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May 06, 2014 6:42 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’ll obviously have results and maybe a few other things to say early tomorrow about today’s primaries, especially in North Carolina. It’s one of those times of the year when it’s really an advantage to be a Left Coaster wide awake when the final results from Back East come in.

Here are some remains of the day:

* L.A. Times’ Maeve Reston takes a close look at Mary Landrieu’s effort to mobilize African-American voters, a key to her survival in November.

* The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe looks at possibility next week’s NE GOP SEN primary is getting nasty enough to produce a surprise winner like 2012’s Deb Fischer.

* Hey junkies: Daily Kos Elections now has interactive maps of 2012 presidential results—plus legislative results—for state legislative districts nationwide.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael O’Hare suggests state legislatures that stop Medicaid expansion could be the real “death panels.”

* At College Guide, Jon Marcus notes colleges are slow to give veterans an opportunity to earn credit for skills they’ve acquired in military.

And in non-political news:

* Some thoughts from an Episcopal priest about the divorce of pioneer gay bishop Gene Robinson.

Let’s close for Tuesday with one more Spinal Tap video, a tribute to bad rental housing: “Hell Hole.”


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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