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Neal Milner

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.
Neal Milner: Hawaii Bureaucrats And The Can’t-Do Spirit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Some pretty creative excuse-making can't hide the fact that when the basics don't get taken care of, people suffer.
Neal Milner: Why We All Need To Shed Our Political Nostalgia Michael Evans/Ronald Reagan Library

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

Author Yuval Levin is right: A lot of conservatives and liberals are having a hard time framing today's issues in modern terms.
Neal Milner: Most Of Us Don’t Want To Understand Presidential Politics

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

But if you want to be the rare voter who moves beyond emotions and blind party loyalty, here are tips on how to do it.
Neal Milner: Honolulu Rail Is Laughable, But Not Funny Ryan Ozawa

Neal Milner: Honolulu Rail Is Laughable, But Not Funny

When it comes to the vexing issue of what to do about the rapid-transit debacle, the stand-up routines of the mayoral candidates could all use some work.
Neal Milner: Why Donald Trump Could Become President Darron Birgenheier/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Why Donald Trump Could Become President

The Republican candidate may be getting terrible press, but there are reasons to believe his support might run deeper than most people realize.