Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 3)

  • WUNC’s podcast: Becki Gray on Cooper’s budget, election integrity, gun control

    Making her weekly appearance on WUNC’s “The Politics Podcast” hosted by Jeff Tiberii, Locke’s Becki Gray offers sound perspective on Gov. Roy Cooper’s behemoth budget proposal, a spending plan that Rob Schofield of N.C. Policy Watch says isn’t big enough. In the excerpt below, Becki begins by responding…
    Donna Martinez, March 29, 2021
  • LISTEN: Cooper & Stein on immigration and the ‘dreamers’

    For weeks now, the focus has rightly been on the crisis at the southern border, as illegal immigrants flood into the United States and the Biden administration flails. But on Thursday, the focus was more on legal immigration and the economy as the American Business Immigration Coalition held a virtual…
    Donna Martinez, March 26, 2021
  • 4 Big, Bad Ideas In Gov. Cooper’s Massive Spending Plan

    It’s a massive spending plan. On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced his new state budget proposal, a plan that would spend far too much money, setting North Carolina’s state government on an unsustainable future path. Locke analysts note that the governor also continues his pointless push to expand Medicaid,…
    Donna Martinez, March 25, 2021
  • Connecting Rural North Carolina To High-Speed Broadband

    Locke report identifies three reforms to bolster quick action at a lower cost North Carolina is well-positioned to close the gap in access to high-speed broadband in our state’s rural areas thanks to smart choices by state leaders. Still, securing these connections quickly and at a lower cost requires three…
    Donna Martinez, March 24, 2021
  • Here’s how H.R. 1 would impact North Carolina specifically

    The fate of the massive elections bill, H.R. 1, now sits with the U.S. Senate. More specifically, its fate rests on whether Democrats will change the rules and cram the behemoth bill that federalizes elections through the U.S. Senate. Under that scenario, Vice President Harris would be in line to…
    Donna Martinez, March 24, 2021
  • Civitas Poll: 44% Strongly Disapprove of Joe Biden’s Job Performance

    President Biden has work to do with likely North Carolina voters. The new Civitas Poll shows a majority don’t like the direction of the country, while North Carolinians are split on Mr. Biden’s performance. But take a look at the strong disapproval data. (emphasis is mine) More than half…
    Donna Martinez, March 22, 2021
  • Jon Guze at NAACP History Tells Us Why H.R. 1 Is Insidious

    It is called the “For the People Act of 2021.” It’s anything but. Passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 220 to 210, with no Republican support, H.R. 1 is raising alarm bells on a variety of fronts. At the Locke Foundation,…
    Donna Martinez, March 19, 2021
  • Civitas Poll: Distrust Brews as North Carolinians Worry the 2022 Elections Won’t Be Free and Fair

    RALEIGH – Fewer than half of likely North Carolina voters — 49% — believe next year’s elections in North Carolina will be free and fair, with a full 40% saying no, the 2022 elections won’t be free and fair. The remaining 11% were unsure. A new Civitas Poll released…
    Donna Martinez, March 18, 2021