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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.

November 2017

Thursday, November 16

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

Wednesday, November 8

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

October 2017

Thursday, October 26

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

September 2017

Thursday, September 14

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

August 2017

Thursday, August 31

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

Thursday, August 17

Neal Milner: Two Movements That Are Transforming Conservative Thought

Thursday, August 3

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

July 2017

Thursday, July 20

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

Thursday, July 6

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

June 2017

Thursday, June 22

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

Thursday, June 8

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

May 2017

Wednesday, May 24

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

Thursday, May 18

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

Thursday, May 11

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

April 2017

Thursday, April 27

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

March 2017

Thursday, March 30

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

Thursday, March 16

Neal Milner: How Hawaii Lawmakers Magically Make Bills Disappear

Thursday, March 9

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

February 2017

Thursday, February 23

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

Thursday, February 9

Neal Milner: The Language of Donald Trump

January 2017

Thursday, January 19

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

Thursday, January 5

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

December 2016

Thursday, December 22

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

Thursday, December 8

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

November 2016

Wednesday, November 23

Neal Milner: Trump Got The Last Laugh On Political Comedians

Thursday, November 10

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

October 2016

Thursday, October 27

Neal Milner: Silence Of The Elephants Deadens Hawaii Politics

Thursday, October 13

Neal Milner: Honolulu — Beauty And The Beastly Noise

September 2016

Thursday, September 29

Neal Milner: To Thrive In Hawaii, Haoles Must Balance Cultures

Thursday, September 15

Neal Milner: Who Is The Better Master Of Disaster?

Thursday, September 1

Neal Milner: Let’s Stop Worrying About Hawaii’s Low Voter Turnout

August 2016

Thursday, August 18

Neal Milner: Hawaii Bureaucrats And The Can’t-Do Spirit

Thursday, August 4

Neal Milner: Why We All Need To Shed Our Political Nostalgia

July 2016

Thursday, July 28

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Don’t Want To Understand Presidential Politics

June 2016

Thursday, June 30

Neal Milner: Honolulu Rail Is Laughable, But Not Funny

Thursday, June 23

Neal Milner: Why Donald Trump Could Become President

May 2016

Thursday, May 19

Neal Milner: We’re All A Bit Irrational In Our Political Choices

Thursday, May 5

Neal Milner: Hawaii Legislators Need To Stop Hiding in The Dark

April 2016

Thursday, April 21

Neal Milner: In Hawaii, It’s ‘Grandma And Grandpa, Get to Work!’

Thursday, April 7

Neal Milner: Why The Presidential Race Is Not That Relevant To Our Lives

March 2016

Thursday, March 24

Neal Milner: Tulsi Gabbard’s A Rebel, But Does That Make Her Suspicious?

Thursday, March 10

Neal Milner: Koch Brothers Will Make Sure Republican Party Survives

February 2016

Thursday, February 25

Neal Milner: Are America’s Angry Politics Catching On In Aloha State?

Thursday, February 18

Neal Milner: Media Dumbs Down Its Election Coverage

Thursday, February 4

Neal Milner: Ige’s Hardest Job Is Just Making State Government Work

January 2016

Thursday, January 21

Neal Milner: Medical Reefer Madness

December 2015

Thursday, December 24

Neal Milner: Ige’s Stand On UH Athletics Is Wrong In So Many Ways

Thursday, December 10

Neal Milner: If These Two Can Find Common Ground, Anyone Can

November 2015

Wednesday, November 25

Neal Milner: Is Bipartisanship In D.C. Even Possible Anymore?

Thursday, November 12

Neal Milner: Why UH Football Program Won’t Win, But Will Survive

October 2015

Thursday, October 22

Neal Milner: Changing Hawaii’s ‘No Talk Stink’ Culture? Good Luck

Thursday, October 8

Neal Milner: Rein in Political Passion, and We Might Get Something Done

September 2015

Monday, September 28

Neal Milner: The Focus is on Donald, But the Smart Money is on Jeb

Thursday, September 10

Neal Milner: Let’s Hope Homelessness Effort Isn’t Business as Usual

August 2015

Thursday, August 27

Neal Milner: Politics, Not Science, Drives the Climate Change Debate

Thursday, August 13

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii

July 2015

Thursday, July 30

Neal Milner: An Idyllic Niche In Kakaako

Thursday, July 16

Neal Milner: What Will Be the Legacy of Obama Campaigns?

June 2015

Thursday, June 11

Neal Milner: A Bum Knee Sparks Ruminations on Rejuvenation — and Sex

May 2015

Thursday, May 28

Neal Milner: What Hawaii Kai Tells Us About Honolulu

Thursday, May 14

Neal Milner: Ige Plays Small Ball, Abercrombie Went for Home Runs

April 2015

Thursday, April 30

Neal Milner: Looking for a Great Read? Try Auditor’s Annual Report

Thursday, April 16

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican?

Wednesday, April 1

Neal Milner: Ige’s Old Senate Faction Gets Checked

March 2015

Thursday, March 19

Neal Milner: Stories of Inequality And Isolation

Thursday, March 5

Neal Milner: Paradise and the Grandparent Tariff

February 2015

Thursday, February 12

Neal Milner: The Hawaii Legislature’s Persistent Rhythms

January 2015

Thursday, January 29

Neal Milner: How to Do Progressive Politics in a Hostile Environment

Thursday, January 15

Neal Milner: Accept Working Class Realities and Help the Kids

Friday, January 2

Neal Milner: We’re Dealing With a Growing Wave of Fragile Families

December 2014

Thursday, December 18

Neal Milner: Why a Retirement Tax Is Good for Old People

Thursday, December 4

Neal Milner: Hawaii Is Going Backwards on Education Reform

November 2014

Thursday, November 20

Neal Milner: Imagining Kakaako — How Our Hearts Lead Us Astray

Thursday, November 6

Neal Milner: After Election Comes the Real Work of Being an Activist

October 2014

Thursday, October 23

Neal Milner: What Attack Ads Tell Us About Hawaii Politics

Thursday, October 9

Neal Milner: How Bad Is Hawaii’s Office of Elections?

September 2014

Thursday, September 11

Neal Milner: Why Does Hawaii Government Fail So Often?

August 2014

Thursday, August 28

Neal Milner: Hawaii Political Polling — It’s Time to Move On

Thursday, August 14

Neal Milner: The Most Extraordinary Thing About Neil Abercrombie’s Loss

July 2014

Thursday, July 31

Neal Milner: Independents’ Day

Thursday, July 17

Neal Milner: 2014 Election Shake Ups? Don’t Be Too Sure

June 2014

Thursday, June 19

Neal Milner: The Primaries, the Average Voter and You

Thursday, June 5

Neal Milner: Taking Political Debates Less Seriously

May 2014

Monday, May 19

Neal Milner: The Politics of the Aloha Spirit

Monday, May 5

Neal Milner: Getting Serious About Voter Turnout in Hawaii

April 2014

Monday, April 21

Neal Milner: State-of-the-Art Political Campaign Intimacy

Wednesday, April 9

Neal Milner: Getting Better Political Coverage

March 2014

Friday, March 21

Neal Milner: Fixing the Sad State of Campaign Coverage in Hawaii

May 2013

Wednesday, May 22

Why UH Can’t Get Good Presidents

November 2012

Tuesday, November 13

Why PRP’s Mayoral Campaign Is the Wave of the Future

Thursday, November 8

What the 2012 Election Says About Hawaii Republicans’ Future

July 2012

Saturday, July 7

Lesson from Wisconsin: Hawaii Needs More Anger

Sunday, July 1

The Misguided and Harmful Myth of Bi-Partisanship

January 2012

Thursday, January 5

State of the State Speeches: You Gotta Be A Football Hero

September 2011

Friday, September 30

Do Hawaii Republicans Have a Future?

Wednesday, September 28

Wal-Mart Greeter: A Step Up For the Successful Professional

Tuesday, September 6

The Story of Mufi Hannemann and Tulsi Gabbard

September 2010

Sunday, September 12

The Value of Hawaii: University of Hawaii by Neal Milner