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Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Big Wedding Wasn’t So Bad After All
I’ve never been a fan of big weddings: the astronomically expensive wedding gown, the tossing of bridal bouquet and garter, the slicing and smashing of...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Rating The Season’s TV Political Ads
As a freelance scribbler, I’ve reviewed books and written about politicians, but what I’ve always wanted to review is movies. The closest I can get,...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Best Journalistic Gig In Town
I wrote my first “Mostly Politics” column for MidWeek in October 1991. I was coming off a dozen years of writing features and a political...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Candidates Try For Separation
How do I find traction on a crowded field, none of whom has previously run in anything larger than a city council district?” That’s the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Power — And Paucity — Of TV
Last week Gov. Neil Abercrombie began running a television commercial in which he took credit for leading Hawaii out of the throes of the Great...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Reading The Early Political Signs
As a certified political analyst, I am frequently asked to read the political skies, as in: “Where are the planets Hanabusa and Schatz in the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Challengers Dream Of Political Upsets
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” wrote the poet, “Man never is, but always to be blest.” The poet was a 16th century English...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Manahan: Call Him Candidate 7
City Councilman Joey Manahan came late to the race for the 1st District Congressional seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa. He had not yet announced...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Latest Politician To Switch Sides
As the Hawaii Democratic Convention wound down two Sundays ago, a former state legislator looked over the convention hall, shook his head and asked, “What...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Surprise! An Interesting LG Race
This column is about political conventions, am bition and charisma. Still reading? May is the month Hawaii’s two major political parties hold their conventions, the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Military Leaders And Universities
Let’s talk about Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, one of the finalists for the vacant University of Hawaii presidency. Wiercinski’s nomination has met with resistance. At...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Running As A Political ‘Alternative’
Kathryn Xian proclaims herself “the most progressive candidate” in the race for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa. “I’m offering myself...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Seasons Of The Political Year
Ah, it’s springtime, 30 games into the major league baseball season, tornado time on the continent and the madcap final days of Hawaii’s legislative session....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Dems Barely Avoid A Messy Convention
Whew! Hawaii’s Democrats almost stepped into their own doo-doo. It began when State Democratic Party convention planners scheduled incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie to speak at...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Buying Pols With Cold, Hard Cash
Years ago, in a paroxysm of political idealism, I compared our esteemed United States senators, members of Congress, governor and state legislators with certain women...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Supreme Court And Plutocracy
In 1972, a source nicknamed Deep Throat famously told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward to “follow the money.” Woodward and reporting partner Carl Bernstein did,...

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...

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