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Neal Milner

Neal Milner: Ige Plays Small Ball, Abercrombie Went for Home Runs PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Ige Plays Small Ball, Abercrombie Went for Home Runs

Hawaii's new governor breaks problems into small parts, while his predecessor tackled substantial issues all at once. Both approaches are hazardous.
Neal Milner: Looking for a Great Read? Try Auditor’s Annual Report billsophoto/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Looking for a Great Read? Try Auditor’s Annual Report

You may not want to cozy up in your favorite chair with it, but employ a little literary license and you might be riveted by what it says about state government.
Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican? Stephen Shepard/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican?

Party identification has increasingly become a significant way that people assess character.
Neal Milner: Ige’s Old Senate Faction Gets Checked MichaelMaggs via Wikimedia Commons

Neal Milner: Ige’s Old Senate Faction Gets Checked

The Chess Club's actions around the governor's nominee to lead the DLNR deserve criticism, not pity. There are lessons to be learned, both for the Senate and Ige.
Neal Milner: Stories of Inequality And Isolation Creative Commons

Neal Milner: Stories of Inequality And Isolation

Two books on race and class help explain the commonness of inequality in America, as well as social and economic segregation here in Hawaii.
Neal Milner: Paradise and the Grandparent Tariff

Neal Milner: Paradise and the Grandparent Tariff

The golden years often come with difficult choices, whether children and grandchildren are here, on the mainland or elsewhere.
Neal Milner: The Hawaii Legislature’s Persistent Rhythms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Hawaii Legislature’s Persistent Rhythms

There are some longstanding reasons why change comes slowly at the Capitol, if it comes at all.
Neal Milner:  How to Do Progressive Politics in a Hostile Environment Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: How to Do Progressive Politics in a Hostile Environment

Free community college. A national increase in the minimum wage. Congress isn't likely to be biting, but Obama can still move the issues along.
Neal Milner: Accept Working Class Realities and Help the Kids PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Accept Working Class Realities and Help the Kids

Reversing economic and social trends is next to impossible, but we can improve the lives of children.
Neal Milner: We’re Dealing With a Growing Wave of Fragile Families Diana Beideman/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: We’re Dealing With a Growing Wave of Fragile Families

The new economic realities that are destabilizing the working class have even young Americans nostalgic for the days of "Leave It to Beaver."
Neal Milner: Why a Retirement Tax Is Good for Old People Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Why a Retirement Tax Is Good for Old People

A blanket exemption from taxes for people over a certain age is not only unfair to everyone else, it's also unfair to the old people who are stereotyped as helpless.
Neal Milner: Hawaii Is Going Backwards on Education Reform PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Hawaii Is Going Backwards on Education Reform

While the state backtracks on early childhood education, it's moving all too quickly to implement the Common Core standards.