Three Reasons Why You Should Care About Occupational Licensing Reform

During my years working in public policy, there have been a handful of issues that have gotten me fired up. Typically when I tell people about them, they have some level of understanding—a state lottery, education and school choice, taxes and budgets, things like that. These days, when I’m asked about the issue I most care about and I say “occupational licensing reform,” I’m often met with blank stares. Once I start explaining the issue, however, people start to understand…

What does freedom mean to me?

When most of us think about the Fourth of July, we think about pool parties, cooking out, fireworks, and spending time with friends and family. Others think about our love for America. Some of us even wait all year for an occasion to wear a t-shirt that has the Declaration of Independence printed on it. Is that just me? I can’t hide it—I’m a huge fan of the Declaration of Independence. Almost every time I’ve visited Washington D.C., even if…

Seeing the power of compassion, hope, and work first-hand

Three years ago, I had the privilege of visiting South America for the first time. During my stay, I—along with the rest of my group—met a family whose story broke our hearts. Led by a single mother, the family lived in an aluminum-roofed and mud-filled house in the middle of a village town square, right between two churches. Her adult children still lived with her in their home: one blind and two deaf, blind, and intellectually disabled. Their abusive father…

Three Years After Obergefell

In June of 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in all fifty states The Supreme Court ruled in the Obergefell v. Hodges case in favor of Jim Obergefell, whose marriage in Maryland was not recognized in Ohio. Unexpected to most, exciting to some and alarming to others, the Obergefell ruling was hailed as monumental, final, and as historic as Brown v. Board of Education or Roe v. Wade. It’s been three years now. A lot hasn’t changed: Alabama is still good at football,…

Monopoly and Locksmiths

  I love the game of Monopoly. The hope that I will land on expensive properties first, the poker-esque bluffing, and the art of deal-making with unsuspecting friends makes for a great game night. Even though I love Monopoly, I don’t always enjoy it. When I’ve missed out on important properties and am mortgaging the few I have left to pay the winner, I’m not having any fun. When it’s obvious I will not win and I slowly move from…

A Review of: Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More

Are you interested in learning about the principles of conservatism?  While the API team often focuses on policy matters and current events, we always remember the principles on which our foundation is built. One of those principles is free markets, the idea that businesses and economies work better with little to no government interference. In this book review, API policy fellow Andrew Sasser explores John C. Médaille's analysis of free market economics and policy proposals addressing some of our nation's current issues—including…

Our Elected Officials, a Mirror of Ourselves

“Who am I?” We are all, at some point, faced with this question. Some, more than others, have a considerably difficult time determining an answer (see Hugh Jackman’s character struggle with this question in Les Misérables). Although typically reserved for personal wrestling, this is a question Alabamians should be asking regularly, albeit in a different form, about ourselves as a state. So, who are we, Alabama? There are many ways to tackle this question. We could look at how Alabamians…

State elections matter more than most think

Washington, D.C. – one of the most visited cities in the world – oozes a sense of superiority and power. How could it not? Our nation’s Capitol building is truly enormous, the Secret Service and Capitol police carry rifles regularly, and the President of the most powerful country in the world lives within its borders. Anyone, whether a visitor, summer intern, or permanent resident, feels that they are amongst the most formidable and important people in the world when in…

Candidates Respond to 2018 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire

Please see below for responses to the Alabama Policy Institute and Yellowhammer News Legislative Candidate Questionnaire. Listed in numerical order by district House District 4: Tom Fredricks Senate District 8: Eric Aycock House District 9: James R. Bowling House District 10: Charles A. Orr Senate District 22: Greg Albritton House District 30: Rusty Jessup Senate District 32: David Northcutt Senate District 35: Tom Holmes House District 38: Bryan Murphy House District 54: Jacqueline Gray Miller House District 66: Susan Smith…

Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Alabama Attorney General Race

By Artur Davis An unlikely dynamic has emerged in the Alabama Attorney General’s race:  three of the four Republicans running and both Democrats have acknowledged that one of the most powerful local law enforcement tools, the authority to confiscate property from citizens without charging them with a crime, raises serious constitutional questions.  Even the lone defender of the status quo, interim Attorney General Steve Marshall, concedes that the public is entitled to more information about how this process known as civil forfeiture…