Political Radar


June 12th, 2014

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will send out a fundraising appeal on Thursday for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, describing the Hawaii Democrat as committed to issues such as equal pay for women, a federal minimum wage increase, and maternity leave for women in the military.

Duckworth, a McKinley High School and University of Hawaii graduate badly wounded in the Iraq War, has influence in Asian-American political circles nationally and is a popular draw in the islands.

Hanabusa is facing U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the primary.

From Duckworth:

Colleen Hanabusa and I have a lot in common.

We're both proud graduates of the University of Hawaii. We both serve on the House Armed Services Committee, where we work to do the best that we can for our men and women in uniform.

We've cosponsored bills that would legislate paycheck fairness for women, raise the minimum wage to $10.10, and extend maternity leave for women serving in the military. We're both committed to growing the economy and keeping our promises to our Veterans and seniors.

I know that when Colleen is in the Senate, I'll be able to partner with her to work on these priorities across chambers.

11 Responses to “Committed”

  1. Guy:

    And Hanabusa was just as available to partner with while in the House. Running for Senate served no one's interest but her own.

  2. innocent observer:

    what about the other bird running for the senate; he only cares about his family and friends and has no one to partner is the house.

  3. Pay to play is the game:

    Colleen will make the RIGHT choices for us, Colleen is undoubtedly the RIGHT choice for our STATE!

    Vote Colleen Hanabusa on August 9th, if not you'll end up with Neil Abercrom...oh I meant Brian Schatz.

  4. Especially Incognito:

    Politicians only care about votes. No votes, no JOB.
    If they get unemployed they always have a full time job
    waiting for them. None of them would work for minimum wage.

  5. Sayer:

    Tammy Duckworth is one tough and smart lady...I'm sure Hanabusa is very pleased to have her endorsement.

  6. kimo browner:

    Schatz is too far off the radar for Hawaii and deeply aligned with dictatorial politics--both nationally and locally--Hanabusa has a better feel for our personal values and needs in Hawaii.

  7. hipoli:

    Kimo Browner-nose: "Schatz is too far off the radar for Hawaii and deeply aligned with dictatorial politics--both nationally and locally..." Seriously? Seriously? Do you have any understanding of Hawaii's political history? At all? If you did - then there is absolutely no way you would even think this of Schatz.

    Isnt the entire point of Hanabusa's campaign that Inouye 'wished' her upon us?

  8. Especially Incognito:

    No one and not even duckworth had helped Shinseki
    with the VA problem. duckworth was an officer and got treatment
    before many enlisted men and women. Officers retired get better
    treatment and less wait time. Once a civilian, rank has no power.

    I assume.

  9. Hawaiino:


    "And Hanabusa was just as available to partner with while in the House. Running for Senate served no one's interest but her own."

    Agree with the first sentence. However the primary interest served by this unfortunate choice is the Inouye food chain( J Sabas). Lets check in on their recent accomplishments;
    They protected Akaka into senility then promoted a placeholder instead of a replacement for their own man.
    Their preferred replacement proved to be his own worst enemy and is now permanently unelectable (Mufi)
    They watched their shield carrier die without/before controlling his heir, so with ham hands they attempt to "fix" it.
    They sacrifice a secure congressional seat for this chance to take on an incumbent.

    Real savvy group...

  10. Especially Incognito:

    Yup. The genious says so.

  11. Especially Incognito:

    I hear unions are packing their bags and moving
    back to the mainland. NO jobs here since minimum
    wage is 10.10. unions represent only the politician
    and those who can pay side money behind closed doors.

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