Should All Rights Give Way to the Transgender Revolution?

Ever heard the maxim “Your right to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins?” It’s one the federal courts need to remember this week. On Thursday, the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals will hear a case that originated in Florida related to transgender students and school bathroom usage. This decision will affect schools in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, and may ultimately force the issue up to the Supreme Court. The original suit was filed by a transgender…

For Whom the Bridge Tolls

If you’ve followed the news lately you could not have missed the fact that there has been a kerfluffle of the highest order near the Alabama coastline. Like a scene from the old fairy tale, the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the local populace has thrown the “bridge trolls” into the bay and seemingly defeated the infamous toll payments that were at issue. The difference between our coastal brethren and sistren and the Goats is that the Goats got a bridge…

Shakespeare and Today’s Political Climate

So much about the nature of education has changed in the last generation. Technology is more prevalent than ever. The focus on STEM has reoriented our approach to knowledge. Even elementary school math is different. Still, the presence of William Shakespeare on the curricula of high school English classes remains constant. Most Americans have a passing familiarity with the Bard. For many years in Alabama it was Romeo and Juliet in ninth grade, followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream in…

Educational Freedom Enables Personal, Economic Hope for Alabama’s Children

Part of the promise of school choice is that access to better education will result in increased economic mobility for those trapped in poverty. In our state, programs like the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) give children in underperforming schools or lower-income homes scholarships to private schools. It provides access to choices that have historically been reserved for the affluent. The reasoning goes that if you take a poor child from a poor school and give that child a better K-12…

Thanksgiving to God is Profoundly American

Aside from Independence Day, no other holiday is as profoundly American as Thanksgiving. With its historical roots in the first English settlers to these lands and their Native America counterparts, it’s even older than our republic. Days of thanksgiving were a regular occurrence during colonial times, usually called for by the church to encourage parishioners to give thanks to God for blessings big and small. The Continental Congress, which governed from 1774-1789, issued proclamations for several national days of prayer…

1819 Podcast – Second Weekly News Recap Show Released

This week, Parker and Josh discuss Chick-fil-a's decision to cease donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a potential gaming compact between the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and the state, a new TV show filmed in the Etowah County Jail, revelations in the Epstein case, and more. News recap episodes are released Friday mornings and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. To listen, click on your favorite podcasting app below. Apple Podcasts…

Statewide Radio: Phil Williams on Viewpoint Alabama

API director of policy strategy Phil Williams recently appeared on Viewpoint Alabama, a weekly radio show that is broadcast on over 60 Alabama radio stations, to discuss the potential toll bridge in Mobile, the increase in the gas tax, and more. You can listen to the interview here (beginning at the 0:30 timestamp). Viewpoint Alabama, November 23rd and 24th, 2019