Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 7)

  • Chicago Democrat’s solution to carjacking: ban video games

    One of my favorite constitutional experts is Jonathan Turley of George Washington University. A self-professed liberal, he calls them as he sees them. It’s a rare quality in analysts these days. His latest blog is about an Illinois legislator who thinks he has the solution to Chicago’s rampant problem…
    Donna Martinez, February 23, 2021
  • Tip of the hat to North Carolina Republican Legislators

    Leadership matters, and the chart below shows it in crystal clear terms. In North Carolina, we’re fortunate to have legislative leaders who take spending, taxing, and budgeting very seriously. Their prudent decisions over the past decade have given our state national attention and made us the model for other…
    Donna Martinez, February 22, 2021
  • Pandemic prescription for school kids: an education savings account

    State legislators are rightly concerned about how kids are faring in a virtual learning environment. Some may have adapted well, but others are being left behind. We can’t have that. But there’s a better way to help struggling kids than six weeks of summer school, according to Locke’s Bob…
    Donna Martinez, February 18, 2021
  • Would you vote for him?

    Those who think the stain of impeachment has relegated Donald Trump to history may be jolted by this new Morning Consult/Politico poll of Republican voters. According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted at the conclusion of the Senate’s weeklong trial, a majority of Republican voters (54 percent) said…
    Donna Martinez, February 17, 2021
  • You’re keeping more of what you earn. Let’s keep it that way.

    COVID-19 has proved a public health crisis for virtually every state, and also a fiscal crisis for those states that spent, spent, spent and failed to engage in sound stewardship of tax dollars leading up to the pandemic. Thanks to the Republican-led General Assembly, North Carolina has avoided the…
    Donna Martinez, February 16, 2021
  • Guess who will co-chair President Biden’s commission to review the federal courts

    Candidate Joe Biden told CBS News he would appoint a commission to look at the federal court system because they are ‘out of whack.’ He said it wasn’t about court packing, but other things. Now that commission is being assembled, according to politico.com. Will it be partisan in…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2021
  • Do 20% of children go hungry?

    I was in middle school before I realized that my family was poor — what we today call the ‘working poor.’ My dad was a truck driver with an eighth-grade education, and my mom a housewife who stayed home to raise four kids. At one point she sold Avon to…
    Donna Martinez, February 12, 2021
  • Hey, wait a minute. Didn’t Gov. Cooper VETO teacher raises?

    Yes, Gov. Roy Cooper did, in fact, veto raises for North Carolina teachers. Now his budget priorities include giving teachers bonuses of $2,500. Hmm. So what’s up with this? An exasperated Joe Coletti points out that it’s North Carolina Democrats — led by Roy Cooper — who wouldn’t allow teachers…
    Donna Martinez, February 10, 2021