I haven’t watched any actual basketball yet (just occasionally checked the scoreboard), but that is about to change.

Here are a few odd socks from the news dryer:

* As part of deal to allow votes on judicial nominations, Senate confirmed openly gay Californian for district bench. Six Republicans voted “no,” including alleged libertarian Rand Paul.

* Local Indiana election board rules Sen. Richard Lugar and his wife ineligible to vote on residency grounds. Lugars will appeal.

* PA Gov. Tom Corbett says women objecting to proposed ultrasound requirement should just keep their eyes closed. At least he didn’t say “lay back and enjoy it.”

* Romney makes it clear HE doesn’t think Puerto Rico has to make English primary language before becoming a state.

* Sex scandal in MN legislature goes public, threatens to spread as staffer says darn tootin’ there’s a lot of this going on!

* Blago enters slammer, prepares for long stretch without daily publicity.

See you tomorrow, when you’ll be as tired as I am after those West Coast games!


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.