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Kirstin Downey

Hirono Finds Her Mojo In The Era of Trump Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono Finds Her Mojo In The Era of Trump

Her outspoken opposition to Trump has put the Hawaii Democrat in the national limelight.

Military Buildup Is A Boost For Pearl Harbor Shipyard Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Military Buildup Is A Boost For Pearl Harbor Shipyard

Amid rising tensions in Asia, hundreds of workers are being hired and aging dry dock facilities are being replaced.

Hanabusa Rethinking Pro-Israel Bill After Taking Heat At Town Halls Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Rethinking Pro-Israel Bill After Taking Heat At Town Halls

Vocal opponents of the Israel Anti-Boycott Bill say it threatens free speech and is being pushed by an influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

Hot Talk Between Trump, North Korea Could Put Hawaii On The Front Line Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hot Talk Between Trump, North Korea Could Put Hawaii On The Front Line

How might growing tensions affect Hawaii? In addition to risks of missile attacks, local military bases would likely serve as staging areas in a conflict.

What Does Hirono Have Against Trump’s New Japan Ambassador? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

What Does Hirono Have Against Trump’s New Japan Ambassador?

The Hawaii senator’s opposition to the nominee for a position crucial to the islands stems from his prior work for the administration.

NY Congressman Wants To Take Away Hawaii’s Gun-Control Rights Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NY Congressman Wants To Take Away Hawaii’s Gun-Control Rights

Rep. Chris Collins’ bill would ban state or local governments from regulating rifles or shotguns more strictly than federal laws do.

Fighting Back: This Former Navy Officer Isn’t Rolling Over In The Fat Leonard Bribery Case U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific

Fighting Back: This Former Navy Officer Isn’t Rolling Over In The Fat Leonard Bribery Case

The widening criminal investigation into Malaysian defense contractor Leonard “Fat Leonard” Francis has already ensnared dozens of top naval officers, many from the Hawaii-based Pacific Command.

Military’s Handling Of Mental Health Issues May Be On Trial In Terrorism Case AP

Military’s Handling Of Mental Health Issues May Be On Trial In Terrorism Case

An attorney wants a full mental health examination for Ikaika Kang, a Hawaii soldier charged with trying to support the Islamic State.

Officials in Hawaii Breathe Easier After GOP Health Plan Collapses Kirstin Downey/Civil Beat

Officials in Hawaii Breathe Easier After GOP Health Plan Collapses

Local clinics feared that proposed rollbacks of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion would have left thousands of patients without coverage.

Schatz Announces Big Increase In Military Spending For Hawaii U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Schatz Announces Big Increase In Military Spending For Hawaii

If a subcommittee’s Thursday vote holds up, the islands would see $266 million in spending in fiscal year 2018, up from $197 million.

As Global Tensions Rise, Senators Grill Nominee For Navy Secretary U.S. Senate Photographic Studio

As Global Tensions Rise, Senators Grill Nominee For Navy Secretary

Armed Services Committee members ask Richard V. Spencer what he intends to do to rebuild U.S. military strength.

Support For Trump Holds Steady Among Hawaii Republicans Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Support For Trump Holds Steady Among Hawaii Republicans

The president’s unpopularity in one of the country’s bluest states makes many local Republicans more loyal to him.