Marshall Adame Live at 6:30 pm

We've been very fortunate at BlueNC to have a strong relationship with Marshall Adame, the man who plans to retire Walter Jones from congress. He has written quite a few articles and has provided us a first-hand account of what is going on in Iraq because the man was there and he wasn't playing peek-a-boo in the green zone.

Marshall will be with us Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 pm and has offered to stay and chat past our normal one hour span to make sure all questions are answered. Here is your open thread to post early questions.

Thanks and we'll see you all here tomorrow evening.

[Update]

Marshall has been answering questions throughout the day and will be here at 6:30 for your live questions. Welcome Marshall!

Comments

Blackwater

I know your own thoughts about contractors, but I'd like to hear your sense of what others in your district think. How does the average Marine look at the whole contractor scene? How about flag officers? How about families? Can you shed any light on the story behind the story as far as military families are concerned?

We take great pride in being a military friendly state. Should that pride extend to being a mercenary friendly state too?

There is no comparing our military to private mercenaries

The motivations are different, the reasons for existing are diffferent, the consequences of thier actions are differnet and the accountability is different.

I have interacted with many mercenary groups, including Blackwater. There is no place in the American force structure, or in American culture for mercenaries. They are guns for hire; No more, no less. The primary motivation is money. In most cases it does not matter who's money.

Private Security Organizations as extensive as Blackwater, for example, should not be allowed to operate in war zones as augments of the United States of America. Private Armies represent the very things we depise as a people. Servants to the highest bidder with true allegiance to no-one.

This is a statement I wanted clarified.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

No Child Left Behind?

Marshall -

How do you feel about the No Child Left Behind Act? Would you change it in any way? If so, how?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

NCLB has not served the common good

As with any Federally mandated program administered by the Bush administration, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has failed more children than it has helped in my view. I am not an educator and may not understand the finer nuances of the NCLB, but I know it failed the children of Texas when Gov. George Bush forced it on them.
States that fail to meet benchmarks established by NCLB are penalized through a variety of methods, including a reduction in federal education funding. To me, that is exactly what should not be done. Families and Teachers must be our front line in education. Schools must be allowed to focus resources where they determine the need is greatest. NCLB seems to presume that the federal government knows what is best for States schools more-so than the states themselves. That is a preposterous notion.

Placing excessive technical re-certifications on teachers and administrators, it seems to me, removes them unnecessarily from their primary task of teaching, interacting with and mentoring students. Teaching is more than a job; It is a mission and a service to Americas future.

I will work to either scrap NCLB, or change the premise of its existence. Children are the future of this country and should be one of the highest priorities on the country’s agenda. They should not be subject to schools competing for federal resources.

I also believe that every State Junior College in America should be tuition free and that all preschool programs for 4 year olds should be expanded and funded to allow families to participate who are presently unable to do so. Child care programs also warrant linkage to our national education programs, We cannot raise up our future on the cheap.

No…I do not support NCLB in it’s present form.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

OLF and other questions

Marshall,

I applaud you for running for Congress for NC03! Thank you for standing up to the inucmbant and making him place his positions on the table. For holding him accountable for his actions by forcing him to answer questions as they pertain to the district.

How will you debate with W. Jones on the desire to strengthen the area around Cherry Point to make it more conducive to bringing additional planes to the area without selling out others of the region that will not receive any benefit from these planes?

Oceana is going to die soon. Might be 5, 15, 25 years, but in the grand scheme of things, that is soon. How will you walk that tight rope? How will you work with Rep. Butterfield in making NC01 and NC03 a strong region with a strong military supporting AND support the desires of the local governments who have demonstrated time and again that we know this OLF is not required nor do we wish it in our communities? (The Navy is the ones telling us this OLF is not required in their own NEPA documents). No matter which of the sites (either proposed by Governor Easely or the original 5 as picked by the Navy) is picked for this OLF, Oceana will not be viable for the length of time the OLF is in that community (or shadow of that former community).

Do you see a reduction in jobs or responsibilities coming to MCAS Cherry Point by the Navy because of the OLF fight by a bunch of farmers in the NE portion of the state? How did the OLF fight hurt or help the overall viability of Cherry Point? With Oceana almost dead in 2005, what will you do to make Cherry Point a strong contender to replace Oceana when it is time to accept that Oceana can no longer do the mission?

Some of the alternatives the Navy is proposing:

1) is continue to fight for Washington County site. (supposidely the preferred choice still)
2) Craven County site (Site E)
3) The Navy expressed at the 18 Sept new site unveiling's that the 2 sites south, (Angola and Hoffman Farms) really are not desired.
4) Any site that directly supports Oceana. (Washington County site and North).
5) any that you can think of
Is there any alternative that you would accept that would allow the Navy to place their OLF in a region where the people have demonstrated they do not wish it, even if it meant bringing in 4 squadrons or more to Cherry Point?

Would you push for an increase in utilization at MCALF Bogue Field if it meant more planes for Cherry Point? (MCALF Bogue Field is the OLF for Cherry Point but Emerald Isle would strongly fight any kind of increase in utilization at that field). The Navy calls it an expidatiary field(?) because it has a metal decked runway similar to an expeditiary field to be utilized for forward based Harriers. F/A-18 CD from MCAS Beaufort, SC do fly to that site for FCLP operations when required, so utilizing the field in a dual role is not out of the question.

How will you work with Senator Burr (and either Dole, or the new Senator from NC) in protecting those communities and local governments away from Havelock who have demonstrated that they do not want this OLF in their communities?

What is your stand on condemnation and eminent domain practices?

What is your stand on local governments having the right and power to say NO to "big" government on issues (even outside the OLF)?

We saw where W. Jones did nothing about the "pocket" veto to try to get representatives back to Washington to get a budget to get a defense authorization bill passed, how will you handle this?

Do you feel it is congress's responsibility to be holding hearings on steroid use in professional sports and the Olympics when congress cannot get needed laws enacted such as health care reform, SCHIP, no child left behind, etc? Which should Congress be concentrating on?

What would you do if the Navy decides that because North Carolina would not give the Navy an OLF that is not required, that the Navy did not send the 2 squadrons to Cherry Point as has been stated at every public hearing since associated with the SEIS? At the 18 Sept meeting, it was mildly hinted that those squadrons might not make it to Cherry Point. The doubt was put in the air.

Sorry my questions

are so long. Figured I would get them out so you had a chance to digest them.

Good luck in November!

I will ask many of these questions as they pertain to priorities to other candidates as I can!

OLF and other questions

Hi Parmea,

Walter Jones has never debated anyone. I doubt he will start now. His strategy of ignoring his opponents has worked very well for him.

In the OLF debate, Congressman Jones was very content to allow the navy anything they wanted in NC. Only after those “Outer OLF” citizens started making noise did our congressman say anything, and even then he was a day late.

As North Carolinians, therefore stewards of it’s destiny, we have an obligation to future generations to manage and grow our state in development and prosperity. We also have the responsibility to care for and maintain our rare and beautiful environment. We must always count the costs of the things we wish to accomplish. Is there a cost we may consider to great for our citizens, our quality of life and our children to bear?
I believe that the future development of any new OLF facility in the coastal area of NC is too much to ask.

North Carolina proudly hosts some of the biggest military facilities in the United States. We are and have been for generations a state which has happily sacrificed its land and treasure for the sake of our Military needs. We know sacrifice and honor and gladly bear it. But at what place do we decide that, in this case, we cannot oblige? I believe it is now and here in the 3rd District. This OLF proposal is nothing more than the Navy dumping it’s ‘Virginia” problem onto the backs of North Carolina residents which, at first, it believed would not fight back or resist.

The Navy will bring additional squadrons into Cherry Point if it serves the interest of the Navy. Holding that issue out as a carrot is dishonest on their part. Cherry Point will not suffer because North Carolinians resisted a U.S. Navy land grab.

“Oceana is going to die soon. Might be 5, 15, 25 years, but in the grand scheme of things, that is soon. How will you walk that tight rope?”

There is no tightrope here. 15-25 years is a very long time in the military development area and the issues will be different. Maybe related, but different. Off shore facility development may be developed to a point of economic viability by then. That would be one solution. Bouge Field is an existing installation. If the approach trajectory was very specific, low level noise mitigation could be possible, but a heavy increase of traffic into Bouge would not be an acceptable solution. Cherry Point is a very versatile field of significant length. Operations from there is one solution which may be negotiable.

The best solution is always the one which serves the residents of the area in conjunction with the needs of the government. My job will be to present and then defend the solutions for the 3rd District in the context of National Defense.

I do not think that there will be any significant increase or decrease in the employment status of the Havelock community as the result of what-ever decision is made on this issue.

What price for a few extra jobs either won, or lost? There are lots of industries which create jobs. I will work to bring environmentally friendly industry into the 3rd District.

“Do you feel it is congress's responsibility to be holding hearings on steroid use in professional sports and the Olympics?”.

No.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Wonder why W. Jones

will not discuss issues with others.

Walter Jones has never debated anyone. I doubt he will start now. His strategy of ignoring his opponents has worked very well for him.

Your discussions and stands are smart as well as smart for the district regarding military backing, etc as discussed.

If nothing else, a discussion or dialog on issues of NC03 should happen especially with so many issues that impact the region. W. Jones should enjoy discussing the district with you.

Thank you for your answers.

Protecting our forest and wetlands

Although I very strongly believe in our sacred responsibility to protect our whole enviorment, I realize that our forest, wetlands,coastal and outer banks areas are very significant and require a lot of attention and resources to protect. Additionally, developement, although necessary and good for NC, presents challanges to us all reagrding the protection of our lands and water ways. Wet lands in particular are attractive targets of developers.
I need to be educated more regarding what scientific and technilogical tools can be incorporated in the struggle to preserve our natural land and water resources. That being said, I am committed to preserving these critical parts of our home and existance, but not only in North Carolina. I am an enviormentalist and am dedicated to land and water use which preserves what we still enjoy today. We owe this to the generation who will follow us.

In NC specifically, I am very concerned about the waste, from hog farms for example, which is allowed to flow into our creeks, rivers and inlets.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Congressional business

Which Committees and what pieces (types) of legislation would you prefer to be directly involved in?

What commettes do I want to serve on?

I hope to serve on the Armed Services committe and hopefully on the Intelligence Committee.

I would also like to serve on the banking committee.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

My questions, stolen from another thread.

Let's lay out a few issues and see how this dog barks. : )

Health Care for All - is health care a right or a privilege? Do you agree with the majority of North Carolinians that the government needs to play a larger role in insuring health care for all its citizens?

Taxes - With regards to businesses and the wealthy, is the Old North State:

  1. Taxing them too much.
  2. Taxing them just about right.
  3. Taxing them too little.

Taxes - With regards to the working class, is the Old North State:

  1. Taxing them too much.
  2. Taxing them just about right.
  3. Taxing them too little.

Fill in the blank.
The greatest threat to marriages in North Carolina is _________________________________________.

My opinion on testing and No Child Left Behind is _________________________________________.

I would like to see the OLF placed _________________________________________________.

This is kind of fun, I might do this to all our candidates.
: )

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert, I was wondering what you would ask

Taxing them wrongly as opposed to too much, or too little. We reward business for doing things contrary to the best interest of the State and Counties.

Taxing them too much in some areas. I have always opposed taxes on food, medicine and clothing. NC has the highest Gasoline tax East of the Mississippi, yet much of it never finds its way to highway improvement outside of very specific areas of NC.

The greatest threat to marriages in North Carolina is: Robert, you will have to give me a pass here. This is something that I would have to consider at some length.

My opinion on testing and No Child Left Behind is: Change NCLB, or scrap it.

I would like to see the OLF placed in Maryland or New jersey.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

I guess I could ask it as true/false....

Is gay marriage the greatest threat to marriages in North Carolina.

: )

How would you better fund highways in North Carolina, if not with a gas tax?

Beyond that, I like all your answers.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Is gay marriage the greatest threat to marriages

In reference to your question Robert,

"Is gay marriage the greatest threat to marriages in North Carolina".

Reply: No.

I was in a resturant the other day and was descreetly noticing the married couple eating at the table next to me. They spoke not a single word to each other until they were ready to leave...and the man said......"Ready"?

Marriages are usually destroyed from elements inside the marriage, and not from elements or social forces outside of the marriage. Becky and I have been married for almost 39 years (Feb 28th) and I can tell you that girl still likes me alot! And I am crazy about her. We have never stopped communicating with each other. We know, during the entire time so far, that there is a world of forces out there betting we will not make it as friends in our marriage. We try never to forget that.

Two people who devote themselves to each other, over what they are sure will be a lifetime, should share the protections and privledges, under the law, of any two people who have devoted their lives to each other. I do not want anyone standing in legal or moral judgement upon my life and I try to ensure that by doing the same. I believe that is the American way, live free and let live free.

I am running to represent all of the people in my district and, through the passage of law, in America. I am not running to be your moral conscience. I am running to ensure the protection of those things granted to us all in our own Constitution. I will do that. I promise I will do that.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Two questions

What money did the campaign raise with what number of donors for 2007?

Should the NRC approve more licenses for nuclear reactors, perhaps in North Carolina, if it would prevent the construction of new coal fire power plants or other plants that produce greenhouse gases?

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Sam, either/or questions are usually dead ends.

But because it is you asking I will say this about Nuclear power. The waste which is the consequence of Nuclear Power generation has no permanent and safe storage, or disposal. I personally do not want to see Nuclear plants springing up in North Carolina, or anywhere on the East Coast. South Carolina already has enormous nuclear waste storage areas which it has permitted because storing nuclear waste is very profitable, but the long term problems could be ominous for us all.
we are an ingenious people who's ability to solve problems through inovation and sheer brillence is renoun in the history of man. I believe we can solve our energy problems without creating teh problems that come with nuclear power. Perhaps in the future we will further develope Nuclear design and overocme the waste problem, but untill then, there is enough nuclear waste in the USA.

As regarding your question about campaign funds in 2007; about 11.000.00

I know....In your book that makes me "Not Viable".

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Well, it's not either/or

The question just assumes what could very likely become a reality. Yes, it's a hypothetical of sorts.

With our increasing energy needs we already see companies like Duke Energy increasing their coal portfolio. That's unacceptable. But when we stop things like Cliffside, what's going to make up for the growing energy needs?

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I am aware of the bad effects of coal, but ......

I am not yet schooled enough on the technology aimed at cleaning coal through liquefying, or other means I may not yet be familiar with.

Although I am not a scientist, I do know that, when it comes to coal, we The USA, are one of the largest deposits on earth.

I am not in favor of burning greater amounts coal into the atmosphere.

I am for doing all the research necessary to meet the challange without jumping right to what we think will suffice for now. It is an awesome goal, but I think we are up to it as a people and that we can, for now, forego nuclear p[ower.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

What is the mood in your district?

What are you hearing that people are concerned about?

Also, how as Walter Jones failed the people of your district?



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What advice would you give the next President

in regards to an exit strategy in Iraq?



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Our Next President should

lead the way by providing the vision and the actions to make it a reality.

I would advise the President to publicly announce the scheduled and orderly withdrawal from Iraq and that the withdrawal is to be completed by July 2011. (From a logistics point of view, any complete withdrawal, unless we were to abandon all of our equipment and materials like we did in Vietnam, would take about 14 months).

That time would be suffecient for the Iraq government to reconcile and they would, because the motive would be survival.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

What do you think of having

some troops in Kuwait to be ready for rapid response?



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Kuwait is Iraq's most secure neighbor

Why not have some NATO, or Egyption/Saudi troops in Kuwait for Rapid response?

We must begin to rely on geographic areas to support each other.

In the Middle East this is almost never done. They have a history of being able to agree on who their primary nemisis is, but have very few formal arrangements for mutual defense. Why? America has always been there to spend our money on their defense.

There is no one country on earth capable of taking any middle east oil field from another country. Middle Eastern governments are more than capable of securing and defending their own oil fields. Essentially, our American soldiers are subsidizing the US Oil Industry interest. Thanks to our President....(an Oil man incidently)

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

The 3rd District has been under represented by Jones

I have traveled to over 39 individual places and events to talk and share woth the citizens of the NC-03. In spite of the presence of the Military bases in teh 3rd, we are actually not a very proserous district. Most of the people in the 3rd District are working class folks who invest their time in service, farming, fishing, industrial and tourist related industries. Mostly average Joes, just like I consider myself.

I feel very personally vested in the welfare and future of the 3rd District and NC. My eldest grandson Anthony is severly Autistic, and one of my grand-daughters had two open heart surgeries by the time she was ten days old. Education and reasonable medical care are at the top of so many thoghts with the folks I have spoken to. Walter Jones, in the 16 years he has been a US Congressman, has never sponsered a single bill in congress to address these issues, or any bill seeking to remedy a social ill effecting many milions Americans.

Jones Jr. stood lock step with the President with the Bankruptsy bill, Patriot Act, Detainee Bill, Guantanamo, Iraq (later changed), and very importantly, during the entire time it took the President and the Republican Congress to get us all over 10,000,000,000.00 (10 Trillion) dollars in debt, essentially burdening our children for years to come.

Presently Walter is concentrating all of his efforts on impressing veterans. That is honorable because our veterans (all of my sons included) do deserve what ever we can collectivly do for them, but the majority in the NC-03 are not veterans and they also have issues. He is all but ignoring them.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Do you think the fact that he endorsed Ron Paul

will hurt him? I'm still stunned from seeing that. Is Ron Paul popular in your district?



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Walter is cunning in his support of Ron Paul

Ron paul has a certain attractivness to many Democrats, Republican and Independents as well. Walter has aleinated his Republican friends and needs many Democratic votes to win his next election.

Publicaly announcing support for Ron Paul was a cunning and almost foxlike thing to do.

Many politicians believe that their constituants are mostly unaware and uncaring about politics. They are wrong. I am finding a district of very aware, connected and involved voters who are looking for change and progress in Washington. Walter Jones does NOT represent that awakening trend.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Marshall, thank you

I'm sorry I have to leave. I never got dinner for my family and I really need to take care of that now. Thank you so much for answering all these questions. I know you'll be around and are available to chat, but I bet your blogging time will be limited as the demands of the campaign trail call.



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Thank you Betsy

I have grown to admire you and the honest way you conduct yourself. I appreciate your friendship.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

W. Jones

was not a strong presence when the State, DENR and the Navy revealed the 6 new OLF sites. He should be working with Butterfield, Easely, Dole and Burr to solidify the stance of NE North Carolina.

He has stated that while site C is bad, he feels there is a site somewhere in North Carolina that will accept this OLF.

When the people of Camden County stood up and opposed their sites as well as the region where was W. Jones? Where was a press release stating his opposition?

Letter to the Navy

North Carolina is without question the most military friendly state in the nation. We’re happy to be the home of the OLF, but Site C is not the best choice for taxpayers, the wildlife or the pilots. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to reconsider your decision.

With this statement (30 Mar 07), he indicates that somewhere, I guess in his district, a community would accept this OLF.

If there is a community, then why wont he bring that community to the fore and let the rest of us move on with our lives.

8 years is enough. The Navy and Congress should know what is needed and what is not. The Navy has stated it is not required. W. Jones should be requesting the Navy address the one site they wish to pursue and let every other site move on with our lives. This OLF as my dad loved to say is in "shit, or get off the pot" mode. No more studies, no more posturing, no more anything. Accept that the local governments and communities ARE empowered to say no thank you. Ask Rep Jones if he is willing to put that to the Navy regarding this OLF.

As your next Congressman

I will invite the The US Navy to shop Maryland, Dover, New Jersy and New York for a really good OLF site. NC is proudly doing the most that it can to support the DoD. Enough is enough.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

You da MAN!

All I can ask for!

The Walter Jones Record

Marshall,

Walter has served the people of the 03 for 8 terms. He has a long voting record on many positions that affect the people of the 03. Nearly $4 a gallon for a gallon of gas, almost as much for a gallon of milk. What has Walter done to encourage the President to invest in alternate energy sources, building more refineries in this country so the millions of barrels of oil we export a day from this country to places like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and many South American counties, would stay here, and keep the price of gas reasonable? What has Walter Jones done to encourage the President to hold the Mortage Lending Companies accountable for the debacles in the Mortgage/Lenders industries? What has Walter done to help the homeless in NC, the lack of health care for children, early childhood education programs? When was the last time Walter Jones was seen in public in the District?
Marshall, Don't let Walter Jones get away this time without a public debate. He owes that to the people in the 03.Sterling (Tony) Parks

Sterling(Tony)Parks