Hawaii State News, 29 Oct 2018

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Comment:  Here are today’s top Hawaii State news stories compiled by “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii. Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Trump has Tupola walking a fine line in campaign against Ige
Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola’s campaign for governor is playing out amid the noise and bitterness of the national midterm elections, which are all about the persona and policies of Donald Trump. “It’s a difficult line for her to walk because on one hand her party clearly wants her to pledge allegiance to the president, and on the other hand there are going to be a lot of times when that isn’t going to do anything for her politically,” says John Hart, chairman of the Department of Communications at Hawaii Pacific University. Star-Advertiser.

GOP aims to “reverse the trend of losing seats” at state legislature
The Hawaii Republican Party needs a win in November. Even picking up just one or two legislative seats might help slow the Democratic wave that has engulfed nearly every elected office in the islands. The vast majority of House and Senate races were decided in the August primary or because many incumbents had no opposition. But there are a few key contests to watch on Nov. 6. Civil Beat.

HECO hatching plans for major solar projects on 3 islands
Hawaiian Electric Company calls it the largest infusion of renewable energy in HECO history. It’s negotiating with developers to build seven separate solar farms that will include battery storage systems on Oahu, Maui and Big Island. Combined they’ll produce up to 260 megawatts of solar energy a day. Hawaii News Now.

Air bag requirement removed from safety check inspection
A change in your cars safety check requirement has many people happy and others confused, airbags are no longer needed to pass. “It was just creating an economic burden and hardship to consumers and putting a lot of cars in the junk yard that didn’t need to go in the junkyard, because they couldn’t pass the airbag test that might have cost $2,500 to fix,” said Frank Young, president of K&Y Auto Service. KHON2.

Senator Shimabukuro wants to get rid of vehicle safety checks
State Senator Maile Shimabukuro started a petition on moveon.org with a question: “Eliminate or modify state vehicle inspections?” Almost 6,000 people signed the petition. “It turns out that studies have been done in many of the states that eliminated safety checks, actually it didn’t make the roads any worse. Accident rates are about the same so it caused a lot of people to question if it’s really necessary,” Shimabukuro said.  KITV.

Bitcoin could worsen global warming, UH study finds
According to a new study by researchers from University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Geography Department, not only could controversial cryptocurrency bitcoin make a noticeable impact; if adopted on a wide scale, its effects on global climate could be catastrophic. The verification process requires large amounts of electricity, according to the release. Star-Advertiser.

The effort to curb school bullying in Hawaii isn’t working
The Department of Education has historically opposed legislation, saying its own policies will be sufficient. But the DOE policies, despite recent momentum to beef them up following a federal review that found the agency wasn’t complying with civil rights protections, are still lackluster, some lawmakers say. Civil Beat. 

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Russ Roberts