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)

  • Placing the Obamacare debate in perspective

    Nathanael Blake writes at the Federalist website about the main factors driving the debate about reform or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. The accusation that Republicans really want to shove the inhabitants of pediatric cancer wards onto the streets to die is obscuring the health-care debate we…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2017
  • Debt ceiling debate back in the news

    Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reports on the return of the federal debt ceiling as a federal spending issue. The Trump administration has asked Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling before lawmakers leave for their August break. But that deadline could be difficult for Republicans who…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2017
  • Only one Obamacare option for much of the country

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon reports that much of the U.S. population is likely to see only one option for Obamacare health insurance coverage. Roughly 41 percent of counties in the United States could have only one insurer participating on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2017
  • Pelosi as the face of the Democratic brand

    Jonathan Tobin explains at National Review Online the role U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi plays within the National Democratic Party. Pelosi’s performance at her press conference on Thursday was epic in its demonstration of both her enormous self-regard and her complete confidence that nothing and no one…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2017
  • An assessment of the Senate health plan

    Yuval Levin offers National Review Online readers his take on the U.S. Senate’s proposal for fixing problems created by the Affordable Care Act. After seven years of saying they want to repeal and replace Obamacare, congressional Republicans have been forced to confront the fact that many of them,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Will Rierson reports for Carolina Journal Online that North Carolina has the nation’s fifth-highest excise tax on spirits. The Daily Journal adds context to Democrats’ criticism of personal income tax cuts in the latest N.C. state budget.
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2017
  • Former Sen. Jim DeMint visits Raleigh to tout Convention of States

    Jim DeMint, former Republican U.S. senator from South Carolina and former Heritage Foundation president, is visiting Raleigh to urge N.C. legislators to support the Convention of States. DeMint explained his endorsement of the idea during an interview for Carolina Journal Radio.
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • Forbes has message for Medicaid expansion advocates

    The latest issue of Forbes magazine features Steve Forbes‘ take on Medicaid reform. A BIG STUMBLING BLOCK to getting a health care reform bill through the Senate (the House of Representatives passed one in May) is Medicaid. This is surprising, given that the program is probably the worst-designed…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017