Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 9)

  • Good news on the civil-asset forfeiture front

    Jason Snead and Elizabeth Slattery of the Daily Signal find some encouraging news from the U.S. Supreme Court. [T]he U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that may rein in abusive property seizures by state and local governments through the highly controversial legal tool known…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2018
  • A move away from employer-sponsored health insurance

    Chris Pope writes at about new options that could transform the existing system that ties most health insurance to employment. The battle to reform health insurance has largely concentrated on the individual market, in which only 15 million Americans are enrolled. By contrast, 158 million Americans are…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2018
  • Honeywell and the incentives game

    As N.C. politicians celebrate Honeywell’s decision to relocate its corporate headquarters to Charlotte, they might want to file away Rob Jennings’ latest report at It calls into question government’s ability to use targeted tax incentives to sway business decisions. The planned relocation comes just three years after…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2018
  • An idea for boosting Social Security

    Harvard economist Martin Feldstein offers Barron’s readers suggestions for addressing an unsustainable system of Social Security. If it isn’t politically possible to raise the tax rate to support future retirees with the current structure of benefits, there are only two options to avoid a collapse of the entire…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2018
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the latest developments in controversies surrounding North Carolina’s state elections board and the 9th District congressional election. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina’s urban-versus-rural debate is overly simplistic.
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2018
  • Martin Center column probes active alumni groups

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center highlights two groups of college alumni who are taking more active roles in monitoring their alma maters. An important voice is missing in today’s colleges and universities: that of their alumni. Their absence does a disservice to both students and the general public…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2018
  • Life expectancy continues to drop in U.S.

    Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner highlights disturbing news about Americans’ prospects of living long lives. U.S. life expectancy decreased for the third year in a row in 2017, a trend that hasn’t been observed in 100 years. The finding comes from a series of reports released Thursday…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2018
  • Obama isn’t going away

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon highlights the latest evidence that former President Barack Obama will continue to play a visible role on the American political scene. Contributions to President Barack Obama’s foundation skyrocketed last year as the group hauled in more than $230 million, its most…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2018