Have some out-of-town company today, but showing people the glories of the Central Coast (as my wife is doing at the moment) never gets old.

Here are some scenic midday news/views treats:

* Nate Silver discusses the GOP’s steady-overall-but-unstable-under-the-surface Senate lead; it’s really been a weird cycle.

* New USA Today/Suffolk poll of LA shows Mary Landrieu leading Cassidy in November 3 balloting, but losing to him by six points in a prospective December runoff. Expect to hear a lot more polling just like that, but runoffs can be unpredictable.

* Ukraine finally gets a new elected government, and according to Linda Kinstler at TNR, it will be a strongly pro-European government likely led by current PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

* Secular party claims victory over Islamists in peaceful and orderly elections in Tunisia.

* Stanford and Dartmouth poli sci profs in hot water for Montana “experiment” in “informing” voters of ideological character of judicial candidates, in part because their fliers used the state seal.

And in non-political news:

* Gasoline prices at lowest levels in four years.

As we break for lunch, here’s Jack Bruce performing “Theme For An Imaginary Western” with Leslie West.

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.