Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 9)

  • Growing distrust of public health experts explored

    David Wallace-Wells argues in New York Magazine that people have lost trust in public health experts because those experts don’t trust people. Almost as soon as the first marches to protest the killing of George Floyd began, in Minneapolis on May 26, conservatives and COVID contrarians seized on…
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2020
  • Panning the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment silence

    Amy Swearer writes for the Daily Signal about the U.S. Supreme Court’s disappointing disinterest in important Second Amendment cases. When the Supreme Court earlier this spring dismissed a New York gun case from its docket without ruling on the merits, disappointed Second Amendment advocates still had high hopes.
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2020
  • Different definitions of ‘defund the police’

    Matthew Continetti writes for Commentary about the debate over the real meaning of “defund the police.” The terseness of the demand is shocking. It is also perplexing. When I typed “Defund the Police” into Google the other day, the first and second search prompts were for “meaning” and…
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2020
  • A plea to open schools

    Naomi Schaefer Riley explains for City Journal why the benefits of reopening schools compensate for potential health risks. Then there is the physical toll that staying at home will continue to have on students. Heavy use of screens has long been tied to obesity. Without any organized sports…
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2020
  • A call to defund college rather than cops

    Peter Wood writes for the Spectator USA about a better target than police for “defunding.” ‘Defund the police!’ That’s the spray-painted, placarded, pixeled demand of the moment. The American left, from Black Lives Matterers to their knee-taking social-justice allies in their hydrangea-colored masks, has decided now is the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2020
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the negative impact for local governments of Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent executive orders. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains that North Carolina’s economic recovery is too slow.
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2020
  • UNC economist Zelder questions Cohen’s math

    UNC economist Martin Zelder submits the following commentary: Roy Cooper and Mandy Cohen keep telling us that they are making coronavirus policy decisions based on “science.” But if the data you use [are] incorrect — and theirs clearly [are] — the conclusions that you reach are not “science,” not…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2020
  • Martin Center column highlights threat of activist academics

    Anthony Hennen of the Martin Center takes aim at activist academics. The rise of activist professors has shaped the culture in higher ed for decades. As activists have become more prominent, a familiar process has changed academic departments, pushing scholars out and replacing them with professors who think in…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2020