Critics say Trump has no coronavirus plan. Actually, he does–it’s called federalism.

Near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, critics of President Donald Trump’s response to the novel virus claimed that he didn’t have a plan. They’ve derided him for not having a “national response” and have called for a nationwide lockdown and mask order. Critics pressed the president to use the power of the federal government to issue pervasive dictates covering […]

Redistricting and Alabama’s Room Where it Happens

No one really knows how the game is played The art of the trade How the sausage gets made We just assume that it happens But no one else is in The room where it happens This description of 1790s American politics in the well-known musical Hamilton echoes a still-relevant sentiment–that regular Americans really don’t know how […]

The Party Platforms Changed My Mind. They Might Change Yours, Too.

“If you never change your mind, why have one?” A few weeks ago, I was dead set on how I would vote in the presidential election in November. More accurately, perhaps, I was dead set on how I would not vote. Today, I’m not so sure. Some might accuse me of being wishy-washy or uncommitted. Another millennial […]

2020 Election: Comparing the Democratic and Republican Platforms

To help voters this election year, the Alabama Policy Institute has put together a side-by-side comparison of the party platforms on issues ranging from abortion to gay marriage, taxes to immigration, gun control to the environment. We’ve organized it and put it together in one package that is easy to navigate and will, hopefully, help […]

8/28/2020 News Recap Podcast

On this episode of the 1819 News Recap Podcast, Justin and Parker discuss: -Tuscaloosa’s shuttering of bars and bar service -Governor Ivey’s extended Safer at Home order -CARES Act spending -Census response rates in Alabama -Our impressions of the Republican National Convention To listen, search 1819 in your favorite podcast app or listen below.

Anchored in Alabama: Stories of Hope – Week 18

As API enters the eighteenth-week publishing Anchored in Alabama, our team continues to be encouraged by the stories we hear from you and from local media. It is clear that our faith communities and businesses are stepping up to today’s challenges. We continue to say “Thank You” for your support of this publication. As always, we hope you […]

Mobile Radio: Parker Snider Discusses Masks in Class, Anchored in Alabama

API’s Director of Policy Analysis Parker Snider appeared twice this week on Mobile’s Archangel Radio. On Monday, Snider discussed API’s good news publication Anchored in Alabama. To listen, click here. On Thursday, Snider discussed Governor Ivey’s “Masks in Class” mandate. To listen, click here.

API Publishes Report Reviewing U.S. Supreme Court’s 2019-2020 Term

Birmingham, Ala. – Today the Alabama Policy Institute (API) released “The Supreme Court in Review: 2019-2020 Term.” The report details the most important cases decided by the Supreme Court during its most recent term and is to serve as a resource for reporters, elected officials, and others to understand the recent rulings and their potential ramifications. “Those […]

MOBILE RADIO: Supreme Court Redefines “Sex”

API director of policy analysis Parker Snider recently appeared on Mobile Radio to discuss the Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of “sex” to include gender identity and sexual orientation through its ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. You can listen to the interview here beginning at the 44:35 timestamp. LA Catholic Mornings, Archangel Radio Mobile […]

Alabama Needs to Limit Uncertainty for Healthcare Providers in the Pandemic

Uncertainty can be crippling. In many, it turns an energetic “can-do” spirit into a cautious “wait and see” mentality. In 2011, more than half of small businesses surveyed by the US Chamber of Commerce said they were holding off on hiring new employees largely because of uncertainty about the economy. That was in 2011. What […]