1) The first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign is just a week away, and we're seeing some movement in polls that determine who makes the stage for the prime time debate (8 p.m. Thursday on Fox News Channel) and who is relegated to the kids' table (5 p.m. Thursday on FNC). The guy who has to be happiest about the shuffling is John Kasich; in part because of his late entry into the race, it looked for a while like Ohio's governor wouldn't be among the Top 10 candidates, also known as the group that's on the prime time debate. But his numbers have improved to the degree that he's broken the Top 10 in Huffington Post's Pollster aggregation and he ranks as high as 8th in some polls. How is the field looking one week out? Your completely unofficial standings, from HuffPo's Pollster: in 10th place is Mr. Kasich, followed by Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. Marco Rubio sits at No. 5, followed by Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and – yes, still – Donald Trump.
2) And speaking of the kids' table: When Jim Gilmore announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination yesterday, the former Virginia governor said, "Some may ask, 'Why am I running?' " Here's a better question: Who are you again?
3) So what do the actual candidates do when faced with the prospect of squaring off with the Trumpernator during the first debate? One suggestion: Do not engage.
4) The financial states of the human service agencies that depend on money from Harrisburg are growing dire, Democrats said yesterday, and if there's no break in the month-long budget impasse, those groups will run out of funds – and be unable to provide their crucial services -- by the end of August.
5) Hey, can you hold it down? We're trying to have a nice, quiet weekend over here.