It’s a spectacularly beautiful afternoon here on the central coast: temperature 72 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, very light breeze. Even the seagulls and crows seem to be in a rare good mood. Time for a walk, so I’ll check out with these final items of the day:

* PPP survey of North Carolina shows that most popular of recent conservative initiatives is bill to make Christianity the state religion. Restrictions on voting are impressively unpopular.

* In another PPP survey of next-door South Carolina, Elizabeth Colbert Busch now sporting a 50/41 lead over former Gov. Mark Sanford in SC-1, for a special election on May 7. Busch’s favorable/unfavorable rating in the district is 56/31; Sanford’s is 38/56.

* Uh-oh: Washington Examiner column accuses Marco Rubio of offering “leftist talking points” for immigration reform.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll discusses Americans’ aversion to risk as reflected by the Boston lock-down and other issues.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer catalogs the great fun visitors will be offered at the George W. Bush presidential library at SMU.

And in non-political news:

* Reese Witherspoon had a really bad late evening on Peachtree Street.

To close the day, I’ll turn again to the Hollies, performing “On a Carousel” in 1967.

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Ed Kilgore

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.