Friday, August 23, 2013

Better know a politician: Tulsi Gabbard

Name: Tulsi Gabbard

Position: Member of Congress

District: Hawai'i 2nd Congressional District (HI-2)

Political Party: Democratic

Tenure: 2013-present

Previous position: Hawai'i House of Representatives (2002-2004)
Military service (2004-present)
Honolulu City Council (2011-2012)

Future position: Gabbard applied to be considered for the position of the appointment to the Senate seat that was vacated by the death of Senator Daniel Inouye. Despite her young age, she should be considered a favorite for running for a higher office in the near future. She will likely run for a Senate seat at some point or maybe governor. She is also, by far, the most attractive member of Congress. I have seen her in person and she is even more attractive in person than she looks in pictures. She is my Congressional crush.

Previous election: Tulsi Gabbard: 81% Kawika Crowley: 19%

Next election: House, November of 2014

Leadership: House Committee on Foreign Affairs
House Committee on Homeland Security

Fundraising, 2014 cycle, Source: OpenSecrets

Raised: $234,592
Spent: $111,481
Cash on hand: $410,495
Debts: $19,000

Top contributors, source: OpenSecrets:

  1. Mosaic: $5,200
  2. Air Line Pilots Association: $5,000
  3. Carpenters & Joiners Union: $5,000
  4. Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union: $5,000
  5. Union Food & Commercial Workers Union: $5,000

Recent election:
2012, House: Tulsi Gabbard: 81% Kawika Crowley: 19%

Positions

Abortion. Gabbard considers herself pro-choice. She was endorsed by EMILY's List. She used to be pro-life but later decided to be pro-choice.

Budget. She thinks we should end the war in Afghanistan and spend the money the money that we are using in Afghanistan, specifically to spend on infrastructure and rebuilding our economy in America. She believes that huge corporations and ultra-wealthy should pay their fair share and stop the free rides that they are currently enjoying. She does not think that we are on a sustainable path but does not think we should cut the necessary spending we need for Medicare and Social Security.

Civil Rights. While Gabbard once supported a state amendment to ban same-sex marriage, she is now against the Defense of Marriage Act and supports same-sex marriage. She does believe that the government should stay out of the business of regulating marriage. Gabbard is a co-sponsor of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act which would prohibit discrimination by employers.

She voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. She also has been an advocate to enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. She was endorsed by the Feminist Majority indicating a pro-woman's rights stance.

Energy/Environment. She supports alternative energy sources by saying that she looks forward to the day that she no longer has to refer to alternative energy sources as alternative. She supports the EPA regulating greenhouse gas emissions. She also supports tax incentives for wind, solar, biomass, and wave energy.

Foreign Policy. Despite, or perhaps because of, her military service, she supports the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. She wants to invest the money spent on Afghanistan into our economy. She has openly opposed the combat operations in Afghanistan and would like the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Health care. She supports universal health care and the Affordable Care Act that was initially proposed by Barack Obama. She understands that the health care policy laid out in Obamacare is perfect and would like to see more done to control the cost of health care. She opposes the repeal of Obamacare.


Like most members of Congress who have not been in Congress very long, her positions have not yet been carefully defined.    

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