Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 2,257)

  • Perdue to allow school testing bill to become law without her signature

    Veto No. 3 will have to wait, as Gov. Beverly Perdue has decided not to challenge a bill to scrap four N.C. high school end-of-course tests. Terry Stoops has argued for a “repeal and replace” strategy that would allow for nationally normed tests to replace those…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • New at CJO: The legislative week recapped

    Anthony Greco’s latest Carolina Journal Online report reviews this week’s action from the N.C. General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • Rubio and the ‘terrible way to run government’

    Freshman U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is among those members of Congress who are sick of the series of continuing resolutions put forward as alternatives to a new, more scaled-back federal budget. As Human Events reports: One Republican who had the courage to lay off the sauce this time was Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. “Today’s vote, first of all, should remind us of how we got here. Why are we funding government in two or three week increments?” he asked in a press release, after voting against the latest CR. “It’s because Democrats, when they ran the House, the Senate and the White House, didn’t pass a budget… But more importantly, this is a terrible way to run government. We are facing some serious issues in America today, particularly the fact that we are borrowing $4 billion a day to keep the lights on and particularly the fact that we owe $14 trillion and growing. It’s time to face those issues in a serious way. The time for waiting is over. The time for games has passed.”
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • New at CJO: Public school principal recruits parents to fight charter school bill

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a Haywood County public school principal who sent a letter home with students urging their parents to fight a bill to lift the state’s public charter school cap.
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • ‘Must-read’ piece on ObamaCare repudiation now linked

    Nearly three weeks ago, I suggested Attorney General Roy Cooper might benefit from reading Tevi Troy’s Commentary article on the repudiation of the year-old federal health care reform law. Given the events that have transpired since that blog entry, perhaps Gov. Beverly Perdue ought to take time to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • York examines unions’ attempts to link their cause to the civil rights movement

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article explains that national union leaders are trying to link their political priority list to the civil rights movement. The AFL-CIO is advising member unions to come up with activities to stress ties between big labor and the civil…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Beverly Perdue has issued two vetoes in the opening months of the 2011 legislative session, twice as many vetoes as she issued during her entire first two years in office. Rick Henderson discusses the significance of those vetoes during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Terry Stoops about efforts to lift North Carolina’s statewide public charter school cap. Jon Sanders’ guest Daily Journal explains how the Founders protected our freedom to buy the light bulbs, toilets, and other items…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2011