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Neal Milner

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.

Neal Milner: To Thrive In Hawaii, Haoles Must Balance Cultures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

They should become informed outsiders by learning about the culture of the islands while holding onto their own heritage.
Neal Milner: Who Is The Better Master Of Disaster? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Who Is The Better Master Of Disaster?

The Honolulu mayor's race is no longer a referendum on rail because both candidates are saying the same thing: we don't really know what to do about it.
Neal Milner: Let’s Stop Worrying About Hawaii’s Low Voter Turnout PF Bentley/Civil Beat

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

The fundamental problem is that the theory of raising voter turnout is wishful thinking and contrary to what we know about the realities of voting and elections.