Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,820)

  • Bring on the honest debate

    James Poniewozik offers a critique in the latest TIME of James O’Keefe’s recent hit piece on NPR. For the purposes of this entry, we’ll ignore the shaky argument that O’Keefe’s selective editing differs substantially from most of what runs daily in the New York Times. Instead,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2011
  • They might ‘change the world,’ but it doesn’t make them good

    The latest TIME features “10 Ideas That Will Change the World.” While some sound interesting, others raise some red flags. If you still think the Global TransPark was a good idea, you might like the aerotropolis concept TIME touts. TransPark backer John Kasarda is a key…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest Carolina Journal Online report previews the week ahead for the N.C. legislature. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a progress report on the General Assembly’s new Republican majority.
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2011
  • Perdue to allow school testing bill to become law without her signature

    Veto No. 3 will have to wait, as Gov. Beverly Perdue has decided not to challenge a bill to scrap four N.C. high school end-of-course tests. Terry Stoops has argued for a “repeal and replace” strategy that would allow for nationally normed tests to replace those…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • New at CJO: The legislative week recapped

    Anthony Greco’s latest Carolina Journal Online report reviews this week’s action from the N.C. General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • Rubio and the ‘terrible way to run government’

    Freshman U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is among those members of Congress who are sick of the series of continuing resolutions put forward as alternatives to a new, more scaled-back federal budget. As Human Events reports: One Republican who had the courage to lay off the sauce this time was Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. “Today’s vote, first of all, should remind us of how we got here. Why are we funding government in two or three week increments?” he asked in a press release, after voting against the latest CR. “It’s because Democrats, when they ran the House, the Senate and the White House, didn’t pass a budget… But more importantly, this is a terrible way to run government. We are facing some serious issues in America today, particularly the fact that we are borrowing $4 billion a day to keep the lights on and particularly the fact that we owe $14 trillion and growing. It’s time to face those issues in a serious way. The time for waiting is over. The time for games has passed.”
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • New at CJO: Public school principal recruits parents to fight charter school bill

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a Haywood County public school principal who sent a letter home with students urging their parents to fight a bill to lift the state’s public charter school cap.
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • ‘Must-read’ piece on ObamaCare repudiation now linked

    Nearly three weeks ago, I suggested Attorney General Roy Cooper might benefit from reading Tevi Troy’s Commentary article on the repudiation of the year-old federal health care reform law. Given the events that have transpired since that blog entry, perhaps Gov. Beverly Perdue ought to take time to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011