

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The AAA-Fund is a Democratic political action committee whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) on every level of local, state and federal government in America. To achieve this goal, we address the chronic under-representation of APAs as campaign volunteers, campaign contributors, and candidates for political office. The AAA-Fund has endorsed candidates across the country. For more information, go to AAA-fund.org and read our award-winning blog at AAA-fund.com.

Sen. Hirono: Reunite Filipino WWII Vets & Their Families

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March 5, 2013

 

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SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO INTRODUCES FIRST BILL AS SENATOR – LEGISLATION TO REUNIFY FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

Bill That Eliminates Immigration Backlog For Children Of Filipino World War II Vets Could Gain New Life As Senate Works On Immigration Reform

 

Hirono: “These are the types of ideas I will be working to include in immigration reform legislation”

 

Vets Group: “The Hirono bill will keep the hopes of our Filipino American World War II heroes alive… Salamat po! Mabuhay Senator Hirono”

 

Washington, D.C. — Senator Mazie K. Hirono today introduced her first bill as a United States Senator – legislation that would reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their families. The long-overdue legislation, which has been the priority of Hawaii’s congressional delegation for many years, could gain new life as the Senate drafts and marks up immigration reform legislation. This legislation underscores Hirono’s immigration reform approach of bringing families together and assisting communities whose voices aren’t often heard in Washington.

 

“Immigration reform should reflect our values and these are the types of ideas I will be working to include in the final legislation,” said Hirono. “Our nation can never fully repay the debt we owe the Filipino World War II veterans who bravely served and sacrificed alongside Americans in the critical South West Pacific Theatre. The brave servicemen who are still with us, now in their eighties and nineties, should not have to wait any longer in order to be reunited with their children. As the Senate dives into immigration reform legislation, I will be working very closely with my colleagues to include these types of ideas in the final proposal.”

 

Thousands of Filipino veterans were granted citizenship in recognition of their service to the United States in World War II. Their children, however, were not granted citizenship. As a result, the veterans who came to the United States could only sponsor their children by filing a petition and “getting in line.” The backlogs affecting Filipino immigration applications are over twenty years in some cases, and these veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, have had to wait in the U.S. without their children for many years.

 

Hirono has a key perch to influence immigration reform legislation as she sits on the both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration that will mark up immigration reform legislation.

 

The American Coalition of Filipino Veterans estimates that 20,000 sons and daughters of U.S. Filipino World War II veterans will directly benefit from Hirono’s legislation. The group lauded her efforts.

 

“We applaud Sen. Hirono’s great decision in reintroducing the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification bill,” Eric Lachica, Executive Director for the American Coalition of Filipino Veterans said. “The Hirono bill will keep the approved immigration petitions and hopes of our Filipino American World War II heroes alive after they fade away. We are glad Senator Hirono continues to fight for the legacy of Senators Akaka and Inouye for their Filipino comrades. Salamat po! Mabuhay Senator Hirono.”

 

Eliminating the immigration backlog for the families of Filipino World War II vets has long been a priority of Hawaii’s delegation. Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa will introduce the bill in the House of Representatives.

Rebuffing a Leader’s Dying Wish

Last week, Hawaii Governor Abercrombie rebuffed the final wish of a dying Senator Daniel P. Inouye.

Instead of appointing Congressmember Colleen Hanabusa to replace Inouye in the U.S. Senate, Abercrombie picked Brian Schatz, a close confidant and Hawaii’s outgoing Lieutenant Governor.

Why did Abercrombie rebuff Inouye?  Simple: he wanted to install one of his allies in the Senate.  While Abercrombie and Schatz are personal friends, he has in the past clashed with Sen. Inouye.

This decision may come back to haunt Abercrombie:  Hanabusa is now being urged to challenge him in 2014, when Abercrombie’s up for re-election.

– Gautam Dutta

Hawaii Senate appointment named

HI Gov. Abercrombie selected his Lt Gov Brian Schatz as Senator Dan Inouye’s replacement in the Senate. Inouye had, in his last request, asked for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to be named his replacement.

Hawaii News Now:

Schatz, 40, was elected lieutenant governor in 2010. He ran unsuccessfully to succeed U.S. Rep. Ed Case in Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional seat in 2006. Schatz served as CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii, a nonprofit social service agency on Oahu. Between 1998 and 2006, Schatz spent eight years in the state House of Representatives, representing the 25th district of Tantalus, Makiki and McCully.

In 2008, he served a spokesman for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in Hawaii. That same year, he was elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.

During a meeting earlier Wednesday to select the three finalists for Gov. Abercrombie to choose from, members of the Hawaii Democratic Party voted 48 times for Schatz, 42 for Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and 39 for attorney Esther Kiaaina, sources said, noting the counts could be one or two votes off, since there were voice votes.

It was important for the Governor to appoint someone before all the new members are sworn in so that Hawaii could have a senior Senator (Schatz will be 13 ahead, instead of the least senior member of the Senate.) Sens. Akaka and Inouye were some of the most senior members of the Senate, and the appointment means that the 49th state will have someone better poised to get desired committees. Additionally, the newly-designated Senator Schatz will be able to vote on the fiscal cliff talks.

The appointment of Schatz over Hanabusa also means that Hawaii Dems and the DCCC do not have to worry about who would hold onto the First Congressional District. Had a special election been held, it would have been winner take all. And former Rep. Charles Djou and former Gov. Linda Lingle would have been formidable, well-funded candidates on the Republican side. (Lingle raised $5.5M for her recent Senate run.) Admittedly, the state had a special election quite recently when Rep. Abercrombie left Congress to run for Governor, which resulted in Republican Charles Djou holding the 1st CD seat for a brief jaunt, beating both Democrats – Colleen Hanabusa & former Rep. Ed Case. That is, until Nov 2010 when HI State Sen. President Colleen Hanabusa beat him in the general, after defeating Case in the Democratic primary leading up to the Nov 2010 general.

At one point, it could have been possible and a historic first methinks, for Hawaii to have an all APA female Congressional delegation (if Hanabusa had been appointed to the Senate, and if an APA woman had won her Congressional seat.)

–Caroline

Daniel P. Inouye, RIP

ASIAN AMERICAN ACTION FUND

For immediate release

Contact:  Gautam Dutta, 202.236.2048

AAA-Fund Mourns the Passing of Senator Daniel P. Inouye

Washington, DC., Dec. 17, 2012 — The Asian American Action Fund shares tremendous shock as we say farewell to a giant in our community, Senator Daniel K. Inouye.  Senator Inouye was the most senior member of the United States Senate, President Pro Tempore, and third in line to the Presidency.
“With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of a leader who led by example,” said AAA-Fund Deputy Executive Director Melissa Unemori Hampe.  “Senator Inouye will be greatly missed, but he has left a legacy that is unmatched and will continue to call others to public service,” she added.

Senator Inouye’s accomplishments are well known.  Here’s just a sampling of them:  World War II Medal of Honor hero and a part of the much-decorated 442 Regimental Combat Team, first Congressman from the State of Hawai’i, elected to nine terms in the U.S. Senate, Chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

“In losing Senator Inouye, we lose an iconic hero, a champion, and a giant—not only in our AAPI community, but in the larger American populace,” said AAA-Fund Chair-Elect Bel Leong-Hong.  “It is truly a sad moment,” she added.

As AAA-Fund Board Member Gloria T. Caoile noted, Senator Inouye “was always a dignified and gracious man who fought hard not only for our community, but every community.”

Senator Inouye consistently championed many significant causes, including:  the ultimately successful effort to ensure proper redress for Japanese Americans who had been interned during World War II, the granting of full benefits to Filipino Veterans, and federal recognition for Native Hawaiians.

More than all of that, he inspired generations of APIAs to run for and succeed in public office.  For these and other accomplishments, AAA-Fund honored the Senator with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

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Sen. Daniel Inouye, Senate’s second longest-serving member, Dead at 88

Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second longest serving senator in U.S. history and a decorated World War II hero, has died his office announced in a statement. He was 88. According to his office, “His last words were, ‘Aloha.’”

As our readers may remember, our Co-Editor-in-Chief Justin wrote “about Inouye” this past autumn. Our newsletter subscribers will recall Co-Editor-in-Chief Caroline’s story of Inouye’s famed service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. To read his obituary is both emotional but also a testimony to his incredible record of service to our nation. As one of the Senate’s towering greats and elder statesman, there is no replacing him. That said, he did recommend Hanabusa.

Our parent organization will post an update soon here.