Weekend summary – December 5, 2021
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Sad news to announce this Sunday: Bob Dole passed away this morning. The longtime Senate leader, presidential candidate and World War II veteran was 98 years old.
Here is your daily news for December 5th.
- Underdog is an unusual role for Alabama.
- Turns out it fits the Crimson Tide perfectly.
- Now Nick Saban’s side are in a much more familiar position: preparing to play for another national title.
- Bryce Young has carved out the nation’s highest-rated defense, throwing three touchdowns and running for another as fourth-seeded Crimson Tide beat Georgia 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference Championship game. Saturday.
- Both teams now go to the college football qualifiers, ranked 1st and 3rd respectively.
- For Alabama, this is the seventh appearance in the eight-year history of the playoff format, but it could be the most unlikely of all given how difficult Tide is at the end of the regular season.
- Saban has made sure his players hear all the skeptics.
- “You gave us a lot of positive rat poison,” the coach joked to reporters. “The rat poison you usually give us is fatal. But the rat poison you put there this week was delicious.
- Learn more about the SEC Championship HERE.
- Learn more about the college football qualifiers HERE.
- After months of speculation, Tim James made it official: he is running for governor, challenging incumbent Kay Ivey in the Republican primary.
- This will be James’ third candidacy for the highest office in the state, after missing the first runoffs in 2002 and 2010.
- Of course, his father Fob was twice elected governor, once as a Democrat in 1978 and once as a Republican in 1994.
- Tim James has an uphill battle trying to topple Ivey. Our DNA / Cygnal poll in August showed it at 3.5% versus 41.5% for Ivey in a voting test for a hypothetical GOP primary. But that’s no longer hypothetical, and James probably isn’t the last candidate to try and challenge Ivey.
- Mary Sell met him to ask him questions about his campaign and why he is running for governor again.
- Turns out, it’s not just against Ivey that he’s running, but against the larger Republican leadership in the state.
- Mary’s story is worth your time today. Read it in full HERE.
A message from
Alabama Department of Public Health
- COVID will not have the last word. We will do it.
- Protect yourself and those around you. Please get vaccinated today!
- And if you have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, be sure to get tested.
- Another big challenge for the State Senate is taking shape, this time in Auburn.
- Auburn City Council Member Jay Hovey announced his campaign for the Republican nomination in District 27 of the Alabama state Senate on Friday.
- Hovey is the first Republican candidate to challenge the current status of Senator Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, for the seat.
- Hovey is a member of Ward 7 City Council and currently a mortgage originator at Auburn Bank.
- Read more from Caroline Beck HERE.
- The Alabama Farmers Federation, a statewide force in agriculture, lobbying and insurance, celebrates its 100th anniversary at its two-day annual meeting, which begins today.
- Nearly 1,200 farmers from each of Alabama’s 67 counties are expected for the meeting, which will include the election of the organization’s heads of state and a program honoring the group’s history.
- The program will also mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Alfa Insurance Co., which was started by the organization in 1946. The company now covers more than one million farms, homes, cars and businesses.
- “The centennial is a time to reflect on the past, remember those who came before us and celebrate our accomplishments,” Federation President Jimmy Parnell said in a statement. “It is also a moment of re-engagement with our values and our visions. “
- American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall is among the speakers at the rally.
- Link of the story.
- Alabama, Florida and Mississippi receive more than $ 103 million in oil spill settlement funds from BP for new and ongoing coastal projects.
- The foundation’s 11 new projects and two extensions to the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund bring its total allocations across the five Gulf states to $ 1.6 billion.
- Alabama is receiving more than $ 43 million for four new projects, the foundation said.
- Three of the new projects in Alabama are designed to stabilize eroded shorelines and restore coastal marshes in Mobile County and the north side of Dauphin Island. Previous grants covered engineering, design and licensing for these projects. The fourth grant will cover the engineering and design of beach and dune restoration at the western end of Dauphin Island.
- Read more HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Tim James running for governor
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Playoffs: Alabama vs. Cincinnati, Michigan vs. Georgia
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Bama rolls # 1 in Georgia 41-24 for SEC title
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Auburn City Council member Hovey challenges Whatley for the Senate seat
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Farmers Federation celebrates 100th anniversary
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – BP Oil Spill Fund: $ 103 million for projects in 3 Gulf States
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State Leaders: Targeted Plan Needed For ARPA Money Allocations
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congress passes interim financing bill, avoiding shutdown
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Retired Alabama MP killed in gunfight is fondly remembered
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – US employers slowed down 210,000 jobs in November
AL.COM – Alabama Still Lags Nation in COVID Vaccines, But Keeps Up With Recalls
AL.COM – Alabama residents least likely to survive lung cancer, report says
DECATUR DAILY – “Drive Electric Alabama” campaign promotes electric vehicles
DECATUR DAILY – Supply chain, weather problems mean late harvests for Alabama farmers
TIMES DAILY – Officials: Omicron is a mystery, but vaccines are a must
TIMES DAILY – Supply Chain, Weather Problems Mean Late Harvests For Alabama Farmers
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Tim James files gubernatorial effort documents with Secretary of State
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – UNA College of Education and Human Sciences sees significant growth in teacher education
DOTHAN EAGLE – SE Health Benefits Low COVID Patient Count As Omicron Variant Threatens To Disrupt
DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle: Another Broken Cog
WASHINGTON POST – Exodus of Kamala Harris staff reignites questions about his leadership style – and future ambitions
WASHINGTON POST – What happens to democracy when local journalism dries up?
WASHINGTON POST – Snow may disappear for years in Mountain West with global warming: Study warns of looming water supply problems due to nearly snowless mountains in about 35 to 60 years.
NEW YORK TIMES – Thefts, still a problem for retailers, are getting braver
NEW YORK TIMES – Billions for climate protection fuel new debate: who deserves it most