Attended a church meeting in which this weekend’s big fundraising event, the Rummage Sale, was discussed; question was raised whether it might rain. Everybody laughed.

Here are some bone-dry midday news/views snacks:

* Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down Voter ID law as violating state constitution. Hard to find a way to reverse that anytime soon.

* Speaking of courts, The Atlantic‘s Garret Epps pens an excellent overview of the current constitutional status of abortion rights.

* Nick Confessore reports GOPers benefiting from late infusion of funds in Senate races, wiping out earlier Dem advantage. More about this later.

* Larry Sabato calls the emergence of independent and “fusion” candidacies the “hot trend” of the cycle, rivaling the second-term midterm “itch.”

* Meghan McCain blithely admits her old man and his Senate colleague Rand Paul “hate each other.”

And in non-political news:

* Unemployment benefit applications drop to a 14-year low.

As we break for lunch, I fear a reader revolt if I post another Nico video. So since it’s also Bob Weir’s birthday, here’s the Dead performing one of his songs, “Playing In the Band.”

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.