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Neal Milner

Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years. He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation." His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants.
Neal Milner: ‘Ordinary Schmoes’ Can Save Us From Trump Obsession Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: ‘Ordinary Schmoes’ Can Save Us From Trump Obsession

It’s easy to get caught up in a 24-7 focus on the freak show in Washington, but that won’t make us better.

Neal Milner: Three Oahu Attractions That Might Brighten Your Holidays Neal Milner/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Three Oahu Attractions That Might Brighten Your Holidays

If you know where to look, you can sometimes find extraordinary ways to appreciate the ordinary things that life in Hawaii offers.

Neal Milner: Sorry, But This Is No Watershed Moment For Sexual Harassment Scott via Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Sorry, But This Is No Watershed Moment For Sexual Harassment

Some well-known men are getting their comeuppance, but it’ll take far more than that to help the victims in more commonplace cases.

Neal Milner: Inner-Party Squabbles Could Shake Up Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Inner-Party Squabbles Could Shake Up Governor’s Race

If power struggles within the Democratic and Republican parties nationally are transplanted to the islands, all bets are off.

Neal Milner: Here’s What It Really Takes To Survive In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Here’s What It Really Takes To Survive In Hawaii

Hate them if you must, but homelessness, vacation rentals and unlicensed care homes are natural responses to problems plaguing the islands.

Neal Milner: This ‘Power Couple’ Is Not So Cool Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: This ‘Power Couple’ Is Not So Cool

They’re the  center of attention, sure, but the ex-police chief and his deputy prosecutor wife probably aren’t enjoying their celebrity status.

Neal Milner: Pointers For When You’re Stuck Talking Politics Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Pointers For When You’re Stuck Talking Politics

These are conversations many of us try to avoid. But when the time comes, you might as well be persuasive.

Neal Milner: Politicians Need To Step Aside And Let The People Deal With Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Politicians Need To Step Aside And Let The People Deal With Rail

Talking about how everyday people are affected by the Honolulu rail project is the best way to move forward and make the best of it.

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Haven’t Figured Out Trump, But Steve Bannon Has Michael Vadon/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Haven’t Figured Out Trump, But Steve Bannon Has

Contrary to widespread belief, the president cannot be forced to change and he clearly never will.

Neal Milner: Two Movements That Are Transforming Conservative Thought Flickr: Michael Vadon

Neal Milner: Two Movements That Are Transforming Conservative Thought

American greatness aligned itself with Trump. The socially conservative Benedict Option pretty much rejects conventional politics.

Neal Milner: School Reform Faces Uncertainty — And That’s A Good Thing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: School Reform Faces Uncertainty — And That’s A Good Thing

Hawaii’s public education landscape is changing, and a new openness is far superior to the one-size-fits-all approach.

Neal Milner: Trump, Caldwell And Ige Took Different Paths To Unpopularity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Trump, Caldwell And Ige Took Different Paths To Unpopularity

The president, the mayor and the governor have divergent stories, but they’ve ended up in the same political place: the dumps.