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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: It’ll Take Hard Political Work To Stop Trump Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Neal Milner: It’ll Take Hard Political Work To Stop Trump

If you’re waiting for the legal system or the impeachment process to bring down the president, you’ll be waiting a long time.

Neal Milner: I Wish I Could Be As Hopeful About The Future As Al Franken Veni/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: I Wish I Could Be As Hopeful About The Future As Al Franken

Maybe it’s because of his background as a comedian, but the Minnesota senator is surprisingly cheery during these dark political times.

Neal Milner: The Presidential Election Was More Normal Than You Think YouTube

Neal Milner: The Presidential Election Was More Normal Than You Think

Despite Trump’s unorthodox campaign, most people stuck with their party affiliation. Clinton just didn’t apperal to those in the middle.

Neal Milner: The Honolulu Rail Project Is On A Roll — In Virtual Reality Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Honolulu Rail Project Is On A Roll — In Virtual Reality

Put on your simulation goggles and imagine the bright and happy vision of the train heading east out of Kapolei.

Neal Milner: Comedy Loses Its Creative Edge In The Age Of Trump Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Comedy Loses Its Creative Edge In The Age Of Trump

One of the ways to resist Donald Trump is not to obsess on him. Unfortunately, late night comics are doing just that.

Neal Milner: When ‘Public’ Means ‘Inferior,’ Democracy Is In Trouble Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: When ‘Public’ Means ‘Inferior,’ Democracy Is In Trouble

It’s a downward spiral as citizens become more and more cynical about the government’s ability to provide services.

Neal Milner: We Long Ago Stopped Trusting Anything About Honolulu Rail Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: We Long Ago Stopped Trusting Anything About Honolulu Rail

And that’s bad because the rail process has reinforced distrust that will affect our willingness to participate in civic life.

Neal Milner: How Hawaii Lawmakers Magically Make Bills Disappear Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: How Hawaii Lawmakers Magically Make Bills Disappear

When it comes down to crunch time, the Legislature works in more darkness than a coal miner with a busted headlamp.

Neal Milner: Why The Trump Resistance Can’t Just Copy The Tea Party Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: Why The Trump Resistance Can’t Just Copy The Tea Party

The tea party movement had the luxury of unity. But there are fundamental and disruptive divisions within the Democratic Party.

Neal Milner: Don’t Kill The Messenger, Even If It’s Sean Spicer DonkeyHotey/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Don’t Kill The Messenger, Even If It’s Sean Spicer

President Trump’s press secretary has it tougher than most, but spokespeople are only as good as their bosses want them to be.

Neal Milner: The Language of Donald Trump Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Language of Donald Trump

Trump’s approach is obviously toxic. But that can also be true of Hawaii where complacency is the political language.

 

Neal Milner: Politics Works When We Embrace Right Kind Of Ignorance Gage Skidmore/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Politics Works When We Embrace Right Kind Of Ignorance

Like cholesterol, there are good and bad forms of ignorance. Know-it-all politicians have the bad kind, but we still vote for them all the time.