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Monday, February 12, 2018
Report: Delays at OIP Are Staggering
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 5124 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...in recent years, OIP’s average time for review quadrupled, it is deciding fewer matters per year on average, and its backlog is trending upward despite a downward trend in new filings....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane
By Joe Kent @ 2:19 AM :: 5599 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers ....

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Monday, February 5, 2018
Pandering to Dem Base: Ige Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 4347 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...Local ISPs: Net Neutrality is a Fake Issue....

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Sunday, February 4, 2018
After Winning Suit Against IRS, Maui TEA Party Dissolves
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 4522 Views :: First Amendment, TEA Party

...The IRS intimidation definitely had a negative effect on our local group, squelching participation....

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Friday, February 2, 2018
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Janus?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:17 PM :: 4583 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...a decision by the court’s nine justices that state employees can't be required to pay union dues could lead to some interesting outcomes in Hawaii....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Olelo TV Moving to Siberia?
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 4589 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...Spectrum is channel slamming ‘Ōlelo – displacing channels 49, 53, 54, and 55, including Video On Demand channels 50 and 52....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Another Lawsuit: Chin Jumps on Net Neutrality Bandwagon
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 5102 Views :: First Amendment, Politicians, Small Business

...Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin joined 22 state attorneys general today in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s 'illegal'rollback of net neutrality....

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Friday, January 5, 2018
Tulsi Gabbard Hires Russian Agent to Keep Hawaii Media in Check
By Andrew Walden @ 6:55 PM :: 55153 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Politicians

...Gabbard’s consultant, Chris Cooper, is allegedly one of seven identified as being at the center of illegal Russian lobbying efforts reaching into the Trump campaign and Congress....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Hawaii 2018 Summer Journalism Internships
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 3987 Views :: First Amendment

...Full-time internships (10 weeks at 40 hours/week) with a $4,040 pay....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Should the government be your Santa?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:24 PM :: 3867 Views :: First Amendment

...Santa is an enthusiastic devotee of the surveillance state....

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Saturday, December 9, 2017
Hula Halau to be banned from Yale?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:22 PM :: 5400 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...Native American student group accuses Polynesian dance group of ‘appropriating Hawaiian and Tahitian culture’....

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Friday, November 24, 2017
Oahu Workshops: Learn to Raise Your Voice at the State Capitol
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 4351 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...the Legislature's Public Access Room (PAR) is offering "Your Voice," a free, one-hour workshop at several locations on Oahu....

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
DDOS Attack on Hawai’i Free Press tied to Gabbard’s Cult?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:47 PM :: 9738 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Politicians, Religion

Krishna Consciousness is when you know the Krishnas did it....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
US Supreme Court agrees to weigh in on law that forces pro-life centers to promote abortion
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 4446 Views :: First Amendment, Life

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to weigh in on a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Civil Beat: Banks and Developers ‘help to fund a lot of stories’
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 6539 Views :: Ethics, Development, First Amendment

...“We got a few hundred subscribers, but nothing really earth shattering,” Epler says...Civil Beat has an annual budget of roughly $3 million and a staff of about 22 to 24 people....

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Poll: 71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 AM :: 4711 Views :: First Amendment

...58% Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
AG Chin: Constitution Dictates Mandatory Gay Cakes
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 4617 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...The brief was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission....

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Friday, October 13, 2017
Workers Protest as Star-Adv lays off 25% of Newsroom
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 5883 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...publisher Dennis Francis of OPI, owned by Canada-based Black Press Ltd., is insisting on slashing wages and benefits for the remaining journalists....

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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Promise Kept: Trump Administration Protects Americans’ Religious Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:13 PM :: 5254 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...The Obama administration winnowed the definition of religious freedom down to the narrow idea of “freedom of worship.” This was rebutted in the first line of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memorandum....

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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Will Courts Defend Free Speech -- Or Forced Speech To Promote A Political Agenda?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 5917 Views :: First Amendment, Life

Hawaii has enacted such a law and it is under challenge in federal district court. ...

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Go to Court Over Law Requiring They Promote Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 5160 Views :: First Amendment, Life

“This is an important case because Hawaii goes even further than California did, and they are clearly singling out pregnancy centers....” 

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Ask Court to Stop Law Forcing Them to Promote Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 5:55 PM :: 4604 Views :: First Amendment, Life

“No one should be forced to provide free advertising for the abortion industry"

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Monday, September 18, 2017
​Ige Sends out Secret Memo on Information Practices
By Andrew Walden @ 10:42 PM :: 4989 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...Ironically, the Memo itself was not posted on the Governor’s news feed nor is it linked by any Hawaii.gov website....

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Hawaii Risks Loss of Federal Funds to Force Abortion on Churches
By Selected News Articles @ 6:10 PM :: 15930 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...federal law does not allow states that receive federal funding to force pro-life healthcare professionals to act against their conscience or religious beliefs....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Hirono Spews Anti-Catholic Bigotry in Senate Hearing
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 6143 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...“Are you or have you ever been …. ”

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Monday, August 21, 2017
UH Selected to Host ‘Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center’
By Selected News Articles @ 9:46 PM :: 4756 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...the center's "planning committee will work to develop practice spaces focused on creating new narratives and new relationships while naming and honoring the ongoing pain and trauma wrought by belief in racial hierarchy, structural racism, and white privilege."....

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum: Talk to Your Kids About Racism
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:45 AM :: 6892 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Life

...The recent images from Charlottesville, VA-marches by torchlight, Nazi salutes, armed militia, angry mobs engaged in violent confrontation-are scary for adults to encounter, let alone children....

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Honolulu City Lights application deadline Sept 1
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 4846 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...Non-profit organizations wanting to create a display on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center grounds during the annual Honolulu City Lights exhibition must apply by September 1, 2017....

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Corporations Becoming New Arbiters Of Public Morality
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 PM :: 3475 Views :: First Amendment

....in this chess game, those in Charlottesville are just pawns....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
Hint to Hawaii: Court halts Illinois mandate to promote abortion
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 4656 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...Injunction suspends enforcement of law which ‘targets free speech rights’....

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Mandatory Abortion: As Predicted SB501 Leads to Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 5:25 AM :: 5322 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...Faith-based pregnancy centers file suit against Hawaii law, say it forces abortion promotion....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hawaii Will Force Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Free Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 6:57 PM :: 4628 Views :: First Amendment, Life

All five of Hawaii’s pro-life pregnancy centers will be forced to choose between advertising free abortions and defying the state’s demands starting Wednesday July 12, 2017....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Tiki bar owner bows to ‘cultural appropriation’ outcry: ‘I am so very sorry’
By Selected News Articles @ 9:41 PM :: 5834 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

“Pretty soon we will be requiring ‘cultural appropriation’ training before anyone is allowed to open a business in this town.”

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Wikileaks: Omidyar Website Gave up Leaker to NSA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 PM :: 6642 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Military

Civil Beat June 5, 2016: "Not all anonymous sources are created equal. Some do benefit you, and those should be protected...."

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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:39 AM :: 9552 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life, Military, Religion

...Honor and Respect: We Will Remember....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
Lawsuit against Hawaii Churches Hurts the Surrounding Community
By Selected News Articles @ 7:17 PM :: 5656 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

...atheists Mitchell Kahle and Holly Huber sued the churches under Hawaii’s False Claims Act....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
FCC Takes Step Towards Freeing the Internet
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:08 PM :: 4376 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...preventing “1930s-era regulations on internet providers.”....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
UH Manoa Prof Demands Colleges ‘Stop Hiring White Men’--Unless They're Trannies
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 AM :: 6141 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...“The terrible people are coming out of the woodwork to tell me how awful (‘racist’ and ‘sexist’) I am for writing this post,” she laments....

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Atheist Lawsuit Against Hawaii Churches to be Heard by State Supreme Court Friday
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:02 PM :: 5823 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

...The court will be hearing the Appeal THIS FRIDAY, and you are invited to sit in....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Political Correctness: Conformity or Electrocution on the Waterfront
By Michael Hansen @ 1:47 PM :: 4632 Views :: First Amendment, Jones Act

...those in the U.S. maritime industry (or, the “Jones Act industry”) demand conformity from their fellows in support of the protectionist policies, and how difficult it’s to speak-out against them....

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Trump Signs Executive Order on Religious Freedom
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:49 PM :: 5408 Views :: First Amendment, Religion
"For too long the Federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs."
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Free Speech? There are a few champions left
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:22 PM :: 4248 Views :: First Amendment, Life

... SB501 Mandatory Abortion Promotion -- How They Voted ....

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
SB501: Mandatory Abortion Promotion -- Final Reading House and Senate
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:55 PM :: 5956 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

The bill will have it's final reading in the House on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, during the 9:00 a.m. Floor Session.  The Senate reading is also scheduled for May 2, 2017, during the 10:00 a.m. Floor Session....

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:51 PM :: 5544 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

... MAY 4, 2017 -- ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Free Speech Crackdown on Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Passes House Vote
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 PM :: 4691 Views :: First Amendment, Life

With only 10 of Hawaii’s 51 state representatives voting against SB 501, the measure will now go back to the state senate for a review of amendments....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Don’t Compel Doctors to Promote State-Favored Programs
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 4758 Views :: First Amendment, Life

Compelling licensed professionals to speak the government’s message is dangerous....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Conference Committee to Hear SB501: Mandatory Abortion Promotion
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:04 PM :: 4461 Views :: First Amendment, Life

The watered down version of SB501 (Relating to Health) has been scheduled for a hearing in the conference committee tomorrow (04-21-17) at 1:00PM in conference room 016....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Punish Judiciary? House Censors Legislator
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:07 AM :: 6084 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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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Free Speech Crackdown on Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Passes House
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 AM :: 4755 Views :: First Amendment, Life

With only 10 of Hawaii's 51 state representatives voting against SB 510....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:39 AM :: 5901 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life
Upcoming Legislative Dates....
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