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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Rep Ward: "It's clearly time to open up the State Capitol"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:25 AM :: 1140 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The State Capitol has been closed since March of 2020 when the pandemic began, and unlike other State and government buildings across our State, the Capitol has remained closed to the public ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Rep Ward Questions Inaction on Legislative Pay Hikes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:48 AM :: 1738 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

.... Speaker Saiki and Senate President Kochi have until April 28 (Adjournment Day) to rectify the situation if they so desire ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
HART Frog Debacle Earns First “What Were They Thinking?!” Award
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:40 AM :: 1352 Views :: Rail

... The first WWTT Award will be presented to HART for its contract with Hitachi and the wrong sized wheels that do not fit the ‘frogs’ or rail intersections of two tracks ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
HB852: Prohibit Discrimination by Employers Based on Political Affiliation
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:38 AM :: 1286 Views :: First Amendment

... For example, the District of Columbia "prohibits discrimination based on political affiliation by public and private employers, housing, educational institutions, public accommodations, and when applying for government services, facilities, and benefits." ....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kauai on a Slippery Slope with New COVID Bracelets
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:32 AM :: 3496 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...they’ve got to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, which will be tracked by participating resorts....

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Saturday, August 1, 2020
161,000 Hawaii Unemployed Fall off Cliff at Midnight?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:20 AM :: 1993 Views :: Economy, Labor

"...At the stroke of midnight tonight (July 31) there will be over 161,000 Hawaii residents about to fall off the federal unemployment cliff and there appears to be no solution at hand...."

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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 :: 1991 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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Monday, June 29, 2020
Big Brother coming soon to Honolulu Airport
By Rep Gene Ward @ 11:25 PM :: 1934 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Rep Gene Ward today sent a letter to Governor Ige and the Department of Transportation – Airports Division questioning why the State is installing facial recognition cameras at Hawaii's airports....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Dead in Conference Ctte: HB220 would expand Department of Health emergency powers
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:26 PM :: 1608 Views :: COVID-19

...HB 220 now waits a replacement bill from the State Senate later this week....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
FAA OKs Testing of Tourists
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:23 AM :: 2300 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...“Promises quicker and safer opening of our economy”....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
COVID Excuse: Violent Sex Offenders to be Released from Hawaii Prisons
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:09 AM :: 2253 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

"...We've arrested people for sitting on our beaches, and today we learned that violent prisoners will be let loose in our communities...."

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Saturday, April 4, 2020
Legislator Calls for Universal COVID-19 testing
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:48 AM :: 1377 Views :: COVID-19

...Rep. Gene Ward called on Governor Ige and the the Hawaiʻi Department of Health to “go full-scale testing” so we can begin kickstarting our economy and putting people back to work....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
COVID Circulating at Capitol? Nishihara Tests Positive
By Rep Gene Ward @ 9:28 PM :: 2068 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...On March 4, 2020 a Capitol employee was suspected of having been exposed to the virus, and the Public Access was subsequently shuttered....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
HB2728: Diamond Head Attack Becomes Excuse for Tax Hike
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:03 PM :: 2674 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Tourism

...House Bill 2728 implements a $5 surcharge for all overseas flights except for interisland travel....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Senators, Developers Set for Hong Kong-Singapore Junket
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:17 AM :: 8848 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party

...From May 21-30, 2019, a delegation comprised of State Senators and local housing developers will visit Singapore and Hong Kong....

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Friday, March 15, 2019
Comments Suggesting Legislators Smoked Weed Stricken from House Journal
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:19 AM :: 3922 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

...“What's most ironic is my comments were censored by Majority Leader Belatti, who happens to be a strong advocate to legalize marijuana." -- Rep Gene Ward....

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Thursday, March 7, 2019
HB893 Guts DHHL Funding
By Rep Gene Ward @ 8:12 PM :: 2903 Views :: DHHL

...House Bill 893, DHHL's operating budget, currently allocates $1.75 million in general ("A") funds for its everyday operations—a far cry from their minimum request of $25.5 million....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Opening Day Speech: What is a Loyal Opposition?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:00 PM :: 3206 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...We will be faithful and committed to the needs of the people of Hawai‘i, and to the agenda that you set out as the Majority – but we ask that your agenda conform to the generally accepted principals of free markets, free people void of government shackles, and greater prosperity for all the people of Hawai‘i....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Pedestrian Death at Site of Improperly Removed Crosswalk
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:47 AM :: 2374 Views :: Honolulu County

...Rep Gene Ward sent a letter today, urging Mayor Caldwell and his administration to immediately reinstate a crosswalk that was mistakenly removed by the City & County last year....

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Monday, January 7, 2019
Rep Ward Calls for Second Trump-Kim Summit to be held at Waikiki
By Rep Gene Ward @ 11:52 PM :: 3659 Views :: Military

...US scouts Bangkok, Hanoi, and Hawaii as possible locations for Kim-Trump summit....

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Friday, April 27, 2018
Rep Ward Salutes Korean Peace Initiative on House Floor
By Rep Gene Ward @ 11:41 PM :: 3159 Views :: Military

...Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae In pledged earlier today in Panmunjom to negotiate a treaty to formally end the Korean War and also to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula....

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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Ward Calls on Governor to Release all Missile Alert Recordings
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:54 AM :: 3978 Views :: Ethics, Military

..."Everyone from Governor Ige on down has been stalling and stonewalling."....

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Friday, March 9, 2018
Ward: Trump, Kim Should Meet in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:13 PM :: 4079 Views :: Military

...Ward urges Trump to hold the meeting in Honolulu....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Ward: Fire Employees who do not Cooperate with Missile Alert Investigation
By Rep Gene Ward @ 9:33 PM :: 4650 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Military

“This is not about an individual, this is about our national security."

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Ward: Release HI-EMA Missile Alert Tapes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 7:57 PM :: 3581 Views :: Ethics, Military

...Representative Gene Ward (R–Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) wrote a letter to Governor Ige urging him to release the HI-EMA security tapes on the morning of January 13th....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
HB2253: Driverless Cars for Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:38 AM :: 4022 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...jump-start the testing and operation of "driverless" cars in Hawaii....

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Monday, January 22, 2018
Missile Alert Investigator has Conflict of Interest
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:39 PM :: 5463 Views :: Ethics, Military

"...General Hara is a close personal friend of General Miyagi and under the command of General Logan.  General Logan serves as the Director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, so how can he be evaluated by his Deputy Director, General Hara?"

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
False Alarm: 'Hearing' Leaves More Unanswered Questions
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:08 AM :: 4400 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

"...the only thing accomplished today was more unanswered questions and the announcement that we must wait and see what the Governor's study-report by General Hara turns up...."

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Ward Introduces Bill Mandating 'Shelter-in-Place' Drills at Schools
By Rep Gene Ward @ 8:29 PM :: 4837 Views :: Education K-12, Military

...“Hawaii's children must have safe haven at their schools in the event of a missile attack.”....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Ward: Step- by-step walkthrough of the software, hardware, and personnel that led to false alarm
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:01 PM :: 5695 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...if you expect Friday’s hearing at the Legislature to lead to closure of this matter....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
DoTax Data: 25,500 Vacation Rentals paying TAT in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 7:15 PM :: 4722 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

..."This means there are way more than suspected filers actually paying their transient accommodation taxes than originally estimated"....

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Continuing to Doubt the North Koreans Could be Dangerous to Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 8:58 PM :: 3355 Views :: Military

“This is like thinking a man pointing a gun at you wouldn’t figure out how to pull the trigger and kill you,”  Ward said.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Executive Order 17-07: Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:30 PM :: 5676 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...The executive order establishes an Administrative Director in the Office of the Governor who will support companies seeking to test self-driving vehicle technology in Hawaiʻi....

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
2018 Elections: 20% Turnover in House?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:40 PM :: 4143 Views :: Republican Party

...the 8 open seats you should know about....

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Ward to Ige: Speed Up Nuclear Drills for DOE
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:25 PM :: 4100 Views :: Education K-12, Military

...Rep. Ward (R-Hawaii Kai) wrote a letter to Gov. Ige asking the governor to prepare his departments, particularly the DOE to prepare for the unthinkable....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
North Korea Disaster Preparedness Community Meeting
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:00 PM :: 3336 Views :: Military

...Hawaii Kai Thursday, November 9th -- Kailua Tuesday, November 14th....

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Friday, September 15, 2017
Is Hawaii Safe in Light of North Korea's Missile and Nuclear Tests?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:36 AM :: 3287 Views :: Military

...Friday, September 15 from 12pm to 1:30pm Plaza Club, Honolulu....

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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Trump - Kim summit in Hawaii?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:29 AM :: 4262 Views :: National News, Military

...Would you like to see a Trump/Kim summit in Hawaii?....

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
"Make Hawaii the Line in the Sand for North Korean Missiles”
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:27 PM :: 3438 Views :: Military

Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging more protections for Hawaii.... 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Punish Judiciary? House Censors Legislator
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:07 AM :: 5665 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

Rep Gene Ward today sent Attorney General Doug Chin a letter asking for a first Amendment ruling regarding the potential misuse of censorship on the House Floor on April 11, 2017....

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Security: Hawaii Legislators are Sitting Ducks
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:10 PM :: 3221 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Representative Gene Ward (R – District 17, Hawaii Kai) today requested the Department of Accounting and General Services for more security protection at the State Capitol....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
HB1595: Involuntary Commitment for Mentally Ill
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:32 PM :: 4807 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

"Currently, there are no laws on the books that allow for the involuntarily commitment of individuals who are mentally ill or drug addicted or alcoholic...."

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Friday, February 3, 2017
HB1595: Urine Free Zones
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:14 PM :: 4628 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

"A person can be lying in their feces in a public stairwell and have an absolute constitutional right to do so, but the citizens walking over or through this public health hazard have no rights.”

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Bill: Fund Rail by Sale of Development Rights
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:13 PM :: 3144 Views :: Rail

"The State of Hawaii owns about 50% of the land along the rail corridor between Kapolei and downtown Honolulu and can raise millions of dollars through the sale of development rights...."

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Ward to Introduce ‘Tough Love Act’ for Homelessness
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:34 PM :: 4788 Views :: Homelessness, Drugs

...will give homeless who commit perpetual misdemeanor crimes the option to go before a judge to choose either jail or rehabilitation/taking of their meds/getting off drugs, or getting job training....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 4273 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Full Text: Hawaii Kai Homeless Map Cleared by Attorney General
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:51 PM :: 5088 Views :: First Amendment, Homelessness

According to Deputy Attorney General Diane Tiara, the Hawaii Kai Homeless Map poses no legal or constitutional issues....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Ward Seeks Attorney General's Opinion On Hawaii Kai Homeless Map
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:43 PM :: 4944 Views :: First Amendment, Homelessness

Civil Disobedience Idea: Make a map of homeless camps in YOUR community....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Privatize: Honolulu Can See Its Rail Line Finished Without Raising Taxes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:50 AM :: 5385 Views :: Rail

...there’s still a better way and it’s pretty simple and practiced by the best rail systems in the world....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Homeless migrating to East Oahu
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:05 PM :: 4003 Views :: Homelessness

...so E Oahu residents are against sweeps....

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