Mostly Politics reflects Dan Boylan’s views on political issues facing the state of Hawaii, and the nation. Dan Boylan teaches history at the University of Hawaii--West Oahu.

Below are the last 5 columns written by Dan Boylan

Like Film Noir At The Legislature

Wednesday - January 25, 2012
By Dan Boylan

It was, as it was a year ago, film noir at last week’s opening of the 2012 state legislative session: No music, no dancing, few flowers, sobriety everywhere. The residents of the so-called “People’s House” were in high re-election-year mode: all business, levity at a minimum.

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Of Bread And Political Circuses

Wednesday - January 18, 2012
By Dan Boylan

“Give them bread and circuses and they’ll never revolt,” wrote the poet Juvenal as he watched the once exemplary Roman Republic decline into a dictatorship.

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A Lesson In Political Mandates

Wednesday - January 11, 2012
By Dan Boylan

Back in the day, when I was a mere stripling studying political science, my professors talked endlessly about mandates.

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A Blustery Time For The President

Wednesday - January 04, 2012
By Dan Boylan

Ill winds blow when the Obamas come to down: “blustery,” the weather people call it “with “splashes” of rain here and “splashes” of rain there in the words of weatherman extraordinaire Guy Hagi. Since their first presidential Christmas visit in 2008, Barack, Michelle and the girls have known downpours as well, and three years ago sufficient bluster to cause an islandwide power outage that had the Secret Service scrambling.

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Good Riddance To 2011 Politics

Wednesday - December 27, 2011
By Dan Boylan

The ghosts of new years past can haunt us every bit as much of those of Christmases past. Consider those of 2011:

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