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Neal Milner

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Don’t Want To Understand Presidential Politics

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Don’t Want To Understand Presidential Politics

But if you want to be the rare voter who moves beyond emotions and blind party loyalty, here are tips on how to do it.
Neal Milner: Honolulu Rail Is Laughable, But Not Funny Ryan Ozawa

Neal Milner: Honolulu Rail Is Laughable, But Not Funny

When it comes to the vexing issue of what to do about the rapid-transit debacle, the stand-up routines of the mayoral candidates could all use some work.
Neal Milner: Why Donald Trump Could Become President Darron Birgenheier/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Why Donald Trump Could Become President

The Republican candidate may be getting terrible press, but there are reasons to believe his support might run deeper than most people realize.
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.