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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: 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.

Neal Milner: Don’t Let Trump Years Become One Endless Complaint Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Don’t Let Trump Years Become One Endless Complaint

Progressive states like Hawaii must fight when necessary, but also figure out how and when to resist in less confrontational ways.

Neal Milner: No More Mr. Nice Guy — Unless You Think It Through Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: No More Mr. Nice Guy — Unless You Think It Through

Is empathy just an enabler of bad behavior? Especially when it comes to politics?

Neal Milner: If TMT Foes Are Filibustering, Good For Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: If TMT Foes Are Filibustering, Good For Them

They’re employing a tactic typically used by the rich and powerful as the justice system becomes increasingly inaccessible to average people.

Neal Milner: Trump Got The Last Laugh On Political Comedians Flickr.com/DonkeyHotey

Neal Milner: Trump Got The Last Laugh On Political Comedians

It turns out that all those dismissive jokes about a hopelessly inept candidate were being told in an echo chamber.

Neal Milner: What The Chicago Cubs Can Teach Us About Civility Brandon Schatsiek/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: What The Chicago Cubs Can Teach Us About Civility

The election showed our dark side while the World Series was a glimmer of light about how things ought to be.

Neal Milner: Silence Of The Elephants Deadens Hawaii Politics Anthony Quintano

Neal Milner: Silence Of The Elephants Deadens Hawaii Politics

Hawaii is likely the only place where Republicans should be criticized for not talking about Trump — or any issues of significance.

Neal Milner: Honolulu — Beauty And The Beastly Noise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Honolulu — Beauty And The Beastly Noise

With the proper perspective, it’s possible to tolerate, even enjoy, the city’s mix of urban grit and spectacular scenery.