Local officials in D.C. recently convened a convention to draft a constitution that would put the city on the path to statehood. Under the plan, the District would adopt a new name: "New Columbia." But some of those who've been on the front lines of the fight for statehood aren't thrilled about how the process has worked so far - and where it might be going.
From refugees to Supreme Court nominees, issues of race and representation have factored heavily in the 2016 presidential campaign news cycle. One thread of conversation includes the growing Asian-American electorate, which was once voting steadily Republican nationwide but now increasingly for Democrats. In Virginia, presidential candidates from both parties are seeing opportunities in the Asian population. Kojo meets two Asian-Americans involved in the 2016 election cycle and explores the strategies at work across the political spectrum.
- Mark Keam member, Virginia House of Delegates (35th District)
- Jason Chung National Director for Asian Pacific American Initiatives, Republican National Committee
- Sang Yi Former Candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates and President of the Korean American Republican Party of Virginia.
Full Interview: Virginia Delegate Mark Keam On Asian Americans’ Political Power
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