Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,370)

  • Conflating ‘state government’ with ‘the state’

    With the statewide sales tax holiday in effect this weekend, an otherwise straight news story on the News & Observer‘s front page tells us: For the state, the tax holiday is a losing proposition. By the state’s own estimates, it will forfeit about $14.5 million in…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2011
  • Speaking of the president’s civility …

    Andrew Ferguson writes in The Weekly Standard about the president’s curious choices to lead “the federal government’s egghead agencies—the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.” But Barack Obama? Memoirist, prose stylist of distinction, resident of Hyde Park, prowler…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2011
  • Hanson examines the president’s push for political civility

    Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column for National Review Online probes the president’s record of civil political discourse. During the last three years, in almost every debate — deficit reduction, taxes, illegal immigration — Obama has smeared the motives of his political opponents. He suggested…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2011
  • Thomas takes on Tea Party critics

    Cal Thomas‘ latest column takes Democratic politicians to task for comparing Tea Party activists to terrorists. It is not Tea Party people who are the “terrorists.” A terrorist seeks to destroy. Who is the real destroyer in the debt-ceiling debate? Who wants to continue…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on Raleigh’s delayed action on amending city food truck rules. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why government spending restraint is necessary to balance budgets.
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2011
  • New at CJO: Yadkin County alleges Hobbs Upchurch fraud on federally funded project

    Don Carrington’s latest Carolina Journal Online report details Yadkin County’s complaint that engineering firm Hobbs Upchurch falsified information on forms linked to a $100,000 grant request. Hobbs Upchurch founder Fred Hobbs, a former state senator, made headlines when he admitted making illegal campaign contributions to prominent North Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2011
  • Cato expert analyzes the debt-limit deal

    The debt-limit compromise leaves Cato’s Michael Tanner wanting. He explains why in a new column for National Review Online: To say that Congress labored mightily and brought forth a mouse is an insult to mice. In the face of a $1.1 trillion…
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2011
  • Has Obama become the Great Dissuader?

    Matthew Continetti 0f The Weekly Standard thinks so, and he explains why in his latest article. Barack Obama has a communications problem. His reputation for eloquence and argument is highly exaggerated?—?at best. Speech after speech, appearance after appearance, the president has failed to persuade…
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2011