Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,838)

  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh’s latest Carolina Journal Online report documents debate over the Admission Ticket Reform Act. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers some recommended readings for those who would like to learn why the financial crisis hit Charlotte’s big banks especially hard.
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2011
  • Spreading the word about N.C.’s real state budget numbers

    Partisans on all sides toss around a lot of numbers connected to North Carolina’s state budget debate. Some of those numbers are more accurate than others, and some are subject to misuse. Joseph Coletti discussed the importance of highlighting accurate, dependable information about the budget during a presentation today to…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2011
  • Will technology kill the teachers’ unions?

    Stanford political science professor Terry Moe thinks so. An article in the latest Fortune magazine (not yet posted online) discusses key themes from Moe’s new book Special Interest. Here’s a key excerpt: Moe says legislative reforms like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top “are small…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2011
  • The specter of inflation

    Americans have been spared for decades from massive inflation. But Nina Easton’s latest Fortune column suggests the “specter” of large-scale price hikes could be added to “Obama’s list of economic woes.” We haven’t experienced real inflation in more than a generation, so this economic…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2011
  • Virginia A.G. explains his state’s suits against the federal government

    If you watched with interest as North Carolina Republican legislators filed a brief supporting a lawsuit against ObamaCare — sidestepping Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue and Attorney General Roy Cooper — you might be interested to read a recent issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis. Virginia A.G. Ken…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2011
  • An Obama apologist sees his weakness on the economy

    No one could use TIME columnist Joe Klein of being a regular critic of our 44th president. That’s why it’s interesting to read this analysis from Klein’s latest column: By depriving the Republicans of the birth-certificate and tough-on-terrorism issues in a single…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2011
  • Businessweek highlights internal inconsistency in BofA’s messaging

    Will Charlotte-based Bank of America benefit from a rosy housing outlook? Bloomberg Businessweek suggests the answer depends on the BofA executive responding to the question: Bank of America is betting a recovery in home prices this year will allow it to avoid new losses…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2011
  • Efforts to rein in public workers’ wages and benefits represent an evil Republican ploy, right?

    You might think so if you followed media coverage of events in places such as Wisconsin and Ohio. But Bloomberg Businessweek takes a closer look and finds that some Democratic politicians ca read the handwriting on the wall as well. Now, in…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2011