Back on the Central Coast of California today, and it’s exactly as I left it two weeks ago: blue skies, blue water, light winds, temperatures topping out around 70. There’s an exciting 20% chance of rain on Thursday, but my money’s on the 80% probability of more drought.

Here are some coasty-toasty midday news/views treats:

* Rick Hasen explains Kansas Supreme Court’s decision not to decide suit seeking to force Democrats to name a new nominee in the Senate race.

* Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and maybe even Detroit, likely to be refuges from global climate change.

* Airstrikes against IS in Iraq not having any notable effect on territory the group controls.

* Mark Salter seems on brink of challenging Rand Paul to a duel for “smearing” his boss, John McCain.

* Countries representing 54% of greenhouse gases and half of global GDP have pledged to tax carbon. US is the most conspicuous absentee.

And in non-political news:

* Going private postal: disgruntled former employee kills 3 at UPS facility in Alabama.

As we break for lunch, here’s more vintage Fairport Convention, this one a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Percy’s Song.”

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.