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Daily News Digest – June 1, 2022

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Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, June 1.


1. Hovey over Whatley by one vote in SD27

  • One vote.
  • That’s what separated challenger Jay Hovey and incumbent Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, after final results were tallied Tuesday in the GOP primary for east Alabama’s Senate District 27.
  • On election night last week, unofficial results showed Hovey, an Auburn city councilman, leading by only four total votes, but provisional ballots counted Tuesday sliced that lead to one.
  • “It just goes to show you, every vote counts,” Secretary of State John Merrill told Alabama Daily News.
  • Senate District 27 includes portions of Lee, Tallapoosa and Russell counties.
  • Hovey was present Tuesday at the Lee County canvassing meeting to witness the ballots being counted. Tuesday is the deadline for counties to certify election results. The final vote tally is 8,373 for Hovey, 8,372 for Whatley.
  • The question now becomes whether Whatley will ask for a recount.
  • Read more from Maddison Booth HERE.



2. Voter registration deadlines for runoff Friday, Monday

  • Alabamians who missed last week’s primary contests but want to vote in the June 21 runoffs have until Friday to hand-delivery a voter registration form to their local board of registrars.
  • People can electronically register to vote until Monday at midnight by visiting the Alabama secretary of state’s website. Registration forms sent by mail must be postmarked by Monday.
  • People can also check their registration status, districts and polling place location online.
  • The headliner in the June 21 contests is the GOP U.S. Senate runoff between Katie Britt and Mo Brooks.
  • There are also runoffs for two other statewide offices, Secretary of State and Auditor. Outgoing State Auditor Jim Zeigler and current state Rep. Wes Allen, R-Troy, are vying to be the GOP nominee for Secretary of State. And Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, is in a runoff with Kimberly pastor Stan Cooke. In either race no Democrat is running, so whoever wins the GOP runoff wins the office.
  • Secretary of State John Merrill expects voter turnout for the runoff elections to be about 10% to 15% of registered voters. Last week’s primary had a turnout of 23.3%.
  • Story from ADN’s Mollee Breland HERE.





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3. AlaDems looking for new ED after Perry departs

  • Wade Perry has stepped down as executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, a position he’s held since 2020 after a party reorganization.
  • Perry, a Mobile native, said he resigned to take another opportunity, but wouldn’t say what.
  • “I can tell you it’s not partisan politics and I’m very excited about this,” he told Alabama Daily News.
  • Perry, who led Democrat Doug Jones’ successful 2017 Senate campaign, said he’s been involved in elections in Alabama in some capacity since 1992, including working for specific candidates and the Alabama Education Association.
  • Party Chairman Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, said a new executive director has not yet been selected. He said Perry will be missed.
  • Read more from Mary Sell HERE.




4. Crews searching for body of man who drowned on Smith Lake

  • Search crews are working to recover the body of a Cullman man who drowned in Smith Lake on Memorial Day, law enforcement officials said.
  • Frankie D. Cruce, 60, drowned as he attempted to retrieve a canopy which fell from his boat, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a news release. The incident occurred on Smith Lake near Miller’s Flats.
  • The agency asked boaters to avoid the area while search and rescue crews use sonar equipment to search for the man.
  • The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol Division is assisting Daphne Search and Rescue, Logan Fire and Rescue and Cullman County Fire and Rescue in the search and recovery effort.
  • Story link.



5. Saban on feud with Fisher: ‘I have no problem with Jimbo’

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban tried to put an end to his feud with Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher on Tuesday as Southeastern Conference leaders gathered for spring meetings at a resort on the Florida Gulf Coast.
  • “I didn’t really say that anybody did anything wrong,” Saban said when asked if he had evidence that Texas A&M has been buying players with name, image and likeness compensation deals. “OK, and I’ve said everything I’m going to say about this. I should have never mentioned any individual institutions as I’ve said that before.”
  • Saban added: “I have no problem with Jimbo. I have no problem with Jimbo at all.”
  • Saban set off Fisher two weeks ago when he called out Texas A&M and other schools while talking about the need for NIL regulation in college sports.
  • Fisher responded angrily, saying Saban’s comments were despicable and calling his former boss at LSU a “narcissist” while denying any wrongdoing with his program that landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for 2022.
  • Both coaches received a public reprimand from the conference office.
  • Read more HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senate District 27: GOP challenger Hovey wins by 1


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Voter registration deadlines for runoff Friday, Monday


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Democrats search for new executive director after Perry departs


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Crews searching for body of man who drowned on Smith Lake


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Saban on feud with Fisher: ‘I have no problem with Jimbo’


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Purcell: Teacher shortage conversations need to include managing students, parents


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Workers vote to become first unionized Starbucks in Alabama


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lawyer will seek to move trial of Casey White


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting


AL.COM – Alabama families: Here’s where to find free meals for your children this summer


AL.COM – It stinks: Gallup poll show most pessimistic on US economy


AL.COM – In Africatown, tourism hopes following Clotilda discovery replaced with worries over zoning map


AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: The state of Alabama wants their land – and their way of life


AL.COM – Hurricane season 2022: Tropical depression ‘likely’ to form in Gulf or Caribbean soon


Montgomery Advertiser – City has jobs for Montgomery teens looking for work this summer


Montgomery Advertiser – At least three candidates say they will contest Etowah’s primary results with party


Decatur Daily – Purcell: Teacher shortage conversations need to include managing students, parents


Decatur Daily – Wardynski: Storm clouds are gathering


Decatur Daily – Black makes House District 2 runoff by 14 votes after provisional ballots counted


Times Daily – GOP incumbent unseated by 1 vote


Times Daily – 5 in attempted murder case plead not guilty


Times Daily – Permit modification request calls for reduced wastewater flow


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Employees at Birmingham Starbucks vote to unionize


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Rent prices rising four times faster than income according to new study


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Officials say school resource officers provide more than school security


Tuscaloosa News – Here’s where Tuscaloosa County residents can freely get rid of household hazardous wastes


Tuscaloosa News – At least three candidates say they will contest Etowah’s primary results with party


Tuscaloosa News – Jalapeños owner Jheovanny Gomez to chair United Way of West Alabama 2022 fundraising drive


YellowHammer News – Alabama Senate GOP Caucus dominates primary elections, sets sights on November


YellowHammer News – Tom Cotton endorses ‘conservative fighter’ Katie Britt for U.S. Senate


YellowHammer News – Casey Wardynski: Preventing school shootings is a ‘complex’ problem that needs a ‘multi-tiered’ solution


Gadsden Times – Commissioners approve sale of Thomas Drive warehouse; Horton unhappy


Gadsden Times – Press failure delays print edition of The Gadsden Times


Gadsden Times – At least three candidates say they will contest Etowah’s primary results with party


Dothan Eagle – Some Democrats voting in GOP primaries; Plane wreck in Nepal kills 21, EU bans Russia oil imports


Dothan Eagle – Some Democrats voting in GOP primaries to block Trump picks


Dothan Eagle – Eurozone inflation hits record 8.1% amid rising energy costs


Opelika-Auburn News – Western nations vow to send more, better arms to Ukraine


Opelika-Auburn News – Cosby faces sex abuse allegations again as civil trial opens


Opelika-Auburn News – China’s Russia dealings irk US, but don’t breach sanctions


WSFA Montgomery – Lee County Sheriff’s Office to receive foldable AR-15 rifles


WSFA Montgomery – Employees at Birmingham Starbucks vote to unionize


WSFA Montgomery – CSX temporarily closes Chambers County railroad crossing


WAFF Huntsville – New Priceville Chief of Police focusing on recruitment


WAFF Huntsville – Animal cruelty skyrocketing in Franklin County


WAFF Huntsville – The meaning of Memorial Day


WKRG Mobile – 70 missing children found by Texas authorities


WKRG Mobile – Herschel Walker ‘mad’ at Trump over remarks about Senate bid


WKRG Mobile – On gun reform, neighboring Canada takes a different tack


WTVY Dothan – Veterinarian charged with torturing 20-year-old cat moves to South America but will defend himself, attorney claims


WTVY Dothan – Vietnam veteran talks about keeping history alive


WTVY Dothan – Disabled veteran finds safe space with service dog, Atlas


WASHINGTON POST – White House scrambles on inflation after Biden complains to aides


WASHINGTON POST – Texas officials: Teacher didn’t leave door propped open before massacre


WASHINGTON POST – Even after shootings, experts warn against cellphones in schools


NEW YORK TIMES – Ukraine Live Updates: U.S. to Send Advanced Rockets; Russians Reach Heart of Key Eastern City


NEW YORK TIMES – Russian Military Is Repeating Mistakes in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. Says


NEW YORK TIMES – Racist and Violent Ideas Jump From Web’s Fringes to Mainstream Sites


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Americans Start Summer Travel Season Beset by Record Gas Prices


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Ukraine’s Citizen Soldiers Learn Battlefield Skills From Private Drillmasters


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Russian Oil Producers Stay One Step Ahead of Sanctions



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