Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 2,397)

  • If the statute of limitations runs out on a Sunday …

    … you might get another day to file your lawsuit. In one of the new opinions posted today from the N.C. Court of Appeals, a unanimous three-judge panel reversed a lower court and ruled that the former director of plant operations at Livingstone College could proceed with a…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
  • Familiar names top the state’s tax burden list

    If you’ve read the lead story at, you’ve learned the highlights of the John Locke Foundation’s latest By The Numbers report on local government tax-and-fee burdens. Joe Coletti discusses some of the key findings in the video clip below.
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
  • Easton outlines union woes

    Nina Easton’s latest Fortune column offers some sobering data for union activists: Among independent voters, who determined the 2008 election and are likely to do so again in 2012, labor support has plunged to 42% from 54% in early 2007. While more than half…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
  • Fortune columnist echoes Hood’s argument

    Read Allan Sloan’s latest Fortune column, and you’ll note that his politics differ from those of John Locke Foundation President John Hood. Still, Sloan’s argument that New York and New Jersey can’t fill state budget gaps with tax increases brings to mind Hood’s argument that “…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
  • Saying no to health insurance exchanges

    Anthony Greco has reported on legislative efforts to design new health benefit exchanges, and Joseph Coletti has told us why that’s a bad idea. Writing in the latest National Review, Michael F. Cannon of the Cato Institute adds to Joe’s arguments: There is simply…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
  • Why Wisconsin’s Walker hasn’t budged

    The latest National Review offers a clue about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s resolve in dealing with public-sector union protesters: Walker shrugged off the noise. “Those tens of thousands of protesters have every right to be heard,” he told me. “But there are 5.5 million…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
  • Bork addresses the presidential assault on originalism

    In the latest National Review, Robert Bork contends the Obama administration’s decision to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act “depends upon a repudiation of originalism as the preferred mode of constitutional interpretation”: The Obama-Holder dismissal of originalism is an assertion that the interpreter of…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Michael Lowrey’s latest Carolina Journal Online report outlines key elements of his latest By The Numbers study of local tax-and-fee burdens across North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal makes the case for cutting the corporate tax rate.
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011