Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 2,088)

  • New at CJO: Smart meters could raise costs for customers using less electricity

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill that could force N.C. electricity customers to pay higher bills — while using less — because of smart meters.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
  • Other Appeals Court opinions released this morning

    Among the other N.C. Court of Appeals opinions released this morning: A unanimous three-judge panel reversed trial-court rulings and favored a former Stoneville police chief in his legal battle against the town over wrongful discharge and retirement benefits. A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a ruling from the N.C.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
  • N.C. Appeals Court upholds trial court ruling in Wake schools’ open meetings suit

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed most of a trial court’s ruling in an open-meetings lawsuit filed against the Wake County school board in connection with a controversial March 2010 meeting. The trial court had found that the school board had violated the open-meetings…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
  • Sowell tackles the bull tied to debates about bullying

    Thomas Sowell's latest column at Human Events focuses on the empty rhetoric that often substitutes for action in addressing the problem of bullying. When politicians want to do nothing, and yet look like they are doing something, they appoint a blue ribbon committee or go to the U.N. or assign some Cabinet member to look into the problem and report back to the President -- hoping that the issue will be forgotten by the time he reports back. When educators are going to do nothing, they express great concern and make pious public pronouncements. They may even hold conferences, write op-ed pieces or declare a "no tolerance" policy. But they are still not going to do anything that is likely to stop bullying. In some rough schools, they can't even stop the bullying of teachers by the hooligans in their classes, much less stop the bullying of students. Not all of this is the educators' fault. The courts have created a legal climate where any swift and decisive action against bullies can lead to lawsuits. The net results are indecision, half-hearted gestures and pious public pronouncements by school officials, none of which is going to stop bullies.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
  • Hood discusses redistricting reform on Charlotte public radio

    If you missed John Hood’s commentary last week at a news conference touting redistricting reform — or just want to hear him expand on the themes spelled out in this column — be sure to listen to WFAE Radio at 9 a.m. If you’re not in…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
  • York predicts game of chicken over debt ceiling

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article explores the likely political maneuvering over the next congressional vote to raise the federal debt ceiling. Given all the maneuvering, you might think a debt-limit showdown is coming soon. It’s not. Lawmakers, who are currently enjoying a two-week…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest Carolina Journal Online report explains that Republican legislative leaders are weighing their options after Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill tying unemployment benefit extensions to a budget resolution. John Hood’s Daily Journal investigates who actually pays North Carolina’s sales tax.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
  • When debt becomes a drag on a national economy

    Most of us learn that too much debt is bad for us. N.C. State economist Thomas Grennes has conducted research that shows the same is true for governments. Once a government reaches a debt level consistently above 77 percent of Gross Domestic Product — on average — its economic growth…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2011