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4:30 p.m. Hawaii Has More Same-Sex Couples

The number of same-sex couple households in Hawaii more than doubled from 2000 to 2010, according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Census.

The number of couples grew from 1,468 to 3,239.

For same-sex spouses the count grew from 235 to 580; for unmarried same-sex partners the count grew from 1,233 to 2,659.

There were previous numbers released for 2010 census, but there were “inconsistencies” in the data and so the estimates were revised.

“After discovering the inconsistency, Census Bureau staff developed another set of estimates to provide a more accurate way to measure same-sex couple households,” according to a press release. “The revised figures were developed by using an index of names to re-estimate the number of same-sex married and unmarried partners by the sex commonly associated with the person’s first name.”

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12:10 p.m. HGEA Endorses Hirono, Hanabusa

The state’s largest and most influential labor union today announced early — and perhaps predictable — endorsements for key 2012 races.

Mazie Hirono gets the nod over Ed Case in the U.S. Senate race. No surprise, given Hirono’s history of success and Case’s struggles in obtaining labor support.

Colleen Hanabusa, meanwhile, has HGEA’s support for her re-election to CD1. No surprise there, either, for similar reasons noted above.

It is surprising, however, that HGEA made no recommendation in the CD2 race, which thus far features Democrats Mufi Hannemann, Tulsi Gabbard and at least two other candidates.

The union, after all, endorsed Hannemann for governor in the 2010 primary, though it ended up endorsing Neil Abercrombie in the general election after he trounced Hannemann.

11:11 a.m. Mazie Needs Cash, Ed Sweats Toxins

Mazie Hirono has sent out an email blast to supporters reminding them that midnight Friday is the last day her U.S. Senate campaign can accept donations for the latest filing period.

“That may sound like just a technicality, but it isn’t,” Hirono wrote. “This September 30 report is the next big chance for the press and political pundits — and our opponents — to gauge the strength of our campaign.”

She continued: “You can be sure they’re going to pore over whatever numbers we post and see if our early endorsements — including the Hawaii AFL-CIO — can translate into the kind of grassroots fundraising momentum we need to win.”

Meanwhile, Hirono’s opponent in the Democratic primary, Ed Case, tweeted out (@EdCaseHawaii, 1,308 followers) a little message of his own:

Birthday morning run; sweating out toxins of years past; main thing Audrey sez ok for another year http://ow.ly/6GEuS #Case4Senate…

10:20 a.m. Hearings on Telescope Nears End

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

Hilo Harbor cruise ship visitors surge

Emergency Maui copter’s inaugural test flight for personnel

Kahuku Village: Comments omitted from draft EIS

Kauai groups vow to ‘keep close tabs’ on co-op’s efforts to protect seabirds

Thirty Meter Telescope hearing nears end

Koloa investor found guilty of defrauding clients of $19M

F&H to build Kihei station, bids millions under budget

Labor Board Hearing Continues

The contract dispute between the state and the HSTA resumes this morning at the Hawaii Labor Relations Board at 830 Punchbowl Street Room 434.

On the docket today is the state’s attempt to quash motions to subpoena state budget director Kalbert Young and HGEA boss Randy Perreira.

DAGS Director Bruce Coppa is expected to testify today. Civil Beat will be live blogging the hearing.

Perreira Goes Postal

HGEA leader Randy Perreira will speak on behalf of U.S. Postal Service workers at a rally at the state Capitol beginning at 4 p.m.

As you may have heard, the Postal Service is suffering from serious financial problems and is weighing cutbacks to services nationally.

“Please come out and show your support for our fellow union brothers and sisters,” says an HGEA promo for the rally.

Tweet-up for Ed Case

The perennial political candidate turns 59 today.

In honor of the occasion, supporters have scheduled a tweet-up at Bambu Two Café (1144 Bethel Street) beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Hashtag: #Edcasebday

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EdCaseHawaii.

“Wish Ed a happy birthday, ask your burning questions, and just have a great time reclaiming ownership of our political future,” says organizer Bryan-Jaco Gallarde.


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