Capitol Watch Archive

  • The Gaza Freedom / Intifada Flotilla

    The Gaza Freedom / Intifada Flotilla

    All of you progressive Asian Americas should well be outraged at the unprovoked violence and murder on the high seas commited by Israel against peace ships. I heard all I needed from media icon of 57 years Helen Thomas who just involuntarily “retired” after her […]

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  • Holiday Cheer From Santa Obama

    Holiday Cheer From Santa Obama

    Shinseki and Chu cabinet appointments signify new beginnings for APIs: Norman Mineta and Elaine Chao broke barriers by becoming the first API cabinet members, with much celebration from our community.

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  • The Sleeping Giant Wakes Up

    The Sleeping Giant Wakes Up

    Asian Pacific Islander voters deliver: This historic election demonstrated three interesting trends. First, the voting strength of multicultural America can win elections; API voters can make a difference in key battleground states and are leaning more Democratic than ever before. The reward for API voter […]

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  • Final Thoughts on the Election

    Final Thoughts on the Election

    Observations from abroad: I just returned from a cruise accompanied by Canadians, Australians, Europeans and fellow Americans. From our conversations, it appeared that Barack Obama was favored by the majority of

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  • If You Walk Like a Bush and Talk Like a Bush…

    If You Walk Like a Bush and Talk Like a Bush…

    The most important presidential election of our time: Presidential campaigns have radically changed from my days in the campaign trenches during the 80s and 90s. As a result of 24-7 cable news and the Internet, it’s now more about “gotcha”-type politics versus substantive discussions about […]

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  • APIAs at the DNC, RNC and AAAIM

    APIAs at the DNC, RNC and AAAIM

    Chiang captures national spotlight: State Controller John Chiang’s heroic efforts to protect the wages of state employees during the budget battle have drawn national attention. Already considered a rising star in California’s Democratic Party, Chiang’s visibility on the national scene will rise when he joins […]

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  • Summer Sizzle at the Capitol

    Summer Sizzle at the Capitol

    Chiang to Governor: “Not so fast” California’s highest-ranking API elected official, State Controller John Chiang, may have surprised the Governor when Chiang publicly challenged his intention to reduce all state employees’ earnings to minimum-wage level until the budget crisis is resolved. Chiang took immediate action […]

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  • Primary Aftermath

    Primary Aftermath

    California primary winners: If Senate candidate Carol Liu and Assembly candidates Paul Fong and Mariko Yamada win their primaries in November, the Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus will reach a historic number of 11 members and a total of 15 state API elected officials, […]

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  • Hot California Primary Races

    Hot California Primary Races

    Sign of the times: It was bound to happen — multiple Asian Pacific Islander candidates running for the same office. In San Jose, longtime API political mentor Paul Fong (D) is competing with two other local API elected officials, Kris Wang (D) and Anna Song […]

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  • Filipino Americans on the Rise in Calif. Politics

    Filipino Americans on the Rise in Calif. Politics

    Filipino American representation overdue in California Legislature: Trailblazers such as Royal Morales, Cas Tolentino, Al Mendosa, Alice Bulos, Rodel Rodis, Dennis Normandy, Alex Esclamado and Mona Lisa Yuchengco, all shared the passion of fighting for Filipino American political recognition.

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