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 most aspects of life. These critics say the president’s failure to implement ironfisted control across the nation means there was/is no plan to fight the…

Points of Policy: The Supreme Court Vacancy with Adam MacLeod, Professorial Fellow

In this Points of Policy edition of the 1819 Podcast, API Director of Policy Strategy and General Counsel Phil Williams and Professorial Fellow Adam MacLeod discuss the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the precedent leading Senate Republicans to confirm a Trump appointee before the election. Listen below or search ‘1819’ in your favorite podcast app and look for our red logo.

Points of Policy: Commissioner Jeff Dunn and the New Prison Plan

In this episode of the 1819 Podcast, API Director of Policy Strategy and General Counsel Phil Williams sits down with Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn to discuss the new prison plan and the three proposed locations for new construction. Listen below or search ‘1819’ in your favorite podcast app and look for our red logo.

Chick-fil-A and the Right to Seek Truth

Photo Credit: Mark Turnauckas / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)   Chick-fil-A makes delicious sandwiches without beef. But not on Sundays. Owned by Christians, the company also gives away millions of dollars each year to charitable organizations that help people who need assistance. Until recently, one of those was the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army, in its own words, “exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can.” It fights human trafficking, shelters victims of domestic abuse, feeds the hungry…

Options in Education Foster Increased Opportunities for Students

I grew up in poverty. I know what it’s like to be without electricity and to move because the rent is past-due. I’ve lived the struggles, the poverty that limited opportunity brings. I was one of the students you hear about on TV who receive a free or reduced-price lunch. I saw my single mother of three boys work tirelessly and do her best only to struggle to pay the bills and meet our needs. Statistics say I am supposed…

9/18/2020 Podcast: The 2020 Census, Alabama, and Redistricting

In this episode of the 1819 podcast, Josh, Justin, and Parker discuss Alabama's dead last status in responding to the 2020 Census, why the census is so important to Alabama, and the redistricting process. It's time to get counted, Alabama. Listen below or search ‘1819’ in your favorite podcast app and look for our red logo.

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 all of this happens. But is that feeling accurate? Looking at our inability to pass a federal budget, the process of choosing Supreme Court nominees,…

9/11/2020 News Recap

In this week's news recap podcast, Josh, Justin, and Parker discuss: -CARES Act funds being used to pay for Alabama's unemployment costs -The 19th Anniversary of 9/11 -Senator Ben Sasse's plan to Make the Senate Great Again -Disney's filming of Mulan in a part of China that is home to concentration camps Listen below or search '1819' in your favorite podcast app and look for our red logo.

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 who can't make a decision. I hear that. And I agree that wildly shifting your opinions on matters of virtue, what is right and wrong,…