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Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Saying No To A 15-percent Pot Tax
Have any of my 11 regular readers bought a pack of cigarettes lately? I haven’t either. In fact, I never have. I did smoke a...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Legalized Gambling Coming Closer
On Super Bowl Sunday, I attended what a close friend of mine – and a certified football fan and partier – calls “Hawaii’s best Super...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Answering Violence With More Guns
Hawaii’s gun laws are among the strictest in the country. They require licensing of gun dealers, registration of firearms with law enforcement, background checks on...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Memorable Pair Of Speeches
Political speeches come in various forms: after-dinner speeches, when the two scoops rice weigh heavily on the audience; the campaign rally speech to send the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Rethinking The Value Of Being L.G.
In this week of inaugurations and gaveling to order, a word about the man who, for the first time in 14 years, has not returned...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Handiwork Of A Wily Old Pol
By the time you read this, someone will have organized Hawaii’s House of Representatives – maybe. And it may be Maui’s Joe Souki, the amiable...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Power Of Hope To Lift Humans
Katherine Boo won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2012 for her first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Hawaii’s Diversity Shaped Inouye
Dan Inouye’s colleagues in the United States Senate honored him with a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, making him only the 32nd person in history...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Where Would We Be Without Dan?
In his lifetime, Dan Inouye did the seemingly impossible: He gave the profession of politics a good name. He didn’t do it by the current...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Call This Dance The Political Polka
As I write, the fiscal dance apropos the fiscal cliff continues in our nation’s capital. We all know the moves. It’s not a complicated tango....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // ’Tis The Season Of Ambivalence
First came Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday followed by Cyber Monday. Out of fear engendered by television footage of last year’s Black Friday tramplings,...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Mail Ballots Won’t End Complaints
At age 90, my mother-in-law doesn’t get around as well as she once did, so the past few elections she’s chosen to vote by mail....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Day-Lewis Mesmerizes As Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln has been given to us in many forms. He’s the granite savior of the Union, watching over us as Washington’s most famous monument....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Election Is Over. Now What?
So the candidates, winners and losers alike, have taken down their signs. No one waves at us in the early morning light as we leave...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Morning After Election Musings
Ah, the morning after. It brings hurt feelings, bruised egos, recriminations and pleas for reconciliation. The most overworked refrain from the victors: “I’m humbled by...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Campaign 2012 Hits New Lows
Whoever wins – or has won by the time you get your MidWeek - this week’s general election contests, 2012 will go down as the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Total Strangers To A Voting Booth
In my role as a licensed local political analyst, I am frequently asked by television reporters for my thoughts on the issue of the day....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Debatable Number Of Debates
Ah, the debate season. As I write, the second of three presidential debates is history. The third has yet to take place, but as you...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Electoral College And Democracy
What a difference a debate makes. Three weeks ago, Barack Obama, his Chicago campaign staff and his cheerleaders at MSNBC were discussing possible changes in...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // When Elections Were Special
On the eve of the first debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, I found myself reading A Call from Jersey by friend and...

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