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Dare to Defend – Campaign Podcast

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For Immediate Release:

Contact: Kara Kennedy
Communications Director
Alice Martin Campaign
(205) 370-1677

Alice Martin Campaign announces Dare to Defend campaign podcast with host Brett Janich

Montgomery, Ala. — Alice Martin, candidate for Alabama Attorney General, today announces the release of a new campaign podcast ‘Dare to Defend’ with host Brett Janich. Alice Martin is running for Attorney General to end corruption and the status quo in Alabama politics. For too long, politicians have kept voters and constituents in the dark and that’s why Alice Martin is launching a podcast, a first of its kind for a major candidate for a statewide office. The weekly podcast will allow Alabama voters to hear directly from her on the issues that matter to them.

“The new podcast aims to provide voters with an inside look at Alice and her campaign for Attorney General, from now until the primary in June 2018.” said Brett Janich, host of Dare to Defend. “In many ways this is unprecedented because never before has a major candidate for a statewide office provided this level of transparency.”

In the first episode you will get to know Alice Martin and learn her position on Sanctuary Cities. You can listen to the podcast on Soundcloud.com or iTunes.

“I want the citizens to send a strong message to people they elect that they expect accountability from politicians,” said Alice Martin, Candidate for Attorney General. “I also want people to feel like they are engaged in politics, and my new podcast is one way I believe they can stay engaged with my campaign.”

The Scars Left by Date-Rape Drugs

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I have a scar above my lip. It happened on my 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration trip at the beach. Excited, I got ready first and, to get out of the way of five adults and few bathrooms, I stepped across the road to hear some music and sip a cool drink in a glass I didn’t have to wash. I woke up eight hours later, in pain and feeling drugged. Fortunately, my worried husband found me before whoever slipped me a date rape drug had time to inflict his ill-intentions.

When each of my three daughters left for college, I preached early and often about the dangers of “pill slipping” and encouraged them to be careful. Never did I think I would bring back a scar for a souvenir after being slipped a date-rape drug. Today it serves as my daily reminder of the dangers of sexual assault, Alabama survivors’ indelible scars, and the need for a compassionate response for victims and strong accountability for perpetrators.

Our daughters and granddaughters are now returning to college campuses. My prayer is that fun times do not turn into horrible nightmares. I have seen that pain. I have offered a comforting shoulder to girls like Megan Rondini, whom I wish I had met before she took her own life when her rape trauma turned too excruciating to bear. When I worked at Vanderbilt University Hospital’s psychiatric unit as a Registered Nurse before going to law school, I cared for patients on suicide watch. Megan’s case was mishandled and those accountable must bear that scar.

According to the Department of Justice, female college students aged 18-24 are three times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Women of this same age and who are not enrolled in college are four times more likely.

Half of all sexual assaults on college campuses occur in August, September, October and November. Most involve alcohol. Many involve a combination of alcohol and drugs that are slipped to the victim. Most assaults are never reported. When asked why, over 63% of students in a 2015 study by the Association of American Colleges, believed sexual assault would not be taken seriously by campus authorities. Without supportive services, some victims, like Megan, will turn to self-blame, some to self-medication, and some will try to block it out and live with the pain. Ninety-four percent of these women will experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Worse, 33% will contemplate suicide and 13% will attempt suicide. Megan was a beautiful University of Alabama co-ed who reported her assault immediately to authorities, who sought supportive services, and who failed to receive what she needed. Before there are more Megans, let’s come together to prevent violence and when we can’t, to support victims and punish their attackers.

I urge all Alabama universities to review their policies and practices in order to make their campuses safe places for victims to report assaults. Add SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners) to their student health facilities. I urge campus police and off campus law enforcement to carefully investigate and not rush to a ‘he said, she said’ case-closed conclusion.

Talk to your daughters. I know personally it can happen to anyone. Date rape drugs are especially cunning as they render the victim unable to fight back and unable to describe what happened to them. My husband found me wondering incoherently in a parking lot, unable to even recognize my mate of 25 years. Imagine trying to identify a random attacker. With date rape drugs becoming more common, I would like to work for reforms that change the way these cases are handled when the victim is drugged to the point of incapacitation for the purpose of sexual assault.

When I worked as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Alabama, I fought tirelessly to bring justice to people who took advantage of others, whether they were a corrupt elected official or a crazed abortion bomber. From my days as a nurse, it has been my mission to protect, defend and heal hurting people.

It is time to protect our daughters. I have a photo of three beautiful faces and one ugly scar to remind me of how the world can change in a single sip.

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Alice Martin is the former United States Attorney for Northern Alabama (2001-2009) and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for Alabama (2015-2017). She is running for Alabama Attorney General.

Contact: Alice Martin
alice@alicemartin.com
(256)710-8190

 

Alabama Consumers…the Last To Know

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Unless you really are waiting for your Nigerian prince to show up with your $10 million, you probably prefer to keep your personal information out of the hands of criminals. As we have learned over and over again – your momma was right – your best asset is your good name. Nothing can soil your reputation faster than your social security number in the hands of a scammer. And it is hard to retrieve that good name – it can take years.

While national companies like Equifax and Target are required to let you know your number came up in a data breach, local companies in Alabama face no such requirement.

I love to swipe my card at my local grocer, pharmacy and ice cream shop, but how secure is it? In 47 states and the District of Columbia, consumers have a ‘data breach notification act” that gives you a head start to freeze your credit before you’ve bought a new TV and sound system in Hackensack.

Personally, I would really appreciate an email if your business is hacked and my name, social security number, birth date, and credit card number are now in the hands of an identity thief.  Sure, it is inconvenient for the business, but what about the inconvenience of ruined credit, fake accounts in your name, or your equity gone and your house mortgaged out from under you, a popular scam of a few years back.

Your protection has been blocked by Montgomery lobbyists. They have successfully killed a data breach notification bill to protect Alabama business from the ‘onerous’ task of notifying you when they are hacked. Sure, it is hard on everybody.

Listen data breaches happen. Ask Equifax, one of the largest credit monitoring companies.  It had 143 million Americans’ names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers taken in May and June.  The company discovered the breach in late July.  They told consumers on September 7th – 40 days later. As a consolation prize, for free, you can re-enter all of your personal information to a new secure site to monitor the possible damage from the last secure site.

Breaches happen because your data turns into dollars on the dark web.  Your identity has value. Just ask anyone who has struggled to restore their personal identity.  And Equifax’s hack is not an isolated incident.  Remember the Target breach in 2013?  It exposed 41 million customer payment accounts. Then Anthem, an insurance company, in 2015 had 80 million social security numbers hacked.  Last year Yahoo lost data impacting 1 billion users’.

Senator Arthur Orr introduced SB106 to create the Alabama Information Protection Act of 2015.  As Chief Deputy Attorney General, I lobbied for this consumer protection. It required certain Alabama businesses to notify you, the consumer, and the Attorney General in the event of a data security breach involving at least 500 individuals. It required businesses that receive your personal information to take “reasonable measures” to protect and secure that data and notification to the AG within 30 days if not sooner.  Business killed the bill that would have given Alabama customers the same protection 47 states, plus the District of Columbia, enjoy.

In 2016, we tried again. Senator Orr introduced SB238 to create the Alabama Information Protection Act of 2016.  To try and address business concerns the number of individuals impacted was increased to 1,000 and 60 days was given to provide notification. It exempted businesses already covered by notification laws like insurance, financial institutions and healthcare. But once again the bill died.

Businesses collect this data to enhance their ability to serve us and to market to us. We provide it to obtain goods or services. Both are vulnerable when so much stock is put on a few numbers that define so much of your life: your health records, your prescriptions, your insurance, your credit cards, the security of your home.

Don’t take chances with the lives of Alabama customers by not letting us know when you lost our identity!  Let’s join the rest of the nation and have data breach notification – a common and commonsense consumer protection for Alabamians. I urge all legislators to support Senator Orr’s bill in 2018, We need you to have the consumers’ back on this important issue.  Otherwise, you might just find that Nigerian prince riding off into the sunset with your savings account.

Alice Martin to Speak About Opioid Crisis on Yellowhammer Radio

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(Huntsville, AL) – Today at 1:00pm, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin will speak on Yellowhammer Radio with Chris Reid on Superstation 101 WYDE to discuss Alabama’s ongoing opioid crisis.

In 2016, there were 60,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses, and two-thirds of those overdoses were linked to opioids. This exceeds deaths by automobile accidents. In 2015, Alabama had the highest per capita number of opioid prescriptions of any state, and for the past several years the number of persons dying from overdoses in Alabama has been steadily climbing.
“For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death and this is unacceptable and requires law enforcement and medical providers working together.  Alabama lost 700 people to overdose deaths last year, and it is no wonder when we have 121 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents.  We must do everything in our power to fight this horrific trend in Alabama,” said Martin. “We simply cannot continue on a slow path of change with the fast pace of overdoses we are experiencing .”
Wednesday’s radio appearance is one of many interviews Martin has done since launching her campaign, as she travels the state spreading a message of cleaning up corruption in the state government. Every day, the Martin campaign gains momentum and support as she works towards being elected as Alabama’s first female Attorney General.
“As a former Registered Nurse, this is an issue of great concern to me. Almost everyone I speak with has been affected or knows someone who has been impacted by opioid addiction or overdose. Education, treatment, and law enforcement are all part of the solution.  It we don’t have a positive impact now, we can expect heroin addiction to rise as well since DEA links 80% of heroin addiction as starting with prescription drugs.  I pledge that as Attorney General, we will turn this trend and save Alabama lives.”

Alice Martin to Speak About New Sexual Offense Laws

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(Huntsville, AL) – Today at 1:00pm, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin will speak on Yellowhammer Radio with Chris Reid on Superstation 101 WYDE to discuss Alabama’s ongoing opioid crisis.

In 2016, there were 60,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses, and two-thirds of those overdoses were linked to opioids. This exceeds deaths by automobile accidents. In 2015, Alabama had the highest per capita number of opioid prescriptions of any state, and for the past several years the number of persons dying from overdoses in Alabama has been steadily climbing.
“For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death and this is unacceptable and requires law enforcement and medical providers working together.  Alabama lost 700 people to overdose deaths last year, and it is no wonder when we have 121 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents.  We must do everything in our power to fight this horrific trend in Alabama,” said Martin. “We simply cannot continue on a slow path of change with the fast pace of overdoses we are experiencing .”
Wednesday’s radio appearance is one of many interviews Martin has done since launching her campaign, as she travels the state spreading a message of cleaning up corruption in the state government. Every day, the Martin campaign gains momentum and support as she works towards being elected as Alabama’s first female Attorney General.
“As a former Registered Nurse, this is an issue of great concern to me. Almost everyone I speak with has been affected or knows someone who has been impacted by opioid addiction or overdose. Education, treatment, and law enforcement are all part of the solution.  It we don’t have a positive impact now, we can expect heroin addiction to rise as well since DEA links 80% of heroin addiction as starting with prescription drugs.  I pledge that as Attorney General, we will turn this trend and save Alabama lives.”

Martin Speaks to Republican Women of Huntsville

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(Huntsville, AL) – Yesterday, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin was honored to speak to the Republican Women of Huntsville at their monthly meeting.

Since announcing her campaign, Alice Martin has been traveling around the state to deliver her message of ousting corruption and bringing the public’s trust back to state government. This continues to resonate with people across the state, as more and more hard-working people sign on to support the soon-to-be first female Attorney General in Alabama’s history.

“I am honored to be the featured speaker at the Republican Women of Huntsville’s meeting, and am excited to have the chance to learn about the issues impacting them the most,” Martin said. “Conservative women are an important facet of this campaign and I will continue to take every opportunity to speak with these groups as they are keenly interested in restoring good, ethical government to Alabama.”

Martin to Meet at Alabama Sheriff’s Summer Training Conference

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(Orange Beach, AL) – On Monday, Republican Candidate for Alabama Attorney General Alice Martin will meet with sheriffs at the Alabama Sheriffs Association Summer Training Conference. Sheriffs, deputies, and members of local law enforcement will meet for four days to identify the issues they encounter while performing their daily responsibilities and how to ensure safety in their communities at the same time.

Martin plans to share her experience ousting corruption, while also learning about the issues where sheriffs need the support and resources of the Office of the Attorney General. “Alabama has the finest men and women serving in its law enforcement, and it is crucial that we give them the tools and support to root out crime and corruption at the ground level,” said Martin. “The Attorney General’s office and sheriffs across the state need to empower each other to keep Alabama moving down the path of success.”

The Summer Training Conference is aimed at teaching law enforcement how to recognize problems within the agency, as well as how to address these problems in a way that protects the public. Included in the conference is a career development program titled “Confronting the Toxic Employee.” The training lasts from July 30th to August 3rd and is being held at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL.

“Meeting with groups like the Sheriff’s Association is where real solutions to Alabama’s biggest problems are found. These men are the boots on the ground. They know the harm corruption can cause in county government all the way to the state house, and they agree it’s time for someone to put their foot down and protect the taxpayers,” Martin said. “This state deserves a government that lives up to the highest ethical standard, not a government that constantly tests what it can get away with. We must not settle for the status quo that has been the norm of the past decade. Conferences like this are essential to ultimately regaining the public’s trust.”

Alice Martin Speaks with Downtown Republican Women’s Club

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(Huntsville, AL) – Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin spoke to the Downtown Republican Women of Huntsville.

Alice Martin is currently in position to be the first female Attorney General in Alabama’s history as she continues to travel around the state spreading her message. “I am encouraged by the outpouring of support I have received so far in my campaign, and look forward to speaking to more hard-working people every day,” said Martin. “The Downtown Republican Women of Huntsville understands the problems facing Alabama, and I was excited to have the opportunity to hear their concerns and share with them my plan for the AG’s office.”

After a strong month of fundraising, Alice Martin’s campaign is gaining a lot of traction with hard-working people across Alabama, as she continues to build her team and grassroots framework. “Our message is hitting home with people who want to see our government serve people, not special interest. This state has seen too much corruption in Alabama’s government for years; our citizens deserve better. It’s time to bring the rule of law back to Alabama and do away with the system that protects politicians.”

The Downtown Republican Women’s meeting took place on July 18th at Below the Radar Brewhouse located at 220 Holmes Ave NE, Huntsville.

“It has been an incredible start to this campaign, and I look forward to the hard work that lies ahead. Speaking to more groups like the Downtown Republican Women is going to be a big part of the future of this campaign,” Said Martin.
Alice Martin is a Deputy Attorney General and previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General, running the office for Luther Strange from 2015 until his move to the U.S. Senate. Under her leadership, resources of the public corruption unit were doubled and former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was convicted. Martin also previously served as a federal prosecutor for President Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and as United States Attorney for President George W. Bush. Seeing no effort to combat corruption in government, Martin established the North Alabama Corruption Task Force which obtained 140 federal corruption convictions and earned her a spot in Corporate Fraud Report’s list of the top ten prosecutors in the country.