A new poll has found a rise in support for the SNP and predicted the party would win back many of the seats it lost at last year’s UK general election.
In a year of political shocks, Scotland has been something of a source of stability.
Investigators have dismissed allegations of a "dirty tricks" campaign against the Scottish Labour leader during the Holyrood election campaign.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to sack her under-fire rural affairs secretary if she wants their crucial votes.
Nicola Sturgeon will create a new position for an economy minister when she names her cabinet next week.
There is an air of inevitability that the SNP will cruise home in the Highlands, quite possibly with increased majorities.
Improved transport links have been put at the centre of the Scottish Conservatives' plans to try to double the number of their MSPs in the north-east.