Wrapping Up, With Tidbits

I’m packing up my uke to go jam with some friends, and will catch you in the morning. In the meantime, a few ends to go with my odds:

* Orrin Hatch, the long-serving U.S. senator from Utah, failed to stave off a Tea Party-fueled primary challenge at the state party convention today. Hatch will face former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a June 26 primary.

* Chuck Colson, Watergate felon and founder of the right-wing, evangelical Prison Fellowship ministries, died today at age 80.

* PR Watch reports that the right-wing National Center for Public Policy Research has announced it will step into the breach left by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which under pressure from liberal groups, abandoned its voter-suppression and gun proliferation efforts after it began bleeding corporate sponsors in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. (Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, used to justify the freedom of Martin killer George Zimmerman, was peddled by ALEC.) NCPPR has a storied history with the felonious lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (h/t Joan McCarter, dKos)

* The AP reported last night that the death of right-wing media impresario Andrew Breitbart was ruled to have been caused by heart disease, and that only a negligible amount of alcohol was found in his system. May he rest in peace.

In non-political news:

* A shout-out to my dad, Allan W. Stan, who is celebrating his 82nd birthday today. I’m probably a political writer today because of all those damn William F. Buckley columns he made me read as a kid. (Yeah, really. Said it was good for my vocabulary.) And the uke — he taught me my first chords. Happy Birthday, Dad!