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Mazie Hirono

Creating Opportunities for American Families to Succeed

Sen. Brian Schatz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Hawaii
Sen. Brian Schatz

As two of only a handful of U.S. Senators with young children, we understand what it's like to be working parents with family responsibilities. It's not easy. And too many middle class families around the country are struggling because the system is rigged against them.

Political Report Card: Women at the Head of the Class

Barbara Lee | Posted 12.03.2013 | Women
Barbara Lee

From Congress to state legislatures to campaigns across the country, women are stepping up and showing their policy prowess.

Danielle Schlanger

20-Week Abortion Ban DOA In Senate, Dems Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

A group of Democratic Senators made clear on Wednesday that a House Republican bill prohibiting women from having abortions 20 weeks after conception ...

Inspired by Wendy Davis? Run for Office

Nina Flores | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Nina Flores

Need more inspiration? Wendy Davis is not alone in confronting increasingly absurd legislative efforts aimed at maintaining the status quo and the will of dominant institutions.

Immigration Reform: Building Fences With Shadows or Bridges of Hope and Dreams?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The Southwest is a place of great opportunity, enchantment, and grandeur, and yet, also a place of poverty and inequality in the United States. Through its children, it is also a place that will play an expanding and critically important role in either the successes or failures of our nation.

The Obligation of Balancing Tradition and Reform

Mee Moua | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Mee Moua

Nearly 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy passed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which forever changed our immigration system and acknowledged the value of family unity for stronger communities.

Perfecting the Immigration Bill

Sen. Mazie Hirono | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Sen. Mazie Hirono

As someone who immigrated to Hawaii from Japan as a young child, I know firsthand the determination it takes to thrive in a new school, a new language, and a new country. I was able to succeed because of all the opportunities I had.

Women's Leadership: Solving the Chicken and Egg Debate

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Sheryl Sandberg is right -- we don't have enough women leaders. And she's right that it's a classic chicken and egg problem. No matter what the original cause of the problem is, getting more women to run for political office is a big part of the solution.

Tell Your Senators to Defend Social Security and Medicare Today

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week two Senate budget amendments could affect the future of everybody reading these words -- presuming we live long enough to reach our retirement years. That's not an overstatement.

Elise Foley

20 Women Make History In The Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Amanda Terkel, Jennifer Bendery, Ryan Grim, Eliot Nelson and Laura Bassett contributed reporting. WASHINGTON -- Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from Nor...

Laura Bassett

Mazie Hirono, First Asian-American Female Senator, Sworn In: 'There Need To Be More Of Us In Here'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) proudly carried her favorite orchid lei on Thursday as she weaved her way from her temporary basement office to the Senat...

Jaweed Kaleem

The Most Underrepresented Religion In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Nearly one-in-five Americans have no religion, but only one member of the 533 people in the new 113th Congress that was sworn in Thursday would fall i...

Dying Senator's 'Last Wish' Revealed

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) had a letter delivered to the state's governor before his death Monday, indicating his preference for a successor. ...

Dem Senator Drops Gavel On Final Committee Hearing

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The goodbyes are beginning for Sen. Daniel Akaka (uh-KAH'-kuh), who will retire when the lame-duck session ends after 22 years in t...

Despite Tea Party Takedown, Division Still Likely To Reign

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer tea party-backed House Republica...

Jaweed Kaleem

New Congresswoman To Make History With Religious Book Used For Swearing-In Ceremony

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.22.2012 | Religion

When Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii resident who made history this month as the first Hindu elected to Congress, attends her swearing in ceremony in January,...

What This Election Means for Women

Katrina Alcorn | Posted 01.15.2013 | Women
Katrina Alcorn

This election, a record number of women -- binders and binders full of them -- ran for office. Best of all... they won.

A Historic Election For Women

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 01.09.2013 | Women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

This week saw a historic election for women, both on the ballot and at the ballot box. Women who run for office today will inspire more of our young women and girls to do so in the future, so we can one day get to 51 percent representation.

Tuesday's Real Winners and Losers

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.

Jaweed Kaleem

Buddhists, Hindus Celebrate Congressional History

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.26.2012 | Religion

Tuesday's elections brought two historic firsts for religion in American politics: A Buddhist senator and a Hindu representative -- both from Hawaii -...

Jason Linkins

Another Republican Senate Candidate Repudiates Mitt Romney

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller on Wednesday became the latest Republican Senate candidate locked in a competitive race to distance himself from GOP president...

GOPers New 'Dem' Support

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics

Hawaii Democrats are highlighting the fact that many of the Democrats featured in a new ad by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle are either...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senate Candidate Criticizes Republican Platform For Anti-Abortion Plank

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's socially conservative platform is already causing heartburn for some candidates -- and it hasn't even been offici...

GOP Candidate Blasted For 'Extreme Makeover'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

The Republican nominee for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat is being criticized by Democrats for trying to promote a record of bipartisanship, a charge ...

Hawaii's Senate Race Is Set

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

HONOLULU -- U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono has won the Democratic primary in Hawaii for an open U.S. Senate seat, setting up a race in November against former...