Mixed Messages: Where Does Rep. Hanabusa Stand on Social Security?

By: Sunday July 21, 2013 7:00 am

In D.C., Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa of Hawai’i is known as a leader of the New Democrat Coalition. New Dems describe themselves as “centrists.” Pro Publica describes them as “the Coalition Pharma and Wall Street Love”. New Dems urge other Democrats to be more open to compromising with John Boehner, Michele Bachmann and other Congressional Republicans.

Not a popular position with progressives who see these far right extremists chipping away at their civil rights, social safety net and jobs.


“Democrat In Name Only” Challenges Progressive Senator Brian Schatz

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 7:35 am

In the ongoing squabble over former Hawai’i Senator Inouye’s seat, DINO (Democrat In Name Only) Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) continues to maintain her sense of entitlement and has announced she will primary Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).

O’Donnell and Greenwald, Round 2: Success of Dems Tied to Policies, Not Labels

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 4:00 pm

The bottom line is, either you believe in your theory of change or you don’t. If you believe that progressive policies such as a bigger stimulus package, or more banking regulation will have a greater impact on restoring the economy and creating jobs, then the people who won’t let you do that are hobbling your ability to succeed. Because the public doesn’t really care whether the change is happening because of liberal or conservative policies, they just care that it’s happening. And they make their choices at the ballot box based on what is happening in their lives.

House Takes Up Financial Reform Bill After Concessions to Moderates

By: Thursday December 10, 2009 10:59 am

Last night, there was a breakthrough of sorts, which involved the House leadership basically giving the New Dems what they wanted.

Democrats Who Joined with Republicans to Pass Bean Amendment on TARP Bonuses

By: Friday April 3, 2009 9:35 am

People in an earlier thread were asking for a list of the 63 Democrats who joined with the 165 Republicans to pass an amendment putting a huge loophole in Alan Grayson’s bill, which would have forced TARP recipients to stop paying “retention bonuses” as long as they were being supported by taxpayer dollars.

Melissa Bean’s amendment says that as long as banks start paying back their loan money, which they can do

New Democrat Melissa Bean Helps Banks Gut Grayson Bill to Limit TARP Bonuses

By: Friday April 3, 2009 7:06 am

Melissa Bean proved she’s a worthy successor to Ellen Tauscher as head of the Wall Street-friendly New Democrat Coalition when she led an effort to insert a huge loophole in a bill that would have forced TARP recipients to make all bonuses performance based.

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