Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,370)

  • Some of N.C. Chamber’s unemployment recommendations mirror JLF ideas

    The N.C. Chamber is calling on state lawmakers to scale back maximum weekly unemployment benefits and cut the total number of state-funded weeks of unemployment from 26 to 20. Locker Room readers might recall similar ideas from Fergus Hodgson, who has unveiled a plan that would…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2012
  • Some interesting insights amid the spin

    While Andrew Romano peppers much of his Newsweek profile of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez with barbs aimed at Mitt Romney and the GOP, the article does offer occasional interesting anecdotes. [A]s she prepared to run for D.A., she decided to re-register as a Republican. Martinez…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2012
  • Historian Ferguson reacts to European political developments

    You might quibble with his policy prescriptions — finding a modern-day European version of Alexander Hamilton, for one — but it’s hard to dispute Harvard historian Niall Ferguson‘s description in the latest Newsweek of the current state of European affairs. In the midst of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2012
  • In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation to comment for its lead 6 p.m. story on the James O’Keefe video that documents potential voter fraud in North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2012
  • Presidential name-dropping

    One wouldn’t think that the president of the United States would feel an urge to engage in name-dropping. But as Seth Mandel writes on Commentary magazine’s “Contentions” blog, Barack Obama appears to enjoy associations with his predecessors in the Oval Office — including presidents who’ve been…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2012
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Barry Smith previews for Carolina Journal Online a new legislative session that promises to be short but eventful. John Hood’s Daily Journal details the bad grade North Carolina earns for policies affecting small businesses.
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2012
  • New at CJO: Study ranks N.C. slightly worse than average in occupational licensing burden

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal that a new study ranks North Carolina No. 29 nationwide in occupational licensing requirements. In this Institute for Justice Report, a No. 1 ranking means fewer requirements, while a higher-number ranking means more burdens for people wishing to enter a licensed field.
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2012
  • N.C. Court of Appeals sides with N.C. DOT in dispute involving Winston-Salem loop road

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed this morning a lower court’s ruling favoring the N.C. Department of Transportation in a battle over the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway. The ruling denies property owners’ attempt to pursue a class-action suit against DOT in connection with the road. In…
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2012