J. Pepper Bryars: Like Chilton County’s peach trees, Alabama’s occupational license laws need regular pruning

Motorists who travel I-65 between Birmingham and Montgomery during summertime often enjoy the tradition of stopping in Clanton for a freshly-picked basket of Chilton County’s famous peaches. There’s something special about that part of Alabama, a Goldilocks zone that produces those thick, juicy, tasty treats. Not too cold. Not too hot. Just right. Well, that and an awful lot of pruning. Thing is, peach trees need to be cut back annually so that they can continually produce the best and…

Dad-deprived homes reach crisis levels in Alabama

Fathers Day has come and gone, and sadly so too has the concept of fatherhood in many parts of Alabama. Nearly half of all babies born here are to unmarried women, according to the latest information from the Alabama Department of Public Health. This is a crisis. It is a crisis that researchers have shown significantly contributes to nearly every challenge facing our state – education, health, addiction, crime, and economic mobility to name just a few. While dad-deprived homes cause…

Mobile Radio: J. Pepper Bryars discusses the importance of fathers

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed the importance of fathers and the devastating impact that fatherlessness is having in Alabama on Archangel Radio, WNGL 1410 AM and 94.5 FM in Mobile. Bryars referenced date from the Alabama Department of Public Health that showed from 2005-2017 the percentage of births to unmarried women in Alabama skyrocketed from 35% to more than 47%. "In Alabama, nearly half of all babies are born to unmarried mothers," Bryars said, adding that nearly every…

1819: Alabama’s Boy Crisis

Nearly half of all babies born in Alabama are to unmarried women, a fact that one well known social scientist and best-selling author recently called a “crisis,” particularly when it comes to the outcomes of boys raised in dad-deprived homes. “The boy crisis resides where dads do not reside,” said Warren Farrell, author of “The Boy Crisis” during a recent episode of the 1819 podcast hosted by Alabama Policy Institute senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars. A little more than 35 percent of…

Huntsville Radio: J. Pepper Bryars discusses the future of Alabama’s abortion ban

Alabama Policy Institute senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed the future of the state’s landmark abortion ban on the Dale Jackson Show on WVNN in Huntsville. Bryars praised the State Legislature and its leadership for passing the strongest pro-life law in the nation and welcomed any future debates on the issue. “Step back and look at the forest rather than the trees,” Bryars said. “If the abortion debate is being had on the narrow question of exceptions for rape…

1819: Lotteries, taxes and bans, oh my!

In the latest episode of the 1819 podcast API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars reviewed what bills passed and failed during the recent session of the State Legislature with Todd Stacy of the Alabama Daily News. Bryars and Stacy offered insight into the details of each bill and what Alabamians may expect in the future. Major bills that passed included a gas tax increase, an abortion ban, changes to third grade reading requirements, reforms of the state school board, pay raises for…

API launches new podcast titled “1819”

The Alabama Policy Institute has launched a new podcast titled "1819," named for the year Alabama became a state, that will focus on politics, culture and faith from a conservative perspective. Listeners can subscribe to 1819 today via iTunes and Sticher. "The podcast will focus on both the issues and the individuals who are impacting Alabama, and we'll bring our audience a level of detail and clarity not found elsewhere," said J. Pepper Bryars, a senior fellow at API and the show's host. The latest episode featured an enlightening discussion…

J. Pepper Bryars: Time to stop daydreaming about a lottery

Lottery supporters were left saying “so close ...” last week after the latest attempt to establish the game in Alabama collapsed under the weight of competing interests and power plays. It was reminiscent of the failed lotto player, successfully matching his numbers one-by-one until his hopes are dashed when that final digit proves ever elusive. But that’s what happens when you play a losing game. We’ve already heard the arguments against a lottery, from the financial risk of budgeting on a…

1819 Podcast: Alabama abortion ban’s chief author explains what’s legal, what’s not

The chief author of Alabama's landmark abortion ban, Birmingham attorney Eric Johnston, recently said that while the new law prohibits nearly all abortions in the state, the procedure remains legal in some narrow instances including those in which the unborn child has or would die shortly after birth, and in cases involving an emergency. Some critics on social media have claimed otherwise, and that the law would also make it illegal for doctors to help with miscarriages. Not so, explained…

Huntsville Radio: J. Pepper Bryars talks campus free speech on the Jeff Poor Show

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed how Alabama could have what’s being called “one of the most ... effective campus free-speech laws in the country” on the Jeff Poor Show, WVNN 92.5 FM in Huntsville. Bryars explained how House Bill 498, introduced by State Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, would require the state’s public colleges and universities to adopt policies and procedures to protect free speech on campus. The bill was recently approved in committee and now awaits further action. Listen…