Hawaii State News, 08 Nov 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 08 November 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.

Lone Republican in the Senate
For the first time in two years, a Republican will have a seat in Hawaii’s state Senate. Kurt Fevella squeaked out a win in Ewa Beach. Fevella says he fought hard for a seat in the Senate and is excited to get to work. He plans to focus on schools and aging infrastructure. He also told HNN he’s willing to reach across the aisle if it’s what’s best for the community. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

Case ready for return to Congress
Ed Case will be sworn into the House of Representatives on Jan. 20, 2019. “I’m going to be focused on campaign finance reform, because I think we need to clean it up, and health care, because I think it’s a huge issue with us as a country,” he said. Case says he sees the new Democratic majority in the House as an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together. KHON2.

Toppled after 28 years at OHA, Akana says she was a target
Longtime OHA Trustee Rowena Akana lost in the general election, the victim, she says, of negative publicity from “trumped up charges” brought against her by the state Ethics Commission and aired in public just two weeks before the election. Star-Advertiser.

Voter turnout increased from previous two midterm elections, still low overall
The 398,398 residents represented 53 percent of all registered voters – showing up in greater numbers than the 2010 and 2014 midterms. The country overall saw 48.1 percent of eligible voters turn in ballots, according to the United States Election Project. The organization ranked Hawaii last, with only 39.4 percent of eligible voters bothering to cast a ballot. Star-Advertiser.

Doctors among local professionals not ready for Medical Aid in Dying law
“Anticipate that on Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m. someone is going to call their physician about this. So we need to make sure – for the sake of good government and human decency – that patients know what to do,” says Lorrin Kim, the Health Department chief of planning, policy and program development. Hawaii’s Medical Aid in Dying law takes effect Jan. 1. Hawaii Business.

Hotel strike enters its second month
The strike began Oct. 8. Local 5, which represents 2,700 striking hotel workers in Hawaii, and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts were at the bargaining table on Saturday but emerged without a new contract. Representatives from the local unit also are bargaining with Marriott, which manages the Kyo-ya hotels. Bargaining will resume today and Friday. Star-Advertiser.

HEI third quarter earnings up 9.7%
Hawaiian Electric Industries utilities benefited from higher rates and its bank posted a strong performance. The state’s dominant utility provider and the owner of American Savings Bank reported Wednesday that net income increased to $65.9 million, or 60 cents a share, from $60.1 million, or 55 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Revenue rose 14.1 percent to $768.1 million from $673.2 million. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts