It’s my wedding anniversary today, so I may try to cut out a tad early. Thank you for everything, Dawn! I don’t deserve you.

Here are some midday news/views treats, which I’ll go easy on in anticipation of an anniversary dinner:

* At his new perch at Bloomberg Politics, Dave Weigel explores the “suing over chickens” story about Bruce Braley that the GOP is still promoting as though it’s not a lie.

* New ad blitz by Republicans in South Dakota paints Rick Weiland and Larry Pressler as just two liberal peas in a pod. So they’re worried about both rivals.

* Another state’s same-sex marriage ban falls, as federal judge, relying on 9th Circuit decision, strikes down Arizona’s. That’s where, as you may recall, conservative wedding industry types were recently panicking.

* Georgia’s GOP Secretary of State using “voter fraud” allegations to intimidate those canvassing for minority registrations.

* Norm Ornstein updates us on conservative efforts to pour money into state judicial elections.

And in non-political news:

* Football star Todd Gurley remains suspended for a second game as school’s investigation of violation of universally mocked rule continues.

As we break for lunch, here’s a leading example of Manfred Mann’s tradition of striking gold with covers of Bob Dylan songs: “The Mighty Quinn.”

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.