Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,958)

  • Free-speech defender explains his fight against campaign finance restrictions

    It’s likely that you’ve never heard of James Bopp Jr., but you’ve likely heard of the results of his legal work. A Bloomberg Businessweek profile documents his “three-decade-long crusade to eliminate restrictions on political contributions.” Over the years, Bopp has filed numerous lawsuits in state and…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • TIME takes sides in North Carolina’s ‘preschool wars’

    Oh, those heartless Republicans. They don’t 4-year-olds to get their government-run academic prekindergarten services in North Carolina. That’s the message TIME sends with its coverage of the recent constitutional squabble over funding for the former “More At Four” program. I guess it would be hard to…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • Stein finds people who (sort of) like Congress

    Joel Stein’s latest TIME column involved the difficult task of finding people who actually like the job Congress is doing. Once he found some volunteers, you might not be surprised to learn why those people like our federal government’s legislative branch: I eventually found…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • Even TIME sees that the Solyndra scandal reveals a problem

    The magazine’s Michael Scherer spends too much time focusing on Chinese dominance “in the global race to develop new commercial energy technologies,” but at least his article on the Solyndra scandal does not completely avoid the relevant facts: Solyndra’s federally funded venture–with a price…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • Palin’s continuing relevance

    While much of the recent discussion about the Republican presidential race has focused on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and current Texas Gov. Rick Perry (with a potential bid from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie generating some buzz as well), GOP consultant Mike Murphy argues in a new…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Beverly Perdue’s claims about recent government job losses don’t match reality. John Hood’s Daily Journal dissects the New Yorker‘s hatchet job on conservative activist Art Pope.
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • New at CJO: Most recent legislative session leaves several items on the table

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about the items state lawmakers left on the table during their most recent week in Raleigh.
    Mitch Kokai, October 3, 2011
  • ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ author discusses interesting stories from a key Cold War hotspot

    Vern Pike was the first American Army officer to serve at Checkpoint Charlie, the dividing point between east and west Berlin, the night the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961. Pike has collected memories of his service in that Cold War hotspot in a new book. He discussed key themes…
    Mitch Kokai, October 3, 2011