Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,782)

  • Reminder: Gerrymandering documentary screening is one week from today

    If you’ve been hit with the redistricting bug — and, frankly, who hasn’t? — remember that you’ll have a chance to join North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform one week from today for a special documentary film screening. For a reminder of the importance of redistricting reform, click play…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
  • Sowell looks beyond the rhetoric on ‘taxing the rich’

    Thomas Sowell's latest column posted at the Washington Examiner questions President Obama's emphasis on taxing "millionaires and billionaires." President Obama's constant talk about "millionaires and billionaires" needing to pay higher taxes would be a bad joke, if the consequences were not so serious. Even if the income tax rate were raised to 100 percent on millionaires and billionaires, it would still not cover the trillions of dollars the government is spending. More fundamentally, tax rates -- whatever they are -- are just words on paper. Only the hard cash that comes in can cover government spending. History has shown repeatedly, under administrations of both political parties, that there is no automatic correlation between tax rates and tax revenues.
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
  • Barone examines Gingrich, Romney missteps

    Michael Barone's latest Washington Examiner report explores questionable campaigning from two potential Republican presidential nominees: [A]lready two of the best-known candidates seem bent on ruling themselves out of contention. One is Newt Gingrich. He's being denounced for his comments on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare plan by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill Bennett, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. Ryan's Medicare plan was part of the budget resolution that all Republicans but four voted for in the House. It is for all practical purposes the platform of the Republican Party. And Gingrich seemed to trash it. ...
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    If you missed it late Tuesday afternoon, be sure to check out Rick Henderson’s latest Carolina Journal Online report on the sentencing of former Easley aide Ruffin Poole. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the N.C. House version of a bill targeting terminal makes more sense…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
  • New at CJO: Poole sentenced to prison time, fine

    Rick Henderson recaps the federal sentencing of former Easley aide Ruffin Poole at Carolina Journal Online.
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2011
  • Why the extra day?

    Initial reports indicate that former top Easley aide Ruffin Poole has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, along with a $30,000 fine. Why the extra day? If I remember correctly, the only way he can get time off for good behavior is if…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2011
  • New PEFNC video makes case for education tax credits targeting families of kids with special needs

    Terry Stoops has told us how education tax credits for families of children with special needs “could save millions of dollars, improve student performance, and boost parent satisfaction.” Now Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina has produced a new video supporting legislation that would create…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2011
  • New video defends the morality of profit

    If you gag when you hear about businessmen promising to “give back” to the community — after reaping sinful profits — you’ll likely enjoy this new video from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2011