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Neal Milner

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.
Neal Milner: Koch Brothers Will Make Sure Republican Party Survives

Neal Milner: Koch Brothers Will Make Sure Republican Party Survives

If Trump wins, they'll likely have plenty of influence despite his being an outsider. And if the GOP loses? No problem for these big-picture guys.
Neal Milner: Are America’s Angry Politics Catching On In Aloha State? Darren Birgenheier/Flickr.com

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

Thanks to media negligence and entrenched powers' love of the status quo, we really don't know how Hawaii voters feel about the election.
Neal Milner: Media Dumbs Down Its Election Coverage Darren Birgenheier/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Media Dumbs Down Its Election Coverage

Politics in America are complex, but it's hard to find journalists who bother to analyze what's really going on beyond the myth of the angry voter.
Neal Milner: Ige’s Hardest Job Is Just Making State Government Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Efficient tax collection. Proper procurement policies. A modern IT system. Forget the flashy stuff, let's see if Hawaii's governor can make the state function better.
Neal Milner: Medical Reefer Madness Flickr.com/cagrimmett

Neal Milner: Medical Reefer Madness

After dawdling for 15 years, Hawaii has adopted a policy that, as the experience of other states shows, is out of date.
Neal Milner: Ige’s Stand On UH Athletics Is Wrong In So Many Ways Cory Lum / Civil Beat

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

The governor holds the university responsible for getting rid of the deficit when in fact it should be his and the Legislature’s problem.
Neal Milner: If These Two Can Find Common Ground, Anyone Can cometstarmoon/Flickr.com

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

Proponents of two radically extreme political and religious viewpoints actually engaged in productive dialogue with the help of social media.