Daily News Digest – August 23, 2021

Daily News Digest – August 23, 2021

Good morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Monday, August 23.

 

1. New polling shows Ivey remains popular, leads in early reelection race

  • Good news: we have some new polling to share.
  • Every politico loves fresh polling, right? It’s like catnip to us.
  • Alabama Daily News commissioned a survey last week with Cygnal testing several issues and races, and we’ll be rolling out the results over the next few days.
  • Today’s first installment: Gov. Kay Ivey’s approval rating, the general view of the state’s direction and ballot tests for the races for governor and the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • It’s important to note that this is a survey of Alabama Republicans, not the general electorate like our last poll.
  • Why only poll Republicans? Well, that’s how you test a primary race, and there are a few important ones happening this year. Also, when it comes to issues, how Republican voters feel is going to drive the majority of legislators since that’s who elects them.
  • So what is the takeaway from this first installment? Generally speaking, Ivey maintains a high approval rating and a big lead over potential opponents in her bid for reelection in 2022. Also, the race for Supreme Court is wide open.
  • ADN Insiders can read the full polling results HERE.
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  • Stay tuned for subsequent poll questions and cross tabs to be released as the week goes on.

 

2. Latest from Afghanistan

  • President Joe Biden says the “hard and painful” airlift of Americans and tens of thousands of others from Afghanistan’s capital is accelerating, but he would not rule out extending it beyond the Aug. 31 deadline he set before the Taliban’s swift takeover.
  • In remarks at the White House on Sunday, one week after the Taliban completed their victory by capturing Kabul, Biden defended his decision to end the war and insisted that getting all Americans out of the country would have been difficult in the best of circumstances. Critics have blasted Biden for a grave error in judgment by waiting too long to begin organizing an evacuation, which became captive to the fear and panic set off by the government’s sudden collapse.
  • In a statement later Sunday, a White House official said eight U.S. military flights — seven C-17s and one C-130 — evacuated about 1,700 passengers from Hamid Karzai International Airport in a 12-hour period ending at 3 p.m. EDT. In addition, 39 coalition aircraft took off with approximately 3,400 passengers, the official said.
  • Since Aug. 14, the U.S. has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of about 30,300 people on military and coalition flights, the official said. Tens of thousands of people remain to join the airlift, which has been slowed by security issues and U.S. bureaucracy hurdles.
  • Ryan Crocker, who served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Biden’s management of the withdrawal was “catastrophic” and had unleashed a “global crisis.”
  • Read more HERE.

 

3. Alabama beaches see 3 drownings in past week

  • Officials say three people have drowned in waters off Alabama beaches in the past week.
  • Two brothers perished in Gulf Shores last Tuesday after being pulled by strong currents, WKRG-TV reported. The third drowning happened Friday, when a wave knocked down a 19-year-old man in Fort Morgan. Searchers found his body a few hours later.
  • Tourists to Alabama’s Gulf coast beaches say they’ve noticed the rough waters and are taking precautions. Tyler James of Kentucky said waves Saturday were throwing him “like a ragdoll.”
  • Full story HERE.

 

4. Budget clash pits moderate Democrats against Biden, Pelosi

  • Outnumbered and with their party’s most powerful leaders arrayed against them, nine moderate Democrats trying to upend plans for enacting President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar domestic program face a House showdown.
  • All the rebellious group must do to prevail is outmaneuver the White House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and numerous progressive colleagues who’ve stood firmly against them. That’s no small task.
  • The House reconvenes today in what Democratic leaders hope will be just a two-day interruption of lawmakers’ August recess. They want quick approval of a budget resolution setting up future passage — maybe this fall — of legislation directing $3.5 trillion at social, environmental and other programs over the next decade.
  • That huge measure, largely financed with tax increases on the rich and big business, comprises the heart of Biden’s agenda and is progressives’ top priority.
  • The moderates have threatened to oppose the budget resolution unless the House first approves a $1 trillion, 10-year package of road, power grid, broadband and other infrastructure projects that’s already passed the Senate. With unanimous Republican opposition expected to the fiscal blueprint, moderates’ nine votes would be more than enough to sink it in the narrowly divided House.
  • Read more from Alan Fram HERE.

 

5. Southern Democrats aim to export Georgia’s success to Alabama, other states

  • Stacey Abrams spent years telling donors that Democrats could win in Georgia if they would provide the money to build a statewide political operation. In 2020, Georgia finally delivered its 16 presidential electoral votes to a Democrat, Joe Biden, and sent two Democrats to the U.S. Senate.
  • Other Southern states are now trying to follow, and Georgia is eager to help.
  • The Georgia Democratic Party is combining forces with other state parties in the region for joint fundraising appeals, aiming to help those states make earlier-than-usual investments in voter registration and field organizing going into the 2022 midterms. Abrams’ Fair Fight organization, which has raised more than $100 million since its inception after her 2018 loss in the Georgia governor’s race, is readying for another round of spending as well.
  • But party officials in the South agree that any future victories require a deliberate, long-term approach, and there’s plenty of realism in a region where national Democrats once-ballyhooed “50-state strategy” in the mid-2000s yielded few lasting shifts.
  • “If Georgia had a 10-year rebuild,” said the Alabama Democrats’ executive director, Wade Perry, “then we’re in about year three.”
  • Read more from Bill Barrow HERE.

 

Headlines

INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS – August 16, 2021
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News poll: Ivey remains popular, leads on early reelection ballot
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kabul airlift is accelerating but still hampered by chaos
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama beaches see 3 drownings in past week
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Democrats aim to export Georgia’s success to Alabama, other southern states
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Budget clash pits moderate Democrats against Biden, Pelosi
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Gov. Ivey urges Alabama football fans to get vaccinated
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rep. Thad McClammy, 78, dies of natural causes
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congressman Barry Moore, wife test positive for COVID-19
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Though young and healthy, unvaccinated father dies of COVID
AL.COM – There’s a crisis in Alabama hospitals. Here’s why you can’t see it.
AL.COM – Alabama one of 6 states to amend death certificates from January, list COVID as contributing factor
AL.COM – America’s longest war: 36 Alabama soldiers who died in Afghanistan
AL.COM – After boos at Trump rally, Brooks vows to fight ‘Socialist Democrat voter fraud’
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Smiles like these should change hearts
AL.COM – Citing exhaustion, staffing ‘crisis,’ Alabama Chick-fil-A stores close their dining rooms
Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery unveils third downtown tech innovation center
Montgomery Advertiser – Panola woman helps community get COVID-19 vaccines
Montgomery Advertiser – Get tickets now for Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes on Oct. 28 concert at Frazer
Decatur Daily – Hartselle closes Sparkman Civic Center for two weeks due to COVID
Decatur Daily – A Canine Companion: Facility dog at Child Advocacy Center assists children who experienced abuse
Decatur Daily – Damaged Point Mallard Ice Complex remains in limbo
Times Daily – Food distribution is Aug. 28 at Help Center
Times Daily – CB&S Bank announces passing of chairman emeritus
Times Daily – Keller reports pediatric cases on the rise
Anniston Star – VIDEO: Funeral procession for Anniston firefighter Justin Roberts
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Health leaders worry large gatherings will cause another surge
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – ADPH: More than 663K positive COVID cases as Delta variant increases
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Center Point woman arrested for arson and attempted murder
Tuscaloosa News – State Democratic Party chair claims racial inequality in Alabama-approved paroles
Tuscaloosa News – How one woman vaccinated her town and brought national attention to rural Alabama
Tuscaloosa News – Authorities seek information, suspect in shooting death at University Manor
YellowHammer News – New Second Avenue overpass improves traffic flow for University of Alabama campus
YellowHammer News – ADPH: COVID-19 surges in Alabama children; vaccination and other measures needed to prevent further spread
YellowHammer News – Gone phishing: UAB expert offers five ways to prevent cyberattacks
Gadsden Times – PET OF THE WEEK: Outdoors-loving Alexander seeks ‘furrever’ home
Gadsden Times – Friends solicit letters to oppose parole for man convicted in Rodney Long murder
Gadsden Times – How one woman vaccinated her town and brought national attention to rural Alabama
Dothan Eagle – Greece wildfires: 2 new blazes break out amid strong winds
Dothan Eagle – Gunfire at Kabul airport kills 1 amid chaotic evacuations
Dothan Eagle – Vietnam tightens virus lockdown ahead of Harris visit
Opelika-Auburn News – Vietnam tightens virus lockdown ahead of Harris visit
Opelika-Auburn News – Gunfire at Kabul airport kills 1 amid chaotic evacuations
Opelika-Auburn News – The Latest: Dutch opening 2nd center for Afghan evacuees
WSFA Montgomery – Alabama beaches see 3 drownings in past week
WSFA Montgomery – Historian rehabilitating, preserving history at Lincoln Cemetery
WSFA Montgomery – Civil Rights legend Lucille Times died after getting COVID-19, family says
WAFF Huntsville – At least 22 dead, many missing in Tennessee floods
WAFF Huntsville – ADPH: More than 663K positive COVID cases as Delta variant increases
WAFF Huntsville – Civil Rights legend Lucille Times died after getting COVID-19, family says
WKRG Mobile – Attackers kill Afghan soldier at Kabul airport
WKRG Mobile – Slain New Orleans detective Everett Briscoe remembered for his kind heart and dedication to the community
WKRG Mobile – Mississippi orders those with COVID to isolate or face up to 5 years in prison
WTVY Dothan – Gov. Ivey urges Alabama football fans to get vaccinated
WTVY Dothan – Alabama Rep. Thad McClammy dies
WTVY Dothan – Dothan Piggly Wiggly grocery store closed due to staffing shortage
WASHINGTON POST – Taliban fighters head to resistance stronghold, seeking to seize ‘control’
WASHINGTON POST – Biden says safe zone around Kabul airport to expand, as Pentagon enlists commercial airlines to aid evacuations
WASHINGTON POST – Afghans’ suffering is ‘heartbreaking’ but unavoidable, Biden says
NEW YORK TIMES – Live Updates: Pressure Grows on Biden to Extend Afghan Withdrawal Deadline
NEW YORK TIMES – Covid-19 Updates: Full Approval of Pfizer Vaccine in U.S. May Spur Mandates
NEW YORK TIMES – The U.S. Is Getting a Crash Course in Scientific Uncertainty
WALL STREET JOURNAL – The World’s Hottest Smartphone Brand Is Chinese—And It Isn’t Huawei
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Japan’s Love of Debt Offers a View of U.S. Future
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Iron-Ore Prices Tank as China’s Steel Output Slows

 

 

 

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