Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 2)

  • Will Gov. Cooper & Lt. Gov. Robinson Agree On Anything?

    Democrat Roy Cooper and Republican Mark Robinson have begun work as North Carolina’s two highest-level leaders. But the two men hold very different views of the world, as evidenced by the remarks each made when sworn into office. That will make for a fascinating four years of competing visions and…
    Donna Martinez, January 13, 2021
  • 25th Amendment: Read Vice President Pence’s Letter To Speaker Pelosi

    Vice President Mike Pence sent the following letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Note the second paragraph in which Vice President Pence declines to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, noting “it is not a means of punishment or usurpation.”…
    Donna Martinez, January 13, 2021
  • Religious makeup of the new U.S. Congress

    As the new U.S. Congress begins its work, Pew Research Center has created an interesting graphic to illustrate the religious makeup of the body. (see below). While about a quarter (26%) of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – just…
    Donna Martinez, January 12, 2021
  • NC bars and taverns struggle to stay afloat

    Among the North Carolina businesses hardest hit by Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 shutdowns are bars, taverns, and distillers. Very few customers means very little — if any — revenue to pay the bills and the employees. For some, it’s the end of the line. Others are suing to…
    Donna Martinez, January 11, 2021
  • Biden Administration Should Keep These 2 Trump Health Care Executive Orders

    No matter who the president is, or which political party has control of Congress, access to affordable health insurance and the medical care that goes along with it has been top of mind for years. President Trump made progress by issuing executive orders, as John Locke Foundation government affairs associate…
    Donna Martinez, January 8, 2021
  • Snapshot of the Day: NC Population Growth 1990-2035

    From Carolina Demography comes this chart that shows North Carolina’s explosive growth.   This is why North Carolina is on the brink of securing a 14th congressional district.  …
    Donna Martinez, January 8, 2021
  • Senate Leader Phil Berger Announces Committee Appointments

    A Jan. 7 news release from Sen. Leader Phil Berger’s office announces committee assignments. The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday, Jan. 13. Be sure to join the John Locke Foundation’s government affairs team on Monday, Jan. 11, for a conversation about Locke’s legislative Agenda for a Better Carolina. …
    Donna Martinez, January 7, 2021
  • Split Decisions Ahead For NC’s Supreme Court? Maybe Not.

    Voters in 2020 gave Republicans more seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court, including elevating Republican Paul Newby to the Chief Justice seat. But Democrats maintain a 4-3 political advantage on the court. So what does it mean for future rulings? That’s the question addressed by Mitch Kokai, the…
    Donna Martinez, January 7, 2021