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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Senate Approves Publicly Funded Election Bill
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 581 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections

... SB2381 SD2 would establish a comprehensive system of public financing for candidates seeking election to state and county public offices, beginning with the 2028 general election ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
FCKBLM? Censorship Leads to 23% Decrease in Personalized License Plate Requests
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 705 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... The city’s Motor Vehicle Registration Branch will reject applications that violate the existing rules, including letter and number combinations that are profane, encourage violence, or make sexual references ....

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Thursday, February 15, 2024
Rabbi Sues Hawaii County Over Mounting Fines for Hosting Small Religious Gatherings in His Home
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1293 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment

... Lawsuit seeks relief from growing fines of $40,000+ and end to harassment leveled against Rabbi Levi Gerlitzky by county officials for using home for religious gatherings ....

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Friday, February 9, 2024
SB2392: Hawaii committee advances bill that could keep Trump off the ballot
By Selected News Articles @ 1:28 PM :: 1373 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...Rhoads said the bill does not apply just to Trump but could also apply to others. The Hawaii Office of Elections does not have a process in place if someone tries to challenge a candidate on a ballot, he said....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Star-Advertiser Profitable ... except
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 1169 Views :: First Amendment

... although the Hawaii operations were profitable, the potential purchase price was lower than Black Press had hoped ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Hawaii Information Practices: Annual Report for 2023
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 1082 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... 2,253 UIPA record requests received by the State agencies in FY 2023 and 2,839 by the Counties ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:33 AM :: 1149 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Religion

... HB1780 Eliminating Good Friday? ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
HIDOE seeks feedback on revising student journalism policy
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 1042 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... More than a year and a half after then-Gov. David Ige signed a new law providing more First Amendment protections for student journalists ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Murder of Ariel Sellers: Motion to Unseal Kalua Family Court Records
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1425 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Judiciary

... Isabella is now declared dead, and the Kaluas are charged with her murder.  Under these extreme facts, the secrecy generally afforded to these types of cases should yield to openness ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Take Steps Against a Central Bank Digital Currency
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 1408 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

“A person who chooses not to participate in a digital currency system shall not be subject to additional surveillance, monitoring, or scrutiny by any government entity."

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Christian Club Sues Hawaii Department Of Education After Allegedly Being Barred From School Grounds
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 1433 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

... For nearly two years DoE has blocked elementary school Good News Clubs in facilities that are open to other, similarly situated non-religious organizations ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Sen Karl Rhoads Closing Barn Door after the Trump Escapes?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:16 PM :: 1719 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections, Republican Party

... SB2393 cannot keep Trump off the ballot: But it could have all kinds of unintended consequences in future elections ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2024
Did you Buy a Gun and a Bible? Feds Sift Thru Bank Transactions Looking for 'Domestic Terrorists'
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 1408 Views :: First Amendment, Second Amendment

... All-American consumerism by a completely peaceful and law-abiding citizen somehow threatens the people running my own country into the ground ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Star-Advertiser Owner Bankrupt--Paper to be transferred to creditors
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 1285 Views :: First Amendment

... the Transaction will address the Company’s obligations to its secured creditors and will include an injection of capital that will enable Black Press to continue serving readers ....

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Friday, January 12, 2024
Company Owned by Civil Beat Publisher Criminally Liable for Terror Campaign Against Media Critics
By News Release @ 4:34 AM :: 1548 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Pierre Omidyar

“Today’s settlement holds e-Bay criminally and financially responsible for emotionally, psychologically, and physically terrorizing the publishers of an online newsletter...." 

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023
FBI Illegal Disruption of Hawaii Republicans? 
By Andrew Walden @ 8:56 PM :: 3918 Views :: First Amendment, Republican Party

... the last three years have produced zero arrests since Hawaii Proud Boys leader Nick Ochs was nabbed at Honolulu Airport--but they have produced immense disruption within the Hawaii Republican Party ....

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
After FBI Raid, CNHA Demands Hawai'i Free Press 'Cease Operations'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 4540 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

... Song’s complaint was filed just weeks after the FBI raid on the offices of key CNHA financial backer Dawson Companies ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Hawaii AG Joins Nationwide Suit Against Facebook
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 1632 Views :: Family, First Amendment

... alleging that the company knowingly designed and deployed harmful features on Instagram and its other social media platforms that purposefully addict children and teens ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Hawaii Health Department 'Commitment to Transgender Rights'
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 1575 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care

... the statement denounces discrimination, including transphobia and transphobic action, which is recognized as a threat to public health ....

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Does Hawaii Make the Case for Religious Charter Schools?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:56 PM :: 1768 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

... Immersion charter schools in the Aloha State infuse native language, culture, and tradition ....

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Fired After Refusing Vax: Lawsuit Alleges Religious Discrimination by Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 1994 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, COVID-19

... In October 2021, HSO imposed a COVID vaccine mandate on all its musicians, which even allowed for religious accommodations ....

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
The secret to reaching the next generation
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:52 PM :: 1760 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... He asked his mother if she would help him reach out to the media ....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Chinese Disinformation Circulates at State Capitol
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:24 AM :: 1977 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... China's most recent act of using artificial intelligence to circulate false images and videos worldwide, which purported the Maui wildfire was caused by the U.S. government thru the use of a meteorological weapon ....

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Friday, September 15, 2023
VIDEO: James O'Keefe goes undercover in Lahaina
By Video @ 2:58 AM :: 2593 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment

... suing Governor Josh Green for this blatant infringement on our 1st Amendment rights ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
VIDEO: Stirring the Digestible Pot on ‘Augie T’s Guest List’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 1763 Views :: First Amendment

... conciseness and creativity ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
FEMA Holds Employee Trainings on ‘White Supremacy’ As More Than 1,000 in Hawaii Remain Missing
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 2216 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment

... FEMA's "resilience" division was advised of a requirement to complete one of three three-hour diversity training modules between Aug. 1 and Sept. 28 ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
​Grassroot Institute of Hawaii wins two journalism awards
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:19 PM :: 1893 Views :: First Amendment

... Dave Swann and Keli‘i Akina were among winners at this year’s annual journalism awards ceremony presented by the Hawaii chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Ninth Circuit upholds ban on 'FCKBLM' license plate
By Court House News @ 1:00 AM :: 1522 Views :: First Amendment

... The banning of profanity on license plates is constitutional, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, following a Honolulu man's challenge to the city's recall of a vanity plate reading "FCKBLM" ....

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Friday, June 9, 2023
Civil Beat Publisher Bankrolled Social Media Censorship Effort
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 AM :: 3077 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, First Amendment, Pierre Omidyar

... Newly disclosed document confirms billionaire Pierre Omidyar financed the public-private partnership to censor election-related Twitter and Facebook posts ....

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Friday, June 9, 2023
"FCKBLM" -- Ninth Circuit hears challenge to recall of evocative license plate
By Selected News Articles @ 4:44 AM :: 1826 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... The city and county of Honolulu tried to walk back a mistakenly-approved vanity plate reading "FCKBLM," but the license plate holder says that violates his free speech rights ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
City sets public hearing on new rules for personalized license plates
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1765 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... new rules designed to rein in the offensive language motorists want to affix to their Hawaiʻi license plates ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Are you ready to hear the real facts about OIP?
By News Release @ 6:26 AM :: 2374 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... people often make inaccurate assumptions about what OIP is and what it does ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
VIDEO -- See For Yourself: Rep Pierick at Ewa Int School
By Video @ 3:04 AM :: 3283 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Republican Party

... Here is what happens if you even slightly question the gay agenda for children ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Oʻo Award for Digging out ‘Affordable’ Housing Scam
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 2175 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, First Amendment

... Tummons, in a series of articles, exposed questionable dealings in Hawaii Countyʻs Office of Housing and Community Development that ultimately led to an FBI investigation and guilty plea by former community development specialist Alan Scott Rudo to accepting almost $2 million in bribes from two Hilo attorneys and a businessman ....

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Friday, March 10, 2023
Blangiardi signs Bill 25: Relating to Anti-Bias and Inclusion Policy
By News Release @ 6:33 AM :: 1719 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... establishing a policy of anti-bias and inclusion for all City officers and employees, including those with different perspectives, views, or opinions ....

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Friday, March 3, 2023
UHERO: Public Campaign Financing for Hawaii?
By UHERO @ 11:00 AM :: 1608 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... Hawai‘i has had a system of partial public financing in place for more than forty years, but few candidates participate ....

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Thursday, March 2, 2023
SB1179 Outlaw Campaign Contributions by Nearly All Publicly Traded Corporations
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 1741 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

"...The third point is already well-established law...."

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Gov Green and First Lady Host Traditional Christmas Open House at Washington Place
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 1850 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Religion

... Governor Josh Green, M.D., First Lady Jaime Green and the Washington Place Foundation will carry on a 164-year tradition by hosting a Christmas Open House at Washington Place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022 ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
2022 Honolulu City Lights opening night set for Saturday, Dec. 3
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1792 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

... The month-long celebration of the Honolulu City Lights kicks off with a block party at 4 p.m. on Punchbowl Street ....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Maui County Christmas Tree Lighting Slated for Monday
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 1485 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Religion

... Bring your ohana to enjoy the holiday light display, Christmas music, and treats for the Keiki .... 

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Thursday, November 3, 2022
EBay Employees Get Prison for 'Aggressive Cyberstalking'
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 763 Views :: First Amendment, Pierre Omidyar

... deliveries to the victims’ home, including a preserved fetal pig, a bloody pig Halloween mask, a funeral wreath, a book on surviving the loss of a spouse, and pornography addressed to the victims but delivered to their neighbor’s homes ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason
By Cato Foundation @ 3:59 AM :: 2048 Views :: First Amendment, Jones Act

... In March 2020, a maritime shipping advisory panel offered a simple suggestion to the government: Charge all past and current members of two libertarian think tanks with treason ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum 2022 General Election Voter Guide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:22 PM :: 2570 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life, Religion

... Voting centers will open on October 25 for all of you who want to vote in person ....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Exemptions to open-records law should favor disclosure, not secrecy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:45 PM :: 1695 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... draft legislation would incorporate a “deliberative process privilege” into the state Uniform Information Practices Act ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
9th Circuit: Religious Services Allowed on Hawaii Ag Land
By Selected News Articles @ 9:57 PM :: 2604 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Land Use, Religion

... a Maui county commission denied the Spirit of Aloha Temple’s application for a permit to hold religious services on its ag-zoned property in Hana ....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Honolulu City Lights display application deadline is September 9th
By News Release @ 1:52 PM :: 1654 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

... Permits will be issued for five display sites through a lottery ....  

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Sunday, August 21, 2022
Union Members May Opt-out of Political Contributions
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1880 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, Labor

... If you do not wish to contribute to the “candidate endorsement” fund for fiscal year 2022-2023, then you must sign, date, and return an UHPA Allocation Objection Form by September 16, 2022....

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Friday, August 12, 2022
Two from Hawaii Appointed to Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 1669 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii History

... to identify geographic names and federal land unit names that are considered derogatory and solicit proposals on replacement names ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Confucius Institutes Rebrand to Circumvent U.S. Policy, Report Finds
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 3381 Views :: Ethics, World News, First Amendment, Higher Education

... The University of Hawaii Manoa invited at least two CI staff to remain on campus ....

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Monday, May 23, 2022
Ige Signs HB1848: “Hawaii Student Journalism Protection Act”
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 1789 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... Hawaii is the sixteenth state to adopt such protections, known nationally as “New Voices” laws. ...

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