|Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys|
|Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'|
|Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law|
|Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder|
|Clinton warns GOP will repeal Obamacare|
|Democrats in New Hampshire find some of Chafee's ideas 'odd'|
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee stands before a few dozen people at a meeting of New Hampshire's Belknap County Democrats. The Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat gets nods of approval when he tells them he was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the war in Iraq.
|White House Brief: Things to know about Wisconsin's Walker|
|Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap|
|Illinois mired in uncertainty over budget|
By Fiona Ortiz and Karen Pierog 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. Rauner said he can soften the impact of a looming government shutdown and continue paying state workers on time and in full. Democrats said there are strict limits on what the governor can spend without a budget that has been approved.
|John Whitman, husband of former New Jersey governor, dies|
|Rick Perry tells Republicans to work harder for black votes|
By Alex Wilts 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. Perry, the former governor of Texas, said the Republican Party's indifference to black voters threatened its moral legitimacy at a time when black voters should be looking to the party for economic help. "For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found that we could win elections without it," said Perry, who lags badly in the Republican White House field, during a speech at the National Press Club.
|Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans|