I see from the Weather Channel that a violent storm system has developed in the midwest and is headed later to the northeast. Keep safe, y’all.

Here, in the meantime, are some final news items of the day:

* Sarah Wheaton reports that average cost (to candidates, not outside groups) of winning House race in 2012 rose to $1.6 million, despite reduced competition.

* New Voting Rights Act Section 3 twist involving federal court intervention where intentional discrimination found could revive Section 5 preclearance system despite Shelby County decision.

* Dylan Matthews offers a primer on the Canadian Senate, which is suddenly endangered after big scandal.

* At Ten Miles Square, Eric McGhee thoroughly examines gerrymandering-versus-geography debate over reasons for Democratic disadvantage in the U.S. House.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that incidence of sexual assaults in fraternity houses outweighs academic evidence that misogynists in fraternities less likely to act out than other misogynists. Lotta unraveling of premises going on there.

And in sorta non-political news:

* 30,000 inmates participate in California prison hunger strike.

On this day of tribute to the City by the Bay, let’s close down with Eric Burdon performing “Warm San Franciscan Nights” in San Juan Capistrano in 1998.

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Ah, OK, for you crooner fans (like my wife), here’s Tony Bennett (w/ Judy Garland!):

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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.