Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 4)

  • Biden’s courage explored

    Andrew Stiles writes for the Washington Free Beacon about former Vice President Joe Biden’s emphasis on “courage.” A super PAC supporting former vice president Joe Biden has unveiled its first television ad of the 2020 cycle. The ad, titled “Courage,” attempts to highlight the Democratic frontrunner’s record of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online about a panel discussion highlighting the negative impact of social justice activism on N.C. higher education. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how a recent court decision should help keep Gov. Roy Cooper in his lane.
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
  • Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: College football playoff edition

    Skip this entry if you’re looking for commentary about Donald Trump, Roy Cooper, or some other aspect of public policy. What follows deals primarily with the less important topic of college football playoffs. To justify its inclusion in the “Locker Room,” I’ll note two policy-related items. First, excitement about the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2019
  • Martin Center’s Leef pushes back against narrative of college dropout ‘scandal’

    George Leef of the Martin Center labels pundits’ concerns over college dropouts “overhyped.” About 40 percent of Americans who enroll in college drop out before earning a certificate or degree. A high percentage of those who drop out are from poor families; they attended K-12 schools where academic standards…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
  • Chasing a mirage

    Emily Larsen and Joseph Simonson of the Washington Examiner argue that Democrats are trying to revive an electoral coalition that has disappeared. Since Barack Obama’s White House wins in 2008 and 2012, political mythology has grown around the emerging voting coalition that made him president — the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
  • Washington Free Beacon takes aim at Tillis challenger

    Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon pens a critique of Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham’s stances on current political controversies. North Carolina Democratic Senate contender Cal Cunningham dodged questions about whether he supports impeachment, despite endorsing an inquiry even before the August whistleblower complaint over President Donald…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
  • An argument against expanding Social Security

    Andrew Biggs explains at National Review Online why policymakers should resist the urge to expand one of the federal government’s largest entitlement programs. Few issues better illustrate the leftward shift of American economic policy than Social Security. In the late 1990s, moderate Democrats such as Senators Daniel Patrick…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
  • A common-sense approach to food stamps

    Editors at National Review Online label the Trump administration’s approach to food stamps “commonsensical.” Our food-stamp program has some bizarre loopholes in it, and the Trump administration is trying to close them. A new rule finalized [Wednesday] attacks one in particular. In theory, the program has a strict…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019