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May 09, 2013 6:07 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Hope you didn’t mind my brief excursion into Church of Scotland theology. It’s the religious heritage of most of my people, before the rigors of the American frontier gave the enterprising Methodists and Baptists a crucial advantage.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Minnesota House passes same-sex-marriage legalization bill by 75-59 margin. If, as expected, it passes the Senate Monday, the state will become the 12th (plus D.C.) to embrace marriage equality.

* John McCain plans to revive his 2006 legislation requiring “a la carte cable TV” offerings
to consumers, which will get the broadcast and cable lobbyists very busy in an effort to again bury it.

* Federal gun law nullification movement spreads to Missouri, whose legislature has just sent bill to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. A similar bill has already been enacted in neighboring Kansas.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ezra Klein challenges assumption that small-donor “citizen money” is cure for what ails campaign finance system.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer posts handy map showing highest paid public employees in every state. In 26, it’s a college football coach; in another 13, it’s a college basketball coach.

And in non-political news:

* Slate’s Amanda Hess unravels the strange story of the Teen Mom sex tape. As you might guess, there’s some (though not a lot) non-family-friendly words there.

To end the day, here again is Loretta Lynn offering some good happy hour advice: “Don’t Come Home A-Drinking With Loving On Your Mind.” That was her first #1 hit, back in 1967.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • mellowjohn on May 09, 2013 6:58 PM:

    if grandpa mccain isn't careful, he's going to have to find something else to do on sunday mornings.

  • KK on May 09, 2013 8:36 PM:

    That Hess article left me baffled. Yes a saga but I'd bet 90 percent of the hits were men. Ya know the new found freedom of smart phone judging from my office.

  • Zorro on May 09, 2013 9:05 PM:

    Nullification again... people forget what happened the last time we had a vigorous national debate about nullification. It occurred between 1861-1865, and the outcome was pretty unambiguous: the supremacy clause wins.


  • just bill on May 10, 2013 7:46 AM:

    sorry, i give up. washington monthly, i have asked a number of times for you to get rid of that annoying popup, which even if you close it opens another popup. it takes way too long to get to the content, and i'm not going to waste my time any more. if you ever get around to fixing it, send me an email. goodbye.

  • Gov't Mule on May 10, 2013 9:12 AM:

    Don't be deceived by McCain's — or any other — bill that promises a la carte cable service. In theory, I would love to pick and choose my cable channels and get rid of what I don't like and replace it w/ what I do. But if we all did this, my theory is that prices will get higher and not lower as McCain would have you believe.

    Here's why. Cable companies make lots of money selling commercial time to local businesses. Rates are based on viewership. At the same time, everyone is paying a portion of their cable bill for ESPN so they can have NBA basketball, NFL football, MLB baseball, NCAA college football and basketball, and soccer. If customers decide they don't want to pay for ESPN, the entire system crumbles.

  • dweb on May 10, 2013 9:21 AM:

    Whenever you hear a Republican extolling the virtues of "free market principles," ask him or her why getting to select the cable channels you want to pay for violates those principles.

    Same thing with the GOP's repeated legislative focus on denying Medicare the right to use its buying power to negotiate lower bulk rates for drugs.

  • clarence swinney on May 10, 2013 3:11 PM:

    I voted all D except for Sheriff.
    I Asked for a review. 100% were R.
    I contacted D hdg to investigate. Found no wrong?
    Blarney-----Programed that after X number of votes all will be R on a vote.
    1 of 10---1 0f 25 or????????
    A major Ohio praper exit polls had always been accurate
    Kerry by 16 in it.
    Bush won by 16.
    Doebold President had told him "I guarantee you Ohio"
    Where are our law enforcement agents?
    10 Banks have a Monopoly over about 7000 Banks.
    Carry 80% of all deposits.
    10 Big Oil control our Oil
    10 control our Health Care Insurance
    10 control TV
    10 will control our major newsprint when Koch buys Chicago Tribune.
    3 Control Beer Distribution.
    1 Controls BJ in White House
    20,000 Lobbyists Buy my vote.
    Top 10% own 73% Net Wealth--83% Financial Wealth--43% Individual Income-
    Pay 18% Tax Rate.
    1 family has more wealth than 90% of families
    We Rank in OECD nations
    #1--largest percent of workers earn lowest wages--44M get minimum wage
    #2--Least Tax on Corporations as % GDP
    #3 Least Taxed nation As % GDP
    #4 on Inequality
    In bottom 5 in 1980
    PLutocracy Folks. No question.
    They bought our Congress