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Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // What To Do With $844 Million?
What do you do with an $844 million state budget surplus? You read that right: $844 million. That is, even by the calculations of this...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Holidays Of Conspicuous Consumption
I write on New Year’s Eve with less than 48 hours remaining in the holiday season. Thank all the gods on heaven and earth. As...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Hello, 2014 … What’s Mufi Gonna Do?
Ah, the new year is upon us: full of hope, full of cheer, full of … foreboding. Which will it bring? “You wanna get a...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Last Look At Politics In 2013
The year started amid uncertainty. The death of United States Sen. Daniel K. Inouye just prior to Christmas 2012 left policymakers worried. State Budget Director...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Contradictions Of The Season
Wednesday evening last, I found myself sitting on a bench at Pearl-ridge Mall Uptown jotting notes for an after-dinner talk. A parade of women with...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Warrior Ready For Washington
Donna Mercado Kim has had a good year. She’s humbled the chairman of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, the Manoa chancellor and the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Time For A Death With Dignity Bill
Last week the mailperson delivered a postcard from a Hilo memorial park (aka a cemetery). It advertised a “simple cremation for $37 a month” for...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // It’s Hammer Time In Waikiki For Brower
‘Tis the week to be thankful, and I most certainly am. I’m thankful for state Rep. Tom Brower (D, Ala Moana-Waikiki). Who isn’t? Some of...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Guv Hits The Campaign Trail
Four days after state house members voted to legalize same-sex marriage, hours after the senate did the same, and less than 24 hours before he...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Uluulu At UH-WO: Moving History
Enter Uluulu: The Henry Giugni Moving Image Archive at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu library in Kapolei, then look right. You’ll see a television set...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Democracy: It’s About The Process
I proudly count Jack Hoag among my 11 regular readers. Don’t misunderstand: I’m proud of the other 10 as well. But Jack’s a special case....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // GMOs, Pesticides And Island Jobs
It’s complicated. It’s all very, very complicated. Consider Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang’s bemoaning the plight of his Iolani classmates in last week’s “Mostly Politics.”...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Serious Sights Set On 1st District
Thirty-one-year-old City Councilman Stanley Chang looks 17 – and a little out of place during a recent interview amid the gray beards lunching at the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Same-sex Marriage 20 Years Later
On Oct. 28, state House Speaker Joe Souki and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim will gavel the members of their respective bodies into special session...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Radical Right’s New Rules
Oh my! It’s time to change the rules, starting with those laid down in our high school civics books. They were in that chapter titled...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Polarization Of American Politics
On the eve of yet another threatened shutdown of the federal government, a young colleague at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu approached me in the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Politics Flows In Anderson’s Veins
First District congressional candidate Ikaika Anderson may have the best bloodlines in Hawaii politics. For two decades, Uncle D.G. “Andy” Anderson, a state senator and...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Obama Handicapped By A Tin Ear
Barack Obama has always given a good speech. His address to the nation last Tuesday, on why American military action against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Lt. Col. Takai Targets Washington
Mark Takai hails from Democrat country west of Red Hill – so Democrat that since his election to the state House of Representatives in 1994...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Fun Yet Biting Social Commentary
Following this year’s Gridiron show, sales-women in dress departments across Oahu faced lines of overweight, post-menopausal women. Each had the same request. “Could I see...

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