Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 7)

  • Martin Center column targets declining English departments

    Duke Pesta offers Martin Center readers ideas for improving the relevance of university English departments. A major in English was once a serious endeavor masquerading as a frivolous one. Despite the occasional “do you want fries with that?” condescension from business or science students, the study of literature—immersion in…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
  • Federalist columnist wants Right to learn lessons from Left

    Ashe Schow writes at the Federalist that the political Right could learn some important lessons in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. About two weeks after what was reported as a movement by the students, forensic science specialist David Hines discovered that the whole “movement” was…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
  • Trump’s populism and the GOP

    James Antle writes for the Washington Examiner that President Trump’s populism is causing increasing concerns among some Republicans. After President Trump’s first year in office, political observers marveled at how much he governed like a conventional Republican, in substance if not style. But if 2017 was defined by…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
  • Move along — there’s no $6 billion cost overrun to see here

    Susan Crabtree of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a curious omission from California Gov. Jerry Brown’s pitch for the feds to prop up a bullet-train project. California governor Jerry Brown’s half-mocking push to win President Donald Trump’s affection for the state’s $10.6 billion-dollar bullet-train failed to mention…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
  • Georgia Tech adds to the campus kookiness list

    Katherine Timpf of National Review Online details the latest example of college campus silliness, courtesy of an Atlantic Coast Conference school. Georgia Tech’s student government has released a two-page “inclusivity checklist” for all campus events — and it includes more than 40 guidelines related to dietary restrictions, safe…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
  • Geraghty channels Letterman, creates top-10 list of reasons we can’t be Nordic

    Jim Geraghty explains at National Review Online why Americans cannot hope to duplicate public policies prevalent in Nordic countries. 1) The Nordic system kills innovation, and the United States’ adopting it would have dire consequences for the world economy. As Daron Acemoglu, an eminent economist at MIT, wrote…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest attempt to throw out a new merged state elections and ethics board. A new lawsuit from Cooper follows a defeat at the N.C. Supreme Court. John Hood’s Daily Journal places North Carolina’s film incentives in perspective. They play a…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
  • Leef highlights Supreme Court’s contracts clause controversy

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column contends that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide soon whether to allow the U.S. Constitution’s contracts clause to survive. In the first century or so of our national existence, one of the Constitution’s provisions that was most often at issue was the Contract Clause.
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2018