Update on the Hawaii Senate Race

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 6:00 pm

A week or so ago I wrote a diary in response to Adam Nagourney’s puff piece in the NYT cautioning that Dems could lose a Senate seat in Hawaii, with the retirement of Democrat Daniel Akaka.

As frequently happens, those who commented on that diary brought insight and additional information — far beyond what I’d initially included. One commenter, “Paiagirl,” was especially good.


Hawaii Governor Lingle Vetoes State Civil Unions Bill

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 7:00 am

Observers would be justified in thinking that Hawaiians have already decided the issue. Eight years ago, before Lingle was elected to her first term, she promised to sign a civil unions bill. She hemmed and hawed until the very last minute with this legislation, however, and ultimately went back on that promise. Her comment that the bill constituted “same sex marriage with a different name” is pretty much the point. Polling has shown the public more comfortable with the phrase civil unions than marriage, which connotes certain traditional tropes about family.

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