Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,370)

  • Berger, Tillis address the budget veto override, this year’s legislative accomplishments, what lies ahead

    The top leaders in the N.C. House and Senate briefed the media this morning on their top priorities as the legislative session winds down. Click play below to watch the 21:20 briefing from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg.
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2011
  • One reason why the ‘tax the rich’ rhetoric falls flat

    This forum has featured discussion about the limited success of efforts to stoke class envy in America through calls to “tax the rich.” A brief Atlantic blurb from Chrystia Freeland might explain why: Many of today’s super-rich started out in the middle and make…
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2011
  • Chait found the black hat

    Though Jonathan Chait didn’t read my take on the subject before writing in the new Atlantic about the vilification of public-sector workers, he identifies the same culprits: “politicians who make promises today that place excessive demands on taxpayers in the future.” If an elected…
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2011
  • Will Paul get more support for his efforts to audit the Fed?

    Texas congressman and leading libertarian politician Ron Paul has been vocal in efforts to have the Federal Reserve audited. Now, Barbara Hollingsworth writes for the Washington Examiner, more people might line up to support the idea. [Robert] Romano quotes Euro Pacific Capital chief economist…
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2011
  • In case you missed it …

    WTVD’s new 4 p.m. newscast featured Wednesday a short debate with “expert analysis” of the implications of North Carolina’s new state budget.
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report recaps the debate that led to the historic override of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s budget veto. John Hood’s Daily Journal questions the political calculation that led Perdue to issue that veto.
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2011
  • AFP North Carolina state director captures ‘override’ photo

    From Americans for Prosperity state director Dallas Woodhouse: “Early this morning, a super majority of the North Carolina House kept a promise to taxpayers that a billion dollars in temporary taxes would expire at the end of this month. With all the cynicism in politics, it is refreshing…
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2011
  • Berger’s response to veto override

    Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office issued this statement after the 31-19 vote to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of the state budget: “Final passage of this bipartisan budget signals a new, more responsible era in North Carolina state government – one in which legislators spend tax…
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2011