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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: 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.

Neal Milner: You And I Are The Main Causes Of Inequality In America Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: You And I Are The Main Causes Of Inequality In America

It’s not the 1 percent so much as the top 20 percent, including many liberals calling for equality while consistently escaping it.

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.