It’s Friday and there are no furloughs, but politics is in the air. A rundown of what you need to know:

  • It’s just one month from the filing deadline for state elections and there is already a hefty slate of candidates pulling papers for top offices. It includes six candidates running for U.S. senator, six running for the 1st Congressional District, six running for the 2nd Congressional District, 15 running for governor, and 11 running for lieutenant governor.
  • One candidate, perennial also-ran Paul Manner, is running for both governor and the 1st Congressional District. The nonpartisan Honolulu resident has been turning up on state election filings for at least a decade now. In 2000 Manner ran as a Libertarian against Sen. Daniel Akaka but didn’t make it past the primary.
  • There’s no official race for Honolulu mayor until Hannemann steps down July 20, but the race is definitely on. The Kapolei Chamber of Commerce and the West Oahu Economic Development Association have the five top candidates debating July 9 at the FilCom Center in Waipahu: Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle, Donovan Dela Cruz, Rod Tam and Panos Prevedouros.
  • Another gay pride parade will be held Saturday in Waikiki. There aren’t usually two pride parades in Honolulu, let alone in the same month; organizers said a scheduling glitz was to blame. Regardless, it will be interesting to see if the second parade will attract political and business support as did the June 5 parade, given that Gov. Linda Lingle must announce her intentions on Hawaii civil unions by this Monday.

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