Critics say Trump has no coronavirus plan. Actually, he does–it’s called federalism.

Near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, critics of President Donald Trump’s response to the novel virus claimed that he didn’t have a plan. They’ve derided him for not having a “national response" and have called for a nationwide lockdown and mask order. Critics pressed the president to use the power of the federal government to issue pervasive dictates covering most aspects of life. These critics say the president’s failure to implement ironfisted control across the nation means there was/is no plan to fight the…

Points of Policy: The Supreme Court Vacancy with Adam MacLeod, Professorial Fellow

In this Points of Policy edition of the 1819 Podcast, API Director of Policy Strategy and General Counsel Phil Williams and Professorial Fellow Adam MacLeod discuss the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the precedent leading Senate Republicans to confirm a Trump appointee before the election. Listen below or search ‘1819’ in your favorite podcast app and look for our red logo.

Alabama Has $1.4 Billion in Unspent CARES Act Funding. It Should Go to Help You.

$ 0 Alabama's Unspent CARES Act Funds as of September 22nd, 2020 What would you do if you woke up tomorrow with millions of extra dollars in your bank account? At some point, most Alabamians have probably daydreamed of such a scenario. Perhaps you would buy a new house, a fancy car, or give it away to causes important to you. Here’s the catch, if you don’t spend all the money in the next three months, you have to give it back. That’s the…

Points of Policy: Commissioner Jeff Dunn and the New Prison Plan

In this episode of the 1819 Podcast, API Director of Policy Strategy and General Counsel Phil Williams sits down with Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn to discuss the new prison plan and the three proposed locations for new construction. Listen below or search ‘1819’ in your favorite podcast app and look for our red logo.

Chick-fil-A and the Right to Seek Truth

Photo Credit: Mark Turnauckas / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)   Chick-fil-A makes delicious sandwiches without beef. But not on Sundays. Owned by Christians, the company also gives away millions of dollars each year to charitable organizations that help people who need assistance. Until recently, one of those was the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army, in its own words, “exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can.” It fights human trafficking, shelters victims of domestic abuse, feeds the hungry…

Options in Education Foster Increased Opportunities for Students

I grew up in poverty. I know what it’s like to be without electricity and to move because the rent is past-due. I’ve lived the struggles, the poverty that limited opportunity brings. I was one of the students you hear about on TV who receive a free or reduced-price lunch. I saw my single mother of three boys work tirelessly and do her best only to struggle to pay the bills and meet our needs. Statistics say I am supposed…

9/18/2020 Podcast: The 2020 Census, Alabama, and Redistricting

In this episode of the 1819 podcast, Josh, Justin, and Parker discuss Alabama's dead last status in responding to the 2020 Census, why the census is so important to Alabama, and the redistricting process. It's time to get counted, Alabama. Listen below or search ‘1819’ in your favorite podcast app and look for our red logo.

Anchored in Alabama: Stories of Hope – Week 20

As API enters the twentieth week publishing Anchored in Alabama, our team continues to be encouraged by the stories we hear from you and from local media. It is clear that our faith communities and businesses are stepping up to today's challenges. We continue to say "Thank You" for your support of this publication. As always, we hope you find it uplifting. Anchored in Alabama, Week Twenty   1. Birmingham Charter School Opens in Person as City Schools Remain Online-Only While Birmingham City Schools remains…

Redistricting and Alabama’s Room Where it Happens

No one really knows how the game is played The art of the trade How the sausage gets made We just assume that it happens But no one else is in The room where it happens This description of 1790s American politics in the well-known musical Hamilton echoes a still-relevant sentiment–that regular Americans really don’t know how all of this happens. But is that feeling accurate? Looking at our inability to pass a federal budget, the process of choosing Supreme Court nominees,…

The 2020 Census and Alabama (September 2020)

While Alabama’s major metropolitan areas continue to experience healthy growth, the state’s population is increasing at a rate that is less than half that of the U.S. as a whole. This poses a problem because the results of the 2020 Census will be used to determine not only a decades-worth of federal government revenue allocations but Alabama’s representation in Congress and voice in the Electoral College as well. Assuming a full count, projections suggest that Alabama, along with New York,…