Alabama Five, Episode 2

Alabama Five

Episode 2 — “My Campaign Priorities”

Monday, January 22, 2018

Alabama Five is a weekly podcast produced by Butler Cain, a Democratic candidate in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. A new three-minute episode will debut on Mondays during Butler’s 2018 Congressional campaign.

iTunes — https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/alabama-five/id1335575729 or search “Alabama Five”

RSS Feed — https://butlercainforcongress.com/category/podcast/feed/

If you like what you hear and want to contribute to Butler’s Congressional campaign, click “I Support Butler Cain for Congress!

Episode 2 Script

Welcome to the second episode of Alabama Five. My name is Butler Cain, and I’m a Democratic candidate in Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.

Alabama Five is a three-minute audio podcast that will feature a new episode every Monday during my 2018 campaign for Congress.

On the inaugural episode, I told you I’d discuss four of my campaign priorities during this edition. It’ll be relatively brief, but you can find all of them on my website ButlerCainForCongress.Com

Cain is spelled C-A-I-N.

Okay, let’s go!

Number 1 – Affordable and Accessible Healthcare

This is a national priority for Democrats across the country, and I agree that our nation needs solutions. There are too many people in our country, and in Alabama, who can’t afford basic healthcare needs. I support expanding affordable healthcare options and strengthening healthcare coverage for our most vulnerable residents.

Number 2 – Reduce Student Loan Debt

I’ve already received a significant amount of positive feedback for this campaign priority. No one should be burdened with decades of loan debt to earn a Bachelor’s degree. An educated citizenry is crucial to a healthy democracy, and I will promote and support efforts in Congress to create ways to reduce current student loan debt. I’ll advocate for minimizing future student debt, and I’ll explore options for fiscally responsible debt forgiveness programs.

Number 3 – Promote Career and Technical Education

North Alabama is rich with opportunities for employees who have industrial and technical training. I’m convinced that our state’s long-term success depends on having a workforce that is educated, skilled, and employment-ready. Career and Technical Education is also important for building and sustaining a strong middle class. I will actively promote initiatives that address our country’s Career and Technical Education needs. That includes training educators to teach in these programs.

Number 4 – Protect Free Expression

I spent many years of my professional life as a broadcast journalist, and I am now a professor of mass communication. The First Amendment is a cornerstone of American democracy. It guarantees us a free press and free speech. However, I am increasingly concerned about the number of elected officials from federal to local levels who show disregard for free expression and disdain for journalists in particular. I will use my position in Congress to relentlessly support free expression, and I will actively speak about why protecting free expression and promoting a free press are vital to our country’s future success.

Thank you for listening to this latest episode of Alabama Five. It’s available on my website, ButlerCainForCongress.com.

The music you hear on this podcast was produced by Kipp Cain and is used with his permission.

You’ve been listening to Alabama Five, I’m Butler Cain. Have a great week, folks!

Women’s March in Huntsville

It was exciting to attend this past Saturday’s Women’s March in Huntsville. I particularly enjoyed hearing from and meeting residents of north Alabama who are motivated to see a new direction for the state. It’s also encouraging to have met so many people who have decided to pursue elected office. Good luck to all of you!

Shoals Democratic Club Speech

It was my honor to speak to members and guests of the Shoals Democratic Club this week in Florence. The club offered me a few minutes to introduce myself and speak about my campaign priorities, and they streamed it live on their Facebook page.

If you missed the live stream and would like to hear my portion of the feed, you can watch it below or click this link. My presentation begins at the 9:38 mark.

 

Alabama Five Inaugural Podcast

Alabama Five

Episode 1 — “Introduction to My Campaign”

Monday, January 15, 2018

Alabama Five is a weekly podcast produced by Butler Cain, a Democratic candidate in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. A new three-minute episode will debut on Mondays during Butler’s 2018 Congressional campaign.

iTunes — https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/alabama-five/id1335575729 or search “Alabama Five”

RSS Feed — https://butlercainforcongress.com/category/podcast/feed/

If you like what you hear and want to contribute to Butler’s Congressional campaign, click “I Support Butler Cain for Congress!

Episode 1 Script

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Alabama Five. My name is Butler Cain, and I’m a Democratic candidate in Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.

Alabama Five is a three-minute audio podcast that will feature a new episode every Monday during my 2018 campaign for Congress.

You can find the podcast on my website – ButlerCainForCongress.Com

And you can search for it on Twitter with the hashtag AlabamaFive.

“Five” is spelled out F-I-V-E

I’m working with a 5-4-3 model. The name recognizes that I’m campaigning for Congress in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. I plan to address four topics during each podcast. They could be policy positions or other interesting things I’ve learned during the campaign. I definitely hope to address some listener questions and feedback, so I encourage you to participate.

And why is the podcast only three minutes? Five minutes, four minutes – just too long. We all live busy lives, and I’m hoping you’ll be willing to spend three minutes of your day with me at your convenience.

The podcast will be there when you’re ready for it.

Let’s get started!

Number 1 – Who Am I?

  • Again, my name is Butler Cain
  • Native Alabamian
  • Educated in the state, earned my degrees from the University of Alabama
  • Chair, Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama

Number 2 – Why Am I Campaigning for Congress?

  • Public service is important to me, and I want to serve my home state
  • This is something I’ve thought about for more than 20 years, and I decided that 2018 would be the right time to do it
  • Also, very concerned about lack of Democratic candidates on Alabama’s ballots

Number 3 – Where can you find my campaign online?

  • Twitter — @Cain2018
  • Facebook — @Cain2018
  • Instagram — @ButlerCain2018
  • Website – ButlerCainForCongress.com

Number 4 – How can anyone donate to my campaign?

  • Campaign built on individual donations
  • The organization ActBlue provides my online fundraising mechanism
  • You can find the link on my website and on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages
  • Thank you to those who have already contributed to my campaign, and to those of you who are thinking about it, I really appreciate it!

Hey, it’s already time to go. Thank you for listening to the inaugural AlabamaFive podcast. New episodes will be available on Mondays throughout the time I’m a candidate in Alabama’s Democratic Congressional primary. That election will be in June, by the way, so we’ve got a few months to talk about some important issues.

On the next episode of AlabamaFive, I’ll talk about four of the issues that are important to my campaign. You can already find those on my campaign pages, by the way, so feel free to take a look.

The music you hear on this podcast was produced by Kipp Cain and is used with his permission.

You’ve been listening to AlabamaFive, I’m Butler Cain. Have a great week, everybody.

Congressional Priorities for Campaign 2018

Thank you to everyone who has given me recent opportunities to talk about my campaign priorities. These are issues that are very important to me, and I know many of you are concerned about them, too. As always, I welcome your feedback and constructive criticism as the 2018 campaign season gets underway.

You can also find this list under the “Congressional Priorities” link on my homepage.

Affordable and Accessible Healthcare

This is a national priority for the Democratic Party, and I strongly agree that our nation needs solutions to our healthcare challenges. There are too many people in our country, particularly in Alabama, who cannot afford even basic healthcare needs. I support expanding affordable healthcare options and strengthening healthcare coverage for our most vulnerable residents.

Reduce Student Loan Debt

Pew Research Center reported in August 2017 that “Americans owed more than $1.3 trillion in student loans at the end of June, more than two and a half times what they owed a decade earlier.”

Americans should not be burdened with years, or even decades, of loan debt to earn a degree from a college or university. An educated citizenry is crucial to a healthy democracy, and I will promote and support efforts at the federal level to create ways to reduce current student loan debt, minimize future student debt, and explore options for fiscally responsible debt forgiveness programs.

Promote Career and Technical Education

I come from a family of public educators, and we have always recognized Career and Technical Education (CTE) as a vital component of our communities’ successes. The Alabama Department of Education describes CTE as “the foundation for our state’s future.” I agree.

North Alabama is rich with opportunities for employees with industrial and technical training, and our state’s long-term success depends on having a workforce that is educated, skilled, and employment-ready. Career and Technical Education, at both the high school and community college levels, is vital for building and sustaining a strong middle class, and it is crucial to promoting innovation. All of this requires a strong partnership between federal and state governments, and I will actively promote legislation and initiatives that address our country’s Career and Technical Education needs, including CTE teacher training.

Protect Free Expression

I spent many years of my professional life as a broadcast journalist, and I am now a professor of mass communication. The First Amendment, which includes free press and free speech guarantees, is one of the buttresses of American democracy.

Elected officials from federal to local levels increasingly show a reckless disregard for free expression and disdain for journalists in particular. This is dangerous to our democracy. The United States ranks 43 in the Reporters Without Borders 2017 World Press Freedom Index. That is embarrassing. I will use my position in Congress to relentlessly support free expression, and as an educator, I will actively speak about why protecting free expression and promoting a free press are vital to our country’s future success.

As a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, I will be an advocate for passage of a federal shield law, which would help journalists protect themselves (in certain circumstances) from federal coercion to reveal their sources, particularly when those sources serve as whistleblowers. States have overwhelmingly recognized the value of such protections, yet the federal government has failed to address the matter.

Defend Human Rights in North Korea

This is the most important foreign affairs issue of my campaign. Any future negotiations with North Korea regarding its nuclear program must include a demand that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the North’s official name) close all of its prison, labor, and “reeducation” camps. More than 120,000 North Koreans are currently imprisoned in them, many simply for being in the “wrong” family or for expressing political opinions deemed unacceptable by the government. This is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.

I believe North Korea will continue pursuing its nuclear plans despite international sanctions, so it is important for the United States to work with its global partners to find a solution for this issue. In Congress, I will support sustained, practical diplomatic efforts to solve this challenge. I will not support preemptive military action under any circumstances. There will be a continued need for the United States to maintain its defense agreements with South Korea and Japan, and north Alabama’s defense industry will play a vital role in maintaining stability in northeast Asia.