Coming this Friday: Live-Blogging with Grier Martin

Two seemingly unrelated issues – energy policy and veterans affairs – are high on my list of priorities. Both have been grotesquely mismanaged by the Bush administration, yet each is critical for having a strong and secure nation. And while the federal government continues to dawdle on both fronts, the states are, fortunately, taking up the slack. Here in North Carolina, some of that work is being done by Representative Grier Martin of Raleigh.

Now in his second term representing District 34, Grier has a strong and progressive record on environmental issues, children and family legislation, and veterans affairs. With those issues in mind, I invited him to join us for a live-blogging session this Friday morning.

Of special interest is a new bill for Renewable Portfolio Standards of which Grier is a primary sponsor. The complicated legislation is now making its way through the House and we all need to understand what it’s about. Mark Binker has a good overview of the ins and outs in case you want to get some background in advance.

I’ve also asked Grier to share what North Carolina can and should be doing to help make up for the federal government’s incredibly poor performance in helping and supporting our veterans.

You can read more about Grier here or you can just show up on Friday morning with your comments and questions about what’s happening in the Legislature – and anything else on your mind. Hope you can join us. We should start up between 8 and 8:30 Friday morning. If you have questions in advance, go ahead and drop them off here.

Grier Martin

Represents District 34, which comprises Raleigh from the Five Points intersection north to Strickland and Durant roads. First elected in 2004 and re-elected by a wide margin in 2006.

Chairs the Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee, is Vice Chair of the Federal Relations and Indian Affairs Committee, and sits on the Appropriations Committee and its Transportation Sub-committee, the Campaign Finance and Election Law Reform Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, and the Judiciary I Committee.

Recognized by the Conservation Council of North Carolina in 2006 as one of its two General Assembly "Freshmen of the Year". Received the Pesticide Education Project's Legislative Leadership Award in 2006.

Major in US Army Reserve. Volunteered for active duty after 9/11. Served in war in Afghanistan (Nov 2002-May 2003). A paratrooper, having graduated from Airborne School. Also a graduate of Air Assault School, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, and the Judge Advocate Graduate Course. Current reserve assignment is with an airborne unit at Fort Bragg, NC.

North Carolina native. Married to Louise Porter Martin of Winston-Salem. One daughter, Sara Louise (4 yrs. old). Two dogs, three cats.

Graduate of the NC public schools, Davidson College (Bachelor of Arts in History), the University of North Carolina School of Law (Juris Doctor, served as Note Editor, North Carolina Law Review), and the Judge Advocate General’s School (Master of Laws).


Mark your calendars

and be sure to get your questions lined up. We'll have him for at least an hour, and hopefully some mop-up over the course of the weekend. I don't know Grier very well, but I know his mom and dad, who are both wonderfully civic-minded people. I'm hoping they'll come by, too.

This sounds good.

I can think of a million questions, but my first one will be "Have you cosponsored Verla Insko's Health Care for All bill, and why?"

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Last week when you said you hadnt seen his name but thought it might be a good idea (to run against dole) I thought of having you invite him to live blog.

Glad he has been lurking for a while, makes me happy to see elected officials reading this.

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depends on the timing

I have class from 9 to 10. So I might write up a few questions and send them along to SD (i trust her with such things)

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Send them along

I promise I won't preface your question with anything silly. I promise. :)

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This sounds wonderful

I'm looking forward to Friday.

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I will be in class

But I would be interested to know whether the rumor of him thinking about maybe thinking about running for senate is true.
And if it is, what is he waiting for?

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It's about time we had another Davidson alum here

Oh Davidson, you are the best, oh college in the East or West ...

OK, we have a pretty terrible fight song ...

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


It's a great tune, and the words are appropriately cheesy for a song writtne sometime in the early 20th century:

Oh Davidson, you are the best, old college in the East or West.
You play a fair game.
You play a square game.
And you win at everything.
And when that Red... and Black machine,
is out to fight and looking mean.

Then, I am happy as for you I sing.

Oh Davidson, we will fight them,
Down them every one.
Oh Davidson, we will conquer,
E'er the day is done (Go Widcats!)
Down every foe then, as through their lines we run,

All for the honor of old Daaaaa-vvvvvid-sooooooon!

(Drum Break)


By the way, as Grier will be proud to tell you, Davidson is 25-4, 17-1 in the SoCon. We've won 20 of our last 21 games, and 10 straight in the conference. And we have no senior starters.

(evil grin)

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

It took us three years of training to get people to actually

sing it ...

Thank God we have that one SoCon loss, by the way ... as hard as it was watching us lose that game, and watching those App State fans block my driveway with their SUVs ...

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

Rep. Martin

Glad that Grier hasnt been ordered to return to Afghanistan or Iraq. We need him here to keep an eye on the VA, raise issues of PTSD among returning soldiers and depleted urnaium exposure, etc.

From DJ on another thread:

Grier: Are we losing Afghanistan?

The insurgents now control at least twenty districts in the Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan provinces where NATO troops have replaced US soldiers. And it is hardly a secret that many officials in these zones are closet supporters of the guerrilla fighters. The situation is out of control.

As promised.....

Blue South sent me his questions. I cleared my calendar to be here.

Of course.....that meant, I didn't have anything on my calendar. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.