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OP-ED: Don’t let Congress eviscerate California’s common-sense gun laws

OP-ED: Don’t let Congress eviscerate California’s common-sense gun laws

By DAVE MIN and JANE STOEVER |
October 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Author’s note: This op-ed was written before the events of last night. We are heartbroken by the massacre in Las Vegas by a single armed gunman. In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we continue to call for our representatives to enact commonsense gun measures that are proven to protect our communities.

We are law professors at UC Irvine, and we live and work in California’s 45th Congressional District, currently represented by Mimi Walters. More importantly, we are parents and engaged members of our community, and like our neighbors, we care deeply about the safety of our community and schools.

Orange County has consistently been ranked one of the safest regions in the country, which is why we were so shocked and disappointed to discover that Congresswoman Walters is pushing legislation that will make Orange County much more dangerous. Rep. Walters is co-sponsoring the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow people with concealed weapons permits issued by other states to carry guns anywhere in the country, including California.

In order to get a concealed weapons permit in California, you must complete a firearms safety course. And you can’t get a permit if been convicted of a felony or domestic violence, or been diagnosed with certain mental illness.

These are reasonable restrictions, voted on by our representatives in Sacramento and designed to keep our communities safe. They have worked. Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Irvine — some of the largest cities in our Congressional district — have consistently been ranked as some of the safest cities in the country. As parents, community members, and educators, we haven’t had to worry about concealed weapons — and the prospect that these might harm someone in an accidental shooting or an act of mass violence — in our schools, churches, or Little League baseball games.

Not every state has these rules. Eleven states issue concealed-carry permits without requiring a safety course. Twenty states will grant permits even to people who have been convicted of violent crimes. Under the law Rep. Walters is sponsoring, convicted violent felons and domestic abusers from other states would be able to bring concealed weapons into our Orange County neighborhoods, and there would be nothing our local law enforcement could do about this.

How big a problem would this really create? Orange County is home to some of the best and most popular beaches in the world. We’re home to Disneyland and other theme parks and attractions. In 2015, more than 47 million people visited Orange County. If even one percent of them brought guns, that would be 47,000 concealed and unaccounted-for guns on our streets.

The CCRA is especially troubling because there is no national database for conceal-carry permits, so there is no way for a police officer to confirm that a person carrying a loaded gun at the beach has a valid permit from another state. In effect, this would eviscerate California’s common-sense gun laws.

For decades, the gun lobby has argued that people from Southern California or New York should not be allowed to force gun laws onto people in rural Alabama or Mississippi. But Rep. Walters and the CCRA’s other sponsors are perfectly happy to force Alabama’s lax concealed weapons laws onto California communities. It is especially ironic that Congressional Republican leaders like Mimi Walters, who champion the cause of states’ rights, would seek to override California’s authority to determine its own public-safety laws.

The CCRA is clearly more about appeasing the National Rifle Association than it is about doing what is right for our communities. As parents who care about the safety of our community, we urge Rep. Walters to drop her sponsorship of the CCRA and vote against it. We encourage our neighbors who care about public safety to do the same.

Dave Min is a candidate for congressional district 45 and teaches at the UC Irvine School of Law. Jane Stoever, his wife, also teaches and runs the domestic violence clinic at the UC Irvine School of Law.

Jane’s 40th Birthday

Jane’s 40th Birthday

I have a personal request. Tomorrow is my 40th birthday and I’d really love to spend the evening with Dave, but he’s working overtime to meet his fundraising goals and flip the House. His campaign manager said he can take the night off, but only if he raises $900 tonight.

Can you pitch in $10 (or $40!) to help Dave meet his goal and celebrate my 40th birthday with me?

I would love to spend my birthday with Dave, but he is trying to reach his fundraising goals for the end of the quarter, which is fast approaching.

Help Dave meet his goal by contributing $10 or $40 so he can take the evening off and celebrate my 40th birthday with our family!

Thank you!
Jane Stoever

P.S. Our entire family is so deeply committed to this campaign. I hope you’ll show your support by chipping in today.

Darkness Cannot Drive out Darkness

Darkness Cannot Drive out Darkness

This weekend has been one that will be forever engrained in our memory as an example of the hatred that has been normalized in Donald Trump’s America. As neo-Nazis took to the streets to protest, they chanted our President’s name. David Duke, former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, said that the protests were to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump” to “take our country back.” This is not the country that I know and love.

But darkness cannot drive out darkness.

Last night I had the honor to attend a peaceful rally against the neo-Nazism we saw in Charlottesville. I was surrounded by hundreds of Orange County residents in Santa Ana, many of whom are my neighbors here in California’s 45th District. I was amazed by the sense of community, love, and acceptance you could feel among the crowd. Ours is not a community that hates, it is one that celebrates the diversity that makes us great.

That’s why I was so surprised that our current representative and my opponent, Mimi Walters, was nowhere to be found. It took her an entire day yesterday to move from “speaking out loudly against hatred” to finally denouncing white supremacism – the same white supremacism that was so prevalent this past year on the campaign trail, when she was supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Mimi Walters’ condemnation of white supremacy is welcome, but it’s just another unfortunate example of her toeing the Republican party line. Her statements came after Paul Ryan released almost identical comments – somewhere around the time the GOP decided that neo-Nazism was wrong.

More importantly, this appears to all be empty rhetoric as Ryan and Walters have failed to match their words with actions. Mimi Walters has voted with Donald Trump 100% of the time since he took office, and continues to act as a rubber stamp for the GOP’s agenda.

That’s why I’m running to replace Mimi Walters – because Orange County deserves a Representative who has no problem denouncing darkness, and standing together in solidarity with the diverse community that makes America, and our community here in the 45th district, great.

I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts – please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or anyone on my campaign at any point. Thank you all for your continued support.

In solidarity,
Dave

New York Times: Democrats, Hoping to Retake House, Walk Tightrope in Unlikely Places

New York Times: Democrats, Hoping to Retake House, Walk Tightrope in Unlikely Places

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Eileen Aispur tried to contain a bless-your-heart-level giggle as she listened to David Min, a Democrat, explain why she should consider him for a House seat representing this hill-ringed, steamy district south of Los Angeles. “We’re all Republicans here,” she blurted.

Still, he persisted. “I’m a fiscally responsible Democrat,” said Mr. Min, a law professor and one of a flock of Democrats seeking to leverage President Trump’s vulnerabilities to unseat House Republicans across the country. “If you don’t approve of the Trump agenda, I’m providing an alternative.”

After several losses in special elections in heavily Republican districts, Democrats’ efforts to win back the House are focusing largely on affluent suburban districts — in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Southern California — where Hillary Clinton prevailed in her failed bid for the White House.

They are also focusing on districts where they hope to win back voters they lost to Mr. Trump last year, a knotty task that entails a pro-worker populist pitch in some districts, a pro-business, fiscal discipline pitch in others, and a careful pro-Affordable Care Act position in all.

“Some people have said our pathway to the majority is to do well in working-class districts where Trump was able to win last year and demonstrate to those voters that they have been sold a bill of goods,” said Achim Bergmann, a Democratic campaign consultant working on several House races. “But we also need to get to voters in districts that have not been traditionally competitive but voted against Trump, and are primed to support someone who will be a check on Trump.”

For their part, Republicans are looking for opportunities in Rust Belt states where Mr. Trump prevailed but House Democrats held on.

Midterm congressional elections tend to pivot largely on swing districts where Republicans and Democrats have roughly equal chances of winning. But with so few of these left, both parties are now relying on their own interpretations of which seats they can force into play, with Republicans largely on defense, as the party in power tends to lose seats in midterm years even when the president is popular.

While Republicans cling to a 52-48 majority in the Senate, Democrats in that chamber face difficult re-election campaigns in many states where Mr. Trump won — and scarce opportunities to win Republican seats.

The House landscape is different: Republicans there have been largely averse to confronting Mr. Trump, fearing the alienation of the president’s stalwart supporters more than the loss of disillusioned Republicans.

Democrats are betting that Republicans’ near lock-step allegiance with Mr. Trump, matched with an anemic list of legislative accomplishments in this Congress and traditionally low voter turnout in a midterm year when Democrats are energized, could make it happen for them. Democrats are also counting on Mr. Trump’s sinking approval rating, among all but Republican voters, to continue to fall.

“It is urgent that Democrats win the House in 2018 to restore financial stability and a path to the future for hard-working families,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California and the House minority leader. “A Democratic victory is critical for the sake of the good health of the American people, the strength of our democracy and the future of our planet. Nothing less is at stake than America as we know it.”

In some places, like many districts in California, the Republican voter advantage has shrunk in recent years; in the district that includes Anaheim, where Representative Mimi Walters, a Republican, is seeking re-election, that edge has dropped from 43 percent in 2014 to just shy of 40 percent now.

“If Republicans are telling you they are on offense this cycle, they are delusional,” said Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “They had to spend $25 million to hold on to Kansas, Georgia, Montana and South Carolina. If they have to spend even a fraction of that money to defend their incumbents, they won’t be able to go on offense.”

Yet, after a bruising loss in the suburbs of Atlanta, Democrats have had to examine their playbook.

The Georgia race to fill the seat of Tom Price, the health and human services secretary, saw Republicans successfully cover the Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, with a bucket of Pelosi paint.

“The memories of her speakership and disapproval of her is so potent, and not just for the base,” said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “She turns off independents as well. It was consistent in Georgia 6 and other suburban affluent districts.”

Taking that lesson, Democrats are honing their messages to make them specific to districts, rather than sticking to the national party’s talking points, and steering away as much as possible from the struggle between the progressive base and moderate Democrats.

“There are a lot of people in this district who don’t like Trump but don’t like the national Democratic Party either,” said Mr. Min, who is one of a handful of Democrats hoping to unseat Ms. Walters, who is in her second term here and is closely aligned with Mr. Trump on contentious issues like health care.

The alchemy of message and candidate is always the hardest to master. To that end, from southern Michigan to Staten Island to here in Orange County, Democrats are fielding candidates with military experience — helpful in Republican-leaning districts — and those with health care backgrounds, from doctors to a neuroscientist to a woman who is emphasizing her experience as a breast cancer survivor.

“I am telling people I am not a Hillary person or a Bernie person. I’m running a local race,” said Mr. Min, who has his eyes fixed carefully on nonaffiliated and Republican voters — Asians and parents in particular — who voted for Mrs. Clinton last year.

Republicans — and many election experts — say that even though midterm elections have historically been tough on the party in power, last year clearly demonstrated that voters make a distinction between congressional Republicans and Mr. Trump, especially when it comes to some incumbents like Representative Ed Royce, who represents a district near here. Voters cooled themselves at the Independence Day parade Mr. Min attended with paper fans festooned with Mr. Royce’s name.

Unhappiness with Mr. Trump’s policies “does not mean that those mainstream Republicans are willing to throw out every elected official,” said Nathan Gonzales, the editor of Inside Elections. “It is unclear whether voters now consider Trump and congressional Republicans under the same banner and hold them responsible for him.”

At the same time, trying to recapture independents and Trump-voting Democrats alone will not do the trick. “The fight for the House includes different battles in lots of different types of districts,” Mr. Gonzales said. “Democrats know they can’t compete in just the Clinton-Republican districts and take back the majority. There’s just not enough of one type of seat.”

-Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times

Celebrating Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day

For Father’s Day, I wanted to share about Dave, my partner in life and parenting.

When Dave and I began dating in law school, I quickly saw what a caring, curious, bright and good person he was. I had a feeling that the future with him would be wonderful. Fifteen years later, as we parent our three children, this feeling remains.

Over the years, we’ve shared our values and supported each other’s dreams and efforts to make the world a better place. I have so many stories about Dave doing the right thing, even when it wasn’t the easiest. I’ve seen how Dave cares for our three children, Teddy, Emmy and Paxton, and sets an incredible example of compassion, inclusivity, hard work, and good humor while dedicating himself to public service.

Emmy and Teddy understand why Dave is running for Congress. In their own words it’s because “Donald Trump makes bad choices” (Emmy) and “to help us and help all the children” (Teddy).

Dave’s campaign is working mightily for the next generation. This the most important thing our family can imagine doing, and I hope you join us.

Happy Father’s Day, Dave, and to fathers everywhere.

Thanks,
Jane

NBC News: ‘Policy Nerd’ Dave Min Wants to Give Up Academia for a Seat in Congress

NBC News: ‘Policy Nerd’ Dave Min Wants to Give Up Academia for a Seat in Congress

When Dave Min was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was told on occasion that he’d make a great politician one day.

“I was a hyper rapscallion and always articulate,” Min, now a 41-year-old law professor, told NBC News. “But I never thought about politics — I wanted to be a molecular scientist until I did actual physics.”

Min went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School before working in the Senate, but it wasn’t until President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominately-Muslim countries that he and his wife — Jane Stoever, a fellow law professor — seriously thought about politics.

“It was so opposed to everything I feel America stands for,” Min said. “We made some phone calls to some of my old colleagues and quickly that turned into deciding to run for office.”

Min, who teaches contracts law and banking courses at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes Irvine and several other Orange County cities, in 2018. Home to more than 700,000, its population is approximately 24 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander.

Orange County is traditionally Republican but went Democrat in 2016, with 49.8 percent voting for Hillary Clinton compared to 44.9 for Trump, according to the California secretary of state. Walters was reelected last year with 58.6 percent of the vote.

The potential to flip the congressional seat has also attracted Min’s UC Irvine Law School colleague, Katie Porter, and Kia Hamadanchy, an Orange County native and fellow former senate staffer, to enter the race.

“There are so many fundamentally wrong and un-American things that this administration does and condones, and Mimi Walters is endorsing them, or being quiet, and that makes me angry,” Min said.

When Dave Min was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was told on occasion that he’d make a great politician one day.

“I was a hyper rapscallion and always articulate,” Min, now a 41-year-old law professor, told NBC News. “But I never thought about politics — I wanted to be a molecular scientist until I did actual physics.”

Min went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School before working in the Senate, but it wasn’t until President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominately-Muslim countries that he and his wife — Jane Stoever, a fellow law professor — seriously thought about politics.

“It was so opposed to everything I feel America stands for,” Min said. “We made some phone calls to some of my old colleagues and quickly that turned into deciding to run for office.”

Orange County is traditionally Republican but went Democrat in 2016, with 49.8 percent voting for Hillary Clinton compared to 44.9 for Trump, according to the California secretary of state. Walters was reelected last year with 58.6 percent of the vote.

The potential to flip the congressional seat has also attracted Min’s UC Irvine Law School colleague, Katie Porter, and Kia Hamadanchy, an Orange County native and fellow former senate staffer, to enter the race.

“There are so many fundamentally wrong and un-American things that this administration does and condones, and Mimi Walters is endorsing them, or being quiet, and that makes me angry,” Min said.

Min has not been shy about calling out Walters on Twitter for residing outside of the district and not holding public, in-person town halls.

Min believes there are plenty of Republicans in the district who are not racist or xenophobic, and are just as bothered by the administration and Walters, he added.

“If we don’t stand up for people who are being targeted right now, we will be next,” said Min. “It’s not a partisan issue. It’s ‘Are you going to let something happen that could fundamentally change the character of this country?”

Walters’ office disputed those criticisms.

“A top priority for Congresswoman Walters is community outreach and meeting with her constituents. Since she was first elected to Congress two-and-a-half years ago, she has held dozens of community coffees, and numerous in-person and telephone town halls,” T.W. Arrighi, Walters’ communications director told NBC News.

“In fact, on May 1, Congresswoman Walters held a telephone town hall meeting in which tens of thousands of constituents participated and provided invaluable feedback on the issues most important to the district,” he added.

Min traces his passion for fairness and social justice to being the son of Korean immigrants who arrived in New England in 1972 to pursue doctoral degrees at Brown University.

“What brought my parents here was a sense that if you play by the rules of the game, you could make something of your life and to me that’s the core of the American Dream,” Min said. “My parents weren’t sucking off the economy — they added a lot of value, not just economically, but culturally, just as every immigrant before them.”

When Dave Min was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was told on occasion that he’d make a great politician one day.

“I was a hyper rapscallion and always articulate,” Min, now a 41-year-old law professor, told NBC News. “But I never thought about politics — I wanted to be a molecular scientist until I did actual physics.”

Min went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School before working in the Senate, but it wasn’t until President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominately-Muslim countries that he and his wife — Jane Stoever, a fellow law professor — seriously thought about politics.

“It was so opposed to everything I feel America stands for,” Min said. “We made some phone calls to some of my old colleagues and quickly that turned into deciding to run for office.”

“It feels like we’re losing the American Dream. We’re going to be a generation that leaves behind a worse future for our children.”
Min, who teaches contracts law and banking courses at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes Irvine and several other Orange County cities, in 2018. Home to more than 700,000, its population is approximately 24 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander.

Orange County is traditionally Republican but went Democrat in 2016, with 49.8 percent voting for Hillary Clinton compared to 44.9 for Trump, according to the California secretary of state. Walters was reelected last year with 58.6 percent of the vote.

The potential to flip the congressional seat has also attracted Min’s UC Irvine Law School colleague, Katie Porter, and Kia Hamadanchy, an Orange County native and fellow former senate staffer, to enter the race.

“There are so many fundamentally wrong and un-American things that this administration does and condones, and Mimi Walters is endorsing them, or being quiet, and that makes me angry,” Min said.

Dave Min with his family Courtesy of Dave Min
Min has not been shy about calling out Walters on Twitter for residing outside of the district and not holding public, in-person town halls.

Min believes there are plenty of Republicans in the district who are not racist or xenophobic, and are just as bothered by the administration and Walters, he added.

“If we don’t stand up for people who are being targeted right now, we will be next,” said Min. “It’s not a partisan issue. It’s ‘Are you going to let something happen that could fundamentally change the character of this country?'”

Walters’ office disputed those criticisms.

“A top priority for Congresswoman Walters is community outreach and meeting with her constituents. Since she was first elected to Congress two-and-a-half years ago, she has held dozens of community coffees, and numerous in-person and telephone town halls,” T.W. Arrighi, Walters’ communications director told NBC News.

“In fact, on May 1, Congresswoman Walters held a telephone town hall meeting in which tens of thousands of constituents participated and provided invaluable feedback on the issues most important to the district,” he added.

Min traces his passion for fairness and social justice to being the son of Korean immigrants who arrived in New England in 1972 to pursue doctoral degrees at Brown University.

“What brought my parents here was a sense that if you play by the rules of the game, you could make something of your life and to me that’s the core of the American Dream,” Min said. “My parents weren’t sucking off the economy — they added a lot of value, not just economically, but culturally, just as every immigrant before them.”

Min said that UC Irvine — and the United States — is seeing reduced numbers of immigrants from places such as Pakistan, India, and China. “We’re not just losing people who are affected by the Muslim ban. It’s problematic because these immigrants are helping to drive the economy,” he said.

The murders of South Asian Americans, racist rhetoric, and crimes against people of color are some of the reasons talented immigrants are choosing to go elsewhere, according to Min.

His desire to make life better for Americans crystallized in his early 20s, Min said. After law school, he weighed offers from Goldman Sachs and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he said.

It was a choice between financial security and public service, according to Min.

He ultimately chose the SEC, where he worked alongside the FBI to bust up boiler room fraud operations and learned the value of government regulators who protect “the little guy,” Min said.

He later worked in securities litigation at WilmerHale, a Washington law firm. A self-described “policy nerd,” he entered the political sphere as banking committee counsel for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

When Schumer was made chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee in 2007, Min became his senior policy adviser and later, deputy staff director of that committee.

Prior to shifting to academia five years ago, he was an associate director for financial markets policy at Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, where he oversaw housing reform.

Min believes that the country has been going in the wrong direction for years.

“It feels like we’re losing the American Dream,” he said. “We’re going to be a generation that leaves behind a worse future for our children.”

He worries about climate and the environment, and wonders if there will be future wars over water, clean air, and food. “These are concerns we didn’t have to grow up with,” he said.

If elected, Min wants to address these issues, and hold the president accountable when necessary.

“Congress does a damn good job of investigating every little allegation when there’s a Democrat in the presidency,” he said. “Now they’re ignoring some really disturbing allegations of collaboration with Russia and other foreign powers and obvious financial conflicts that haven’t been disclosed.”

While he was never shy prior to Trump’s election, Min said he was more reserved then than he is now.

With a little over a year to go before the June 2018 primary election, Min said he’s already getting less sleep and misses seeing his three young children as often as before.

“They were just asking me, ‘When are you going to be done with running for Congress?’ and I said, ‘Oh, we just started,'” he said.

Stoever, Min’s wife, told them their father was running “for them and other kids like them,” he said. “Apparently my son has been telling other kids at school, ‘My daddy’s trying to help all of us.'”

-Victoria Namkung

Read the original NBC News story here.

Min Calls on Walters to Support an Independent Investigation of Trump’s Russia Ties

Min Calls on Walters to Support an Independent Investigation of Trump’s Russia Ties

Calling allegations surrounding President Trump “serious charges that deserve serious investigation” Dave Min is calling on Congresswoman Mimi Walters to vote in favor of an independent investigation into the President’s firing of the FBI director and other alleged misbehavior.

“The constant drip of new information, and the partisan back-and-forth that goes with it, is not good for our democracy and not good for the Office of the President,” said Min. “We deserve answers, and we’ll only get them from an independent investigation.”

Leaders in the House of Representatives will introduce a bi-partisan discharge petition that would require the House to vote yes or no on an independent investigation of the Trump Administration. Congresswoman Walters has so far been silent on Trump’s ties to Russia and the sharing of sensitive intelligence with the Russian ambassador. To date Walters has refused calls for an independent investigation.

“I started my career investigating Wall Street at the Securities and Exchange Commission, I know the value of having professional, independent investigators handle issues like this,” Min said. “This is a time for action, not silence. This is about putting America first. For once, Mimi Walters should put the Country ahead of her party and do the right thing.”

Min Calls on Walters to Support an Independent Investigation of Trump’s Russia Ties

Min Calls on Walters to Support an Independent Investigation of Trump’s Russia Ties

Calling allegations surrounding President Trump “serious charges that deserve serious investigation” Dave Min is calling on Congresswoman Mimi Walters to vote in favor of an independent investigation into the President’s firing of the FBI director and other alleged misbehavior.

“The constant drip of new information, and the partisan back-and-forth that goes with it, is not good for our democracy and not good for the Office of the President,” said Min. “We deserve answers, and we’ll only get them from an independent investigation.”

Leaders in the House of Representatives will introduce a bi-partisan discharge petition that would require the House to vote yes or no on an independent investigation of the Trump Administration. Congresswoman Walters has so far been silent on Trump’s ties to Russia and the sharing of sensitive intelligence with the Russian ambassador. To date Walters has refused calls for an independent investigation.

“I started my career investigating Wall Street at the Securities and Exchange Commission, I know the value of having professional, independent investigators handle issues like this,” Min said. “This is a time for action, not silence. This is about putting America first. For once, Mimi Walters should put the Country ahead of her party and do the right thing.”

In honor of Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’d like to share a little about my wife Jane.

Jane is the most amazing person I know and is a wonderful mother to our three young children. Every day, she works to show them the value of compassion and the importance of community involvement and advocacy.

Jane and I met as students in Family Law class at Harvard, and Jane now teaches Family Law and runs the Domestic Violence Clinic here at UCI. She is also the founder and director of UC Irvine’s Initiative to End Family Violence, where she partners with faculty, students, and community organizations to find better solutions to the complex, life-threatening problem of family violence.

Jane has dedicated her career to helping abuse survivors achieve freedom from violence and to training law students to seek justice and give voice to those who are too often afraid to come forward.

To honor and support moms everywhere, I’m asking you to contribute to Human Options, a local organization that is working to break the cycle of domestic abuse, right here in Orange County.

I’m sharing Jane’s inspiring work and passion in the hopes that together, we can continue to work to find better solutions to domestic violence.

Happy Mother’s Day to my wife Jane, my own incredible mother, and mothers everywhere.

Thanks,
Dave

Korean-American law professor runs for US Congress – The Korea Times

Korean-American law professor runs for US Congress – The Korea Times

By Jhoo Dong-chan

A Korean-American law professor is running for the U.S. Congress in the 45th congressional district, challenging Republican congresswoman Mimi Walters.

According to the Orange County Register, University of California Irvine law professor David Min decided to run for the post out of frustration with President Donald Trump.

“The straw that broke the camel’s back was the Muslim travel ban,” Min said.

“You think about what brought my parents here. It was the core American values of tolerance, diversity, economic opportunity and social mobility. What Trump was doing with the Muslim ban was un-American. Who’s next on Donald Trump’s list?”

Min is a second-generation Korean American whose parents came to the U.S. before he was born.

Having majored in economics at Wharton and receiving his law degree from Harvard, the 41-year-old Korean-American emphasized his vast experience in development and policy implementation including three years with the left-leaning Center for American Progress advocacy think tank.

He was a close aide to current Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for three years from 2007 when Schumer served as chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

The 45th congressional district consists of Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Woods, Villa Park, Anaheim Hills and a portion of Orange County where Min said about 20 percent of the district’s eligible voters are of Asian or Pacific Island descent.

“Korean-Americans nationwide have displayed an eagerness to support candidates from their community,” he said.

In 2012, Korean immigrant Kang Suk-hee, an Irvine Democrat, also raised $755,000 for a campaign against then-incumbent Rep. John Campbell with much of the money coming from Korean-Americans.

Along with Min, another Korean-American candidate Robert Ahn, an Los Angeles city councilman, is also running for Congress in his Los Angeles district.

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