Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst
Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chief state government reporter for News 14 Carolina, now known as Spectrum News. The job included extensive coverage of the General Assembly for the 24-hour local regional television news channel.

Before News 14 Carolina, Kokai worked as a radio news reporter for seven years. He started a radio news department at WENC-AM in Whiteville, then led Chapel Hill’s award-winning radio news team at WCHL-AM. He spent two-and-one-half years as news director and assignment editor for Raleigh’s WPTF-AM.

Mitch is a Columbus, Ohio, native, and a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate. He has lived in North Carolina since 1989.

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1)

  • The welfare state grows old

    William Voegeli offers National Review readers an apt assessment of the welfare state’s long-term challenge. Until the last Baby Boomer dies sometime in the second half of this century, the welfare state’s struggles will … highlight the fact that it was built on weak foundations. Yes, it will…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
  • Leef’s latest Martin Center column takes Duke professor to task

    George Leef’s latest column for the Martin Center focuses on the flawed work of a Duke history professor. Last year, Duke University History Professor Nancy MacLean became one of the country’s best-known academics for her book Democracy in Chains. That is not, however, to say that her book was…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
  • Kudlow’s potential positive role

    David Harsanyi writes at the Federalist that the Trump administration upgrades its team by adding Larry Kudlow as head of the National Economic Council. For fans of pro-growth policies — deregulation, low taxation and open trade — it’s great news for obvious reasons. Kudlow has been a decades’…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
  • Podhoretz claims the GOP is in denial

    John Podhoretz argues in a New York Post column that Republicans refuse to admit that they’re in for a blowout loss in the 2018 midterm elections. Perhaps you remember the classic scene in “The Naked Gun” when Leslie Nielsen’s wonderfully idiotic police Lt. Frank Drebin stands in front…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
  • Inclusion and its antonym

    Kyle Smith writes at National Review Online about a warped understanding of the term “inclusion.” When a large-scale survey of college students’ attitudes toward free speech was released this week, the terms were puzzling. Students were presented with the following choice: Is it more important to protect free-speech…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
  • When aggression is so ‘micro’ that it doesn’t exist

    Katherine Timpf of National Review Online highlights an example of librarians contributing to college campus silliness. According to an “Anti-Oppression Library Guide” written by a group of librarians at Simmons College in Boston, “saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes” is a microaggression against Muslim people. “Islamomisic Microaggressions…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
  • This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    State lawmakers continue to question the $58 million they label Gov. Roy Cooper’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline “slush fund.” Dan Way recaps the latest developments in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops highlights important new facts and figures linked to N.C. public schools. John Hood…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. House Democratic leader Darren Jackson’s criticism of Republicans’ actions linked to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. John Trump’s Daily Journal highlights the importance of public records and transparent government.
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018