This Ain’t a Party….It’s a Circus!

This week is momentous in the life of the Alabama Democrat Party. After much ado and some often colorful dialogue between the ADP and the Democrat National Committee, two separate factions of Alabama Democrats are holding separate meetings to establish separate bylaws, and who knows, maybe set the stage for separate leadership. Now, I’m a longtime Republican. Everyone who pays attention to Alabama politics knows where I stand and with whom I have affiliated. But for this written moment….and only…

Alabama Policy Institute Adds Three Well-known, Respected Fellows

Birmingham, Ala. – Alabama Policy Institute (API) President Caleb Crosby today announced the appointment of Adam J. MacLeod, Dana Hall McCain, and Matthew Stokes as API fellows. Each of the appointees has a stellar track-record of writing and/or research on conservative causes. “We are making a concerted effort to add Alabama’s best and brightest thinkers to the Alabama Policy Institute,” commented Crosby. “Adam, Dana, and Matt all bring distinctive voices and interests to the work of promoting and protecting conservative…

Alabama Policy Institute Names Former Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, Jr., Distinguished Fellow

Birmingham, Ala. – Alabama Policy Institute (API) President Caleb Crosby today (Sept. 23, 2019) announced the appointment of Drayton Nabers, Jr., former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, as an API Distinguished Fellow. “Chief Justice Nabers is known throughout the nation for his commitment to championing good moral character, the upholding of the law, and educational excellence, among other things,” commented Crosby. “By adding someone of the caliber of the Chief Justice to the API team, we are continuing…

Alabama Policy Institute Names Josh Pendergrass Chief Communications Officer

Birmingham, Ala. – Alabama Policy Institute President Caleb Crosby today (09/16/2019) named Josh Pendergrass as the organization’s Chief Communications Officer. “We are excited to add an individual with the wealth of experience and personal integrity as Josh Pendergrass to the API team,” commented Crosby. “In our thirty-year history, API has never had an individual with the level of communications experience and political connections as Josh. With his knowledge of media relations, Alabama politics, and his conservative credentials, Josh adds rocket…

1819 Podcast: State-Sponsored Unions? How governmental licensing of occupations harms workers, consumers, and the overall economy

Alabama Policy Institute senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars discussed the occupational licensing regime of Alabama on the most recent episode of the 1819 podcast. Bryars had a candid conversation with Professor Morris Kleiner, the nation’s foremost expert on occupational licensing, on why and how the practice of governmental licensing of certain professions must be reformed. Listen to the episode here: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-jswxy-bdf5fd

Less Outrage, More Leadership

Time and again over the past few years, we have witnessed a disturbing trend among liberals, namely that if you don’t agree with their positions that you are to be silenced, boycotted, or removed. 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. As I write this, I imagine that some of my GOP brethren…

MOBILE RADIO: How does ‘school choice’ = ‘tax choice’ in Alabama?

API Sr. Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars appeared on Mobile's 1410 AM 94.5 FM LA Catholic Morning radio show to discuss how Alabamians can help low-income students who are stuck in low-performing schools by redirecting some of their income tax liability to a program that funds scholarships. It costs nothing but a few minutes and is different from a charitable contribution since taxpayers receive a dollar for dollar reduction on their state income taxes depending on how much they donate. Listen…

Rachel Bryars: ‘School Choice’ = ‘Tax Choice’ in Alabama

It’s back-to-school season and for some parents, this is a happy time. But for those whose children are stuck in underperforming schools, or schools where they are bullied or are in danger, this is a heartbreaking time, especially if they cannot afford to move or go to private school. “There was fighting every day. People wanted to shoot me, kill me, and everything,” said Calvin Coleman in a speech about his experiences at his Mobile public high school. Did you know…

1819 Podcast: How Alabama’s small school choice program is making a big difference

Alabama Policy Institute senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars discussed the state’s scholarship program for low-income families on the most recent episode of the 1819 podcast. Bryars shared his own story of moving from a public to a private school during a pivotal time and interviewed Ryan Cantrell, a school choice advocate who was an aide in the Alabama State Senate when the law establishing the program was passed. Listen to the episode here: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-rega3-ba788b  

1819 Podcast: Southern Shawshank? Assault, rape and murder in Alabama’s prisons

In this episode of the 1819 podcast, API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars hosts a deep-dive into Alabama’s prison crisis with the Montgomery Advertiser’s Mellissa Brown, State Sen. Cam Ward, and Mike Lanier, president of the company developing plans for three new mega prisons across the state. Listen now: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-sjcze-b97ce7