About: Mitch Kokai

Mitch Kokai

Recent Posts by Mitch Kokai

New at CJO: Billionaire Democratic funder linked to anti-Tillis ads faces IRS probe

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that the IRS is investigating Jim Simons, a billionaire Democratic donor who has helped fund television ads criticizing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

IBD on the IRS scandal

Editors at Investor’s Business Daily have lingering concerns about the scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service. Lois Lerner’s lost emails from the critical period when the IRS was serving as a political arm of the Obama administration and targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups suggest by themselves a conspiracy to obstruct justice as wellContinue Reading

Barnes likes GOP Senate candidates, including Tillis

Fred Barnes tells Weekly Standard readers that he’s impressed with the crop of candidates Republicans have lined up for U.S. Senate races this year, including North Carolina’s Thom Tillis. Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. ButContinue Reading

National Review writer defends Thomas the Tank Engine

Charles Cooke of National Review sets his sights on one of the silliest critiques of popular culture seen in these silly times. Those among us who were worried that we had finally reached Peak Nonsense were thrilled last week when a trailblazer named Tracy Van Slyke pioneered a newfangled extraction method and wrote up herContinue Reading

A government agency that grows like a weed

In 1981, the federal government devoted $20.2 million to an agency focused on fighting … weeds. By 2012, the budget had grown to $493.58 million, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agency of Invasive Species was planning a move to its own building on the National Mall. What? You’ve never heard of the agency orContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Pundits and prognosticators have spent a lot of time discussing Mark Walker’s dominating win over Phil Berger Jr. in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District Republican primary runoff election. Rick Henderson offers his thoughts about the 6th District, other runoff results, and the high-profile U.S. Senate race during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. DukeContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Sarah Curry about gross domestic product in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers bad news to those who want to see higher taxes for passenger rail in the Triangle.

Republican wave in 2014 — likely or not?

Josh Kraushaar of National Journal explores whether this fall’s elections are likely to lead to a “wave” of Republican victories. When writing about politics, it’s all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That’s especially true when it comes to the word “wave”—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party.Continue Reading

1 2 3 775