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)

  • N.C. Supreme Court affirms ruling favoring former Greensboro police chief

    In a 5-2 ruling, the N.C. Supreme Court has affirmed the state Appeals Court’s opinion favoring a former Greensboro police chief in his legal battle with the city. Former Chief David Wray had been suing the city for “substantial litigation expenses.” A trial court had ruled in favor of the…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
  • Feds could address payday lending soon

    Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner reports on pending federal government action linked to payday loans. Payday industry officials and consumer advocates expect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to finalize sweeping new regulations on payday loans in the next few weeks. Several payday industry lobbyists say they anticipate…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
  • Examining the self-proclaimed anti-fascists’ goals

    Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller explores one aspect of recent political violence that has attracted little attention from mainstream media outlets. In the days since violent clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville culminated in a neo-Nazi sympathizer driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
  • The complicated constitutional issues tied to Obamacare subsidies

    Josh Blackman explains at National Review Online why Congress should fund Obamacare subsidies unless President Trump ends them. The headlines were predictable: If President Trump halts Obamacare subsidies for insurance companies, the Congressional Budget Office predicts, premiums for “Silver” plans will skyrocket by 20 percent next year. Buried…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
  • Silicon valley billionaires as ‘robber barons’

    Victor Davis Hanson makes the connection in his latest National Review Online column. The progressive movement took hold in the late 19th century to “trust-bust,” or break up corporations that had cornered the markets in banking, oil, steel, and railroads. Such supposedly foul play had inordinately enriched “robber…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
  • This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Roy Cooper wants the N.C. Supreme Court to declare parts of the new state budget unconstitutional. Rick Henderson explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo analyzes the growing importance of telemedicine. N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin discusses recent…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about criticism of N.C. State University’s Clean Energy Technology Center. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal offers a to-do list for the N.C. General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
  • Playing into the white nationalists’ hands

    Editors at Investor’s Business Daily suggest the response to Charlottesville’s deadly weekend protests is giving the white nationalist groups what they want. It wasn’t long ago that Americans were being told repeatedly not to overreact to Islamic terrorism, because that would only serve as a terrorist recruiting tool.
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2017