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December 15, 2017

Amid cancer fight, Hirono’s force seems to grow

by Lee Cataluna

Mazie Hirono said her piece, turned away from the camera and I swear, icicles formed and broke in that D.C. hallway because she was so cold. A good kind of cold. A strong cold. An unflinching, target-nailing cold. You could almost hear the frost crunching under her shoes as she walked away.Hirono was responding to Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York this week, and to Gillibrand’s original point: that the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault should … Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Warren accuses Trump of trying to 'slut-shame' senator

by Ashley Killough

Democratic senators are coming to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's defense Tuesday after President Donald Trump called her a "lightweight" on Twitter and blasted the New York Democrat as a "flunky" and "used."Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a fierce critic of the President, tweeted a reply to Trump, asking if he's trying to "slut-shame" Gillibrand."Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Neverth… Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Amid sexual misconduct allegations, Sen. Hirono calls for Trump's resignation

December 05, 2017

North Shore clinic receives USDA loan; scheduled to open Spring 2018

The Makana North Shore Urgent Care clinic in Princeville will receive a loan of about $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to complete construction and help with operating costs.“Makana Urgent Care Clinic will bring critical medical care to the North Shore community of Kauai and provide many added benefits including laboratory and X-ray services to local physicians,” said Makaala Kaaumoana, member of the Makana North Shore Urgent Care board of directors.“As a nonprofit, the … Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

New exhibit remembers internment at KMC

U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono joined the superintendent of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Cindy Orlando, to dedicate a new exhibit recounting the internment of Japanese Americans at the Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) during World War II. More than 100 Japanese Americans were imprisoned at KMC - the largest incarceration site in Hawaii outside of Oahu.“The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was based on discrimination and racism, and when our country goes down this path, … Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

Hirono, Schatz denounce Trump’s Muslim retweets

November 16, 2017

Sen. Hirono looks to close loophole in firearm regulations

Senator Mazie Hirono introduced new legislation Wednesday that could close a loophole that allows military personnel convicted of domestic abuse to get their hands on firearms. Under current federal law, civilians convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not allowed to purchase a firearm. The Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement Act classifies domestic abuse as assault, which causes a blur when it comes to meeting requirements to buy firearms. Hiron… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Federal defense bill set to strengthen Hawaii's security and economy

by HJ Mai

Hawaii is set to benefit from a $700 billion federal defense bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The National Defense Authorization Act, which will now head to the desk of President Donald Trump, will strengthen Hawaii's security and economy during fiscal year 2018, according to a statement from Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. The measure includes investments of more than $300 million for military construction in the state. “This year’s NDAA reflects the central … Continue Reading

November 15, 2017

Alaska and Hawaii senators question governors, look for ways to help hurricane hit territories

by Kellie Meyer

The governors of two U.S. territories on Capitol Hill Tuesday.Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp. The purpose was to give members of the senate Energy and Natural Resources committee an idea of the recovery efforts.“There is a great deal that is at play I think that our role here as the committee, I think our role here in Congress needs to be very rigorous," Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said.Murkowski led the more three hour long hearing. The … Continue Reading

November 15, 2017

Lawmakers Move to Stop Domestic Abusers From Getting Guns

by Elizabeth Stassner

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, introduced a bill Wednesday that would close a loophole that enables domestic abusers in the military to purchase guns.Under federal law, domestic violence offenders are supposed to be barred from buying guns. Unlike the civilian justice system, however, the military justice system does not classify domestic violence as its own unique crime. As a result, criminals whose cases are handled by the military justice system are tagged as perpetra… Continue Reading

November 12, 2017

UH to get $1.7M for agricultural programs

The University of Hawaii will receive more than $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support its agriculture and sustainability education programs.U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono announced $1.3 million of the funding would go to the UH-Manoa for its Hi!Ag program, which includes the GoFarm Hawaii AgBusiness Program, and the remainder to the University of Hawaii at West Oahu for the expansion of its Sustainable Community Food Systems program and outreach to Native Hawaiian stud… Continue Reading

November 11, 2017

These are the 25 members of Congress you should be following on Twitter

by Taylor Link

President Donald Trump's presence on Twitter may have jaded some people from using the platform — too much vitriol and horse pucky for one social network. But put that in the barn for a while, because Twitter, as a whole, offers value to users, especially those interested in politics.Twitter connects constituents to their elected representatives, allowing them to interact in a manner unseen in democratic history. It also enables Americans to witness the inner workings of a politician's off… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

11 Female Politicians Who Should Actually Give You Hope For The Future

by Sarah Beauchamp

In the short time Trump has been in office, it seems like his administration has managed to attack women's rights at nearly every opportunity. For feminists, 2017 hasn't been the best year, but there are female politicians who will give you hope for the days to come.The White House, for example, was relentless when it tried banning an undocumented minor from getting an abortion. Not to mention, Trump recently ended an Obama-era mandate that required employers to cover birth control in heal… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Hawaii senators help introduce bill that would ban assault rifles in U.S.

A bill that would ban that sale, transfer, creation or importation of military-style assault weapons was introduced on the Senate floor Tuesday by a group that includes Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Sen. Mazie Hirono. The measure, which also includes the outlawing of high-capacity ammunition magazines, was introduced in response to recent mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada and Sutherland, Texas, where assault-type weapons were used."We're introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one… Continue Reading

November 04, 2017

Taiwan added to global entry program

Taiwan has officially been added to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program, offering significant benefits for Hawaii tourism, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono’s office.With the inclusion, Taiwanese citizens can apply for expedited customs clearance when visiting the United States, and American citizens can also be extended similar benefits on arrival in Taiwan.More than 18,000 Taiwanese citizens visited Hawaii in 2016, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which… Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Bill Introduced Allowing Hawaii’s Foreign Fishermen Onshore

by Audrey McAvoy and Martha Mendoza

Hundreds of foreign fishermen currently confined to vessels in Honolulu for years at a time would be allowed to come ashore when they dock under legislation introduced Thursday in Congress.The Sustainable Fishing Workforce Protection Act offers workplace protections a year after an Associated Press investigation found that Hawaii’s commercial fishing fleet is crewed by about 700 men who are never allowed off their boats, even when they come into the Honolulu Harbor to unload their catch.Ju… Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Taiwan addition to Customs program could bring more visitors to Hawaii

by Janis L. Magin

Taiwan on Wednesday was added to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program, which will allow Taiwanese visitors to apply for expedited customs clearance at Honolulu International Airport and 53 other airports in the United States. “Taiwan’s inclusion in the Global Entry program further strengthens our ties to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and allows CBP to direct security resources to where they are most needed,” Sen. Mazie Hirono, an early supporter of the program, said… Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Ceremony gives rise to reflections from veteran’s daughter

by Stephanie Castillo

On Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, I witnessed with hundreds of others a moment in American history that righted a long overdue wrong. Filipino veterans from World War II, the living and the dead, were finally recognized and thanked for their courageous service to our nation during the years of 1941 to 1946. It took 75 years, the congressional leaders who spoke acknowledged, as they awarded the highest honor given to civilians — the Congressional Gold Medal.While triumph… Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Filipino WWII veterans awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Celestino Almeda joined the Philippine Commonwealth Army in 1941, fought alongside U.S. soldiers during World War II and for nearly a decade has been seeking money the federal government had promised.On Wednesday, the 100-year-old veteran got his recognition and finally his money, too.Almeda received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin also announced at a Capitol ceremony that Almeda was getting a check, 72 years after … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Hirono, Gabbard present Filipino WWII vets with Congressional Gold Medal

Filipino veterans who served during World War II received Congress’ highest civilian honor in a special ceremony held Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol.U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, along with other leaders presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans.“Presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to our Filipino World War II veterans is a long overdue honor for hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families,” Hirono said.The m… Continue Reading

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