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Big fiscal mess awaits new Illinois governor

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisBy Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois’ new governor, Bruce Rauner, will begin tackling perhaps the biggest fiscal mess in the nation, and the worst his state has seen in decades, when he is sworn in Monday. But the Republican is offering few details on how he will proceed and how he plans to fix a political culture in the state capitol that he described as broken during the campaign. The transition team for Rauner, a private equity investor and first-time office-holder, in a report on Friday deferred specific fiscal recommendations until a later date. ...


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Staten Island DA: Garner case shouldn’t be a campaign issue

NEW YORK (AP) — Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who handled the Eric Garner chokehold case, said Sunday he hopes Democrats won't make the case an issue as he runs for a vacated congressional seat.

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Staten Island DA: Garner case shouldn’t be a campaign issue

NEW YORK (AP) — Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who handled the Eric Garner chokehold case, said Sunday he hopes Democrats won't make the case an issue as he runs for a vacated congressional seat.

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Christie may reach for reset button in New Jersey state of state

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (R) applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New JerseyBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, under pressure to decide whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, has a chance next week to reset his governorship after being stymied all year by national controversies and home-grown fiscal crises.     On Tuesday, Christie will deliver his state of the state address, potentially the biggest speech he'll make before announcing his presidential intentions, a decision that could come by the end of the month. ...


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Christie may reach for reset button in New Jersey state of state

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (R) applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New JerseyBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, under pressure to decide whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, has a chance next week to reset his governorship after being stymied all year by national controversies and home-grown fiscal crises.     On Tuesday, Christie will deliver his state of the state address, potentially the biggest speech he'll make before announcing his presidential intentions, a decision that could come by the end of the month. ...


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Iowa Republican leaders say they will continue straw poll

Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Iowa Republicans will hold an unofficial poll this summer to gauge how the party's presidential hopefuls are faring before the state chooses a candidate for president in 2016, party leaders said on Saturday. The 'straw poll' has been a traditional tool to stoke grassroots enthusiasm ahead of the Iowa Caucus - typically the first major statewide event to select a national candidate for both major parties. ...


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Iowa Republican leaders say they will continue straw poll

Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Iowa Republicans will hold an unofficial poll this summer to gauge how the party's presidential hopefuls are faring before the state chooses a candidate for president in 2016, party leaders said on Saturday. The 'straw poll' has been a traditional tool to stoke grassroots enthusiasm ahead of the Iowa Caucus - typically the first major statewide event to select a national candidate for both major parties. ...


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