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April 30, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Day half gone, and sadly, no response from Dave Weigel to my Twitter announcement of Badger music at PA.

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* No surprise here: Senate Republicans successfully filibuster minimum wage bill.

* Fascinating brace of public-opinion based posts at 538 on how to define “the Midwest” and “the South.” More about this topic later.

* Democratic Governors Association not giving much love—or money—to Wendy Davis.

* At some point this year, Senate will vote on constitutional amendment restoring Congress’ right to regulate campaign contributions.

* Former SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens utters the ultimate heresy: “Money is not speech.” How un-American!

And in non-political news:

* Twitter user growth slowing, but still growing.

As we break for lunch, here’s another tune from One Live Badger: “Wheel of Fortune.” For the record, this tune predated the TV game show by several years.

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.

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