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)

  • So much for the Oprah buzz

    Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner highlights polling data that suggest media superstar Oprah Winfrey might want to think twice about a presidential bid. More than half of U.S. voters want Oprah Winfrey to stay out of the 2020 presidential race, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
  • More details on the uninsured

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon dives into the latest numbers surrounding health insurance in America. After four years of Affordable Care Act implementation, the percentage of adults with no health care insurance has hit 12.2 percent in the last quarter of 2017, according to data from…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
  • Medicaid and the opioid crisis

    Steve Birr reports for the Daily Caller on government’s role in the national opioid epidemic. One of the largest entitlement programs in the country is incentivizing prescription drug trafficking and exacerbating the national opioid epidemic, according to a Senate report. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
  • Challenging the mantra that ‘diversity is strength’

    Jonah Goldberg once wrote a book about the “tyranny of cliches.” Perhaps that’s why he takes a special interest in the oft-cited notion that America’s strength is based on its diversity. National Review Online readers benefit from Goldberg’s insights. Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) says he scolded the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
  • National Review editor ponders Trump’s … storm

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online ponders the reaction to President Trump’s well-publicized comments about immigrants’ nations of origin. He was almost surely trying to say that we should pick immigrants for skills (he reportedly mentioned Asia as well as Norway) but typically stated his position in the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a judicial expert’s new report suggesting that North Carolina’s current system of partisan elections is the best way to select the state’s judges. Jon Guze’s Daily Journal questions Google’s commitment to its motto: “Don’t be evil.”…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
  • More college, or more options outside college?

    Richard Vedder writes for the Martin Center about contrasting approaches to the future of higher education. There has been mounting evidence that the financial payoff from the traditional bachelor’s degree is declining, particularly for men. For example, Census Bureau data suggest that, from 2005 to 2016, the average…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018
  • The ranks of the uninsured grow

    Kimberly Leonard reports for the Washington Examiner on the latest numbers of Americans lacking health insurance. The number of people in the U.S. without health insurance increased in 2017 for the first time since Obamacare took effect, a possible sign that Obamacare’s rising premiums are putting insurance out…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018