- Rick Perry tells Republicans to work harder for black votes
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidential contender Rick Perry urged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work harder to win black votes, saying decades of failed Democratic economic policies had given the party a fresh opportunity to appeal to African-Americans.
- Illinois mired in uncertainty over budget
SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) - Illinois blew through a budget deadline this week, and now the state faces court battles over spending and a political standoff between rookie Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has dominated state politics for three decades.
- Obama jabs Republican candidates in Walker's Wisconsin
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (Reuters) - President Barack Obama ripped the policies of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and poked fun at the large crop of Republican presidential candidates on Thursday, injecting himself into the race to find his successor in 2016.
- Former Democratic Senator Webb announces White House campaign
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb launched a long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, promising to fight the political influence of big-money interests and bring a new approach to solving problems.
- Wisconsin's Walker to announce presidential bid July 13: aides
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on July 13, aides said on Thursday, a high-profile late entry into the race and one whose hopes largely depend on how he does in Iowa.Walker has been exploring a White House run for months. He has remained near the top of the field by promoting his record of having defeated a 2012 recall effort over his challenge to the collective bargaining process for most public unions in Wisconsin.
- Democrat Sanders raises $15 million in presidential campaign
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has raised $15 million from about 250,000 individual donors in the two months since he announced he was seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to run for president, the Sanders campaign said on Thursday.
- Regional Feds' head-hunting under scrutiny over insider bias, delays
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. Federal Reserve regional branches are casting a spotlight on a decades-old process that critics say is opaque, favors insiders, and is ripe for reform.
- State senator asks Justice Department to monitor gay marriage in Texas
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Texas Democratic state senator has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to keep an eye on same-sex marriage in the state after a Republican leader said county clerks could deny wedding licenses on religious grounds, the senator said on Thursday.
- Texas attorney general could face felony indictment: special prosecutor
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Special prosecutors will ask a Texas grand jury as early as this month to indict the state's attorney general on first-degree felony charges for suspected securities laws violations, one of the prosecutors said on Thursday.
- California moves to strike 'lynching' language from state law
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to wrest a person from police custody.
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