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A bill in Hawaii’s state legislature that could potentially keep former President Donald Trump off of the 2024 presidential ballot narrowly survived a procedural vote on Tuesday.

The Hawaii State Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 2392 by a single vote, moving the bill to the full floor, HawaiiNewsNow reported. The proposal would place the decision to potentially disqualify Trump under the chief elections officer.

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Advocates for the bill claimed Trump’s involvement in the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, amounted to an insurrection that should bar him from running for — or winning — the presidency.

The bill comes as several other states have initiated efforts to prevent Trump, the current Republican front-runner, from appearing on the ballot in November.

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Advocates for the bill claimed former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, amounted to an insurrection. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Despite the bill clearing the procedural hurdle, the bill’s critics have been more outspoken than its supporters.

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“This is tyrannical, to say the least,” said Jamie Detwiler, a resident who testified ahead of the vote, per the report. “He has not been convicted nor has he been charged with insurrection (cheers) there is no evidence of committing insurrection so please don’t waste our time on this poorly written piece of legislation.”

According to HawaiiNewsNow, the bill drew over 300 complaints or negative testimonies, with only about 20 favoring it.

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Senate Bill 2392 cleared the Hawaii State Senate committee by a 3-2 vote. (Rolf Schulten/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Sen. Karl Rhoads, a Democrat, introduced the legislation as Hawaii does not have a legal process to exempt candidates from the ballot or disqualify them from appearing.

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Senate Bill 2392, which cleared the committee by a 3-2 vote, would establish such a process.

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A description of the bill says it “specifies that election ballots issued by the chief election officer or county clerk shall exclude any candidate who is disqualified by a constitutional or statutory provision.”

It also “provides for a process for challenging an inclusion or exclusion of a candidate from a ballot. Includes a candidate’s disqualification as grounds for an election contest complaint. Specifies that electors of presidential and vice presidential candidates shall not be individuals who are disqualified by a constitutional or statutory provision. Prohibits electors from voting for any presidential or vice presidential nominee who has been disqualified pursuant to Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

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Senate Bill 2392 “specifies that election ballots issued by the chief election officer or county clerk shall exclude any candidate who is disqualified by a constitutional or statutory provision,” a description of the bill says. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The bill is supported by the state’s Democratic Party.

Rhoads is a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Agriculture and Environment and the Public Safety Committee and the Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee.

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Man arrested for making ‘violent threat’ to Arizona election official in 2022

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Man arrested for making ‘violent threat’ to Arizona election official in 2022


A man was arrested in San Diego Thursday for allegedly leaving a voicemail on the personal cell phone of an Arizona election official in 2022.

William Hyde left a violent threat on the voicemail of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office employee’s phone “on or about November 29, 2022,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Hyde, 52, is set to make his initial appearance Friday at a federal courthouse in San Diego.

According to the newly unsealed indictment, Hyde allegedly left two voicemails a day after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and the employee, met that November to certify the 2022 election results in the largest county in Arizona.

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In the voicemail, Hyde allegedly said “You wanna cheat our elections? You wanna screw Americans out of true votes? We’re coming, [expletive]. You’d better [expletive] hide.”

“Intimidation of election officials strikes at the very heart of our democracy,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Tara McGrath said in a statement. “Even just one case can have a ripple effect. This Office will aggressively prosecute any attempt to intimidate, threaten, or frighten election officials as they engage in these critical duties.”

Arizona – one of a few states that helped decide the 2020 presidential election – has been at the center of political controversy after election results have been contested in recent cycles and election workers have faced threats and intimidation.

State officials certified Arizona’s 2022 election results in early December 2022. The once low-profile act has now become a high-stakes and high-pressure certification process, as Maricopa County is a hot spot for allegations of voter disenfranchisement.

Hyde, a resident of California, has been charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat. If he is convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the DOJ said.

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The FBI San Diego Field Office investigated the case with help from the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office. The case is part of the DOJ’s Election Threats Task Force, launched in 2021, to address a rising number of threats of violence against election workers.

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Biden Meets With Navalny's Widow in California

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As the United States is set to announce sanctions against Moscow following Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s death, President Joe Biden met with his widow in San Francisco on Thursday. VOA Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.



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Kane, Larkin supply heroics as Wings defeat Colorado 2-1 in OT

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Kane, Larkin supply heroics as Wings defeat Colorado 2-1 in OT


Detroit – All things considered the Red Wings earned an impressive two points Thursday night.

Coming back from a West Coast trip and playing a Stanley Cup contending opponent, the Wings rallied for a 2-1 overtime victory on Patrick Kane’s 10th goal.

Dylan Larkin found a trailing Kane in the slot, and Kane beat goaltender Justus Annunen at 3 minutes 42 seconds to complete the comeback.

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Larkin’s power play goal, his 25th, tied the game 1-1 in the third period, while Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon scored his 34th goal in the second period, as the Wings ended a 10-game losing streak to the Avalanche dating to 2017.

Larkin took a pass from David Perron in the slot and batted a puck past Annunen at 12:02 of the third period, tying the game.

Coach Derek Lalonde and Wings players talked about how this would be a good litmus test for the Wings, playing a potential Stanley Cup finalist. The Wings fared well in the challenge.

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“Great challenge,” said Lalonde after the morning skate of facing the Avalanche. “I’ve alluded to it, we’ve put ourselves in a decent position here but it’s going to be about us,and going getting it (a playoff position). There are opportunities.”

Lalonde feels MacKinnon centering Jonathan Drouin and Mikko Rantanen could be one of the best lines in the NHL. They got the Avalanche on the scoreboard first.

Rantanen got possession of the puck in the corner and found MacKinnon driving down the slot. MacKinnon beat goaltender Alex Lyon high for his 34th goal, at 3:48 of the second period.

“It’s the most dynamic first line in hockey,” Lalonde said.

It wasn’t surprising MacKinnon got on the scoreboard considering the dominant season he’ having. The goal was his 93rd point, as MacKinnon is forging a potential Most Valuable Player-type of season.

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Lalonde calls MacKinnon an “elite difference maker”.

“His ability to make plays with pace,” said Lalonde of what stands out. “Guys can play fast, (Connor) McDavid is in that same category, but just the ability to make plays and then you put in Cale (Makar) and they are the same elite difference makers. There are difference makers in this league, but then there are elite difference makers.

“We don’t play them (the Avalanche) a ton but even last year, we played a pretty good game in Colorado and the underlying numbers say we were pretty good, but we lost 5-1. And it was MacKinnon and Makar and MacKinnon and Makar and some individual plays (up down the scoresheet).”

Then there was the fact the Wings returned late Monday night from a week-long swing through western Canada and Seattle. Rarely do teams look particularly sharp in that first game back from a long trip like that, getting their legs and energy level back up to speed.

“That’s been hockey forever,” Lalonde said. “Especially the way that West Coast trip played out, we went from Mountain Time to Pacific back to Mountain Time and back to Pacific. I felt tired this morning, and I can only imagine the guys. We’ve talked the last two days about the importance to see where our energy is and fight through it and manage the game properly early on.”

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Lalonde talked earlier in the week about the tough road the Wings still have to embark on to solidify a playoff spot.

Many projections still have the Wings missing the playoffs.

“There’s still projections out there that people send me that we’re a low 20 percent chance, and some teams chasing us are 67 percent chance of making it,” Lalonde said. “I get it with these projections and AI and all that, but that’s why you just shut things off. Live in the moment and if we are going to stay in this battle and be fortunate enough to be there in the end, it’s going to be what we do.”

Even with the Wings among the hottest teams in the NHL since January, they have barely created any breathing room for themselves.

“We had a 9-2-2 stretch before the (All-Star) break and we’re 3-2 after the break,” Lalonde said. “If you would have told us you got Vancouver twice, Edmonton, you’re at Calgary, at Seattle, any team in the league would take a 3-2 segment. And here we are, we can’t separate.

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“It’s going to be more about us going after it. I talked about 95, 97, 100 points. I still think it’s going to be around 97 points (to make the playoffs). We’ll be watching what’s going on around us, but we just have to take care of our business.”

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