Dan Boylan teaches history at the University of Hawaii--West Oahu.


Mostly Politics Archive



2012 Archive

Like Film Noir At The Legislature - January 25, 2012
Of Bread And Political Circuses - January 18, 2012
A Lesson In Political Mandates - January 11, 2012
A Blustery Time For The President - January 04, 2012


2011 Archive

Good Riddance To 2011 Politics - December 27, 2011
Spreading The Yuletide Cheer - December 21, 2011
McMackin’s Millions; Guv’s Woes - December 14, 2011
The Global Financial Collapse - December 07, 2011
Peace Corps Reunion’s Significance - November 30, 2011
How Not To Direct APEC Traffic - November 23, 2011
Voters Stand Up To GOP Priorities - November 16, 2011
Why Some Will Protest APEC - November 09, 2011
Troubles For Both Obama And GOP - November 02, 2011
Wanting More Time With Family - October 26, 2011
Occupy Wall Street, Island Style - October 19, 2011
Taking It To The Streets Again - October 12, 2011
Where ‘Righteousness’ Gets You - October 05, 2011
The Outrageous Cost Of College - September 28, 2011
Middle-class Money Going To The Wealthy - September 21, 2011
Potomac Fever Epidemic In Hawaii - September 14, 2011
A Few Laughs: Just What We Need - September 07, 2011
The Governor’s Empty Canoe - August 31, 2011
This Could Be Djou’s Best Chance - August 24, 2011
A Problem With Political Disciples - August 17, 2011
A Case Of Dueling Numbers - August 10, 2011
Chang Focuses On ‘Everyday’ Things - August 03, 2011
Job Destroyers, Not Job Creators - July 27, 2011
New Chairman At The City Council - July 20, 2011
Hanabusa: To Run, Or Not To Run - July 13, 2011
Good News, Bad News For Obama - July 06, 2011
Could Kenoi Win A State Office? - June 29, 2011
NIMBYs And Clean Energy - June 22, 2011
There Are Crimes And High Crimes - June 15, 2011
Geezers Will Always Have Their Say - June 08, 2011
2012 Senate Race Polls Mean Little - June 01, 2011
Whatever Happened To Civility? - May 25, 2011
A Bibliophile’s Farewell To Borders - May 18, 2011
Politics Of The Green Eyeshades - May 11, 2011
Obama, Partisanship And Racism - May 04, 2011
Things Are Booming Out West - April 27, 2011
A Campaign That’s Here Too Soon - April 20, 2011
Leadership’s Tough In Troubled Times - April 13, 2011
We Must — And Will — Raise Taxes - April 06, 2011
The Bad News Just Keeps Coming - March 30, 2011
Humbled By Nature, Humans Give - March 23, 2011
Cooperating To Balance Budget - March 16, 2011
Oh, My! An Open U.S. Senate Seat - March 09, 2011
Some Lyrics Never Grow Old - March 02, 2011
Discrimination Doesn’t Fit Us - February 23, 2011
Legislature’s Fresh Faces, Views - February 16, 2011
New Generation Drawn To Politics - February 09, 2011
The State Of Our State Is Spooky - February 02, 2011
A Super Speaker On Speeches - January 26, 2011
It’s Time To Stand Up To The NRA - January 19, 2011
Nothing Pols Can Do About Bad Weather - January 12, 2011
A Good Christmas, Thanks To China - January 05, 2011


2010 Archive

Political Winners, Losers In 2010 - December 29, 2010
Neil Builds An Administration - December 22, 2010
A New Look Is Just The Start For Neil - December 15, 2010
The History Of ‘Neil The Outsider’ - December 08, 2010
Three Economic Grinches This Year - December 01, 2010
The Art And Science Of Political Polling - November 24, 2010
What’s Ahead For Island Politicians - November 17, 2010
Election Day 2010 Post-Mortems - November 10, 2010
Little Red Anti-Civil Unions Signs - November 03, 2010
Hanabusa-Djou Vote Will Be Telling - October 27, 2010
Joining Abercrombie’s Molokai Jaunt - October 20, 2010
Aiona States His Case For Governor - October 13, 2010
What Politicians Are Made Of - October 06, 2010
The Many Reasons Mufi Got Beat - September 29, 2010
A Few Primary Political Lessons - September 22, 2010
The GOP Political Ploy On Religion - September 15, 2010
The Crazy Way We Choose Our LGs - September 08, 2010
Getting To Know Faces On Fences - September 01, 2010
Some Friendly Advice For The Candidates - August 25, 2010
The Prosecutor Seeks To Be Mayor - August 18, 2010
Caldwell Is Already On The Job - August 11, 2010
The Engineer, Not The Politician - August 04, 2010
GOP Gains, Could Add More Seats - July 28, 2010
Dela Cruz Touts His Experience - July 21, 2010
The Irony Of Lingle’s Veto - July 14, 2010
A Legal Advocate For Hawaiians - July 07, 2010
Celebrating The East-West Center - June 30, 2010
Revisiting Rail, Civil Unions - June 23, 2010
Two Books Take A Look At Obama - June 16, 2010
Who Will The Dems Support For Guv? - June 09, 2010
Time For Case To Exit Gracefully - June 02, 2010
Thoughts On The Special Election - May 26, 2010
Making Big Plans To Do Nothing - May 19, 2010
Making A Case For Hanabusa - May 12, 2010
Modern Democracy All About Dollars - May 05, 2010
Detailing The Horrors Of War - April 28, 2010
In Praise Of The Idealism Of Youth - April 21, 2010
Two Energy Bills That Need To Pass - April 14, 2010
Predicting The Financial Collapse - April 07, 2010
A Rare Big (Bleeping) Deal For U.S. - March 31, 2010
A Hard Race For District 1 Hopefuls - March 24, 2010
GOP’s Love-Hate Affair With Higa - March 17, 2010
Foods That Make Hawaii Unique - March 10, 2010
Lunch With Civil Liberties Jihadists - March 03, 2010
The Border Dividing Two Honolulus - February 24, 2010
The Silly Signs Of The Season - February 17, 2010
The Man Was Meant To Be Mayor - February 10, 2010
Good Speeches, But Now What? - February 03, 2010
Patient Aiona Ready To Lead - January 20, 2010
Inouye’s Take On Obama, Earmarks - January 13, 2010
What To Do When You’re Locked Out - January 06, 2010


2009 Archive

Have A Liberal Holiday, Mr. President - December 30, 2009
Why Abercrombie Is Coming Home - December 23, 2009
Are We Really That Ungovernable? - December 16, 2009
The Ageless Joys In A Cup Of Joe - December 09, 2009
Words To Get Obama Back On Track - December 02, 2009
America As The World Sees Us - November 25, 2009
We’re Looking Bad By The Numbers - November 18, 2009
Kenoi’s ‘Potluck’ Governing Style - November 11, 2009
An Arrogant American Attitude - November 04, 2009
Shortchanging Hawaii’s Kids - October 28, 2009
Celebrating The Art Of Writing - October 21, 2009
A Hasty Hanabusa Endorsement - October 14, 2009
D.C. Dreaming For Vagabond Pols - October 07, 2009
UH Profs Need A Lesson In Humility - September 30, 2009
Bringing Guns To The Debate - September 23, 2009
Obama, The Right And Healthcare - September 16, 2009
It’s Too Early To Pick Neil Or Mufi - September 09, 2009
The Proper Monument For A Man - September 02, 2009
Diverse Feelings About Statehood - August 26, 2009
Celebrating Rich Samoan Heritage - August 19, 2009
Bring Back The Rainbows, Mac - August 12, 2009
The World’s Best Healthcare? - August 05, 2009
A Bi-partisan Energy Screwup - July 29, 2009
25 Years Of Politics And People - July 22, 2009
Candidates And Their Chances - July 15, 2009
How Liberals Celebrate 4th Of July - July 08, 2009
HPD’s Newest Elite 17 Go On Patrol - July 01, 2009
Hawaii’s Looming Elder-care Crisis - June 24, 2009
The Value Of Small Schools, Classes - June 17, 2009
In A Crisis, We Need Real Leaders - June 10, 2009
Getting Serious About Energy - June 03, 2009
Worried About The GOP’s Future - May 27, 2009
Hoping To Avoid Another Dobelle - May 20, 2009
Lingle Vetoes Just Political Theatre - May 13, 2009
The Sad State Of History Today - April 29, 2009
Sharing The Pain In State Deficit - April 22, 2009
Intolerance, Not Integrity - April 15, 2009
The 2009 Legislative Sideshow - April 08, 2009
Great Photos By Great Shooters - April 01, 2009
A Mad Scramble In 2010 Election - March 25, 2009
Abercrombie Follows Obama Script - March 18, 2009
Cayetano Still Tells It Like It Is - March 11, 2009
A Lesson From Lincoln For Obama - March 04, 2009
It’s The Hawaii Economy, Stupid - February 25, 2009
Lingle’s Fiscal Planning Failure - February 18, 2009
The Economy Of Common Sense - February 11, 2009
Speechifyin’ Gets Serious In ‘09 - February 04, 2009
A Teenager’s Historic Adventure - January 28, 2009
Kids Make History Come Alive - January 21, 2009
Where Dems And GOP Can Agree - January 14, 2009
Election 2010: We Begin Again - January 07, 2009


2008 Archive

Obama’s Magic - December 31, 2008
Obama, Lingle On Same Page - December 24, 2008
A Christmas Invite For Obama - December 17, 2008
Lingle: ‘Make Nice’ With Obama - December 10, 2008
A U.S. Parallel In Scottish History - December 03, 2008
Learning From The Norway Way - November 26, 2008
What Obama Really Symbolizes - November 19, 2008
Chanting, Pundits, Money - Ugh - November 05, 2008
A Good Neighbor Island Example - October 29, 2008
New Con-Con: Should We, Or Not? - October 22, 2008
Rail: Economic Stimulus We Need - October 15, 2008
The Republicans’ Gift To Obama - October 08, 2008
Why So Many People Don’t Vote - October 01, 2008
Getting Raucous At Mayoral Debate - September 17, 2008
Lingle’s Tough Task For Palin - September 10, 2008
Witnesses To History In Denver - September 03, 2008
Unconventional Thinking About The Conventions - August 27, 2008
Hawaii Dems Heading To Denver - August 20, 2008
The Power Of Obama’s Words - August 13, 2008
Inouye-Stevens: Loyalty Above All - August 06, 2008
Too Many Non-races This Year - July 30, 2008
Why McCain’s Age Is An Issue - July 23, 2008
Rail Debate Lacks Leeward Voices - July 16, 2008
Teacher Drug Tests: Waste Of Time - July 09, 2008
Money Matters, Even To Obama - July 02, 2008
Our Past Is Living With Us Still - June 25, 2008
A Lifelong Respect For Farmers - June 18, 2008
Why Hillary Hesitated In Conceding - June 11, 2008
Dems’ Blessings And Challenges - June 04, 2008
Race In Big Island Mayoral Race - May 28, 2008
Make Healthcare A Campaign Issue - May 21, 2008
Why Clinton Won In Indiana - May 14, 2008
Oil Addiction And Spam Musubi - May 07, 2008
The Clinton-Obama Distraction - April 30, 2008
Books That Can Change Your Life - April 23, 2008
Why The Dems’ New Head Matters - April 16, 2008
The Effects Of Far-away Actions - April 09, 2008
The Big T’ings Facing Islanders - April 02, 2008
Impressed With College Historians - March 26, 2008
Squandering Resources For Profit - March 19, 2008
Why Hillary Is Bouncing Back - March 12, 2008
Reasons Not To Be Proud Of U.S. - March 05, 2008
Why Obama Keeps Beating Hillary - February 27, 2008
A Night At The Ohana Opera - February 20, 2008
Hawaii Caucuses Actually Count - February 13, 2008
McCain Weakened By War Support - February 06, 2008
The Oddest State-of-the-State - January 30, 2008
Moving Away From Oil Dependence - January 23, 2008
We Can’t Afford Big-time Football - January 16, 2008
Iowa Lesson: Back To The Middle - January 09, 2008
Republican Candidates’ Issues - January 02, 2008


2007 Archive

Bush: Talk About Irresponsible - December 26, 2007
The Hawaii Dems’ Very Bad Idea - December 19, 2007
Too Many Have Hungry Holidays - December 12, 2007
Diverting Attention From Politics - December 05, 2007
Why Obama Is Leading In Iowa - November 28, 2007
What Happens In Vegas ... - November 21, 2007
Taking Care Of War-weary Troops - November 14, 2007
Selling Out For The Superferry - November 07, 2007
Power To The People And Their Fund For Good Works - October 31, 2007
Finding Time For The Big Read - October 24, 2007
The Supermess Didn’t Have To Be - October 17, 2007
Bullheaded Bush Slaps The GOP - October 10, 2007
Facing The Political Tough Ones - October 03, 2007
The Republican Turned Democrat - September 26, 2007
The Land Of Way Too Much Stuff - September 19, 2007
Obama’s Sister Goes Campaigning - September 12, 2007
Protest The War, Not A Ferry - September 05, 2007
GOP Insults Hawaii’s Host Culture - August 29, 2007
There Are No Simple Solutions - August 22, 2007
Students Need Better Teaching - August 15, 2007
Why ’08 Is Making Dems Nervous - August 08, 2007
Learning Aloha On The Big Island - August 01, 2007
Our Health System Is So Sicko - July 25, 2007
The Buying Of A U.S. President - July 18, 2007
A Guy Can’t Afford To Leave Town - July 11, 2007
Tocqueville And Modern America - July 04, 2007
Use Mass Transit Or Pay To Drive - June 27, 2007
Aiona Just Wants Something To Do - June 20, 2007
From Russia (And Laos) With Love - June 13, 2007
An American Hero Gives It Up - June 06, 2007
The Haole Banzai Man’s New Gig - May 30, 2007
Our Poor Immigrant Ancestors - May 23, 2007
Embracing Our Island Diversity - May 16, 2007
An Insulting Teachers Contract - May 09, 2007
HGEA Powers Young’s Rejection - May 02, 2007
The Dangers Of ‘Cowboy Culture’ - April 25, 2007
Marsland: Taking On The Local Mob - April 18, 2007
Packing Legal Heat In Minnesota - April 11, 2007
Lessons From The Heartland - April 04, 2007
The Hee You See Is What You Get - March 28, 2007
The Lesson Of ‘Amazing Grace’ - March 21, 2007
Surging Ahead, Page After Page - March 14, 2007
A Pair Of Smart Freshman Dems - March 07, 2007
The Freshman From The Coast - February 28, 2007
Puzzling Trouble For Solar Energy - February 21, 2007
The Mystery Of Why We Don’t Vote - February 14, 2007
The U.S. Roots Of Islamic Terrorism - February 07, 2007
Time To Make Political Sandwiches - January 31, 2007
Cheering For Colt, Political Women - January 24, 2007
Opposing Bush’s War Escalation - January 17, 2007
The Election Day Heroes Of 2006 - January 10, 2007
An Inconvenient Expiration Date - January 03, 2007


2006 Archive

Hawaii Shows In Obama’s Words - December 27, 2006
Why Maui Will Never Be The Same - December 20, 2006
Reality Bites Holiday Fantasies - December 13, 2006
The Good Month Of December - December 06, 2006
Bush’s Faith-based Incompetence - November 29, 2006
Year Of The Woman - November 22, 2006
The Aftermath Of The Takeover - November 15, 2006
A Long, Stressful, Costly Campaign - November 08, 2006
Yikes! Last-minute Campaign Ads! - November 01, 2006
The Recipe For Getting Voted Out - October 25, 2006
Lingle’s One And Only ’06 Debate - October 18, 2006
Going Out On A Political Limb - October 11, 2006
Why Case Really Lost To Akaka - October 04, 2006
The Cruelest Column Of Them All - September 27, 2006
Dems’Civil War, Buying Candidates - September 20, 2006
The Dems’ Big Gubernatorial Goof - September 13, 2006
A Busy Week In Hawaii Politics - September 06, 2006
A Tale Of Two School Districts - August 30, 2006
The Real Impact Rail Could Have - August 23, 2006
Dems’ Dilemma, Low-vote Fixes - August 16, 2006
Road Signs Of The Political Times - August 09, 2006
A Peaceful Way To Serve The U.S. - August 02, 2006
Religious Right Sells Out America - July 26, 2006
Facing Up To Our Housing Crisis - July 19, 2006
A Summer Of Political Speculation - July 12, 2006
Hogue: Working For Average Folks - July 05, 2006
Sending Royalty To Washington - June 28, 2006
Aila’s Grassroots Run For Governor - June 21, 2006
A White Male GOP Akaka Block - June 14, 2006
Conventional And Unconventional - June 07, 2006
From Food Stamps To Congress? - May 31, 2006
The Tenacious Windward Cowboy - May 24, 2006
Matsunaga: Third Time’s A Charm? - May 17, 2006
The Bipolar Political Personality - May 10, 2006
Not Just Bad News, But Also Ridiculous - May 03, 2006
Time’s Unfair Assessment Of Akaka - April 26, 2006
Mazie: Shedding The Loser Label - April 19, 2006
What We Need is Another Tom Gill - April 12, 2006
A Risky Race For Rep. Schatz - April 05, 2006
A Few More Mysteries Of Life - March 29, 2006
The Effect Of Bush’s Low Approval - March 22, 2006
Running For The Working People - March 15, 2006
Leading A West Side Elementary - March 08, 2006
Two Classrooms, Two Good Teachers - March 01, 2006
Hanabusa Makes Her Case - February 22, 2006
An Older, Wiser Menor Tries Again - February 15, 2006
So Who’s This Gary Hooser Guy? - February 08, 2006
Why $574 Million Won’t Buy It All - February 01, 2006
Election Year 2006: All Shook Up - January 25, 2006
Handicapping Election Year ’06 - January 18, 2006
Sending Our Students To Asia - January 11, 2006
A Chance For Lingle To Be Great - January 04, 2006


2005 Archive

Forgotten History, Losing Our Edge - December 28, 2005
When It’s Finally Time To Pay Up - December 21, 2005
Good Guys Can Win In Bushworld - December 14, 2005
The Hoolauae Street Challenge - December 07, 2005
A Well-stuffed IHS Contribution - November 30, 2005
A Surplus Of Future Problems - November 23, 2005
The Odd, Acidic Boredom Of War - November 16, 2005
Private Moments, Momentous Acts - November 09, 2005
A Big Bureaucratic Meltdown - November 02, 2005
Why Ol’ Neil Might Run For Guv - October 26, 2005
Going Back To Old School Days - October 19, 2005
The Friends Of Military Recruits - October 12, 2005
Elect, Don’t Appoint, Lawmakers - October 05, 2005
Asking Harry The Big Question - September 28, 2005
A Puka Where A Great Dentist Was - September 21, 2005
The GOP Tax Cuts And Katrina - September 14, 2005
A Gift To Hawaii From West Oahu - September 07, 2005
A Wish List For Our $465 Million - August 31, 2005
Rich Americans Aren’t Dying In Iraq - August 24, 2005
Making A Case For Gov. Harry Kim - August 18, 2005
The Hawaiians And Kamehameha - August 10, 2005
The Chances Of A Gov. Harry Kim - August 03, 2005
The Retirement Of Mrs. Boylan - July 27, 2005
The Passing Of A Revolutionary - July 20, 2005
Bombs, TheBus And Lasting Peace - July 13, 2005
The Tragic Loss Of Compromise - July 06, 2005
Another Missionary Clan Jackpot - June 29, 2005
Rummy: Just Enough Troops To Lose - June 22, 2005
Putting Politics Before Healthcare - June 15, 2005
Why Denver Got On The FasTrack - June 08, 2005
Rail Mantra: ‘Show Me The Riders’ - June 01, 2005
The Last Moderate Republican - May 25, 2005
Finding A New Calling In Life - May 18, 2005
Oiling The Skids For Honolulu Rail - May 11, 2005
A Territorial Labor Activist’s Tale - May 04, 2005
Why Women Are Better Politicians - April 27, 2005
The Tale Of A Racist Era In Hawaii - April 20, 2005
Those Pervasive Liberal Profs - April 13, 2005
A Starr Performance - April 06, 2005
Kicking Our Keiki In The Teeth - March 30, 2005
Those Oily 49th-50th State Ties - March 23, 2005


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