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)

  • Martin Center column focuses on diverse campus viewpoints

    George La Noue writes for the Martin Center about encouraging diverse viewpoints on college campuses. In the last few years, higher education has suffered an embarrassing series of well-publicized incidents of overt censorship by members of the academic community. The instances are geographically widespread and occur in a variety…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
  • A cyber attack warning

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon highlights new concerns about online bad guys. Cyber attacks by foreign nations and criminals against both government and private sector networks are increasing in both sophistication and scale, a senior National Security Agency official said Wednesday. Jonathan L. Darby, deputy chief…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
  • Enforcing existing gun laws might help

    Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller details inconvenient news for federal gun control advocates. More than 100,000 convicted felons or other “prohibited persons” tried to buy guns each year during President Barack Obama’s administration by lying on their applications, but the Justice Department only considered prosecuting about 30…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
  • The need for certainty

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains how temporary federal fixes can generate long-term negative consequences. The Trump administration, and Republicans in Congress, very much want to pass a tax cut right now. Some Democrats want to cut taxes, too, though usually different taxes for different taxpayers. So…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
  • Expanding the federal courts

    Steven Calabresi and Shams Hirji explain at National Review Online why they support an expansion of the federal judiciary. Republicans are looking for a win with their new tax-reform bill. But they could get two wins in one: In addition to overhauling the tax system, the bill could…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
  • This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Federal “equitable sharing” programs hurt the relationship between local law enforcement agencies and the people they’re supposed to protect. The programs also threaten private property rights. Jon Guze explains how during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops explains why he’s glad to see a new…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the goals of National Apprenticeship Week. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal offers another firsthand example of problems linked to North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions on medical facilities and equipment.
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
  • The future of trade

    Caitlin Cain and Paul Aucoin explain in a Washington Examiner column why “America must not turn its back on trade.” While trade advocates are convening in New Orleans to champion the state’s culture of trade, our leaders in Washington are debating the future of trade policies that directly…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2017