Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sen. Obama Replied with all YESES

After negotiations between 80-20 and the Obama campaign, 80-20 has agreed to modify the wording of two questions in its questionnaire. With these modifications, the Obama campaign has agreed to answer “yes” to all of the questions in the questionnaire. 80-20 appreciates the Obama campaign’s efforts to reach an amicable solution and applauds the campaign for reaffirming its strong commitment to increasing the number of Asian Americans in the federal judiciary and the enforcement of Executive order 11246 to ensue equal opportunity for Asian Americans in work places.

80-20 considers the commitment from Senator Obama to Asian American issues to be at least as strong as the commitment from Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards, and Governor Richardson. Henceforth, with the exception of California, 80-20 is neutral in the primary contests between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama.

OLD Q4 If elected, will you within your first term of office increase the nomination of qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III life-tenured federal judges, whenever such vacancies are available until the current dismal situation is significantly remedied? [To put things in perspective, not meaning to imply quota, presently there are 0.6% Asian Am. Federal judges, while the Asian Am. population is 4.5% and the % of Asian Am legal professionals in laws firms of 100 or larger is at least 5.3%.]

NEW Q4: If elected, will you make it a top priority of your Administration to nominate qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III life-tenured District Court federal judges, whenever such vacancies are available?

OLD Q5: If elected, will you nominate within your first term of office qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III Circuit Judges, whenever there are vacancies in those positions, until the current dismal situation is significantly remedied? [To put things in perspective, none of the 179 Article III Circuit judges is an Asian American.]?

NEW Q5: If elected, will you make it a top priority of your Administration to nominate qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III Circuit Judges, whenever there are vacancies in those positions?

To see Sen. Obama's signed reply, please click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008.asp .

80-20 wishes to thank Dr. John Levinson of Delaware and Chris Lu of Senator Obama's campaign for their great effort in seeking a win-win solution. The above described agreement not only helps Asian Americans achieve equal opportunity but also helps nudge America towards "a more perfect Union."

Now that the two remaining Democratic presidential candidates have both replied to 80-20's questionnaires with all yeses, 80-20 will focus on getting the Republican presidential candidates to make the same commitment. We urge all Asian Americans to work with 80-20 to achieve that noble goal that will be so beneficial to our children. History beckons. UNITED, we shall overcome.

Joyfully yours,
S.B. Woo, Exec. Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

* Why? Why? Why? Political Insight!

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

* How close is the race btwn Clinton & Obama?

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Friday, January 25, 2008

* Higher College Admission Bars for Asian Ams

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Great News! Must read.

Our endorsement of Sen. Clinton Got Prominent Coverage
80-20 held a press conference in SF Bay Area on Jan. 18 to announce our endorsement of Sen. Clinton for the Calif. Democratic primary. Prominent leaders from many Asian Am. ethnic communities attended. 80-20 Board members Joel Wong and Frank Lee co-chaired
the press conference.

In the print media, the news was covered by a mainstream news outlet, the News Media Group in the Bay Area, which included Oakland Tribune (front page), San Jose Mercury and Contra Costa Times. Almost all ethnic media gave us very prominent coverage. The World Journal, Sing Tao Daily and the China Press helped spread the news nationally.

In the visual media, the endorsement was reported by Bay Area's KRON 4 (mainstream), KTSF 6 (Asian) & NTDTV 32 (Asian), each lasting about 2 minutes. To see the broadcasts of the first two channels, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net. The videos are right on the Home page.

A Quote from the Clinton Camp, After our Endorsement

This quote came from The Oakland Tribune's front page article on 1/19/08: "Clinton campaign 
spokesman Luis Vizcaino said Friday that Sen. Clinton 'is honored to have the endorsement of 80-20. The Asian American and Pacific Islander community 
has a critical voice that will never go unheard when she is President. ' "

Our Ads are On The Air And In Print in California

To listen to 80-20's radio ads and see its newspaper ads (many in the front page) in California, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_caprim_ad.asp. You'll also see a time schedule when various ads in Asian American ethnic communities will come on line. THIS IS A MUST. You'll be proud of 80-20.

Invite Friends to Join the
Asian Americans For Hillary Movement


Email your friends to urge them to go for Hillary. Many have already done so. Then they proudly sent the positive responses of their friends to me. 80-20 salutes these great DOERS! Be a DOER! Do your share! It'll take this kind of effort from all of us to win a historic battle for
our children.

The Best Gives Without Being asked

Fighting a historic battle requires money. The good thing is that caring people stepped forth to help without being asked. They are:

Henry and Susie Liu: $1,500 Peter Wong: $1,500
Dongwei Zhu & Weihe Guan: $1,500
Kelvin Chen: $1,000 S. B. Woo: $1,000

We need everyone's help, in large or small amount. Please send
your check payable to 80-20 PAC, Inc. to my home
S. B. Woo, 5 Farm House Rd., Newark, DE 19711
Or use a credit card. Go to
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp (easy to use)
or http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp (Paypal)

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo
Member, Executive Committee, 80-20 PAC, Inc. &
Founding President of 80-20 Initiative.

Monday, January 21, 2008

* Victory Now & For FUTURE GENERATIONS

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

* Feedback: We'll Fight This Historic Battle

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Friday, January 18, 2008

* A Historic Fight Begins In California

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

* Fantastic Reaction to "Letter to Sen. Obama"

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

* An Open Letter to Sen. Obama

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Important Reminder - CA Voter Registration Deadline

Important Reminder -
California Residents must register to Vote by January 15, 2008
By Joel Wong, 80-20 Board Member and California Resident

Asian Americans residing in California will play a VERY IMPORTANT ROLE and will exert a HUGE INFLUENCE on the rest of the country in the upcoming President Primary Election. This is because of the large percentage of Asian Americans residing in California and the early (February 5, 2008) Presidential Primary. 80-20 is reminding all Californians to register to vote by the January 15, 2008 deadline. We are also encouraging you to vote according to the guidelines of the 80-20 initiative.

If you have not already registered to vote please following the following guideline ASAP but no later than January 15, 2008.REGISTRATION DEADLINE:For The Next California Statewide Election (February 5, 2008) the Registration Deadline is January 22, 2008. A postmark on the 15th day prior to the election (January 22, 2008) is acceptable.

If you register between 29 and 15 days prior to the election you will be sent a sample ballot. Otherwise you will receive a post card giving your polling place location.


COST TO REGISTER
Voter registration is free. No postage is required to mail the voter registration application form to the County Elections Official (more information below).

REQUIREMENTS
You must:
* Be a United States citizen
* Be 18 years of age on or before the day of the election
* Be a resident of the State of California
* Not be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
* Not judicially determined to be incompetent to vote.

You do not need to know how to read or write in English or any other language. No tests are given when you register to vote. Probationers may vote.

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE
a) Fill out a Voter Registration Form Online
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm. Complete the on-line form and a typed registration form will be sent to you. After you receive the pre-typed form, just sign it and mail it to your county election official.

Once you receive your form in the mail, which takes approximately 7 to 14 days, you must sign, date, and return it by mail to the county elections official on the return address side of the voter registration card. Please make sure all of the information is correct and drop it back in the mail.

OR

b) Download and Mail a Voter Registration Form http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.

Remember to sign it and MAIL it DIRECTLY to your COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_d.htm.
* You can call a toll-free number and request that a form be mailed to you - in English (1-800-345-VOTE) or in Spanish (1-800-345-VOTA).* You can also pick up a form at Post Offices, public libraries, city halls or Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

YOUR RESIDENCE This statute refers to your "domicile" - the place where your family lives, where you physically reside, the place you intend to return to whenever you are gone from it, the address on your driver's license, where you claim your homeowner's property tax exemption or renter's tax credit. You can have only one domicile, even if you have more than one house or residence.

POLITICAL PARTIESA political party is a group of people who try to determine public policy and operate government by getting their candidates elected to office. Currently the following are your choices:

* American Independent Party
* Democratic Party
* Green Party
* Libertarian Party
* Natural Law Party
* Peace and Freedom
* Republican Party
* Independent - "Decline to State"

DECLINESCalifornia presently has a "Modified Closed Primary System". Unaffiliated ("decline to state") voters may, if they wish, choose to vote for one party's candidates. The American Independent Party and the California Democratic Party, and the California Republican Party have agreed to let unaffiliated voters vote for their candidates. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party will not permit unaffiliated voters to vote for their county central committees. Please also note that the Republican Party will not let unaffiliated voters select a Presidential Candidate.

ABSENTEE BALLOTAn absentee ballot is a paper ballot, with the same candidates and measures on it as you would receive at your polling place on Election Day. The ballot is mailed to you with instructions on how to mark it and how to return it.

You must request an absentee ballot for each election unless you have permanent absentee voter status. You may request an absentee ballot in writing on the form provided by your County Elections Official.

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE
For additional assistance with voter registration, please contact the Secretary of State's office at any of the following toll-free numbers:

# English: 1-800-345-VOTE
# Spanish: 1-800-232-VOTA
# Chinese: 1-800-339-2857
# Vietnamese: 1-800-339-8163
# Japanese: 1-800-339-2865
# Tagalog: 1-800-339-2957
# Korean: 1-866-575-1558

Monday, January 07, 2008

* Are the Promises Really Iron-Clad?

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

* GOOD NEWS!

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.
 

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