Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,747)

  • Goldberg asks a different question about Osama bin Laden’s death

    Many have asked why the Obama administration has released no photos of the dead Osama bin Laden. At National Review Online, Jonah Goldberg poses a different question: We should be asking, “Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us bin Laden was dead?” The White House says the information in bin Laden’s compound is the equivalent of a “small college library,” potentially containing incalculably valuable and unique data on al-Qaeda operations, personnel, and methods. “It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable,” a government official told Politico’s Mike Allen. I’m no expert on such matters — though I’ve talked to several about this — but even a casual World War II buff can understand that the shelf life of actionable intelligence would be extended if we hadn’t told the whole world, and al-Qaeda in particular, that we had it. It’s a bit like racing to the microphones to announce you’ve stolen the other team’s playbook before you’ve had a chance to use the information in the big game.
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • The need for redistricting reform – now on the big screen!

    We know that the odd couple pairing of John Hood and Chris Fitzsimon at a recent news conference on redistricting reform must have convinced you that the cause is worthy. But if you still need convincing, make plans now to join North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform two weeks…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • Will you be near your radio at noon?

    John Hood discusses the state budget debate during his latest appearance on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” Perhaps he’ll discuss corporate tax cuts, sales tax myths, and wild claims about 30,000 layoffs.
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • North Carolina needs Medicaid reform to block runaway spending

    Medicaid spending has increased by nearly 300 percent in North Carolina in the past two decades. The program now accounts for nearly a quarter of government spending in the state. A new John Locke Foundation Policy Report warns that Medicaid growth is unsustainable. The report also offers recommendations…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • Andrew Johnson’s political history and impeachment explored

    Some know him as a Raleigh native, others know him as one of three Tar Heel U.S. presidents, but most know Andrew Johnson as the first president who faced impeachment. The N.C. History Project, Campbell Law School, and N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law helped people learn more about the 17th…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • Stossel assesses Ron Paul’s impact

    John Stossel's latest column posted by the Washington Examiner explores Texas congressman Ron Paul's influence on the current American political scene. Paul is always upbeat, but lately he's had more reason to be, as he sees libertarian ideas bubbling up from the grass roots. "People outside of Washington are waking up," he told me, "and they're getting the attention of a few in Washington." Paul has been in Congress more than 20 years, and much of that time he's played a lonely role, often being the only representative to cast "no" vote on bills to expand government. "Twenty years ago, there weren't very many people around that would endorse these views. So ... I'm very pleased with what's happening. There are more now, but the problems are so much greater."
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest CarolinaJournal.tv report focuses on a Guilford County brewery’s efforts to win freedom from state restrictions on its business. Watch the story by clicking the play button below. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on one apparent point of budget agreement between Democratic Gov. Beverly…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • Sowell pontificates on ‘education’

    Thomas Sowell is tired of people misusing the word “education,” as you can tell from his latest column posted at Human Events: One of those words that many people seldom look behind is “education.” But education can cover anything from courses on nuclear physics…
    Mitch Kokai, May 10, 2011