Meant to mention earlier: here in Monterey County there were competing ballot initiatives to develop (maybe with a horse track) or totally protect the old Ford Ord property. Both lost. Back to square one.

Here are some final items of a busy day:

* Final day-after-election count in VA AG race gives Mark Herring 481-vote lead over Mark Obenshain. But provisional ballots now being examined. And recount request can’t even be filed until results certified on November 25. Somebody’s getting a nice Xmas present.

* Rubio rushes to front-of-line to offer right-wing spin on NJ and VA elections.

* Sarah Posner offers good backgrounder as SCOTUS takes up another official-meeting-prayer case.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael O’Hare gets Dickensian about GOP poverty policies.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer observes that it’s getting hard to talk about higher ed policy and not focus on affordability.

And in non-political news:

* Lydia DePillis updates us on the rental car market in the wake of recent mergers and the likely bankruptcy of Advantage Rent-a-Car.

That’s it for the day. Here’s a perfect day’s end blues song from Commander Cody:


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.