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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Civil Beat Publisher Monopolizes Federal Trade Commission
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 325 Views :: First Amendment, Pierre Omidyar

... Omidyar's massive partisan activities have flown under the radar because he prefers to influence politics through ostensible charity groups rather than direct campaign contributions ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum: What's up with legislation on the Governor's Desk?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:20 PM :: 816 Views :: Family, First Amendment

... If the Governor intends to veto a bill, the Governor must inform the Legislature by June 25, 2024 ....

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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Secret Administrative Directives, Part 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1037 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Taxes

... DoTax claims Administrative Directives are for “Internal Use” and are not to be disclosed to the public ....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Case Dismissed: Hawaii Libraries Can Still Distribute Porn to Minors
By Court House News @ 5:31 AM :: 1469 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... A federal court in Hawaii dismissed a woman’s lawsuit against the state for allegedly providing porn to minors through the public library system ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Federal judge tosses challenge over recall of 'FCKBLM' vanity license plate
By Court House News @ 2:41 AM :: 1471 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... Edward Odquina wanted a license plate reading "FCKBLM." The city of Honolulu said no. A number of judges have now agreed ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Miske Hitman Criminal Record Secretly Expunged
By Andrew Walden @ 12:32 AM :: 3694 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary

... You won’t find any record of expungement proceedings on ECourtKokua—they’re secret ....

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Saturday, April 20, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:35 PM :: 1013 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Drugs

... Hawaii's Legislature Seeks to Change Constitution to Lock In Same-Sex Marriage ....

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Sunday, April 14, 2024
Aloha ThinkTech
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1081 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes

... ThinkTech has fallen victim to a phenomenon that has plagued many nonprofits including the Tax Foundation of Hawaii:  a drop in donor funding ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:09 PM :: 1078 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion, Drugs

... protecting parental rights, safeguarding religious freedoms, implementing effective suicide prevention measures, and preparing for the upcoming elections ....

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Friday, April 5, 2024
Rabbi likely to win bias suit against Hawaii County
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 AM :: 2407 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Land Use

"It’s like Kabuki theater."

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
Ministry of Truth: Hawaii Lawmakers Call for Set Standards for Ethical News Sources
By Selected News Articles @ 9:34 PM :: 1463 Views :: First Amendment

... Hawaii's move to mandate a journalist group to vet news sources for "ethics and objectivity" ignites debate on misinformation and freedom of the press ....

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Friday, March 29, 2024
OIP Director Leaving Office
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1544 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... Park will be retiring from OIP at the end of March 2024.  Supervising Staff Attorney Carlotta Amerino will become OIP’s Acting Director in April. ....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
‘I hope you die a slow and painful death’--Student 'triggered' by Israeli flags at UH Manoa
By Selected News Articles @ 9:32 PM :: 1831 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

"... Pro-Israel supporters at UHM planted Israeli flags in a common space to express their support for Israeli Jews following the Oct. 7 massacre ...."

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Hawaii Democratic-controlled Senate Committee Passes COS Resolution
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 1554 Views :: First Amendment, Second Amendment

... The Hawaii Senate committee’s approval of S.R. 168 and S.C.R. 196 is another example of how the Left supports an Article V convention and would use one to push radical, anti-American revisions to the U.S. Constitution ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
Victory! Honolulu Agrees to Suspend Enforcement of Unconstitutional Ordinance, Saving Local Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 3006 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

... City suspends enforcement of a city ordinance that’s driving several restaurants in Waikiki out of business ....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Star-Advertiser Sold to Carpenter Media -- after paying $150K ransom
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 2119 Views :: First Amendment

... The Hawaii properties of Black Press were hit by a January ransomware attack that froze crucial computer systems ....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Big Island Press Club celebrates retired judge, dishonors Hawai‘i emergency administrator
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 1886 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, First Amendment

... law allowing the governor and county mayors to suspend electronic media transmission during a state of emergency ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Hawaii Republican leaders secretly met with Miske Hitman Lindsey Kinney
By Andrew Walden @ 11:59 PM :: 5149 Views :: First Amendment, Republican Party

... How Miske Hitman ‘Kleaned House’ in Three Political Parties ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Senate Approves Publicly Funded Election Bill
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1317 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 :: 1430 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 :: 1900 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 :: 1712 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 :: 1371 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 :: 1359 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 :: 1658 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 :: 1318 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 :: 1822 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 :: 1733 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 :: 1959 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 :: 2216 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 :: 1706 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 :: 1527 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 :: 1890 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 :: 5269 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 :: 5322 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 :: 1811 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 :: 1785 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 :: 1999 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 :: 2297 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 :: 1915 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 :: 2169 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 :: 2837 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 :: 1938 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 :: 2387 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 :: 2011 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 :: 1666 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 :: 3472 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 :: 2097 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 :: 1938 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 :: 2521 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

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

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