Donna Martinez

VP of Marketing and Communications
Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. Her career has been spent in marketing, public relations and writing, and includes 11 years at The Arizona Republic, the daily newspaper serving metropolitan Phoenix. Donna co-hosts Carolina Journal Radio, JLF's weekly syndicated radio show. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and is married to Rick Martinez, VP of News and Information at Curtis Media Group. Donna and Rick host "You Don't Say," a weekday radio talk show heard from the Triangle through eastern North Carolina on NewsRadio 680 WPTF. She and Rick live in Wake County with their dogs Tony, Bo, and Hank.

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 1)

  • Why DC Restaurant Workers Should Oppose a Gigantic Raise

    It’s called Initiative 77. As Reason details, it’s a ballot item in Washington D.C. that would impose a $15/hour minimum wage on restaurants. Here’s how things work now: Restaurant owners in the district currently pay waitstaff $3.33 an hour, well below the minimum wage, with the expectation that they…
    Donna Martinez, April 20, 2018
  • Biggest Improvement in the South

    Looking for a job in the South? You’ve got a great chance of finding one here. North Carolina is thriving. Thanks to sound policy decisions on a variety of fronts, and thanks to visionary legislative leadership that has acted to put us on solid fiscal footing, pro-growth policies are…
    Donna Martinez, April 19, 2018
  • Where Does Your North Carolina Tax Money Go?

    As North Carolinians rushed to meet this week’s tax filing deadline, no doubt many wondered where their money is going. We decided to make it easy to understand how their hard-earned money is being spent. John Locke Foundation Senior Fellow Joe Coletti tells us North Carolinians pay an average of $2,500…
    Donna Martinez, April 18, 2018
  • Poll: 47% Won’t Back Candidate Who Supports Impeaching Trump

    Hot off the press from comes this new polling data about President Trump: Forty-seven percent of Americans say they wouldn’t vote for a congressional candidate who supports impeaching President Donald Trump, while 42 percent said they would, a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll shows. Another 10 percent said…
    Donna Martinez, April 18, 2018
  • Freedom, Virtue, Security, Equality, Prudence

    I am struck by how many people today choose to mock and insult those who hold a different point of view. I see it across the ideological and political spectrum. From Left to Right, the response of choice these days is to spew. In today’s Daily Journal, John Hood writes…
    Donna Martinez, April 18, 2018
  • Tax Cuts Begun in 2011 Have Put $5 Billion Back Into the Economy

    It’s tax filing deadline day, making it a perfect time to assess how far we’ve come in North Carolina by making sure every working North Carolinian keeps more of what he or she earns. That’s due to pro-growth economic policies adopted over the post six or seven years. Becki…
    Donna Martinez, April 17, 2018
  • Why the U.S. Navy is Concerned About the Amazon Wind Farm

    Drug-runners. Human traffickers. Criminals smuggling one thing or another. The U.S. Navy operates a radar operation near Hampton Roads to try and intercept contraband from central and south America. But the Amazon wind farm in eastern North Carolina might be hurting that operation. Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson explains what’s up…
    Donna Martinez, April 17, 2018
  • Can’t Make It To JLF at Noon? Watch This Event on Facebook

    North Carolina’s aging water infrastructure is crumbling. Due to outdated policies, modernization of water infrastructure is costing more than it should. In this presentation, Michael Power will explain his view that North Carolinians will be impacted by inefficient use of taxpayer dollars, higher water utility rates, and potential interruptions of…
    Donna Martinez, April 16, 2018