Donna is a columnist for Carolina Journal, and editor of The Locke Letter. She assists with marketing activities and appears each week as a co-host of At Issue, the NBC 17 public affairs program airing Sundays at 11 a.m. Donna also represents the Locke Foundation at speaking engagements and in other media outlets. She has a particular interest in the politics of feminism and the "women's rights movement."
Donna came to the Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. Her career has been spent in marketing, public relations and writing, most recently at UNC-TV, and includes 11 years at The Arizona Republic, the daily newspaper serving metropolitan Phoenix. Donna is a graduate of Arizona State University and is married to Rick Martinez, an editorial columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer. She and Rick live in northern Orange County with their four dogs, and are grandparents to Ellie and Karie.
(11.02.14) Coal Ash Disposal An Issue in House District 92 Rematch
RALEIGH — In a repeat of the 2012 matchup, Democrat Robin Bradford is again challenging Republican Charles Jeter, the first-term legislator who narrowly defeated her two years ago, 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent. The race is considered competitive, according to analysis by the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation.
(10.29.14) HD 22 Challenger Smith Says He Offers ‘True Conservative’ Alternative
RALEIGH — Republican Ken Smith says his campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Rep. William Brisson from the House District 22 seat in the General Assembly is nothing personal. Residents of big swaths of Bladen and Sampson counties, and a small portion of Johnston County, need an average person with strong conservative credentials to represent their interests. Brisson, he says, simply doesn’t fit the bill.
(7.01.14) The Haves and Have-Nots of Employment Tenure
Awarding career status to public school teachers protects the ineffective sandbaggers along with the average and the excellent.
(5.02.14) Democrat Clark Seeks Second Term in Senate District 21
RALEIGH — Freshman Sen. Ben Clark said the General Assembly made a mistake last year by not expanding Medicaid. He wants to “right that wrong.” Since no Republican is running for the District 21 seat, the winner of the Democratic primary will be sworn into office in January, barring the unlikely event of a successful write-in or unaffiliated candidate in the Nov. 4 general election.
(4.10.14) Bingham and Gallimore Face Off Again In Senate District 33
RALEIGH — In 2012 Tea Party Republican Eddie Gallimore came within 505 votes of defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Stan Bingham for the opportunity to represent Davidson and Montgomery counties in the North Carolina Senate. The two are facing each other again, with the winner of the May 6 primary almost certainly winning District 33.
(3.20.14) Minimum Wage Hike Would Limit Opportunities to Get Ahead
If we expect businesses to help entry-level workers step up to more responsibility and higher pay, we must foster economic growth. It makes no sense to discourage businesses from hiring entry-level workers.
(3.20.14) Higher Minimum Wage = Fewer Opportunities
The Left's proposal to hike the minimum wage would limit the chances for unemployed and lower-skilled workers to develop the tools needed to rise from poverty.
(12.26.13) Liberal Lawsuit Challenges Life-Enhancing Scholarship
A legal challenge from left-of-center activists would help ensure that most special-needs students fail to make the grade.
(11.21.13) Conservatives Need To Step Up To Improve Education
The liberal education establishment has made its mark on North Carolina, and the results speak volumes.
(11.19.13) Conservatives Need to Step Up to Improve N.C. Education
If you have time to complain about the problem, you have time to help provide the solution.