Lunch Buffet

So in case you aren’t a college football fan, or only follow Top 25 results, or had something better to do this weekend, yeah, my Georgia Bulldogs beat their bitter rivals, the Florida Gators, in a 23-20 nail-biter on Saturday, registering their third straight victory over the mighty reptiles. It often seemed like a hockey game; I aged a bit more than a day, but it was worth it.

Here are some midday bites from the steam table of news and views:

* In a mild surprise, SCOTUS turns down opportunity to review lower court decision striking down Oklahoma’s broad ban on pharmaceutical abortions. But Texas case still pending.

* 60 senators, enough to overcome filibuster, now on board for ENDA. That includes all 55 Dems plus GOPers Hatch, Murkowski, Collins, Kirk, and (the latest) Heller.

* Congressman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud of Maine comes out as gay. Should be interesting campaign against fiery right-winger Paul LePage.

* UT poll shows Wendy Davis within single digits of Greg Abbot in Texas gubernatorial race, with large undecided vote.

* National Guard brass in eight states (FL, GA, MS, OK, SC, TX and WV) defying Pentagon orders to issue military spouse IDs for same-sex spouses.

And in non-political news:

* Average price of gallon of regular unleaded gasoline down to $3.25.

As we break for lunch, here’s a song many 2008 Obama voters might sing to raise their spirits five years after his election.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.