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)

  • Libertarians, Greens, Constitution Party react to veto override

    Three third-party political groups are happy to see the N.C. General Assembly override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656. The leaders of North Carolina’s Libertarian, Green, and Constitution parties submit the following: “SB 656 Electoral Freedom Act is the most significant ballot access bill passed by…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
  • American military academies as ‘Disneyland for politicians’

    Professor Bruce Fleming writes for the Federalist about a common problem plaguing the U.S. service academies, one that would not surprise other critics of American higher education. The military world and military academies—I’m a tenured civilian professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis—were rocked by…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
  • Dissecting the Democrats’ plans for 2018

    James Antle of the Washington Examiner investigates how national Democrats are preparing for the upcoming midterm elections. Democrats are still plagued by many of the same problems that bedeviled them in 2016. Bitterness lingers between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that has played out in multiple…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
  • Marriage and class

    Charles Fain Lehman reports for the Washington Free Beacon on recent data regarding marriage that might disturb you. A recently released research brief reveals that trends in marriage by economic classes have sharply diverged, a marked change from just 40 to 50 years ago. The brief, authored by…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
  • Trying to make a dent in federal budget deficits

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains major challenges linked to plans to fix the federal budget. Getting fiscal policy right is — should be — a top-tier priority. But the congressional budget committees are, strangely enough, a frustrating base of operations for doing that. The problem for…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
  • Adhering to the Constitution

    Jay Cost explains at National Review Online why he supports one of President Trump’s recent actions while firmly opposing another. These days, it is hard to be a constitutionalist. Our system of government is under attack from both the left and the right. Progressives are gnashing their teeth…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis that would loosen restrictions on marijuana research. The Daily Journal highlights a leading N.C. Libertarian’s support for increased third-party election ballot access.
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
  • State auditor Wood details role as taxpayers’ watchdog

    The state auditor’s office works to ensure that state agencies are spending $43 billion in annual taxpayer funding appropriately. Auditor Beth Wood explained how during a presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2017