Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst
Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chief state government reporter for News 14 Carolina, now known as Spectrum News. The job included extensive coverage of the General Assembly for the 24-hour local regional television news channel.

Before News 14 Carolina, Kokai worked as a radio news reporter for seven years. He started a radio news department at WENC-AM in Whiteville, then led Chapel Hill’s award-winning radio news team at WCHL-AM. He spent two-and-one-half years as news director and assignment editor for Raleigh’s WPTF-AM.

Mitch is a Columbus, Ohio, native, and a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate. He has lived in North Carolina since 1989.

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1)

  • Of thought leaders and public intellectuals

    Tevi Troy reviews for Commentary a new book about those people who fill our TV screens and editorial pages with commentary on politics and public policy. … [T]o the extent that we do have public intellectuals at all in our society, they are far more likely to be…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
  • About those peer-reviewed climate studies

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon exposes the flaccid nature of scientific rigor when it comes to research dealing with climate change. The academic paper that claimed penises cause climate change was reviewed and approved with no changes by two peer reviewers at a scientific journal. Cogent…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
  • UNC’s attempt to avoid transparency attracts national attention

    Eric Owens of the Daily Caller shines an unwanted spotlight on the state’s flagship public university. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has turned down a television station’s open records request by claiming that it is a law enforcement agency. UNC Chapel Hill officials made their…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
  • Be wary of the growth fairy

    Kevin Williamson offers that advice at National Review Online. Real economic growth in the United States has stunk on ice since the financial crisis: 1.6 percent in 2016, 2.6 percent in 2015, 2.4 percent in 2014, 1.7 percent in 2013, 2.2 percent in 2012, 1.6 percent in 2011,…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
  • Loving America in spite of its flaws

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online explores patriotism in our flawed society. How should we feel about our country when it has failed to live up to our values? That’s the question that lies at the heart of many of our political debates. … … At times, gloomy…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
  • This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina voters will face no photo ID requirement, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to address an Appeals Court ruling that struck down the state’s 2013 election law. Rick Henderson analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on differences emerging between the N.C. House and Senate education budget plans. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal pans High Point’s plan for a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium.
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
  • Farage likens terrorism acceptance to ‘appeasement’

    Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner highlights high-profile Brexit supporter Nigel Farage’s response to the latest terrorist attack in Manchester, England. Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Wednesday that western countries can’t accept continued terrorist attacks as a new normal, and said doing so effectively means…
    Mitch Kokai, May 25, 2017