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 President Considers UNC System’s Office Relocation

    Jenna Robinson writes for the Martin Center about the planned move of the UNC System offices from Chapel Hill to Raleigh. There has been talk for more than a decade of moving the UNC System Office out of Chapel Hill. Past Board members and Chancellors noted that the System…
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2021
  • Expert Accuses ‘Top Scientists’ of Lying About COVID With Impunity

    Scott Atlas writes at the Federalist about high-profile scientists’ lies regarding COVID-19. [CDC Director Robert] Redfield’s congressional testimony on September 23 immediately caught my attention. I watched in disbelief as Redfield told Congress that “more than 90 percent of the population”—more than three hundred million people in the…
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2021
  • Inflation Dampens Support for Democrats’ Big-Spending Plan

    Christian Datoc of the Washington Examiner highlights the impact of inflation fears on support for the Democrats’ big-spending proposals on Capitol Hill. Inflation concerns continue to hamper President Joe Biden and his economic agenda, even as the White House is coming off one of its most successful weeks…
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2021
  • Biden Administration Backs Away from Tracking of Teacher Sex Crimes

    Alex Nester of the Washington Free Beacon documents a disturbing policy change from the Biden administration. The Department of Education wants to roll back a Trump-era effort to collect data on teacher-on-student sex crimes. The department’s Office for Civil Rights will not ask school districts questions regarding teacher-on-student…
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2021
  • San Francisco Created Its Shoplifting Problem

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online explains how San Francisco government helped create the city’s current crime wave with bad public policy. It ought to be possible to operate a retail store in one of America’s largest and most iconic cities, but this most basic commercial proposition is…
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2021
  • Correcting the Record About Al Gore’s Response to Election Loss

    David Harsanyi writes at National Review Online in response to a recent dubious claim involving former Vice President Al Gore. Federal senior district judge Reggie Walton contends that Al Gore, unlike Donald Trump, was “a man” and “walked away” from the 2000 presidential election after losing. That’s not…
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2021
  • New Carolina Journal Online Features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about a slip for the United States in the latest economic freedom rankings. John Hood’s CJ Opinion explains why the federal infrastructure bill did us no favors. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion considers Thanksgiving in trying times.
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2021
  • Bill Would Build Back Badly

    David Catron explains at the American Spectator why the “Build Back Better” legislation is misnamed. Less than 24 hours after the Congressional Budget Office announced that the “Build Back Better” (BBB) bill will increase the federal deficit by $367 billion, House Democrats passed the $1.75 trillion legislation with…
    Mitch Kokai, November 23, 2021