Hawaii State News, evening edition, 09 Jan 2019

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Humpback whale count to continue 
An annual effort to monitor humpback whale migration numbers in Hawaii will proceed as scheduled despite the shutdown of the federal government, a spokesperson for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation said Tuesday. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Mike Gabbard opposes offshore drilling
A group of nine Democratic state lawmakers from different coastal states, including Hawaii, announced today that they are going to use their coming legislative sessions to try to block attempts at offshore drilling. The group said it wants to take advantage of new political dynamics that could favor environmental bills. Associated Press.

Jay Griffin appointed as new PUC Chair
Gov. David Ige has chosen Jay Griffin to chair the Public Utilities Commission. Griffin has served on the three-member commission since May 2017. He previously served as chief of policy and research at the PUC. Prior to that, he was assistant researcher and assistant specialist with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. Star-Advertiser.

Ige reappoints DOD leaders, reveals new appointees for 3 state departments
Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan was reappointed by Ige as adjutant general, Hawaii National Guard. Also reappointed was Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara as deputy adjutant general, Hawaii National Guard. Ige also announced new leader for Budget and Finance, Accounting and General Services, and Labor and Industrial Relations. Hawaii News Now.

Federal government shutdown effects widespread in islands 
The impasse in Washington has raised fears in Hawaii funding will end for federal benefits used by low income residents for much needed assistance. A number of federal offices in the islands are completely closed, including one with the Department of Agriculture. Reduced staffing at immigration courts means the only cases now taking place involve detainees already in custody. KITV.

Tensions rise between Hirono, Gabbard over ‘religious bigotry’ comments
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard appears to have called out Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono over her questioning of judicial nominee Brian Buescher, accusing her and others of religious bigotry. In a stunning op-ed published on Tuesday, Congresswoman Gabbard said while she opposes Buescher nomination, she stands strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry. Hawaii News Now.

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