Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 2)

  • Legislative leaders double down on call for death penalty restart

    A new letter today from top Republican legislative leaders amplifies a recent plea to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein. The following comes from a legislative news release: Legislative Leaders: On Death Penalty, Stein and Cooper’s ‘Actions – Or Rather Inactions – Speak Louder Than Words’…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017
  • Trump tweet offers a reminder of another questionable remark about Gillibrand

    Becket Adams reminds Washington Examiner readers that President Trump’s recent tweet suggesting Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign contributions doesn’t represent the first time a major politician has disparaged the New York senator. I have no interest in defending Trump from claims his Gillibrand tweet was…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017
  • Latest polling data on guns, fighting violence

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon reports on new polling related to recent incidents of large-scale violent attacks involving guns. Americans remain split on guns and gun control but find some areas of common ground, a poll released on Monday shows. The CBS News Poll found 49…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017
  • FBI staffers wanted to block Trump presidency?

    Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller highlights disturbing details from the records of the federal government’s top law enforcement agency. Two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation exchanged text messages last year in which they appear to have discussed ways to prevent Donald…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017
  • A limited approach to entitlement reform

    Jibran Khan writes for National Review Online about the next round of reform that could follow a federal tax bill. Khan is underwhelmed. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrats and Republicans both spoke about the need to control entitlement spending; indeed, even Obamacare was meant “to bend the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017
  • Congress’ spending problem

    Michael Tanner explains at National Review Online that one item seems to inspire clear bipartisanship on Capitol Hill. With the divisiveness of tax reform now hidden behind the closed doors of a conference committee, Congress has returned to the only thing that restores bipartisanship on Capitol Hill: spending…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal on a plan to expand Hammocks Beach State Park, a step that marks the end of a long-running court fight over property rights. John Trump’s Daily Journal delves into the history of government efforts to control alcohol.
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017
  • Man bites dog! Martin Center’s Leef calls for more federal spending on higher education

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column identifies one area in which the federal government should spend more money on higher education. The federal government has no constitutional authority to spend money on higher education, to give or lend students money for it, to direct how colleges will function, or…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2017