Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 2,086)

  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest CarolinaJournal,tv report focuses on Republican Ilario Pantano’s plans to challenge incumbent Democrat Mike McIntrye a second time for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District seat. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why Gov. Beverly Perdue is in “huge trouble” politically.
    Mitch Kokai, March 23, 2011
  • National education experts tackle Wake’s school student assignment debate, part 2

    If you have time, you’ll enjoy watching the entire 83-minute debate between Richard Kahlenberg and Abigail Thernstrom on Wake County Public Schools’ student assignment policy. For those looking for a quick fix, the video clip below features Thernstrom and Kahlenberg addressing a key issue: the value of busing for…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • New at CJO: State government helps promote aquaculture

    Duke Cheston’s new Carolina Journal Online report focuses on state support for aquaculture.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • National education experts tackle Wake’s school student assignment debate

    Wake County’s “busing for diversity vs. neighborhood schools” debate attracted attention again today during a lunchtime presentation at the Campbell University Law School. Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, and Abigail Thernstrom, adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, offered very different approaches to the notion of assigning…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Ron Paul to speak next week at N.C. State

    Triangle-area fans of Texas congressman Ron Paul have a chance next week to hear him speak at N.C. State University. The university’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter has arranged for Paul to speak 7 p.m. Monday at the McKimmon Center. Paul will discuss themes from the new…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Big money in politics

    One suspects that most critics of “big money” in election campaigns will be distressed to read a report in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek that details potential Republican presidential candidates’ efforts to line-up “high-powered fundraising teams.” Let’s hope they read the final paragraph: Obama raised almost $26…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Guess who likes higher gas prices?

    People who want a larger role for the “green” economy, that’s who. The latest Bloomberg Businessweek offers details: [T]here's a silver lining in higher oil prices—or, rather, a green lining—for Obama, who has made clean energy one of his paramount causes. Rising fuel costs could go a long way toward advancing Obama's "Win the Future" vision of an economy remade by green technologies, including electric vehicles, advanced batteries, wind and solar power, and high-speed trains. "If you want to make people switch toward cleaner energy sources," says Nigel J. Gault, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight, "you need to change the price incentives people are facing. One way to do that would be to make traditional energy much more expensive." … … Truth be told, higher prices are what it takes to change the energy consumption habits of large numbers of Americans. "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Energy Secretary Steven Chu told The Wall Street Journal in 2008 when he was director of the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chu has backed away from that view since taking office.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Rogers addresses the nuclear ‘renaissance’

    What will Japan’s recent experience with nuclear plants mean for the future of nuclear power generation in the United States? Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers discusses the topic in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek. What impact will Japan have on the global nuclear renaissance? I…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011