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Neal Milner

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.
Neal Milner: We’re All A Bit Irrational In Our Political Choices Darron Birgenheier/Flickr.com

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

Before you dismiss Trump supporters as nitwits, understand they've pretty much followed the same process as the rest of us.
Neal Milner:  Hawaii Legislators Need To Stop Hiding in The Dark Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Too often, legislators seem frightened to let the public understand how they work.
Neal Milner: In Hawaii, It’s ‘Grandma And Grandpa, Get to Work!’ surlygirl/Flickr.com

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

As the island economy puts an emphasis on being more of a team than a traditional family, we're keeping those grandparents hopping.
Neal Milner: Why The Presidential Race Is Not That Relevant To Our Lives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

If our communities are going to improve, even thrive, it'll be through a form of small-scale politics that has nothing to do with national ideology.
Neal Milner: Tulsi Gabbard’s A Rebel, But Does That Make Her Suspicious? Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

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

Hawaii needs to accept that there's not necessarily anything unseemly about a politician who is an outspoken attention-grabber.