Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,839)

  • New at CJO: North Carolina drops in Mercatus Center’s freedom ranking

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online article details a new report from the libertarian Mercatus Center that says North Carolina ranks No. 18 among the 50 states in freedom, a decline from a No. 14 ranking in 2006.
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
  • Walter Williams doesn’t place too much trust in intellectuals

    Should the U.S. president be an “intellectual”? Before you reflexively answer “yes,” you might want to read Walter Williams‘ latest column: When Obama threw his hat in the ring, people thought he was articulate and smart and hailed his intellectual credentials. Just recently, when…
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
  • Stossel compares regulation to cancer

    John Stossel‘s latest column offers the following observation: “Politicians care about poor people. I know because they always say that. But then why do they make it so hard for the poor to escape poverty?” Outside my office in New York City, I see…
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
  • Barone tackles fracking

    Michael Barone's latest Washington Examiner article uses hydraulic fracking as an example of the private sector's leading role in innovation and economic growth. Hydraulic fracking has resulted in a boom in the Bakken oil shale formation under North Dakota and Montana. North Dakota is now the No. 4 state in oil production. And hydraulic fracking has made commercially viable huge volumes of natural gas previously imprisoned in shale rock in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has estimated that there is at least six times as much natural gas available now as a decade ago as well as a big increase in commercially recoverable oil. All thanks to hydraulic fracking, a phrase I bet you didn't hear in the energy debate in the 2008 presidential campaign or in the debate over the cap-and-trade bill passed by House Democrats in June 2009. My (perhaps defective) search for the phrase in the New York Times and Washington Post websites didn't yield any mentions earlier than 2010.
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on annexation reform legislation moving through the N.C. General Assembly. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains that the state’s largest teachers’ union is angry at House Speaker Thom Tillis for describing the union’s positions accurately.
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
  • New at CJO: Freshman lawmaker moves to get jobs bill heard

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on Rep. Glen Bradley’s efforts to win support for his jobs bill.
    Mitch Kokai, June 7, 2011
  • Charter school advocates press for action on bill to lift cap

    A Democratic state senator and representative joined Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina this morning to urge action on state legislation designed to lift North Carolina’s charter school cap. In addition to comments from Sen. Malcolm Graham, D-Mecklenburg, Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, and PEFNC’s Darrell Allison, the news conference…
    Mitch Kokai, June 7, 2011
  • Appeals Court sides with state foresters in battle with DENR linked to overtime pay

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court ruling and ruled in favor of state foresters seeking overtime pay from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. In other opinions released this morning from the state’s second-highest court: A three-judge…
    Mitch Kokai, June 7, 2011