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Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Obama, Lincoln Travel Costs Draw Ire
President Barack Obama and his family spend their Christmas vacations in Hawaii. Why not? It’s warm, it’s sunny, and – the whackos’ rumors not withstanding...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Honolulu City Council’s Revolving Door
Something about the Honolulu City Council makes its nine members want to leave it. Not all of them, understand. Kymberly Pine, Carol Fukunaga and Ron...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Russian History Lesson Is In Order
Some folks seem to feel nostalgic for the Cold War. Arizona Sen. John Mccain, for example. The former Republican presidential candidate recently demonstrated his sound-bite...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Now You See It, Now You Don’t
All politics,” it’s said, “are local.” So let’s start here at home, but be forewarned that before the period’s placed on this edition of “Mostly...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // On Political Likes And Dislikes
MidWeek usually appears in our Pearl City mail box late Tuesday afternoon. I fetch it, check the letters section for critics, place it on the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Potholes, Sewers And Name-dropping
A formula exists for “states of,” as in State of the Union, State of the State or, one of the variety Kirk Caldwell delivered last...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // What The Polls Show For Hawaii’s Pols
The most hackneyed phrase in the political lexicon belongs to the nameless politician who, upon reading a poll that showed him behind his opponent, groused:...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Whither Kakaako, Whither The HCDA?
In the past year, I’ve heard Tony Ching’s presentation on Hawaii Community Development Authority’s (HCDA) master plan for Kakaako on three separate occasions: before an...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Look Back To See How We Got Here
I’m teaching late 19th-century U.S. history this semester, and I’m here to tell you, beloved reader, it’s a hard sell. For one thing, it’s almost...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Getting To Know Mitt, Just A Bit Late
On presidential election night 2012, Mitt Romney related a comment made by one of his teary-eyed supporters: “When you think about it, we kinda had...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Politics: Fears Win Over Facts
Amy Harmon writes about the impact of science and technology on American life for The New York Times, perhaps the country’s last great newspaper. Harmon...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Takayama: From Observer To Participant
Gregg Takayama seems both too old and too traveled to be a freshman state legislator. Yet there he was last week, sitting in the State...

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...

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