Choices Have Consequences, Even for Liberal Politicians

By Dana Hall McCain Americans experienced yet another sex scandal involving an elected leader in recent weeks, culminating in the resignation of freshman Congressman Katie Hill of California. Nude photos were published depicting Hill in a polyamorous, bisexual relationship with her now-estranged husband and a campaign staffer. Additional allegations have surfaced of a more recent affair with her legislative director, a male. Hill has admitted to the affair with the campaign staffer but denies the one with her current staff…

1819 Podcast – First-ever Weekly Recap Show Released

Today, API's 1819 Podcast released it's first-ever weekly news recap show. Only half-an-hour long, API's Joshua Pendergrass and Parker Snider discuss recent Alabama and national news through a conservative perspective in this weekly edition of our 1819 Podcast. This week, we discuss The arrival of Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Alabama Senate race The increasing Democratic presidential field Our picks for this weekend's college football games ...and more! We hope you'll join us. If you do, please subscribe…

Alabama Policy Institute Announces Inaugural Policy Warrior Award Winners

Birmingham, Ala. – Alabama Policy Institute (API) Director of Policy Strategy Phil Williams announced Thursday at the API 30th Anniversary Celebration the recipients of the API Policy Warrior Awards. In its inaugural year, the API Policy Warrior Awards are presented to individuals who take a public stand, even in the face of great opposition, for issues of policy that affect the well-being of the State of Alabama and its citizens on matters that go directly to the pillars upon which…

Children with Gender Dysphoria need Love and Compassion, Not Gender Reassignment

A recent case in the Texas courts became a catalyst for loud debate regarding the intersection of parental rights and appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria in children. A 7-year-old child of divorced parents, born male, is believed by his mother to be transgender and that his desire to be female should be affirmed. The father denies the claim that the child consistently asserts a female identity and says that the types of treatment the mother would approve for him are…

Off With Their Heads!

This past week “IT” finally happened. Mississippi surpassed Alabama in overall rankings for K-12 education. What absolute fresh hell is this? In truth it is not that fresh. Alabama has been limping behind the pack for decades and this year’s “Nation’s Report Card” by the National Center for Education Statistics represented a final bottoming out. Give us more money they said! Well, they got it. Ten years of steadily increasing budgets with zero proration culminating in a record $7.1 billion…

If faith practices are ‘discriminatory,’ do we really still have free speech?

By Matthew Stokes, Resident Fellow Modern political candidates spend a lot of time presenting themselves as culturally acceptable to voters. That means a lot of talk about God, faith, and family, and often the winning candidate is the one who looks best driving a well-worn pickup truck. This is nothing new in American politics, but it’s a practice that is not without its shortcomings. For those voters who care very much about policy and legislation, and the deeper philosophies of…

Christians should protect freedom of expression for all people

It’s an idea that we Evangelicals like because we usually hear it discussed in the vein of protecting our particular right to express and live out a Christian worldview. But do we really know what our constitutional right to religious liberty is rooted in, and what protecting it for the long haul will require of us? This tension was clear in the substance of a recent debate between fellow conservatives David French and Sohrab Ahmari. Both men are Christians but…

Alabama Follows the Law, History in Forgoing Marriage Licenses

For just over a month now, Alabama officials have not issued marriage licenses. They instead record certificates memorializing marital contracts, signed by married couples and notarized. The law authorizing this change is a sensible and principled compromise. Indeed, it might be a model for other states. It accommodates both the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, expressed in its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, that natural marriage can no longer be privileged in law and the rights of state officials…

This Ain’t a Party….It’s a Circus!

This week is momentous in the life of the Alabama Democrat Party. After much ado and some often colorful dialogue between the ADP and the Democrat National Committee, two separate factions of Alabama Democrats are holding separate meetings to establish separate bylaws, and who knows, maybe set the stage for separate leadership. Now, I’m a longtime Republican. Everyone who pays attention to Alabama politics knows where I stand and with whom I have affiliated. But for this written moment….and only…

Alabama Policy Institute Adds Three Well-known, Respected Fellows

Birmingham, Ala. – Alabama Policy Institute (API) President Caleb Crosby today announced the appointment of Adam J. MacLeod, Dana Hall McCain, and Matthew Stokes as API fellows. Each of the appointees has a stellar track-record of writing and/or research on conservative causes. “We are making a concerted effort to add Alabama’s best and brightest thinkers to the Alabama Policy Institute,” commented Crosby. “Adam, Dana, and Matt all bring distinctive voices and interests to the work of promoting and protecting conservative…