This Back To School Season, Families Should Decide

Parents and other observers have many understandable questions about how their local school districts are responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19. At this juncture, I don’t think it’s helpful to lay much blame on anyone. There will be plenty of time for that in the future, and when the dust settles, we’re likely to find that there is real blame to go around from the state board of education all the way down to your kid’s geometry teacher. It…

8/7/2020 News Recap

On this week's news recap podcast, Josh, Justin and Parker discuss all the biggest news from the week including:-Polls in the Tuberville v. Jones race for U.S. Senate-Governor Ivey's spending choices on CARES Act funds-A devastating explosion in Beirut-Different door-knocking strategies by the Biden and Trump campaigns-Trump's potential ban on TikTok

Hey, ABC Board…Know Your Role!

Let’s start with clearing the air...generally speaking I don’t hang out in bars. This is not a puff piece to defend pub crawls. So before any of my folks, fans or friends think that I’m writing this because I was hoping for one last round after 11 p.m., the answer is “no”. What I do have a problem with is unelected bureaucrats enacting policy outside of their charter that has the effect of shutting down private enterprise. Last week the…

7/31/2020 News Recap

Josh is back for another episode of the 1819 News Recap Podcast. This week, Josh and Parker discuss:   - Governor Ivey's "Masks in Schools" order - The ABC Board order for bars to stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m. - Union University's rescission of a student's admission who was living openly as a homosexual - Pastor John MacArthur's fight with California and the state's ban on indoor worship - An order by President Trump that may help Alabama keep…

Keep a Weather Eye on the Horizon – A Legal Storm is Brewing

I don’t know if you’ve ever had the displeasure of being at sea when a major storm develops. It is disconcerting, to say the least. As the deck pitches and rolls, the mental review of the all-hands disaster planning takes place in the mind. Pulling into a safe harbor and putting feet on dry land is a multi-layered relief. In Alabama, we have a legal storm brewing on the horizon and businesses, churches, hospitals, and non-profits are all sailing directly…

API Publishes Report Reviewing U.S. Supreme Court’s 2019-2020 Term

Birmingham, Ala. - Today the Alabama Policy Institute (API) released “The Supreme Court in Review: 2019-2020 Term.” The report details the most important cases decided by the Supreme Court during its most recent term and is to serve as a resource for reporters, elected officials, and others to understand the recent rulings and their potential ramifications. “Those who hold public office do not make the law,” remarks API Professorial Fellow and Professor of Law at Faulkner University, Adam J. MacLeod, in his…

7/24/2020 News Recap

In this episode of the 1819 News Recap, Parker is joined by API interns Josh and John. Together they discuss: -Alabama school districts shifting to an online-only start to the new school year -Alabama's voter ID law being upheld by the 11th Circuit Court -Planned Parenthood of Greater New York removing Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood's founder, as building's namesake -Pfizer's deal with the U.S. Government to supply 100 million COVID-19 vaccines for $2 billion

Don’t Be Fooled by a Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone

What if I told you that the government could tax you, then shut down your ability to pay the taxes, then provide you the funds to keep operating, but then tax you an extra amount on the funds they sent you. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, we’re on the brink of finding out whether it will be our reality in Alabama. I heard a relevant term for the first time in a military briefing. Someone briefed the commander on issues that…

7/17/2020 News Recap

In this episode of the 1819 Weekly News Recap Podcast, Parker and Josh discuss -The results from the race for US Senate -The results in the races for Congress in Districts 1&2 -A new mandatory mask requirement issued statewide by Governor Kay Ivey -Two Supreme Court cases with good news for religious liberty To listen, click here.

To Educate Our Children

Children often bear the worst of our challenges, and our disagreements. When Alabama public schools shut down in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw (again) that the promise of education is not equally available to all young people. Many government-run school administrators were unable to deliver education to the children within their districts. At the same time, elite legal scholars propose that states should have more control over education. Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet recently received attention for proposing…