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)

  • Becki Gray: 17 Things In Conference Budget That Protect and Promote Freedom

    Do you know what’s in the North Carolina state budget Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed? JLF’s Becki Gray takes a look and finds lots of reasons to celebrate. She’s calling it North Carolina’s Freedom Budget. Here are 3 of the 17 reasons. By restraining spending growth to…
    Donna Martinez, July 5, 2019
  • Our Mike Schietzelt in the Coastland Times: NC’s Criminal Code Is Unfair and Unclear. Let’s Fix It.

    JLF Legal Fellow writes in the Coastland Times about North Carolina’s outdated and messy criminal code. Some in the General Assembly want to clean it up and make it more clear and more fair. Thanks to the 2018 Recodification Working Group bill, we have much of the information we…
    Donna Martinez, July 2, 2019
  • John Locke Foundation Headquarters Has Moved To Midtown Raleigh

    Update Your Contacts With Our New Office Address As of June 10, the John Locke Foundation has moved to midtown Raleigh near North Hills. We are now located at 4800 Six Forks Road, #220, Raleigh, NC 27609. Our phone number (919-828-3876) and staff email addresses…
    Donna Martinez, June 10, 2019
  • Harvard/Harris Poll: Trump Approval Hits 2-Year High

    The Hill reports on President Trump’s approval rating, as measured by the Harvard/Harris poll: President Trump’s job approval rating is the highest it’s been in two years, boosted by voter optimism about the economy, according to the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey. The survey found that 48 percent approve…
    Donna Martinez, June 3, 2019
  • Trump Like Moby Dick?

    This is the best description I’ve seen of President Trump. It comes in a National Review piece by Victor Davis Hanson. The piece begins this way: One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction. We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt…
    Donna Martinez, May 31, 2019
  • Poll: Most Want Smaller Government, Lower Taxes

    Rasmussen polled 1,000 likely voters. Here’s what pollsters found: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a more active one with more services and higher taxes. Thirty-two percent (32%)…
    Donna Martinez, May 29, 2019
  • Booming Economy = Labor Shortage = Innovative Pay Model

    The typical American worker is paid by his/her employer every two weeks or perhaps once a month. But the fast food restaurant industry is innovating in order to attract workers who have myriad options thanks to our incredibly low unemployment rate. Bloomberg reports: Restaurant chains are pulling out all…
    Donna Martinez, May 20, 2019
  • The Voting Gender Gap

    Despite a media narrative that women are disadvantaged by a patriarchal society, women outperform men in a key exercise of freedom: voting. From Pew Research on voting trends: Both men and women turned out at record rates in the 2018 midterm election – mirroring historic turnout increases among…
    Donna Martinez, May 14, 2019