Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 2)

  • Tracking the State Budget: Carolina Journal’s Donna King Talks With WPTF

    Now that legislative leaders have agreed to a topline number for the new state budget, we await details of how they propose to use taxpayer dollars to fund state government operations. Carolina Journal reported this week: With the end of the state’s fiscal year just three weeks away, the…
    Donna Martinez, June 10, 2021
  • Parents’ Concerns About Indoctrination in N.C. Schools Take Center Stage at First Meeting of Lt. Gov. Robinson’s Task Force

    This week, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s task force – the one charged with looking at concerns over ideologically and politically slanted lessons being taught in North Carolina public schools – held its first meeting. Locke’s education expert, Dr. Terry Stoops, is a member of the group, officially called the …
    Donna Martinez, June 9, 2021
  • WATCH: This Is What Nikole Hannah-Jones Claims Is The Basis of Our Founding

    On Monday our Shaftesbury Society forum looked at the controversy over the hiring of New York  Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones by UNC-Chapel Hill’s journalism school and the claims Hannah-Jones makes about the founding of our country in the 1619 Project.  Our guests included Peter Wood, President of the…
    Donna Martinez, June 9, 2021
  • Locke President Donald Bryson Responds to Legislature’s Budget Agreement

    Today, John Locke Foundation President Donald Bryson responded to the announcement from North Carolina legislative leaders on an agreement for the state’s biennium budget total. John Locke Foundation President Donald Bryson said: “Legislative leaders are still working out the details for the biennium General Fund Budget,…
    Donna Martinez, June 8, 2021
  • Just So You Know, Here’s How Much N.C. Teachers Are Paid

    Locke’s Bob Luebke takes a deep dive into the facts about teacher compensation in North Carolina according to NEA salary rankings. To review: Overall, North Carolina teacher pay has improved despite periods of no or moderate pay increases North Carolina ranks 34th nationally and 2nd in the Southeast in…
    Donna Martinez, June 8, 2021
  • You’re Healthy With No COVID Symptoms. 71% of Democrats Think You Should Stay Home.

    The pandemic will have long-lasting effects that go well beyond our physical health. We know kids, parents, and teachers face daunting challenges due to lost time in the classroom and a complete flip flop in the learning environment, with some adapting and others left behind. We know elderly people in…
    Donna Martinez, June 8, 2021
  • Concerned About Greenhouse Gas Emissions? We’ve Got Good News For You.

    I was talking to a friend in another state who lives about 50 miles from a nuclear plant. She told me about some of her co-workers who proudly wear the badge of ‘environmentalist,’ but are staunchly anti-nuclear power. That made both of us laugh, as it should anyone who cares…
    Donna Martinez, June 3, 2021
  • Elections Director Wants To Delay All Municipal Elections. Why?

    State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell is urging the General Assembly to give municipalities the ability to delay their local elections. But, as Locke’s Andy Jackson explains, lawmakers have a better solution to Brinson Bell’s concern about Census Bureau data. Their solution is one that doesn’t threaten…
    Donna Martinez, June 3, 2021