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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...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // An Opiate For Every Season
In a recent piece on the president in Vanity Fair, journalist Michael Lewis discovered that Barack Obama keeps the television set on Air Force One...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Being A Vet Could Help Djou Win
It never pays to bet against an incumbent of either political party anywhere, and it certainly never pays to bet against an incumbent congressional candidate...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Oh, Yeah, The Prosecutor Race
Despite early signs of senioritis, in even numbered years I still receive an invitation or two to take part in panels on the upcoming elections....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Political Lull Before The Storm
Call it Hawaii’s post-primary political lull. In our one-party state, Aug. 11 decided so many contests that, in district after district, from Kau to Kapaa,...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // It’s The Political Silly Season
Ah, our quadrennial political silly season is in full flower – meaning that as I write, the Republicans have convened in Tampa, Fla., and as...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Sobering Dose Of Economic Reality
The University of Hawaii’s fall semester began last week, and the thoughts of professors and students alike turned to syllabi and reading lists. I no...

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