Another morning featuring a few drops of rain. Kinda spooky.

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

* Litigation over voter registration applications allegedly deep-sixed by Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State could be a big deal with very close Senate and gubernatorial races in the state.

* South Dakota Senate debate focused an awful lot of Gov. Mike Rounds’ shaky supervision of the EB-5 visa program in the state (dubbed by critics “cash for citizenship”).

* Dems reportedly pressing The Big Dog to frame the party’s closing message for 2014, as he did in 2012.

* TPM’s Sahil Kapur does a pre-election autopsy of the “spectacular implosion” of Monica Wehby’s Senate campaign in Oregon.

* Fascinating insider account from Ottawa about preparations MPs made for hand-to-hand combat with shooter.

And in non-political news:

* James Fallow derives lessons from a tragic mid-air collision of a small plane and a helicopter hear the Frederick, MD airport.

As we break for lunch, here’s Mott the Hoople with the 1972 anthem “One of the Boys.”

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.