Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’. “A teenage city council member in Decatur, Ala., who voted in April to end his city’s mask mandate landed in the hospital with the coronavirus Wednesday night after developing pneumonia and struggling to breathe. ‘I am still shallow in breathing but my oxygen remains okay for now!’ 19-year-old Hunter Pepper, who in August 2020 became the youngest person ever elected to the Decatur City Council, said on Facebook Thursday. ‘Confirming last night after a ‘CT-Scan’ I am now shown to have “Covid Pneumonia” which is absolutely terrible.’”

Newsweek: Lora Reinbold, Anti-Mask Lawmaker, Says She Can’t Fly to Senate After Airline Ban

Newsweek: Lora Reinbold, Anti-Mask Lawmaker, Says She Can’t Fly to Senate After Airline Ban . “State senator Lora Reinbold, a Republican from Eagle River, said that her ban from Alaska Airlines made it impossible for her to fly into the state capital Juneau to carry out her legislative duties. In April, the airline banned Reinbold because she refused to follow the company’s COVID-19 rules on mask wearing which cited federal law requiring all passengers ‘to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times during travel.’”

West Virginia University: WVU Libraries opens ‘Intelligence and Oversight After 9/11’ exhibit online

West Virginia University: WVU Libraries opens ‘Intelligence and Oversight After 9/11’ exhibit online. “Using select materials from the archives of Senator Jay Rockefeller, the exhibit and digital collection explore how the intelligence community and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The exhibit text is derived from the Memorandum for the Record regarding a review of Senator John D. Rockefeller’s Service on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: 2001-2015.”

Washington Post: GOP West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is done with all that nonsense on vaccines

Washington Post: GOP West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is done with all that nonsense on vaccines. “Many of Justice’s GOP colleagues have trodden gently around promoting the vaccines. Some have raised speculative and baseless allegations that the vaccines might be unsafe. Former president Donald Trump promoted them, but only after months of conspicuously declining to do so and not disclosing his own vaccination. Even many who have encouraged vaccination have focused more on their opposition to mandates. They have also made a point to frequently either attach qualifiers that it’s a choice or to suggest that it doesn’t really matter to the vaccinated. And they’ve occasionally suggested that they can’t do much about the vaccine misinformation from allies in their midst. And then there’s Justice, the governor of the second-Trumpiest state in the country. As the team at the Recount has documented, he has made clear over the past six […]

Orlando Sentinel: Volusia Councilman Lowry, conspiracy theory promoter, hospitalized with COVID-19

Orlando Sentinel: Volusia Councilman Lowry, conspiracy theory promoter, hospitalized with COVID-19. “Volusia County Council member Fred Lowry, who as a preacher promoted conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and other topics, has been hospitalized with the virus, according to a news report. The 66-year-old last attended a council meeting on August 17, the Daytona Beach News Journal reported. Lowry has been battling the infection for about three weeks, County Chair Jeff Brower said, according to the report.”

Poll: Ron DeSantis net approval falls 14 points among Florida voters as COVID-19 cases soar (Florida Politics)

Florida Politics: Poll: Ron DeSantis net approval falls 14 points among Florida voters as COVID-19 cases soar. “A Morning Consult survey of nearly 4,200 voters in the Sunshine State revealed the pronounced negative shift in public perception of the first-term Florida Governor, who over the last two months has overseen an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases. During that time, his net approval rating — the share of voters who approve of his job performance minus the share who disapprove — fell 14 percentage points.”

Cision (Canada): Launch of an interactive database measuring the attention devoted to Indigenous matters by federal candidates on social media (PRESS RELEASE)

Cision (Canada): Launch of an interactive database measuring the attention devoted to Indigenous matters by federal candidates on social media (PRESS RELEASE). “Researchers from the Observatoire des administrations publiques autochtones (OAPA) and the Observatoire de la politique et de la sécurité de l’Arctique (OPSA) of ENAP have launched an interactive analysis tool that measures the interest of federal election candidates in Indigenous matters. The interactive tool allows for measuring the level of attention given to these matters, by day, by political party and by riding, among others. Several tools are also available to analyze the type of topics raised and the themes addressed by the candidates.”

Orlando Sentinel: DeSantis pushes Regeneron treatment for COVID but hasn’t promoted vaccine the same way in months

Orlando Sentinel: DeSantis pushes Regeneron treatment for COVID but hasn’t promoted vaccine the same way in months. “Gov. Ron DeSantis has crisscrossed the state almost every day over the past two weeks promoting a treatment for people who already have COVID-19. But the last time he held an event specifically to encourage getting vaccinated was four months ago. Instead, he’s downplayed the vaccines, citing the breakthrough infections the shots don’t prevent and the vaccines’ apparent failure to achieve herd immunity.”

NBC News: Covid got California Gov. Newsom into this recall mess. He’s banking it’ll get him out.

NBC News: Covid got California Gov. Newsom into this recall mess. He’s banking it’ll get him out.. “Covid-19 restrictions got Gavin Newsom into this mess. Now he’s counting on them to get him out of it. Amid a contentious national debate over masks and vaccines, California’s embattled Democratic governor is betting his political life on turning next month’s recall election into a referendum on some of the nation’s strictest mandates.”

Florida Politics: Another poll shows Ron DeSantis’s favorability rating underwater

Florida Politics: Another poll shows Ron DeSantis’s favorability rating underwater. “Another polling outfit is show Gov. Ron DeSantis’ favorability ratings underwater as Florida endures another surge in Covid-19 infections. The Political Matrix/The Listener Group survey results also show DeSantis trailing either Democrat Charlie Crist or Nikki Fried in a potential matchup for Governor. But the Pensacola-based pollster delivered better news for Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in his own reelection bid.”