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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Only 44% of Hawai‘i residents plan to get COVID-19 vaccine
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1950 Views :: COVID-19

... That’s down 7 percentage points from a similar survey conducted in August ....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
FBI: Suspected Chinese spy targeted Tulsi Gabbard
By Selected News Articles @ 8:07 PM :: 13838 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation

... suspected communist spy Fang Fang served as president of both the Chinese Student Association and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) ....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
UH law dean joins panel discussing civil liberties during COVID-19
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 2886 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, COVID-19

...Thursday, December 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (HST) via Zoom....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
A Better Way to Help Hawaii's Unemployed
By Video @ 3:06 AM :: 3029 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system is in crisis, with stalled payments, rampant fraud, and massive debt leading to higher taxes ....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Ethics Comm: 58 Pages of New Rules
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 1938 Views :: Ethics

...Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission promulgated new administrative rules, effective November 28, 2020....

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Monday, December 7, 2020
​U.S. Territories, Not States, Bear The Scars Of World War II
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 3745 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

...As we mark 75 years since the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Maui County Has The Highest Jobless Rate In America
By Selected News Articles @ 9:14 PM :: 4133 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... With a population with a strong demographic base, what has happened to the job situation which makes it so high? The answer in a word is “tourism” ....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 5, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 7:47 PM :: 1897 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes in Congress from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
HR7045: US House Passes Bill Creating Hawaii's First National Forest
By Ed Case @ 4:51 PM :: 3045 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation

... Case’s bill now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration .... 

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tale of the Tape
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3192 Views :: Economy, Taxes, COVID-19

...“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Auditor: Prosecutor's Office Did Nothing to Learn from Kealoha Scandal
By News Release @ 3:18 AM :: 3325 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...management did not initiate a review or evaluation of its policies and procedures that allowed one of its higher-ranking deputy prosecutors to use the office for criminal activity....

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Take the Honolulu PD Community Survey
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 2699 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... The Honolulu Police Department invites the public to take the department’s annual community survey ....

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Hawaii court considering whether baseless lawsuit against Oahu churches will continue
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 3242 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

... “Hawaii’s law is reserved for serious fraud cases involving actual whistleblowers. It is not designed to pit neighbor against neighbor, and it certainly should not be abused by those who simply have an axe to grind against religion” ....

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Remembering Dick Rowland
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 2367 Views :: Hawaii History

... How many individuals can boast of leaving a legacy for liberty? ....

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Audit: City Loses $450K per Year Subsidizing Bikeshare
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 2791 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... The city did not share in the $5.3 million in revenues collected by the Bikeshare program between FY2017 and FY2019 ....

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Maui County to accept applications for Prosecuting Attorney
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 2334 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

...“The Council’s action closes this workplace violence investigation and recommendation for removal of Mr. Guzman,” Mayor Victorino said....

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
OHA's Vision for Post-COVID Economy
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 1998 Views :: OHA

... reports are the result of an online survey administered in June 2020 by the Native Hawaiian COVID-19 Research Hui ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
DBEDT: Federal Handouts, Tourism Reopening Improve Economy
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2130 Views :: Economy

"The improvements ... are mainly attributed to the federal government assistance programs and the starting of the pre-travel testing program for trans-Pacific passengers."

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Friday, December 4, 2020
Spying on You: Victorino announces AlohaSafe Alert app rollout for Maui County
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 3538 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... There are currently 14 States and the District of Columbia that are participating in the Google Apple Exposure Notification (“GAEN”) system ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
UPW on the Job: Hilo Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty for Assaulting an Inmate and Conspiring with Other Officers to Cover it Up
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 3535 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor, Law Enforcement

... UPW members at work -- broken jaw, nose, and eye socket ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
Auditor: HPD Does not Learn from Misconduct
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2825 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... Changes are only made reactively to incidents.  Key information from its corrective systems is not aggregated and reported to department management for its review to make responsive proactive changes that could result in prevention of misconduct or reduction of complaints ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
Trump Approves Funding for Hawaii National Guard COVID Relief
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 2389 Views :: Military, COVID-19

... funding that will allow the Hawai‘i National Guard to continue with COVID-19 assistance across the state through March 31, 2021 ....

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
In “Staggering” Conspiracy, Former Police Chief, Prosecutor, and Police Officers Sentenced for Framing an Innocent Man with a Crime
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 5275 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...The sentences mark the end of one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history....

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
HSTA Solution for Budget Cuts: 'Eliminate Standardized Testing'
By Video @ 12:06 AM :: 3291 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Yes, HSTA is a one-note band ....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Meet OHA’s new Molokai Trustee
By Video @ 7:10 PM :: 2598 Views :: OHA

...Meet OHA’s new Molokai Trustee....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Long Term Care: Hawaii Costs Soaring Faster
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 3183 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Increase in Long Term Care Costs in Hawaii Surpass National Trends; COVID-19 Pressures Future Costs ....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
States With Highest Vehicle Theft Rates -- Hawaii #6
By Selected News Articles @ 1:23 AM :: 2846 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii sees an average of 410 stolen cars per 100,000 registered vehicles. ...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Meet OHA's New Board of Trustees
By Selected News Articles @ 7:38 PM :: 3040 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...it is about power...." --  Brendon Lee

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Caldwell, Robbins Beg Feds: We’re trying to come up with a plan please give us $250M
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 2484 Views :: Rail

"...the plan being discussed will include the entire project scope ... there is no desire to abandon any component of the full Project scope...."

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Hawaiian Tel Buys Al Hee's Cable Network
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3003 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... Hawaiian Telcom to Acquire Inter-Island Submarine and Terrestrial Fiber Infrastructure Assets from Paniolo Cable Company ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Ballard: 'Multiple Investigations' into HPD COVID OT Abuse
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2916 Views :: Honolulu County, Police, COVID-19

... we have opened multiple investigations, and those who violated laws or administrative policies will be disciplined appropriately ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
House Leaders: Safe Travels Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 3071 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Business leaders, legislators urge Gov. Ige to walk back changes to travel plan ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Court Clamps Down Even Harder on Aquarium Fishing Activities Near Billionaire Vacation Homes
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 2823 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Michael Dell wants to see pretty fish when he comes to Kailua-Kona ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Ige Appoints Max Otani Director of Department of Public Safety
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 2522 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Otani replaces Nolan Espinda, who retired in September....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Hawaii Commercial Rent Survey Goes National
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 2327 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... NCRS will analyze the hardship the business community across the country is facing and the impact commercial rent is having on their operations heading into 2021 ....

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