Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

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  • New at CJO: Legislative measure would move up N.C. presidential primary

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill in the N.C. Senate to move up North Carolina’s presidential primary to March.
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
  • Goldberg assesses the GOP presidential race

    Jonah Goldberg focuses his latest National Review Online column on the significance of the most recent developments in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination: [T]he real significance of the last week or so is not the breaking up of the political logjam of candidates but of the policy logjam. Not only did Romney and Gingrich blur the lines between the GOP and Barack Obama, they also sharpened the distinctions between themselves and the rest of the GOP field. In this, they were playing catch-up with Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s extremely effective governor and putative front-runner among conservative policy wonks, the Bush family, and insomniacs. Daniels yanked away collective-bargaining rights for public workers years ago, without the Sturm und Drang that accompanied Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s more tepid reforms. Just this month, Daniels successfully withdrew all state funding of Planned Parenthood, a holy grail for social conservatives.
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
  • 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