Alabama Policy Institute Announces Inaugural Policy Warrior Award Winners

Birmingham, Ala. – Alabama Policy Institute (API) Director of Policy Strategy Phil Williams announced Thursday at the API 30th Anniversary Celebration the recipients of the API Policy Warrior Awards. In its inaugural year, the API Policy Warrior Awards are presented to individuals who take a public stand, even in the face of great opposition, for issues of policy that affect the well-being of the State of Alabama and its citizens on matters that go directly to the pillars upon which…

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. Give us more money they said! Well, they got it. Ten years of steadily increasing budgets with zero proration culminating in a record $7.1 billion…

If faith practices are ‘discriminatory,’ do we really still have free speech?

By Matthew Stokes, Resident Fellow Modern political candidates spend a lot of time presenting themselves as culturally acceptable to voters. That means a lot of talk about God, faith, and family, and often the winning candidate is the one who looks best driving a well-worn pickup truck. This is nothing new in American politics, but it’s a practice that is not without its shortcomings. For those voters who care very much about policy and legislation, and the deeper philosophies of…

Christians should protect freedom of expression for all people

It’s an idea that we Evangelicals like because we usually hear it discussed in the vein of protecting our particular right to express and live out a Christian worldview. But do we really know what our constitutional right to religious liberty is rooted in, and what protecting it for the long haul will require of us? This tension was clear in the substance of a recent debate between fellow conservatives David French and Sohrab Ahmari. Both men are Christians but…

Alabama Follows the Law, History in Forgoing Marriage Licenses

For just over a month now, Alabama officials have not issued marriage licenses. They instead record certificates memorializing marital contracts, signed by married couples and notarized. The law authorizing this change is a sensible and principled compromise. Indeed, it might be a model for other states. It accommodates both the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, expressed in its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, that natural marriage can no longer be privileged in law and the rights of state officials…

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