Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor
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 "The Triangle's Afternoon News with Rick and Donna," a weekday 3 to 6 pm 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 Bo and Hank.

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 1)

  • WATCH: Reagan July 1987: “too much big government and not enough freedom from it”

    It’s been 34 years since President Ronald Reagan spoke before the West Bend, Wisconsin Rotary Club. You’d think his July 27, 1987 comments would be dated and that the issues of that time would be very different from the challenges we face in 2021. Not really. Other than the…
    Donna Martinez, July 30, 2021
  • Who’s Visiting the Biden White House? Look Through the Visitor Log.

    This week the White House released its April visitor logs. Who’s been visiting whom? You can search the log of official guests for January through April here. For example, I did a quick search for “Thom Tillis” and came up with one logged visit. He was in a…
    Donna Martinez, July 30, 2021
  • Finally I Can Agree: There Ought To Be a Law

    It’s common sense. And it should already be state law, but it’s not. Not yet anyway. Senate Bill 473 would prohibit types of conflict of interest and questionable actions in office by elected officials. Locke’s Andy Jackson explains. Incredibly, however, Senate Bill 473 – which had bipartisan…
    Donna Martinez, July 29, 2021
  • Tillis: Biden administration “apparently doesn’t trust the science”

    Sen. Thom Tillis isn’t mincing words about the CDC’s new guidance, which recommends that vaccinated Americans wear a mask indoors. Here’s Tillis’ statement from Tuesday (emphasis is mine): WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the updated mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control…
    Donna Martinez, July 28, 2021
  • IN BOX: House Speaker Moore Pans Vax Mandate On State Health Care Facility Workers

    North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore is reacting to the vaccination mandate announced by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Read the entire state letter here.  The state mandate for “All Facility Staff” requires that “all facility employees, volunteers, students, trainees, contracted, and temporary workers must…
    Donna Martinez, July 28, 2021
  • WATCH: Rep. Richard Hudson On Gun Rights For Disabled Veterans

    The Biden administration’s ATF is threatening your #2ndAmendment. Their new regulation on stabilizing braces is an attack on veterans who rely on these devices. Stay tuned tomorrow to hear how @SteveScalise, @RepBost and I are leading the fight to defend veterans and our…
    Donna Martinez, July 27, 2021
  • The Moral Case For Hiring More Police Officers

    My nephew is a detective in a major city. For years he was a beat cop who encountered every conceivable situation at every time of day and night, sometimes not knowing who was the victim and who was the perpetrator. In split seconds he was required to determine who had…
    Donna Martinez, July 27, 2021
  • Gallup: “Biden’s approval rating is showing the first signs of meaningful decline.”

    An unchecked border crisis. Out-of-control spending and debt. Unwillingness to lead the way on a bipartisan deal to build and maintain roads, bridges, and broadband access. And now, inflation that’s making Americans pay more for the necessities of life – and at the worst possible time. Over…
    Donna Martinez, July 26, 2021