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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: 4 Ways This Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Like None Before It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: 4 Ways This Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Like None Before It

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping both campaigning and what voters are looking for in a candidate.

Neal Milner: Hawaii Has Lost Its Emotional Connection To Voting Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Hawaii Has Lost Its Emotional Connection To Voting

Vote-by-mail might make it easier to vote, but it’s not the fix we need to engage citizens in elections.

Neal Milner: Global Protests Are Just One Step Toward Ending Racism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Global Protests Are Just One Step Toward Ending Racism

Institutional racism is a centuries-old problem that can’t be eliminated with contemporary protests, no matter how widespread.

Neal Milner: We’ll Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: We’ll Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

Forget government action, local action by local people is what will make the biggest difference in getting through the pandemic.

 

Neal Milner: Public Disdain For Ige Goes Far Deeper Than His Pandemic Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Public Disdain For Ige Goes Far Deeper Than His Pandemic Job

The public is cynical about the state’s bland, by-the-book approach and doesn’t believe Ige or other politicians are looking out for the average person.

Neal Milner: Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ Is A Balm For Our Troubled Times Wikimedia Commons

Neal Milner: Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ Is A Balm For Our Troubled Times

The well-known play offers the familiar and the new in a combo guaranteed to distract you.

Neal Milner: Even COVID-19 Is Unlikely To Sever Trump’s Bond With Voters Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Neal Milner: Even COVID-19 Is Unlikely To Sever Trump’s Bond With Voters

The pandemic may have upended the world, but it hasn’t changed the fundamentals of why people liked Donald Trump in the first place.

Neal Milner: Overcoming The Walking Blues Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Overcoming The Walking Blues

Coronavirus has a lot of us out and about. Let’s make the most of it.

Neal Milner: The Dual Dangers Of Intimacy And Isolation In A Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Dual Dangers Of Intimacy And Isolation In A Pandemic

Social contact can spread the virus but also protect communities during crises, so we rely on imperfect social media.