Bipartisan Push for Redistricting Reform

Rep. Skip Stam, Rep. Jon Hardister, Rep. Chuck McGrady, Rep. Rick Glazier, and Rep. Grier Martin were joined by a bipartisan group of legislators calling for reform to the way North Carolina draws legislative districts.

Currently, the General Assembly draws its own districts.  ”The growing perception among citizens is that they cannot have a voice in our system of democracy,” said Martin. Legislation to be introduced by Stam, Hardister, McGrady, and Martin would create an independent commission to draw legislative districts.

Read more here: WRAL, News & Observer, WNCN.  View a video of Rep. Martin’s comments at UNC-TV.

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Priorities for 2015

The “Voter Update” interviewed Rep. Martin about his priorities for the upcoming 2015 Long Session.  Watch the brief interview here.

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Martin calls for teacher pay raise to national average on “Capital Tonight”

Rep. Grier Martin appeared on News 14′s “Capital Tonight” program this week.  Interviewed by News 14′s Tim Boyum, Martin noted he was glad to see the Governor and legislative leaders say they wanted a teacher pay increase in the coming short session.  However, Martin said that a one-time raise is inadequate and anything less than a full commitment to raise teacher pay to at least the national average would represent a failure.

Watch the full video at News 14′s website.

Rep. Martin on News 14's Capital Tonight

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Capital Area Veterans Stand Down

Rep. Martin at Veterans Stand Down

Rep. Grier Martin spoke at the 2013 Capital Area Veterans Stand Down held October 18.  The event is held yearly at the South Wilmington St. Center and is aimed at helping homeless veterans get off the streets.

Over 40 federal, state, local and non-profit agencies to provide information and services to homeless veterans.  Martin’s legislative assistant Sylvia Hammons worked at the Stand Down for several hours, helping to link veterans with state resources.

For coverage of the Stand Down see “Veteran homelessness is dropping, but jobs still hard to find” in the Raleigh News & Observer.

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British Wounded Warriors Try NC Motorsports

A group of British wounded warriors from Mission Motorsport spent a week in North Carolina, hosted by the USO of North Carolina, getting a taste of American racing. Mission Motorsport is the official motorsports charity of the British armed forces and works to “aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport”.  The British visitors were joined by four American wounded warriors, including two who traveled to the United Kingdom in July to sample British motorsports.

In North Carolina, the combined group was welcomed by Governor McCrory and the British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford at the Executive Mansion.  Next up was the North Carolina Museum of Art for the “Porsche By Design” exhibit.  They then traveled to Virginia International Raceway before heading down to Charlotte.  There, a British and American veteran were selected to serve as Grand Marshals for the Bank of America 500.  After the race,the group visited UNC-Charlotte’s Motorpsports Engineering program. Before returning home, the group toured Joe Gibbs Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

TV coverage of the visit:

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Mission Motorsport Exchange Program and USO of N.C. Help Veterans Worldwide“Mission Motorsport Exchange Program and USO of N.C. Help Veterans Worldwide”

WCCB-TV

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Grier returns to House

Rep. Grier Martin was sworn in Monday evening to begin his 5th term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.  After six months out of office, Martin was selected by Wake County Democrats to succeed his friend Rep. Deborah Ross.  Ross retired to serve as the counsel for Triangle Transit.

For news coverage see:
The News & Observer

WRAL

WBTV/AP

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Grier Martin to Seek Return to NC House

Former 4-term legislator Grier Martin will seek the House District 34 seat being vacated by Rep. Deborah Ross.  Ross will resign to take a position as General Counsel with the Triangle Transit Authority.

“It was my privilege to represent the people of District 34 for 8 years. After being double bunked with my friend Rep. Ross in abusive redistricting, I made the decision to step aside.  I had no doubt District 34 would be well served by Rep. Ross, and it has been.  She will be an outstanding addition to the Triangle Transit Authority,” Martin said.

“Today I am announcing I will seek to serve the people of the 34th District again, and I’m honored to have the support of Rep. Ross.  I look forward to speaking with members of the Wake County Democratic Party Executive Committee, and all interested constituents about how we can continue to make our community the best place to live and work in America,” Martin concluded.

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Young Democrats name Grier “Legislator of the Year”

 

The Young Democrats of North Carolina named former state representative Grier Martin their “Legislator of the Year”.  YDNC President Sam Spencer presented Martin with the award at a ceremony where new YDNC officers were also sworn in.  The YDs selected Martin for the award “for a career of service to both the United States and the State of North Carolina.”

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Martin Law Helps Troops Cast Ballots

Rep. Grier Martin has worked hard to help military and overseas voters cast a ballot.  The statistics are in from the 2012 elections and show that the efforts of Martin and his co-sponsor on H.B. 614 Rep. Ric Killian have paid off.  According to Gerry Cohen, Director of the Bill drafting Section at the NC General Assembly, the “success rate” of military ballots rose from 63.74% in 2008 to 76.74% in 2012. “It is crucial that we continue to help all Americans to exercise their right to vote,” said Martin.

For further voting statistics, read Cohen’s blog post “NC Absentee voting success rate way up in 2012″.

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Garage Owners Name Martin “Legislator of the Year”

 

Martin receives IGONC award

IGO President John Hill & Rep. Martin

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) named Rep. Grier Martin their “Legislator of the Year” at their annual Automotive and Service Technology Expo in October.  The award was presented in recognition of Martin’s “outstanding leadership and support of the North Carolina automotive aftermarket industry”.

IGONC is the largest organization in the state that represents independent automotive repair and service businesses.  Martin worked with IGONC on several legislative items.  ”I am proud to have partnered with IGONC to meet the needs of their many members who operate small businesses throughout North Carolina,” Martin said.

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