The RESTORE Alabama Agenda

The 2020 Regular Session of the Alabama State Legislature is behind us. Did anyone notice? It was a Session marked more by what didn’t happen than by what did. One minute the lobbyists were being paid well to try and get marijuana legalized, state budgets were flush, and gambling bills were once again all that […]

Points of Policy: The $1.25 Billion School Bond Issue

In this Points of Policy edition of the 1819 Podcast, API’s Director of Policy Strategy and General Counsel Phil Williams is joined by API’s Senior Director of Fiscal Policy Justin Bogie to discuss the recently enacted $1.25 billion school bond issue and whether or not such an act is good policy during a pandemic.   To listen, […]

Success in coronavirus response must be defined and coordinated

Isn’t it amazing to see the grandstanders who show up in a crisis that have the luxury of not having to own a plan? I’ve heard a bevy of pundits and those not actually in charge of anything (elected and unelected) shouting that the sky is falling. None of them have offered a solution other […]

As I Write This, I Am Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time

As I write this it is mid-morning and I’ve already washed my hands multiple times. I’ve got rubber gloves in my car now. I skipped the gym in favor of a good ‘ol driveway workout but I paid my gym dues anyway. My law firm invested in enhanced video conferencing capabilities. My wife checked on […]

What if you could really vote out some politicians? I mean really!

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 […]

The Medical Marijuana Bill Looks More Like a Trojan Horse

There is a great deal of effort going on in Montgomery to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. So much effort, in fact, that a review of the draft legislation indicates that the Republican majority may well be asked very soon to throw out every conservative principle that each of them ran on […]

For Whom the Bridge Tolls

If you’ve followed the news lately you could not have missed the fact that there has been a kerfluffle of the highest order near the Alabama coastline. Like a scene from the old fairy tale, the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the local populace has thrown the “bridge trolls” into the bay and seemingly defeated the infamous toll payments that were at issue. The difference between our coastal brethren and sistren and the Goats is that the Goats got a bridge out of it.

Off With Their Heads!

This past week “IT” finally happened. Mississippi surpassed Alabama in overall rankings for K-12 education. What absolute fresh hell is this? In truth it is not that fresh. Alabama has been limping behind the pack for decades and this year’s “Nation’s Report Card” by the National Center for Education Statistics represented a final bottoming out. […]

Less Outrage, More Leadership

This past weekend, the Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party jumped into the liberal playbook feet first when it passed a resolution calling for Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be ousted from Congress.

Win Friends, Kill Enemies: An Unyielding Call for Warrior-Diplomats in Modern Warfare

If the armed forces of the Western democracies are to support Allies from the Third World, is our force posture truly oriented toward enhancing their autonomous combat capability, or are we constrained to explicitly taking part in the fighting, simply because our weapons and ancillaries are not effectively transferable. — Thomas P. Rona Introduction Throughout […]