Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,946)

  • GOP budget creates 13,600 government jobs in August!

    Of course that’s not true. But that’s the logical conclusion one would reach if one believed last month’s spin from left-leaning politicians and pundits. At that time, they decried North Carolina’s 11,000 lost government-sector jobs in July, implying or stating categorically that Republican state budget cuts deserved the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
  • Congratulations, Don, on 40 years of skydiving

    When he’s not exposing corrupt politicians or skewering state government boondoggles, Don Carrington jumps out of airplanes. He’s been skydiving for 40 years, a milestone WRAL noted Thursday during a “Tar Heel Traveler” segment.
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
  • Touting prison reform

    He’s not running for re-election, but Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is still pushing for prison reform, as documented in a Newsweek profile. Webb, a law-and-order type who once derided affirmative action as “state-sponsored racism,” is an unlikely crusader for a cause typically championed by civil-rights…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
  • Only 180 years after Alexis de Tocqueville …

    Newsweek has discovered that people don’t need government to address all of their problems. Elsewhere, Americans have gotten tired of waiting for the federal and state governments to solve their problems. They’ve looked at the major issues affecting their communities—unemployment, environmental degradation, crime, aging populations—and they’ve…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
  • The dumbest generation?

    Those who read Mark Bauerlein’s book with that title might appreciate historian Niall Ferguson’s latest Newsweek column, in which he laments the fact that teens tend to read only tweets and texts — not books. Why does this matter? For two reasons.
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
  • This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The three branches of North Carolina state government have been haggling in recent weeks over the future of state funding for pre-kindergarten programs serving at-risk children. Terry Stoops tries to make sense of the funding fuss during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Daren Bakst discusses the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Jesse Helms Center Free Enterprise Fellow Peter Frank about the crossroads he’s identified for the American economy. Kristen Blair’s guest Daily Journal explores some recent scandals surrounding public school standardized testing programs.
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
  • New at CJO: State Board of Elections blocks Chapel Hill’s ‘rescue funds’

    Dan Way’s latest Carolina Journal Online report documents the State Board of Elections’ decision to block any “rescue funds” for candidates participating in Chapel Hill’s taxpayer-financed election campaign program.
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2011