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Neal Milner

Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years. He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation." His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
Neal Milner: Are You Really Willing To Throw The Rascals Out? Christina Jedra/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Are You Really Willing To Throw The Rascals Out?

Everybody likes to complain about corruption, but what if it means voting for the enemy?

Neal Milner: In Hawaii, Behind Every Plot Of Land Lies A Story Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: In Hawaii, Behind Every Plot Of Land Lies A Story

The debate over an empty plot of land in Hawaii Kai is part of a larger story about history that development erased.

Neal Milner: Should We Debate The Meaning Of Food On Social Media — Or Just Taste It? Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: Should We Debate The Meaning Of Food On Social Media — Or Just Taste It?

And now yet another journey into sleazebag land. The feds have arrested Keith Kaneshiro, Honolulu’s ex-prosecutor, for bribery. More…
Neal Milner: What A Prom And A Baseball Tournament Tell Us About The Grit Of Covid-Era Teens Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: What A Prom And A Baseball Tournament Tell Us About The Grit Of Covid-Era Teens

Three stories about high school students in Hawaii. Two are uplifting and inspiring. The other is frightening and sad.

Neal Milner: You Want Honesty In Hawaii? Try It This Way Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: You Want Honesty In Hawaii? Try It This Way

Deploying the Legislature’s two-minute rule is a helpful way to understand how government leaders convince the public that things really aren’t that bad.

Neal Milner: The Law Works In Mysterious Ways Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: The Law Works In Mysterious Ways

The law can be powerful but also frustrating. Just ask the Legislature.

Neal Milner: Resist Simplistic Solutions To Government Corruption

Neal Milner: Resist Simplistic Solutions To Government Corruption

Term limits and anti-corruption measures may feel satisfying, but they do little to get at the underlying problems.