API Director of Policy Strategy Phil Williams was interviewed for a June edition of Viewpoint Alabama, an Alabama radio show that is broadcast on over sixty local radio stations weekly. During the interview, Williams the important issues of the 2019 Legislative Session including abortion, the Accountability Act, free speech on campus, the gas tax, and the lottery. Click below to listen, the interview starts at 15:30.

 

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An Amendment One Post-Mortem: Idealism Trumps Reality

The failure of Amendment One is a story of idealism trumping reality. On Tuesday, residents of Alabama denied Amendment One. The constitutional amendment, which would have shifted the State Board of Education from popularly elected positions to ones appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate, received a “YES” vote from only 25% […]

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They say the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing time and again, yet expecting a different outcome. But that’s exactly what opponents of Amendment One on Tuesday’s ballot are asking you to do. While our state’s educational system sits dead last in the nation, they want you to protect the status […]

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Has there ever been a ballot initiative that reduced the number of politicians? I mean, ever? What if I told you that with the stroke of a pen you could get shed of several ineffective politicians? What if the pot was sweetened just a bit by having that same stroke of a pen do away […]

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Preventing death by allowing ‘essential’ murder

We live in wild times. I’ve watched people all across the political spectrum in recent days deliver impassioned speeches about the need to take extraordinary measures to preserve human life. They say they believe the elderly and vulnerable are just as deserving of a chance to live as any other. They are right. Human life […]

Pro-Life in a Pandemic

For those of us who are pro-life, it’s easy to get in the habit of only thinking of this pillar of our values system in the context of abortion. But occasionally a crisis comes along to remind us that a biblical view of human life has far broader applications. Such is the case with COVID-19. […]

Female Athletes Deserve Fair Competition

Silly me. I thought that with the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, we had settled the question of whether girls deserve a chance to compete and win as high school and college athletes. Feminists fought like warriors to pass the act against gender discrimination, which among other things ensured […]

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The future is on its way to Alabama. That is inevitable. What the future will bring is not. But there is a potential future that many people want to bring to Alabama. Though it is sold as a future of freedom and equality, it is not a future in which people flourish. Call it the […]

Should All Rights Give Way to the Transgender Revolution?

Ever heard the maxim “Your right to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins?” It’s one the federal courts need to remember this week. On Thursday, the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals will hear a case that originated in Florida related to transgender students and school bathroom usage. This decision will affect […]

Thanksgiving to God is Profoundly American

Aside from Independence Day, no other holiday is as profoundly American as Thanksgiving. With its historical roots in the first English settlers to these lands and their Native America counterparts, it’s even older than our republic. Days of thanksgiving were a regular occurrence during colonial times, usually called for by the church to encourage parishioners […]

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This unusual moment in history has been full of surprises. Some of those surprises raise profound questions that we will be thinking through for a long time after COVID-19 passes. Many people have been surprised to learn how much power state and county health officials have. In a March 25 guidance letter, Attorney General Steve […]

Exclusive: Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh Comments on COVID-19’s impact on Alabama, State Budgets, Prisons, and more

Birmingham, Ala. – Today the Alabama Policy Institute released an interview with Alabama Senate Pro tempore, Del Marsh through its 1819 Podcast (along with a full transcript). The interview covers Alabama’s COVID-19 response and reveals Senator Marsh’s thoughts on state budgets, prison reform, the legislative session and more. Regarding COVID-19, Senator Marsh details asking State Health Officer […]

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In this Points of Policy edition of the 1819 Podcast, Phil Williams is joined by State Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) for a discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses and how the state might protect both the physical and economic well-being of our state and its residents. To listen, click here.   NOTE: This episode […]

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Birmingham, Ala. – Today the Alabama Policy Institute released an interview with Alabama Senate Pro tempore, Del Marsh through its 1819 Podcast (along with a full transcript). The interview covers Alabama’s COVID-19 response and reveals Senator Marsh’s thoughts on state budgets, prison reform, the legislative session and more. Regarding COVID-19, Senator Marsh details asking State Health Officer […]