Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 2)

  • Obama appointees remain in key national security jobs

    Richard Pollock and Ethan Barton of the Daily Caller report one reason for pushback against President Trump’s national security priorities. Several Obama holdovers who led initiatives at odds with President Donald Trump’s foreign policy remain on the staff of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, The Daily Caller…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2017
  • National Review editor wants to ‘mothball’ Confederate monuments

    Rich Lowry presumably wrote his latest National Review Online column without knowledge of the unsanctioned effort to topple a Confederate monument in Durham. So he makes no reference to that incident while calling generally for similar monuments to be removed. Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2017
  • Antifa and the Alt-Right

    Ben Shapiro of National Review Online compares disturbing elements of the political left and right. … [H]ere we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on experts’ analysis of criteria N.C. legislators want to use when drawing new election maps. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina should scrap its ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks.
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2017
  • Appeals Court ruling favors Asheville hospital in dispute over violent mental patient

    A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Mission Hospital in Asheville cannot be held liable for its decision not to commit a mentally disturbed patient who ended up shooting family members and killing himself. In an opinion that leads with quotations from Rousseau and Aristotle,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017
  • Appeals Court rules against fired UNC professor’s pursuit of attorney’s fees

    The tenured UNC-Chapel Hill professor placed on unpaid leave and then fired after a drug smuggling arrest in South America cannot collect attorney’s fees as part of the resolution of his lawsuit against the school. A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Bruce Frampton is…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017
  • Buffett and PURPA

    The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek explains why billionaire solar energy fan Warren Buffett and his firm Berkshire Hathaway are no fans of PURPA. Berkshire Hathaway Energy says it’s not so simple. The company, which owns several utilities using conventional and renewable power sources, is the second-largest owner…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017
  • The tribal right versus the tribal left

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist explores factors underlying the weekend violence in Charlottesville. Let’s get something out of the way: Charlottesville is not about Confederate statues or Robert E. Lee or the Civil War or American history. What happened on Friday night and Saturday is about power,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017