1) If you're part of a same-sex couple living in one of the nine most urban counties in Alabama, you probably were able to secure that marriage license you've been waiting for. But if you live in one of the state's 58 other counties – 12 of which refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples and another 46 that stopped issuing marriage licenses to anyone on Monday – you were probably out of luck. That's how many of the state's probate judges heeded the warning of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who threatened to reprimand any judge that followed the lead of a federal court and issued those licenses. Justice Moore's latest stand against a federal court ruling is drawing comparisons to the late George Wallace turning away black students from registering at the University of Alabama, but one Washington Post writer says Justice Moore's actions have more to do with the national political landscape.
2) The U.S. Supreme Court has already said it would take up the question of same-sex marriage later this year. If you're trying to figure out the direction of the court on this issue, consider this: Instead of letting Alabama's state law stand until its review, the court refused – much to the chagrin of Justice Clarence Thomas – to overturn the lower court ruling that required same-sex marriages in the state.
3) Governor Go Time didn't waste any time following up on one of his biggest campaign promises: to scrap Tom Corbett's Healthy PA Medicaid replacement in favor of a more traditional Medicaid expansion permitted by the federal Affordable Care Act.
4) The poll was completed before Mr. Wolf's announcement Monday about the health insurance change, but still: 62 percent of Pennsylvania voters are optimistic about the next four years, a new Quinnipiac University poll says.
5) We're happy with Mr. Wolf so far, but we're not reliably on his side of the ideological spectrum, according to Gallup. That outfit's State of the States polling series shows that 35 percent of the state's voters identify themselves as conservative, 37 percent ID themselves as moderate and 23 percent say they're liberal.