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…

HUNTSVILLE RADIO: API’s Phil Williams Guest Hosts the Dale Jackson Show

Former State Senator and API director of policy strategy Phil Williams served as guest host on the Dale Jackson Show on September 6th. During the two-hour show, Williams detailed his disagreement with the decision of the Executive Committee of the ALGOP to call for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's removal from the House of Representatives, noting that first amendment protections include all opinions, regardless of content. Williams also discussed the I-10 bridge and the funding of Trump's border wall with Mexico. To…

MOBILE RADIO: New marriage laws in Alabama

API director of policy analysis Parker Snider recently appeared on Mobile Radio to discuss the shift in Alabama's marriage laws from marriage licenses to marriage certificates. Snider answered questions about how this change will affect new marriages in the state, whether or not other laws were changed as well, and no-fault divorce. You can listen to the interview here beginning at the 47:30 timestamp. LA Catholic Mornings, Archangel Radio Mobile - https://youtu.be/Vk2ju_3ZrHY

HUNTSVILLE RADIO: School Choice and Tax Choice in Alabama

API Senior Fellow Rachel Bryars talked with WTKI's Fred Holland about how Alabamians can choose to send some of their income taxes to fund scholarships for low-income kids. They also discussed new research about human trafficking in Alabama and what parents need to watch out for. Listen to the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd2axKYrwNg

Alabama Epstein? It happens here all the time

As the nation learns more about the salacious life and mysterious death of billionaire and serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, it’s important to remember his crimes are far from uncommon. In fact, they happen all the time. Even in Alabama. It’s a problem that experts agree is growing, though exact numbers are difficult to quantify, according to researchers at the University of Alabama who conducted a study estimating there were more than 900 potential survivors of human trafficking across the state in…

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

Less Outrage, More Leadership

Time and again over the past few years, we have witnessed a disturbing trend among liberals, namely that if you don’t agree with their positions that you are to be silenced, boycotted, or removed. This past weekend, the Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party jumped into the liberal playbook feet first when it passed a resolution calling for Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be ousted from Congress. As I write this, I imagine that some of my GOP brethren…

MOBILE RADIO: How does ‘school choice’ = ‘tax choice’ in Alabama?

API Sr. Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars appeared on Mobile's 1410 AM 94.5 FM LA Catholic Morning radio show to discuss how Alabamians can help low-income students who are stuck in low-performing schools by redirecting some of their income tax liability to a program that funds scholarships. It costs nothing but a few minutes and is different from a charitable contribution since taxpayers receive a dollar for dollar reduction on their state income taxes depending on how much they donate. Listen…

Rachel Bryars: ‘School Choice’ = ‘Tax Choice’ in Alabama

It’s back-to-school season and for some parents, this is a happy time. But for those whose children are stuck in underperforming schools, or schools where they are bullied or are in danger, this is a heartbreaking time, especially if they cannot afford to move or go to private school. “There was fighting every day. People wanted to shoot me, kill me, and everything,” said Calvin Coleman in a speech about his experiences at his Mobile public high school. Did you know…