Exclusive: Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh Comments on COVID-19’s impact on Alabama, State Budgets, Prisons, and more

Birmingham, Ala. – Today the Alabama Policy Institute released an interview with Alabama Senate Pro tempore, Del Marsh through its 1819 Podcast (along with a full transcript). The interview covers Alabama's COVID-19 response and reveals Senator Marsh's thoughts on state budgets, prison reform, the legislative session and more. Regarding COVID-19, Senator Marsh details asking State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris how much equipment the state would need for him to feel comfortable that the state could handle the influx of COVID-19 patients…

Alabama Policy Institute Releases Report on Possible Impacts from the Coronavirus on State Budgets, Healthcare, and more

Birmingham, Ala. – Today (April 2, 2020) the Alabama Policy Institute released a report entitled “COVID-19 in Alabama: A Primer on the Impacts of the Coronavirus on the State.” The report details the possible unprecedented impacts of the coronavirus on the health, social well-being, economy, and state government of Alabama. According to the report, depending on the severity of the economic impact on the state, Alabama’s next fiscal year General Fund budget might need to be cut by nearly $400…

Preventing death by allowing ‘essential’ murder

We live in wild times. I've watched people all across the political spectrum in recent days deliver impassioned speeches about the need to take extraordinary measures to preserve human life. They say they believe the elderly and vulnerable are just as deserving of a chance to live as any other. They are right. Human life is sacred and should be treated as such from the womb to the tomb. But since we live in an age of cognitive dissonance and…

Alabama’s Coronavirus Response Important, but Needs Benchmarks, Business and Medical Leaders Say

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and state health officer Dr. Scott Harris have issued sweeping emergency and public health declarations which they hope will slow the spread of the Coronavirus which currently has the nation at or near a standstill. On Friday, March 20, an amended public health order issued by Dr. Harris and released by the governor’s office limits public gatherings to no more than 25 people and requires all other gatherings to be held while maintaining a six-foot space…

1819 EXCLUSIVE: Senate Candidates Discuss the Coronavirus, the $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill, and the Delayed Runoff

In exclusive interviews available only through API's 1819 Podcast, Phil Williams interviews both former US Attorney General and US Senator Jeff Sessions and former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville. In these two twenty-minute episodes, both candidates offer their takes on the coronavirus crisis, how their campaigns have shifted due to the delay of the runoff, their thoughts on the $2 trillion stimulus package, and more. Each episode is currently available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. To listen to the…

Leadership Revealed in a Crisis

Unusual challenges such as this Coronavirus pandemic teach us who we really are. They reveal whether we are courageous and generous or fearful and selfish. Our leaders are no different. We learn their virtues and vices when they are tested by difficult times. Three such virtues are especially important for leaders in a time such as this: moral discernment, prudence, and lawfulness. A leader must judge morally because he must identify and respond appropriately to moral wrongs. He must protect…

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 our neighbors. This is just stuff that we all do now. But having said that I will also say that this environment of concern and…