HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture

API Senior Fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed civil asset forfeiture on the Fred Holland Show, 105.3 FM WTKI in Huntsville. The two spent an hour discussing the issue, including how it’s done in Alabama, its pros and cons, and why law enforcement should make the process more easily available to public scrutiny. Listen to […]

While the Supreme Court deliberates, Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture

The U.S. Supreme Court recently signaled that it’s ready to limit the government’s power to confiscate things like cars, houses, and cash that prosecutors have proven, or maybe just reasonably suspect, were involved in crimes. The court heard oral arguments related to Indiana’s use of the power, known as asset forfeiture, to confiscate a $42,000 vehicle — […]

MOBILE RADIO: J. Pepper Bryars talks Jeff Sessions resignation

Earlier this week J. Pepper Bryars, a senior fellow at the Alabama Policy Institute, was a guest on Sean Sullivan’s “Midday Mobile” radio program on FM Talk 106.5. Pepper praised Sessions, noting that his two-year tenure at attorney general was one of the most successful in recent decades. Listen to the interview here:

Officials claiming voter suppression in Alabama are crying wolf

We need words to mean things. The phrase “fake news” has been so widely applied that it’s now essentially meaningless, other than identifying those who would rather dismiss than deal with an argument or evidence challenging their conclusions. The extremely important phrase “voter suppression” is now also tittering on the edge of meaninglessness, thanks in […]

UAB research shows ‘explosive growth’ of anti-Semitism online and we must confront it

This opinion column appeared on New research coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham detailing an “explosive growth” of anti-Semitism online should be a wake-up call for everyone, particularly after last weekend’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Conservatives should be especially concerned because even though these uninvited bigots are relatively few, they […]

Helen Keller debate in Texas proves a national curriculum would be disastrous

Every hometown has its hero and every cause its champion. They’re all worth remembering to someone, somewhere. But imagine if the federal government mandated that every child, everywhere, had to learn about all of them as part of a national curriculum. That’d be absurdly impractical. Some faceless and unaccountable bureaucracy, or worse, Congress, would have […]