Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 3)

  • A ‘jobs crisis’ for Trump

    That’s how Bloomberg Businessweek describes the relatively high number of job vacancies within the Trump administration. The White House has struggled to fill hundreds of critical political appointee positions in federal agencies, making it harder to advance the president’s agenda. From the Department of State, where no assistant…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • Barone assesses Democrats’ long-term U.S. House prospects

    Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner applies lessons from last week’s high-profile congressional special elections. Georgia’s 6th District was significant because it’s a traditionally Republican district whose college-educated voters (59 percent of adults, sixth-highest in the country) were repelled by Donald Trump. Mitt Romney carried it 61 to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • Disarray in full bloom

    Richard Fernandez uses a column to explore the recent confusion in American politics. Two articles that could have come from different universes were actually written in the same week. The first is a Washington Post article describing how president Obama, aware of Russian plans to influence the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • Institute for Justice attacks Iowa’s CON restrictions

    North Carolina is not alone in dealing with the negative impact of certificate-of-need restrictions. The Institute for Justice is helping fight similar CON rules in the Hawkeye State. For more than 20 years, Dr. Lee Birchansky has tried to offer his patients the option of having their cataract…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • Obama’s inaction in the face of Russian electoral shenanigans

    Jason  Leopold reports for BuzzFeed News on two Democratic U.S. senators’ concerns about the Obama administration‘s lackluster response to Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. A week before the 2016 presidential election, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Benjamin Cardin sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • Who would Dems turn to after Pelosi?

    A CNN report explains why it would be hard for U.S. House Democrats to boot San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi as their leader. Nancy Pelosi is sending a defiant message to House Democrats who are grumbling about her leadership: Come at me. But while Pelosi’s critics are increasingly…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Rick Henderson reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Supreme Court chief justice’s proposal to change the way judges take office in the state. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the newly approved state budget strikes the proper balance among spending, building savings, and returning money to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
  • Do as I say, not as I do: Minimum wage edition

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon highlights interesting information about congressional supporters of a $15 minimum wage. The majority of lawmakers sponsoring legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour do not pay their interns, according to a report from the Employment Policies Institute. The…
    Mitch Kokai, June 23, 2017