Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

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  • Quick Primer: Comparing House, Senate & Cooper Budget Plans

    The North Carolina House of Representatives is moving ahead with its operating budget for the state. The House plan follows the release of budget plans by the N.C. Senate and by Gov. Roy Cooper. They’re complex plans for sure, but Locke’s Paige Terryberry can give us a quick, 4-minute primer…
    Donna Martinez, August 12, 2021
  • IN BOX: Stacey Abrams, Dem Groups Attack Free Mobile ID Service As “Anti-Voter and Anti-Democratic”

    Sen. Leader Phil Berger’s office issued the following press release at midday Wednesday. INSANITY: Stacey Abrams, Dem Groups Attack Free Mobile ID Service As “Anti-Voter and Anti-Democratic” Proposed NC budget allocates $5 million for a van to drive to people’s homes to give…
    Donna Martinez, August 11, 2021
  • WATCH: Our Conversation With Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson

    All this month at Locke, we’re focusing on emerging leaders in North Carolina. Our special Shaftesbury Society series “Thoughts & Thinkers” has been delightful to host. This week we featured a conversation with Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt. Below are…
    Donna Martinez, August 11, 2021
  • Becki Gray To Legislature: Choose Low-Cost, Reliable, Environmentally-Friendly Energy

    “Cost matters.” That is one of the key points made by Locke’s Becki Gray on Tuesday as she testified about House Bill 951 before the North Carolina Senate Agriculture, Energy, and Environment Committee. The reliability of our energy sources should also be front and center as lawmakers debate what our state’s…
    Donna Martinez, August 10, 2021
  • Buyers’ Remorse: Americans Sour On Biden

    I’ve written previously about Gallup polling data and analysis that shows President Biden is losing the support of the American people. Here are my thoughts on the data from about two weeks ago, followed by a key paragraph excerpted from Gallup: If you’re the president, you’re likely most…
    Donna Martinez, August 9, 2021
  • To Mask or Not To Mask

    The News & Observer reports that at least 50 public school districts in North Carolina have decided to let parents decide whether or not their child will wear a mask in the classroom. That’s nearly half of the 115 districts. It’s an issue that should spark discussion. To that…
    Donna Martinez, August 6, 2021
  • Biden Adviser Working For Minneapolis Ballot Amendment To Defund Police

    Hats off to Politico for reporting that Biden campaign pollster Celinda Lake is working  for “Yes 4 Minneapolis,” the group pushing to pass Minneapolis’ November ballot amendment that would, in essence, defund the police department. According to Politico’s West Wing Playbook: If voters pass the amendment this…
    Donna Martinez, August 5, 2021
  • Speaking Truth To Power: Folwell, Causey & Robinson School Cooper On N.C.’s Employment Crisis

    He’s a bulldog. I’m talking about Treasurer Dale Folwell. This week he demonstrated that he’s not afraid to go toe-to-toe with Gov. Roy Cooper – and in a public meeting. The location: the August 3 Council of State meeting, where statewide elected officials convene to take votes on items…
    Donna Martinez, August 4, 2021