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September 25, 2020 In The News

Under the broad terms of a 1934 federal law, the president has the authority to seize emergency control of almost any electronic device in the country.

Civil libertarians on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress have joined forces to call for canceling a little-known executive power.

September 24, 2020 In The News
Two members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation have publicly expressed concerns that Gov. David Ige will allow federal coronavirus funds to lapse, and have taken him to task for an alleged lack of transparency regarding the state’s use of those funds.

September 22, 2020 In The News
A culture of complacency among staff at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo was a major contributor to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the facility. That’s according to a new report on the outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 25 veterans as of today and infected another 79 residents and staff.

September 21, 2020 In The News
Coronavirus transmission brought in from Liberty Dialysis and internal spread in the employee break room of a Hilo veterans home appear to be among the origins of the largest COVID-19 nursing facility outbreaks in Hawaii.

September 17, 2020 In The News
A bipartisan bill that aims to improve the security of mail-in ballot voting was re-introduced to the house floor on Thursday, Sept. 17. Bill H.R. 8285, better known as the Election Fraud Prevention Act, would prohibit election funding to states which permit ballot harvesting.

September 16, 2020 In The News

Putting a worker on paid leave soon after she blew the whistle can be enough to establish a case under Hawaii’s law. But legal elements can be hard to prove.

September 16, 2020 In The News
Seven members of Congress and a slew of marijuana reform groups have submitted legal documents urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) refusal to change the federal classification of cannabis.

September 10, 2020 In The News
Hawaii Department of Health whistleblower Jennifer Smith, the epidemiologist who was suspended with pay on Friday after speaking out about the understaffing of COVID-19 contact tracers, says the DOH fostered a “toxic” culture of fear that impeded the work of investigators trying to stop the spread of disease in the community.

September 10, 2020 In The News

Former Air Force airman describes depressing atmosphere, what he says is the need for more staff, and the feeling of watching "war brothers" getting sick and dying all around him.

A state veteran's home on Hawaii Island has become a hotspot for COVID-19 cases, and on Thursday, we're hearing an exclusive story from one of its residents.

September 9, 2020 In The News

Whistleblower at the Department of Health and case investigator Jennifer Smith says that she was placed on leave.

NOTE: Video of segment included at, includes statement from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

She was the first to sound the alarm on the the state's understaffed COVID-19 contact tracing program.


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