Hope you had some time today to think about Appomattox and what it meant, particularly if you are a southerner. This year’s relatively light commemoration will probably all but vanish next year.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Among GOP legislators, some boycott, some conduct spiritual warfare against Wiccan delivering morning prayer at the Iowa State Capitol. More about that later.

* At TNR Jamil Smith adjudges elections in Ferguson as positive but limited first step towards self-government.

* Revenues from legalized pot in Colorado falling well under estimates.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman very seriously weighs the proposition that Rand Paul is a buffoon, and decides in the affirmative.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer says free public higher education should be a right, but one that won’t be granted without sustained protests and political action.

And in non-political news:

* Walgreen’s to close 200 stores, but robust “cough, cold and flu” season helping bottom line.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with a 1956 performance by Carl Perkins of a song he wrote that made a lot of money for him and for Elvis Presley: “Blue Suede Shoes.”


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.