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Monday, July 13, 2020
Hirono: Trump supporters are “white supremacists”
By Video @ 10:59 PM :: 3304 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...this is what Hirono thinks of Trump supporters....

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Monday, July 13, 2020
COVID Count: 23 new cases out of 900 tests--3 deaths
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 1827 Views :: COVID-19

... three new deaths and three new hospitalizations ....

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Monday, July 13, 2020
My OHA Endorsements
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 5:05 PM :: 10782 Views :: OHA
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Monday, July 13, 2020
VIDEO: 2020 Honolulu Prosecutor Candidates Debate
By Video @ 4:56 PM :: 4195 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Politicians

...sponsored by Hawaii Women Lawyers....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Highlights of 2020 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 2749 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a list of all bills passed during the 2020 session....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Counties Announce Primary Ballot Mailing Dates
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 2346 Views :: Office of Elections

...Kauai County will mail out ballots on Tues July 14, 2020....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
COVID Count: 21 new cases out of 1,250 tests
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 2008 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Future of Unemployment Insurance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3832 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...unemployment insurance and how it is going to fare after the pandemic....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
As COVID Testing Soars, Wait Times For Results Jump To A Week — Or More
By Selected News Articles @ 2:33 AM :: 3198 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Truslow was initially told it would take two to four days. Then CVS said five or six days. On the sixth day, the pharmacy estimated it would take 10 days....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
COVID Count: 42 new cases out of 1,686 tests
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 1561 Views :: COVID-19

...a new one-day record for new cases....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Legislative Session: The good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:42 PM :: 4374 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... donning rose-colored glasses and approaching the budget shortfall as a temporary setback ....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Victorino: Maui Council Should not Bypass Charter Commission
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 2264 Views :: Maui County

"...Our Charter is our County Bible, our foundational document. It’s not something that should be changed on a whim, or on the idea that if something sounds good it’s the right thing to do....”

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
DLIR Rejects 73,438 Invalid Unemployment Claims
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 4057 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...151,071 valid claims are being paid....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Driving up Electric Bill: Legislature Bans Coal
By News Release @ 3:37 AM :: 2461 Views :: Energy

...SB2629 SD2 HD1 prohibits, after June 30, 2020 the approval of a new or renewed power purchase agreement for electricity generated from coal....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
​HB1819: Legislature passes bill to legalize industrial hemp
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 4450 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

...Another hemp bill, Senate Bill 1353, was vetoed by Governor Ige last year, after he expressed concerns that it was unenforceable. This year’s version was worked on directly with the Governor's administration to ensure its enactment....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Ige appoints Bennette Misalucha to State Senate until Special Election
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 2911 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...to fill the late Sen. Breene Harimoto’s state Senate seat. State Senate District 16 includes Pearl City....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
Jobs Report: Lets Avoid Aggravating the Problem
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 3161 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...the Hawaii Legislature should not make a dismal situation worse....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
​Pandemic Priorities
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:44 PM :: 3874 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs, COVID-19

...people want what works, and they don’t care about the toxicity....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Legislature: "This will be a shell of a democracy"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:49 PM :: 3457 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...The people of Hawaii are facing a dead economy, and thousands are waiting in food lines to feed their families...."

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Friday, July 10, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:12 PM :: 4108 Views :: Family, Life, Religion

...adjournment Sine Die....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
DHS, OHA to Share Native Hawaiian COVID Data
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 2337 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

...DHS will share Native Hawaiian data tables from its programs with OHA to help assess the impacts COVID-19 is having on Hawaiʻi’s indigenous people....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Count: 28 new cases out of 1,639 tests
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1838 Views :: COVID-19

... 17 coronavirus cases tied to exercise classes at 2 Oahu gyms ....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Economy: State Much More Susceptible than Counties
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 4106 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Tourism, COVID-19

"...The revenue profiles of the state and the city and county are quite different. The state is much more exposed to volatile revenue sources such as general excise tax and transient accommodation tax (TAT)...."

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Friday, July 10, 2020
City Council defers borrowing for rail
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 AM :: 2698 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a resolution that would have authorized up to $26 million in borrowing to help fund its over-budget and behind-schedule rail project....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
DoE Announces COVID Class Schedules for Fall
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 3303 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... what will be your school's class schedule? ....

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Groups Challenge Hawaii’s prohibition on the open carry of firearms
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 2530 Views :: Second Amendment

... The issue before the en banc Young court is whether the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding citizens to openly carry firearms outside the home .... 

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
COVID Count: 36 new cases out of 1,443 tests
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 2424 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
DoH: 'Severe Consequences' for Food Establishments Violating COVID Rules
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 2825 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Food Safety Branch will begin to temporarily suspend the operations of restaurants, bars and other food establishments that do not comply.... 

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
CMS: Action to protect nursing homes against COVID-19
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 PM :: 2022 Views :: COVID-19

...Beginning in May, CMS required nursing homes that participate in Medicare and Medicaid to inform residents, their families, and their representatives within 12 hours of when a single confirmed COVID-19 case is reported, or when three or more residents or staffers develop respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other....

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hawaii GET Taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 2:52 PM :: 3937 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income.  This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax applies to 34.25 percent of personal income....

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hawaii Worst Taxpayer ROI in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:13 PM :: 2861 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...nobody pays more for less....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Retired police officer sentenced to 10 years for his attempted unlawful sexual enticement of a 13-year-old boy
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 2653 Views :: Police

...During a post-arrest statement, Goeas admitted to past unlawful sexual contact with minor males....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
COVID Count: 23 new cases out of 2,056 tests
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 1839 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Corona Virus Restrictions Hawaii vs Alaska
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 3723 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...Hawaii and Alaska have the lowest per capita COVID death tolls in the USA-- Hawaii is among the most restrictive states, Alaska is more moderate....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
HPD System Prevents Gun Owners from Registering Guns
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 AM :: 6718 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... The number of appointments available to the public is completely full. Every morning, hundreds of people try to access the website to get an appointment. This causes the system to freeze and crash, something reminiscent of the state's unemployment website in the early days of the pandemic ....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Guam Ambulance Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Medicare Ambulance Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 2950 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...$10.8 million, one of the largest single Medicare ambulance fraud cases ever prosecuted by the Justice Department....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Candidate Forum: Rick Hamada Hosts 12 Honolulu Mayoral Candidates
By Video @ 11:06 PM :: 3581 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

...Rick Hamada Hosts 12 Honolulu Mayoral Candidates July 7, 2020, in the 2020 Mayoral Candidate Forum sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulu, KHVH 830AM Radio, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and KHON....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
COVID Count: 41 new cases out of 1,423 tests
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 1988 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Ige Vetoes $432M CARES Rainy Day Deposit
By Andrew Walden @ 5:45 PM :: 3418 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...according to Senator Thielen CARES money was put in the Rainy Day fund so the governor couldn’t touch it....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
COVID Debt Bomb Puts Honolulu Over the Limit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 PM :: 3559 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Honolulu county can't afford to borrow more for rail, Grassroot Institute says....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Hawaii 3rd-Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 5:08 AM :: 2930 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“...Taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than the labor and raw materials combined....”

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
HB2457: Senate Fails to Protect Kids by Voting to Allow Continued Sale of Menthol E-Cigarettes and Cigarettes
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 3328 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Statement of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association and American Lung Association....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Voting in Hawaii: Changes and Reminders
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:13 AM :: 2723 Views :: Office of Elections

...Gone are the days when you go to ballot booth.... 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Can Visitor Data Predict COVID in Hawaii?
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 2532 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

...It will drill down the spread of COVID-19 among specific communities, unlike current models which only focus on the region as a whole....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Should Police Misconduct Records Be Made Public?
By Video @ 2:41 AM :: 2822 Views :: Ethics, Police

...Kelii Akina Talks Story with Journalism Professor Gerald Kato....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Oahu Mandates Face Masks Indoors and Out
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 3588 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...Order 5: Non-Medical Grade Face Coverings now requires everyone on O‘ahu to wear non-medical grade face coverings over their noses and mouths.... 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Hawaii became a U.S. Territory July 7, 1898
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 11965 Views :: Hawaii History

When Hawaii became the 50th U.S. State in 1959, the historic occasion was marked by ceremonies within the sanctuary walls of the Kawaiaha‘o Church .... 

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Monday, July 6, 2020
COVID Count: Seven new cases out of 615 tests
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 2384 Views :: COVID-19

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

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Monday, July 6, 2020
Unpacking Court Order Denying TRO to Block COVID Emergency Rules
By Robert Thomas @ 7:27 PM :: 2682 Views :: COVID-19

...When the opinion starts this way, you know which way it is headed....

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Monday, July 6, 2020
ACLU: Hawaii COVID Enforcement Racist
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 2700 Views :: Police, COVID-19

...HPD was 30 times more likely to arrest a Micronesian person and five times more likely to arrest a Black or Samoan person for violations of the COVID-19 orders than to arrest a white person....

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