“Asians. You can work them long hours, they do what you tell them and they don’t complain.”
That’s how one of several new Rock the Vote ads begins, part of the nonprofit’s $250,000 national media campaign that launched Thursday to get young people to the polls on Nov. 4.
The actor delivering those words is portraying a type of voter. This ad, as well as several others like it, is meant to be offensive and spur Millennials in particular to stand up for their beliefs by casting ballots for candidates who support their views.
The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Monday, Oct. 6. So, “no vote, no grumble,” OK?
Drive-thru voter registration will once again be held on that day at various locations (see below). Individuals may drive to designated locations and register on the spot.
“We hope people will take this opportunity to register to vote. It’s quick and easy. Just stay in your car and an election official will have you registered in minutes,” said Chief Election Officer Scott Nago in a press release today.
A total of 1,200 individuals registered during the primary
The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, in partnership with Data.gov, has launched Data.gov/AAPI, “the most comprehensive hub of government data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”
That’s according to the White House, which issued a press release today. The goal is to help policymakers and the public “understand and address disparities in socioeconomic status, educational attainment, health, and other areas of importance to the AAPI community.”
Says WHIAAPI Executive Director Kiran Ahuja, “The launch of Data.gov/AAPI marks an important milestone for better understanding and responding to the
This report in Roll Call says that a group of 16 female U.S. senators have written “a scathing letter” to Roger Goodell about the National Football League’s handling of violence against women.
The senators include Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.
“It is long past time for the NFL to institute a real zero-tolerance policy and send a strong message that the league will not tolerate violence against women by its players, who are role models for children across America,” the 16 senators wrote.
The U.S. Department of Education has set aside more than $20 million in grants for 24 programs and institutions that serve Native Hawaiians and promote their educational advancement.
The recipients include nonprofits, foundations and a health organization. More than half of the grant money — $11 million — is going to colleges that serve Native Hawaiians, including five community colleges, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Chaminade University.
The grants are earmarked for specific projects focusing on areas such as school readiness, STEM education, Native Hawaiian culture and language and college success.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is calling on the Obama Administration to immediately suspend the Visa Waiver Program for countries that have thousands of citizens fighting alongside Islamic extremists in the Middle East or elsewhere.
In a statement, she names three European countries as examples of nations with people who have left to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL (also referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS).
“As things presently stand, Islamic extremists holding British, German, French or other European passports can simply get on a plane
Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz were among the 54 Democrats who fell six votes short on a proposed constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.
Forty-two Republicans voted to block the legislation. One Democrat and three Republicans missed the vote. And sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate on the measure.
“Republicans said the Senate vote was a political stunt by Democrats ahead of the midterm elections,” according to The Hill. “Democrats up for reelection are expected to use this vote on the campaign trail.”
The number of U.S. gubernatorial elections that are too close to call has nearly doubled over the past few months, and they include Hawaii’s.
That’s according to Governing Magazine.
“Hawaii’s gubernatorial race continues to mystify,” the analysis states. “In one of America’s bluest states, the incumbent Democrat was soundly defeated in a primary by state Sen. David Ige. Now Ige faces former Republican lieutenant governor James ‘Duke’ Aiona and, running as an Independent, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanemann.”
And this: “In one of the nation’s hardest states to poll,
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii was one of 22 House Democrats today who voted with all Republicans to condemn the Obama administration for not giving advance notice of the exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“The executive branch is required by the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act to notify Congress at least 30 days before transferring prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility,” according to The Hill. “A Government Accountability Office report found last month that the administration violated the law by not adhering to