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|Late Congresswoman Patsy Mink to get Presidential Medal of Freedom
Fifty years ago, Patsy T. Mink of Hawai`i became the first woman of color elected to Congress. On Nov. 24, she'll be posthumously honored at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. ...
|Support your local farm sanctuary
Looking to beat the post-midterm blues and do some good at the same time? Blogger Elana Kopelvich has a good idea . Find a farm sanctuary to support: Sponsor an animal at your local farm ...
|Dept. of Justice maintains Bush-era death penalty policies
It's been 20 years since U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun announced , "I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death." The late Justice's former colleagues have not followed suit. ...
|Millions of poor families face SNAP cuts next week
Millions of poor families face SNAP cuts Nov. 1. The Congressional Progressive Caucus is working to help them, with legislation sponsored by Rep. John Conyers called the Extend Not Cut SNAP Benefits ...
|Honolulu Weekly exits the scene
The Honolulu alternative-weekly newspaper that once featured a column by an activist who became a U.S. Senator and was long recognized for independent investigative journalism is publishing its last ...
|Patsy Mink Education Foundation accepting applications through Aug. 1
Aloha, Please help spread the word about this opportunity. The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children has posted the following announcement : In 2013, the ...
|Support your local farm sanctuary
From New York to Hawai`i and everywhere in between, there are some fun ways to support the heroic work of farm sanctuaries in the coming days and weeks. Tomorrow night in New York City , you can ...
|Immigration bill, with 11 Hirono amendments, goes to Senate floor
The Senate Judiciary Committee , chaired by Sen. Pat Leahy, made history Tuesday by passing to the Senate floor a comprehensive immigration reform bill that provides a path to citizenship for more ...
|Immigration reform: important work happening right now in Senate Judiciary Committee
For the last week, Sen. Pat Leahy's Judiciary Committee has been marking up the Gang of 8's proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. Some excellent pro-family, pro-equality amendments (largely ...
|Freshmen Baldwin, Hirono & Murphy leading the Senate
Checking out Progressive Punch's rankings for the U.S. Senate gives some reason for optimism in D.C. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Mazie Hirono (HI) and Chris Murphy (CT) are tied for first: http://...
|I nominate Neil deGrasse Tyson as U.S. Science Laureate
Sens. Mazie Hirono and Roger Wicker and Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Lamar Smith have proposed the position of Science Laureate of the United States . It's obviously a great idea. So, I'm moving on to ...
|Immigration update: Hirono leads fight for family unity
Continuing her push for family unity and women's rights as part of commprehensive immigration reform, Hawai`i Sen. Mazie Hirono and six colleagues today urged the so-called Gang of 8 to "reconsider ...
|Power up for immigrant women
The launch of the Power Up! Summit today started a big week of activity on comprehensive immigration reform, with a focus on immigrant women and families. The Power Up! Summit, organized the ...
|Families of Filipino WWII vets await justice
Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) has introduced legislation to allow Filipino veterans of World War II to reunite with their families. As a reminder, WWII ended 68 years ago. Sen. Hirono's office ...
|"'Abstinence-only' programs simply don't work."
It's a little hard to believe that comprehensive sexuality education is still controversial : Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said Thursday that they’d introduced ...
|Sen. Hirono: "Don't forget about the human element of immigration."
Freshman Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) brought a much-needed injection of hope for progressive change at today's Judiciary Committee on comprehensive immigration reform. Based on the accounts I've ...
|Brian Schatz Is Hawai`i's Next U.S. Senator
Hawai`i Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz has been appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Neil Abercrombie . Schatz is expected to fly to Washington to be sworn into office immediately. He will be an interim ...
|HI-Sen: Watch Orange to Blue candidate Mazie Hirono debate tonight
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono is running for Hawai`i's open U.S. Senate seat. She's an Orange to Blue candidate and has been endorsed by Hawai`i's firefighters , nurses ,
|Nurses, professors, flight attendants join Team Mazie
Polls show Mazie Hirono with a double-digit lead in her campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka in Hawai'i. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is reporting this morning that Mazie raised more ...
They're dedicated, highly trained, compassionate professionals who embody grace under pressure. Who doesn't love nurses? Well, a lot of anti-union and anti-healthcare politicians. But nurses are ...
|Hawai`i peace advocate Maya Soetoro-Ng: President needs Mazie's strong voice in Senate
Maya Soetoro Ng, Ph.D., is one of Hawai`i's most well-known and -respected writers , educators , and peace advocates. She's had a busy week. On Sunday, she spoke at ...
|Mazie Hirono's toughness
Hawai`i's televisions viewers have been told this week that Congresswoman Mazie Hirono isn't "tough" enough to become a U.S. Senator. No facts are offered to back up this claim by her opponent in ...
|HI-Sen: Hirono leads; final primary debate tonight
Aloha, Voting is underway in the race to replace retiring Hawai'i Sen. Daniel Akaka. Voters are mailing in absentee ballots in advance of the Aug. 11 primary. Early walk-in voting begins on Monday ...
|HI-Sen: I want my MTV (Mazie Television)
Aloha, Mazie Hirono is running a new TV spot this week in her race for Hawai`i's open U.S. Senate seat. The Aug. 11 Democratic primary is fast approaching! Her ad shows how the personal is political,
|That's so Takei! Get George to record your voicemail greeting
America's Opportunity Fund is having a fun contest : Tell us in a Twitter post why DIVERSITY matters and you could be one of 3 LUCKY WINNERS to receive a VOICEMAIL GREETING recorded by the one ...
|HI-Sen: Mazie Hirono gets the Colbert Bump
Ever since Mazie Hirono's race for the U.S. Senate was featured on The Colbert Report last Thursday night, she's been on a major roll. Perhaps it's a coincidence. But others might say it just goes ...
|HI-Sen: Action - help Mazie Hirono get DFA's endorsement
Aloha, In one of the most important Democratic primaries left in this election cycle, Rep. Mazie Hirono (current member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus) is facing ex-Rep. Ed Case (former ...
|HI-Sen: Green Hawai`i - environmental community unites for Mazie Hirono
The environment isn't just another issue in Hawai`i. We have more endangered species than anywhere in the world; our tourism-dependent economy thrives because of the islands' natural beauty, clean ...
|That's so Takei! Who is George supporting this year?
If you're on Facebook and Twitter and not following actor and civil rights activist George Takei, you're missing out. Every day, he provides some of the best satire the web has to offer. Go check ...
|HI-Sen: What does principled independence look like?
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono is a loyal member of the Democratic Party. But her primary loyalties are to the constituents she serves and the values she espouses. Her record shows she's willing to ...
|HI-Sen: Peace, labor, civil rights, environmental coalition backing Hirono
Democratic Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has compiled a fascinating and diverse coalition in her bid for Hawai`i's open U.S. Senate seat. One of her earliest endorsers was the pro-peace Council for a ...
|HI-Sen: Heartfelt endorsement of Mazie Hirono by National Women's Political Caucus
Let's face it - some political announcements are loaded with boilerplate language that make you think the organization is just going through the motions. Occasionally, though, there are ...
|HI-Sen: A beautiful Earth Day in Hawai`i as Hirono scores key endorsements
Hawai`i is a special place in innumerable ways. The primacy of the natural environment is a common thread. The Hawaiian culture is premised on respect for natural resources. The ancient Hawaiian ...
|HI-Sen: Blue Dog, GOP team up to blast Dems
Congressman Barney Frank is retiring at the end of this term. Here's what President Obama has to say about his legacy: "This country has never had a Congressman like Barney Frank, and the House of ...
|HI-Sen: Are you on #teammazie?
Mazie Hirono, the progressive Democratic Congresswoman in Hawai`i, has been gaining momentum in her race for the U.S. Senate. - Today she was endorsed by America's Opportunity Fund . - Earlier ...
|Help dogs help people
I've come across a couple of great ways to foster the human-animal bond and help the dogs who help people. 1) Support the K-9 Companion Corps Act 2) Support the Sam Simon Foundation Details ...
|HI-Sen: Hirono endorsed by Hawai`i AFL-CIO
Mazie Hirono has scored another huge endorsement in her race for Hawai`i's open U.S. Senate seat next year. According to the ...
|HI-Sen: honoring civil rights heroes, advancing a civil rights agenda
Today is all about jobs, which is only right, given the state of the economy. But over the long term, America's true success is measured not just in Wall Street numbers, but also by our progress in ...
|Clinton-Gore: vegan diet endorsed
Both Bill Clinton and Al Gore have endorsed plant-based diets recently. Clinton has been trending vegan since his ...
|"Aloha never dies" - Hawai`i's connection to the civil rights movement
Aloha from Hawai`i. The longer I live, the more clearly I see how we're all connected, irrespective of geography or even time. It has nothing to do with the magic of Facebook and Twitter. It's just ...
|HI-Sen: What people are saying about Mazie Hirono
Congresswoman Mazie Keiko Hirono just announced that she's running for U.S. Senate in Hawai`i a few months ago. But her candidacy is already generating a lot of discussion. Please follow me below ...
|Sign Mazie Hirono's petition to protect students who need our help the most
I received an email from Rep. Mazie Hirono, who's running for U.S. Senate in Hawai`i, asking me to sign her petition against H.R. 2445, which she says would abandon students who need our help the ...
|HI-Sen: Please take a few minutes to get to know Mazie Hirono
Aloha, Mazie Hirono is running for U.S. Senate in Hawai`i. I've been urging support for her campaign because I think she'll be one of the best candidates on the ballot anywhere next year. But as ...
|HI-Sen: Meet Mazie Hirono in San Francisco on Sept. 18
Aloha, As you may have heard, Rep. Mazie Keiko Hirono of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is running for Hawai`i's open U.S. Senate seat. She's off to a solid start, both ...
|HI-Sen: Why I'm supporting Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono is running for Hawai`i's open Senate seat. Here's why I support her: 1) She's an effective legislator. From the beginning of her tenure, she's made her ...
|HI-Sen: Mazie momentum
Aloha, The initial numbers are in for Hawai`i's 2012 U.S. Senate race, and it's clear that Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has generated a lot of momentum in the first weeks of her campaign. Mazie's ...
|HI-Sen: Buzz for Mazie Hirono's campaign gets louder
It's exciting whenever there's a chance to promote a Congressional Progressive Caucus member from the House to the Senate. That's the situation we have in Hawai`i. Even more exciting, our ...
|Meet the (awesome) Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Remember back in January when a certain bigoted (and inexplicably popular) radio host ridiculed the accent of Chinese President Hu Jintao and made other comments disparaging of Chinese culture? One ...
|Another NAFTA? Oppose the Korea Free Trade Agreement
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|HI-Sen: EMILY's List Backs Hirono!
Aloha! Huge news today. From the EMILY's List blog: Mazie has moxie. She’s stood against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and opposed anti-woman, anti-family GOP ...
|HI-Sen: Mazie takes Manhattan
Mazie Keiko Hirono is Hawai`i's most popular politician , has ...
|HI-Sen: Join Mazie's Ohana
Aloha, When I heard that Mazie Hirono of the Congressional Progressive Caucus had decided to seek Hawai`i's open U.S. Senate seat next year, I was thrilled. I'm so grateful Mazie is taking on this ...
|HI-Sen: 5 reasons to contribute $5 to Mazie Hirono's campaign
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono of Hawai`i is running for U.S. Senate. I am asking you to please consider signing up today to contribute $5 per month to her ...
|HI-Sen: Obama & Hirono team up on energy & education
I support Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono for U.S. Senate because she's a forward-...
|HI-Sen: Hirono ahead of the majority on LGBT equality & other important issues
The Supreme Court of Hawai`i ignited the debate over same-sex marriage in 1993 . There was an immediate backlash within the state's political ...
|HI-Sen: Case studies in principled bipartisanship
Despite what many national pundits tell us, there's nothing inherently good about bipartisanship. After all, that's what brought us the Iraq War Resolution and the Defense of Marriage Act. By the ...
|Let's get moving: Alternatives to commuting by car
My home island of Maui recently had the dubious honor of reaching the price of $6 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline ...
|HI-Sen: How about a little aloha?
Hailed as " the only honest " budget proposal in Congress and an embodiment of "
|HI-Sen: Mazie's moment
Next year Hawai`i will have an open U.S. Senate seat for the first time in 36 years, as Sen. Daniel Akaka is retiring . ...
|Hirono talks to HI residents & WH as tax fight moves to House
I'm heartsick over the dilemma that the tax-cut "compromise" has created. Solid progressives - both in Congress and in cities and towns across America - are faced with a horrible choice.� Do ...
|Healthcare law does *not* include real estate sales tax
A recent letter in my local paper made a startling accusation: Health care bill includes steep real estate sales tax I have just learned that Obamacare, starting in ...
|Civil unions in Hawai`i: Encouraging news from the Governor
Aloha, Hawai`i is the state that started the national debate over same-sex marriage and civil unions 17 years ago with the state Supreme Court's decision ...
|More action needed to support civil unions in Hawai`i!
Aloha, Thank you to those who promptly took action in response to my recent ...
|Action needed to support civil unions in Hawai`i!
Aloha, The struggle for LGBT rights in Hawai`i - America's most diverse state - has been surprisingly long, difficult, and contentious, as I've documented ...
|Dr. Dobson cautions against interracial marriage
Dr. James Dobson doesn't oppose interracial marriage, you see. Oh, no. Not at all. But he's concerned for people considering such a thing. Oh, and for the children that ...
|Limbaugh in Hawai`i - a view *from* Hawai`i
Aloha. I'm glad that Rush Limbaugh decided to vacation here in Hawai`i. And I'm happy that his medical condition is fine and that he's received excellent care. I am infuriated, however, at his ...
|Hawai`i GOP undermines state's efforts to attract European visitors
The State of Hawai`i is heavily dependent on tourism. It's essentially our entire economy. And for more than a year, we've been struggling through our worse visitor decline in anyone's memory. These ...
|Support 6 Reps. who bravely support the Constitution
The House earlier this year voted to order the phrase "In God We Trust" to be inscribed at the Capitol Visitor Center and ...
|Please ask your Rep. to support Mazie Hirono's PRE-K Act
Early childhood education is one of most cost-effective investments we as a society can make. That's why Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has made the PRE-K Act a top legislative priority. Here's a two-and-
|Hawai`i Democrats kill civil unions
Everything seemed to be in place for the State of Hawai`i to establish civil unions this year. The State House of ...
|The best long-term economic stimulus: early childhood education
Rep. Mazie Hirono (HI-02), Vice-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus ,
|Aloha for same-sex couples?
As early as Tuesday, we may know whether the State of Hawai`i will enact civil unions for same-sex couples. I've been diarying about this for the past couple of weeks. Please check my archives ...
|Help Hawai`i get civil unions
Let's be frank - Hawai`i has given us all a lot. Let us count some of the ways. * Macho TV heroes: Steve McGarrett &
|Act now to support civil unions in Hawai`i
Legislation to establish civil unions in Hawai`i is in limbo. As I reported on Feb. 21, the legislation passed the State House of Representatives and was then referred by the State Senate to its ...
|Action needed to pass civil unions in Hawai`i
Hawai`i is probably the most tourism-dependent state in the nation. So, Hawai`i government officials generally care about the state's image as perceived by non-residents more than their counterparts ...
|A quick look at Kaua`i's sustainable-food movement
Cross-posted at La Vida Locavore . The sad food news from the the Hawaiian Island of Kauai`i is that the world-...
|Hawai`i civil unions may be decided on Tuesday - let your voice be heard! *updated 2X*
The Hawai`i State House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to establish civil unions. The State Senate also has ...
|It's time to end the President's association with the Boy Scouts of America
I was a Boy Scout for about six months. I obviously didn't enjoy the experience. I perceived the structure as too militaristic and authoritarian for my youthful peacenik tastes. But I thoroughly ...
|Another milestone: Buddhists re-elected to Congress for first time
Reps. Mazie Hirono and Hank Johnson were re-elected on Nov. 4. Rep. ...
|Join me in demanding ethics investigation of anti-Obama sheriff
I have formally demanded an ethics investigation by Lee County, Florida, in response to the conduct on Monday of the county's uniformed sheriff. My e-mail to County Manager Donald Stilwell follows ...
|Why I voted against the bailout bill - by Rep. Mazie Hirono
Statement of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-02), Sept. 29, 2008 This was a very difficult vote for the House. I voted against the bill because it did not go far ...
|Obama's mother: "A woman of the people"
Today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin has a fascinating article by on the late anthropologist Ann Dunham, the mother of Sen. Barack Obama and Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng. The article reports on yesterday'...
|My choice for best freshman in Congress: Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
We're lucky to have many great House freshmen now facing their first re-election campaigns. Interestingly, several of them have proven themselves as strong advocates for LGBT rights. For instance, ...
|Best voting records in the Senate & House
Voting records are inherently subjective and don't reflect leadership and other important intangibles. Still, I find it interesting to check up on our elected officials and evaluate them based on ...
|On the road (and in the air) with Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hawai`i's 2nd Congressional District has got to be the toughest seat to serve in, at least from the standpoint of physical endurance. Not only are we the greatest distance from Washington, D.C., we ...
|Aloha for Obama: Hawai`i's general election is underway!
Barack Obama's home state of Hawai`i launched the general-election campaign this week with a rally featuring Congressman Neil Abercrombie (HI-01) on ...
|Join freshman Reps. Sutton, Hirono, Shea-Porter, Yarmuth & Cohen in supporting stop-loss pay
Freshman Reps. Betty Sue Sutton (OH-13), Mazie Hirono (HI-02), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), John Yarmuth (KY-03), and Steve Cohen (TN-09) have joined 16 other Congressional Democrats in introducing ...
|June 10: party in DC with Kelly Hu, Mike Honda & Mazie Hirono
For anyone who's going to be in the D.C. area on June 10, here's a wonderful opportunity to have a good time and support a great cause: THE ASIAN AMERICAN ACTION FUND AND THE AAA-FUND ...
|Obama endorses progressive activist Brian Schatz to lead Hawai`i Dems
Over Memorial Day weekend, thousands of visitors will be enjoying Hawai`i's beautiful natural environment and even more ...
|"All I've got to do is, be happy" - Aloha, George Harrison
It was 65 years ago today when Louise and Harold Harrison welcomed George to the world in Liverpool, England. I hadn't realized how much I missed George until I listened to Mana`o Radio's tribute ...
|Barack Obama's sister Maya takes Islands by storm
Hawai`i's presidential caucus is just two days away, and Barack Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng is drawing big crowds as she island hops in support of her brother's campaign. This is the first ...
|I met Barack Obama's sister Maya
Aloha, Barack Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng is an educator in Honolulu. A native of Indonesia, Maya teaches empathy and nonviolence at a high school and multicultural education at ...
|Something easy & effective we *all* can do - ask our municipal governments to ban plastic bags
Plastic bags are an environmental disaster. For related background information, please see these two excellent diaries: "Take your ...
|Please support early childhood education
Aloha, My Representative in Congress, Mazie Hirono, has introduced the PRE-K Act to strengthen early childhood education throughout the country. This legislation is intended to help states reach ...
|Repeal tax giveaways to wealthiest 5% of Americans!
Aloha, I just came across a great resolution, introduced by California Congresswoman Barbara Lee: H. CON. RES. 10 Expressing the sense of the Congress that the ...
|GOP vs. Native Hawaiians - Abercrombie & Hirono save the day (again)
Aloha, The Republican minority in Congress continues to use dirty tricks to fight programs that benefit Native Hawaiians. For the second time in just a few months, quick action by Reps. Neil ...
|My favorite blog by a transgender sportswriter
I'm referring to: Woman in Progess: Christine Daniels on Life Changes Big & Small http://latimesblogs.typepad.com/womaninprogress/ Below the fold, I'll provide a little background ...
|Will this “gay-friendly Congress” enact gay rights legislation?
A wide range of legislation to advance gay rights is on the agenda of the 110th Congress. For more than a decade, the gay rights debate has focused on the thus-far-unpopular cause of same-sex ...
|Hirono: A Progressive in Paradise (HI-02)
One fourth of the way into her first Congressional term, freshman Rep. Mazie Hirono is making her mark as a strong progressive, as reported last week ...
|Help Rep. Mazie Hirono preserve coastal land on Maui
Freshman Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-02) has introduced H.R.2618 - "To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating certain lands along the ...
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