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Neal Milner

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After dawdling for 15 years, Hawaii has adopted a policy that, as the experience of other states shows, is out of date.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.
Neal Milner: Is Bipartisanship In D.C. Even Possible Anymore? Flickr

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

You might say no. You might be right. But there are reasons for hope.
Neal Milner: Why UH Football Program Won’t Win, But Will Survive Cory Lum / Civil Beat

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

The cards are stacked against the Warriors. They're not part of a big-money power conference, and Honolulu is too urban to provide a passionate fan base. But they will play on.
Neal Milner: Changing Hawaii’s ‘No Talk Stink’ Culture? Good Luck Screen Shot/YouTube.com

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

Improving this state's toxic, opaque political and administrative culture isn't impossible, just unlikely.
Neal Milner: Rein in Political Passion, and We Might Get Something Done PF Bentley/Civil Beat

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

Try a little introspection, investigate what's behind opinions that differ with yours, and you might become a "superforecaster."
Neal Milner: The Focus is on Donald, But the Smart Money is on Jeb Mike Licht/Flickr.com

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

As a bombastic attention-getter straight out of the operatic mold, Trump has thwarted the party regulars. But they usually win in the end.