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Sunday, June 14, 2020
Sause ends Hawaii Barge Service after 54 years
By Michael Hansen @ 5:18 PM :: 4098 Views :: Jones Act, COVID-19

... Oregon-based Sause Bros. Ocean Towing Inc. ended their common carrier Hawaii Barge Service after 54 years with the arrival of their final voyage in mid-April 2020 ....

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Sunday, June 14, 2020
The Giant Sucking Sound
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2610 Views :: Economy

...Carl Bonham told lawmakers that we’re going to lose another 30,000 people in just two years. A more pessimistic scenario assumes we are going to lose that 30,000 people in ONE year....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
COVID Count 17 New Cases out of 984 tests
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2065 Views :: COVID-19

...two new hospitalizations, no new deaths....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
List of Staff Being Laid off by Star-Advertiser
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 7616 Views :: First Amendment

...29 staff members at the Star-Advertiser, the largest newspaper in the state, are losing their jobs at the end of the month....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
Regents to consider new Maunakea internal management structure
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 3402 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents will consider the UH Hilo internal restructuring plan for management operations of Maunakea lands at the board’s upcoming June 18 monthly meeting....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
This act needs a rewrite
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:43 AM :: 1814 Views :: Jones Act

... I wrote one of its 17 chapters, “Updating the Jones Act for the 21st Century,” wherein I argue that reform of the act would not be a threat to either jobs or national security ....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
VIDEO: Sen. Mike Lee on the Jones Act at 100: Time to chart a new course?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:31 AM :: 2058 Views :: Jones Act

... American Enterprise Institute webinar streamed live on line ....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
Oahu District Courts Reopen
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 2323 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

“...Access to the courthouse is limited to those with official court business to ensure social distancing and protect the health and safety of our court users and staff....”

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Friday, June 12, 2020
COVID Count: 15 new cases--10 in one family
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 1785 Views :: COVID-19

...The last time Hawaii saw a double-digit increase in new cases was April 18 ― 55 days ago....

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Friday, June 12, 2020
Hearing Set for New Administrative Rules for Hawaii Elections
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2146 Views :: Office of Elections

...public hearing to afford all interested persons an opportunity to submit oral or written testimony on the proposed repeal of HAR, Title 3, Chapters 171 through 176, and adoption of HAR Title 3, Chapter 177....

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
COVID Count: Seven new cases out of 1,284 new tests
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 1428 Views :: COVID-19

...one new hospitalization, no new deaths....

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
DLIR Updates Unemployment Claims Processing Numbers
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 2937 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

... State Has Issued $803,200,377 in Benefits Since March 1 ....

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Hawaii COVID Lawsuit: Emergency Rules Unconstitutional Beyond 60 Days
By Robert Thomas @ 4:54 AM :: 4827 Views :: COVID-19

..."From day 61 on, the governor is both making laws and enforcing them, in violation of the separation of powers provisions under Hawaii’s state constitution.”....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
‘New normal’ requires long-term budget thinking
By Joe Kent @ 11:44 PM :: 2731 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...threw Gov. Ige’s multiyear budget off target by a total of $26 billion between fiscal years 2020 and 2025....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Lockdown victims include Hawaii healthcare providers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 2709 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, COVID-19

...by mid-April, the same Convention Center that was poised to be converted into extra hospital facilities was instead turned into a phone bank facility to handle the influx of unemployment claims....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Ige Extends Emergency Order Through July 31
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1737 Views :: COVID-19

...The emergency proclamation lifts the quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers effective 12:01 a.m. on June 16, 2020. However, it also leaves in place the quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers. The governor has the authority to make exemptions for transit corridors/bubbles....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
COVID Count: Four new cases out of 1,122 tests
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 1522 Views :: COVID-19

...one more patient hospitalized....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Confronting Police Abuse Requires Shifting Power From Police Unions
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:22 AM :: 3882 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Police

...“We do not have the ability to get rid of many of these officers that we know have done wrong in the past due to issues with both the contract and the arbitration associated with the union.”....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
​Legislature to Reconvene on June 22
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 1848 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Legislature will take up a limited number of bills, including budget matters and COVID-19-related legislation....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
COVID-19 testing pre-departure may eliminate 90% of infectious passengers
By UHERO @ 4:03 AM :: 2328 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...recommend that individuals who clear a temperature and symptom screening, and a COVID-19 test in their departure city will not be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Hawaiʻi....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Coronavirus Restrictions: Hawaii vs Alaska
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 2354 Views :: COVID-19

...Alaska is 7th least restrictive, Hawaii is 48th....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
COVID Count: Six New Cases out of 699 tests
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 1437 Views :: COVID-19

... no new hospitalizations, no new deaths ....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Veterans’ Health Administration Health Care System Leadership Change in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 2320 Views :: Health Care, Military

...Dr. Robinson will oversee the delivery of health care to an estimated 129,000 Veterans, a $327.8 million annual operating budget, and over 1,400 employees....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Dr. Tony Trpkovski -- Protecting Yourself & Hawaii from Coronavirus
By Video @ 3:44 AM :: 1788 Views :: COVID-19

...Protecting Yourself & Hawaii from Coronavirus --Dr. Tony Trpkovski Speaks with Keli'i Akina....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Debate: Jones Act Necessary for National Security?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:26 AM :: 2125 Views :: Jones Act

...Virtually no sealift is provided by Jones Act ships....

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Monday, June 8, 2020
Rep Case Bill Would Allow States to Impose Air-Travel COVID Testing
By Ed Case @ 7:00 PM :: 2337 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...to allow Hawai’i to impose a pre-board test requirement on passengers destined for Hawai’i to protect visitors and residents from COVID-19....

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Monday, June 8, 2020
COVID Count: One new case out of 327 tests
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 1437 Views :: COVID-19

...no new deaths, no new hospitalizations, one patient released today....

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Monday, June 8, 2020
UH begins training COVID-19 contact tracers
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 2196 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

...The program as a whole expects to train 320 contact tracers by mid-July 2020 as well as hundreds more in the next year....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
BLM Protesters Leave Signs at Hawaii GOP HQ
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 4170 Views :: First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Republican Party

"...Hundreds of the marchers today in the Black Lives Matter rally in Honolulu chose to leave their signs at the doorstep of the Hawaii Republican Party...."

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Hawaii Spending Cap Too Easily Ignored by Lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:03 PM :: 2533 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Kam Napier: How to strike the right balance in reopening Hawaii economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 2362 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Napier has encouraged his readers to think critically about how our state and counties have responded to the public health threat ....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
COVID Count: Two new cases out of 1,092 tests
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 1657 Views :: COVID-19

...one more hospitalization....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2307 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...tinkering with the tax code to raise more money has the effect of putting the brakes on what little spin we have left on our economic engine....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Amemiya Joins Pack of Insiders Grabbing ‘Affordable’ Housing Units for Themselves
By Andrew Walden @ 3:57 AM :: 16299 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

...Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya knows a lot about the ‘affordable’ housing system and how to ‘work’ it....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 6, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 3:13 AM :: 1907 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...bills introduced and votes cast in Congress....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Auditor Dings City Parks for Poor Management
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 1886 Views :: Honolulu County

"...Current operational practices are reactive and appear to wait for park conditions to deteriorate before action is taken, rather than maintaining quality conditions...."

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Life in the time of lockdowns
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:19 PM :: 2356 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...caught off guard by another last-minute government switcheroo....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Repeal Bill 40, Honolulu's discriminatory builder contracting law
By Joe Kent @ 9:56 PM :: 3159 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...use of CWAs, also known as project labor agreements, would drastically limit the use of nonunion employees on public projects, thereby reducing competition among bidding contractors and increasing costs for Honolulu taxpayers....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
State Finally Launches Digital Time and Leave System
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 2448 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Timesheets and leave requests are now transmitted electronically to payroll offices, replacing paper-based manual labor-intensive tracking methods in employee pay calculation....  

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
COVID Count: Nine new cases out of 798 tests
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 2124 Views :: COVID-19

...8 cases on Oahu and 1 Oahu resident diagnosed out of state....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Hawai'i Supreme Court Orders Maui Planning Commission To Answer Petition on Media Access
By News Release @ 5:07 AM :: 2760 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

... Pandemic no excuse for government hostility to sunshine laws ....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge of the Third Circuit
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1925 Views :: Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Caldwell Announces New Plan to Jam up Traffic
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 2086 Views :: Honolulu County

...The O‘ahu Pedestrian Plan’s draft pedestrian priority network open for public comment....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Jones Act 100th -- Happy Birthday, NOT!
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:54 PM :: 1712 Views :: Jones Act

...The best gift for this 100-year-old law that harms Hawaii would be to modernize it for the 21st century....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Could “Tariff Man” Trump support Jones Act reform?
By Michael Hansen @ 11:24 PM :: 1737 Views :: Jones Act

...Mulligan says that despite Trump’s reputation as a strong supporter of protectionist tariffs, the President sees the Jones Act as a “harmful regulation” and is particularly disappointed by the lack of competitiveness of U.S. shipyards....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
US Sen Mike Lee calls for Jones Act gas carrier exemption
By Michael Hansen @ 11:10 PM :: 2457 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... he notes the complete absence of self-propelled oceangoing liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in the Jones Act fleet ....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Happy Birthday Jones Act. Let’s Hope it’s Your Last
By Cato Foundation @ 9:43 PM :: 1781 Views :: Jones Act

...The Jones Act turns 100 years old today....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
UPW Prison Guard Busted Allegedly Smuggling Meth into OCCC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 4190 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the UPW still has not agreed to allow all guards to be searched for contraband....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
COVID Count: Six new cases out of 921 tests
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 1590 Views :: COVID-19

... this is the largest number of new cases in quite a while ....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Kym Pine: ANTIFA Agitator Photos not Credible
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 7:09 PM :: 3444 Views :: First Amendment, Police

...Pine today addressed rumors that professional agitators have arrived in the islands to stir up trouble at peaceful protests being staged to honor George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement....

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