Human Rights Violators at Royal Wedding?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Royal Pain

There are complaints tonight at least eight heads of state with poor human rights' records have been invited to the F riday wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The list includes some who have cracked down on recent pro-democracy protests.

Some of the leaders in question hail from Saudi Arabia, with a democracy index rank of 160 out of 167 countries according the Economist magazine; Abu Dhabi ranked 148 on the scale; Swaziland at 141 and Bahrain at 122.

Bahrain's crown prince has announced he will not attend because of ongoing unrest in his country.

Trumped Up

Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is defending his voting history of not voting. Records show he did not vote in a primary election for more than 20 years.

Trump says it's because few Republican candidates have a good shot at winning in traditionally Democratic New York state.

Records also show Trump skipped the 2002 general election. He denies that, calling his voting record very good.

Going to Pot

And, a Rhode Island Republican lawmaker who once criticized the state legislature by invoking the image of pot-smoking immigrants has been arrested for marijuana possession.

The Providence Journal reports House Minority Leader Robert Watson was stopped at a checkpoint Friday night and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. He denies the DUI charge.

Watson drew criticism in February when he said the state legislature had its priorities right -- quote -- "if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana."