Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,981)

  • Cheney and the media

    Andrew Ferguson devotes his latest “Press Man” column in Commentary to a discussion of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s evolving view of the media’s proper role. He learned how to “work the press,” as he puts it, from the masters of the art. He…
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
  • Hayward tackles the liberal misappropriation of the Reagan record

    Steven Hayward has been “astonished” by liberals’ apparent admiration for Ronald Reagan in recent years, including President Obama’s efforts to emulate the 40th president. In the latest Commentary cover story (subscriber link, Hayward explores the liberal “misappropriation” of Reagan, including Obama’s use of Reagan’s words about…
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
  • A brief explanation of the problem with tariffs

    Economic historian John Steele Gordon offers Commentary readers the following assessment (subscriber link) of tariffs while responding to a reader’s criticism of an earlier article: Tariffs are a tax ultimately paid by the consumer. And high tariffs allow domestic manufacturers to raise their prices…
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
  • Adding some arrggghhh to your economics

    Amid the drinking, gambling, thieving, and fighting, pirates couldn’t have had much time for economic calculation, could they? Actually, the policies and practices pirates employed in securing their illegal booty offer some interesting economic lessons. George Mason University economist Peter Leeson discussed them in a presentation last night for Campbell…
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about a controversial solar project involving Buncombe County Schools. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the role of social media and marketing in politics.
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
  • New JLF report examines N.C. Supreme Court’s inner workings

    The North Carolina Supreme Court decided fewer than 60 cases last year. That’s just one of the interesting facts compiled in a first-of-its-kind John Locke Foundation report on the Supreme Court’s inner workings. Report co-author Daren Bakst offers more details here and in the video clip below.
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • New N.C. Court of Appeals opinions

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a trial-court ruling in a controversial case involving Winston-Salem police. The appellate judges agreed with police officers that transcripts in their personnel files should not be disclosed as requested by the Silk Plant Forest Review Committee. Winston-Salem City Council had formed that group…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
  • Oscar-winning documentary might actually lead to some good?

    It’s possible. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that in the wake of the popularity of “Inside Job,” which “exposed ties between financial firms and academia,” Columbia and other Ivy League schools are ordering more sunlight on outside compensation for their professors. The film asserts that Columbia finance professor…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011