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What We’re Reading: September 2, 2016

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We are often asked what our team reads, and now we’re letting you in on the secret!

At the end of every week, members of our team will share a book review and articles that have informed and inspired us as we work to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, and strong families.

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Statistician explains that when the odds are low, and the jackpot is high, more players are walking away at a loss.
The sneaky math that made the lottery more alluring–and harder to win
Ana Swanson, Washington Post, August 30, 2016


Alabama is estimated to have just one health insurer in each county by 2017.
Health Insurers’ Pullback Threatens to Create Monopolies
Anna Wilde Mathews and Stephanie Armour, Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2016


Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute says that lofty projections and investment shortfalls contribute to current pension crises across the country.
Covering Up the Pension Crisis
Steve Malanga, Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2016


API’s Katherine Robertson featured in new installment of Alabama Public Radio series on prison reform and justice reform.
Prison Reform: Alabama’s Overcrowding Problem
MacKenzie Bates, Alabama Public Radio, September 1, 2016


Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator, edited by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. 2001. Harper Collins. 176 pp.

Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator
Edited by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.
Reviewed by Katie Tooker, API Donor Relations Manager

“‘There is nothing wrong with our system. Somebody is handling the machinery wrong.’ Ronald Reagan said this while serving as governor of California in 1973. If he had been in Montgomery last week, I think he may have reiterated those now forty-three-year-old words. Though the battle against the lottery was fought and won in the Alabama State House, thanks in no small part to the resolve of conservative legislators and the tireless efforts of my colleagues at API, the fact that there was a battle shows ‘somebody is handling the machinery wrong.’

“That same president who spoke of the realities of a broken system was known for his ever optimistic view. At the 1985 Conservative Political Action Conference, President Reagan remarked, ‘We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to stand for something—for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to. And we have good reason to be hopeful and optimistic.’

“I encourage you to pick up a copy of Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator, a compilation of the President Reagan’s memorable remarks at state dinners, at national conventions, and in conversations with reporters. His words are sure to fill your heart with warmth toward our nation. President Reagan was a man fully devoted to his country, and his words withstand the test of time.”

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