Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* To the surprise of no one, the National Rifle Association formally endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Friday.
* Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) this morning signed a bill into law replacing the state’s caucus system with a more democratic primary system.
* In April, Bernie Sanders narrowly outraised Hillary Clinton, but his campaign also spent most of its money, leaving the operation with just $5.8 million cash on hand as of May 1. Clinton, investing far less in the late primaries, had $30.2 million in the bank as May got underway.
* Politico published a piece this morning on Trump’s alleged connections to organized crime. The piece asked, “Why did Trump get his casino license anyway? Why didn’t investigators look any harder? And how deep did his connections to criminals really go?”
* Abandoning all subtlety, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) hinted once again last week that he wouldn’t mind being asked to run on Trump’s GOP ticket as the party’s vice presidential nominee.
* In a press statement issued this morning, the DSCC said it raised raised $6.1 million in April, outraising the NRSC by $1.9 million. Though the majority party usually fares better in these reports, the Democratic committee has now outraised its Republican counterpart in 14 of the last 16 months.
* Old habits die hard: Erick Erickson, a prominent figure in Republican media, is now back to urging Mitt Romney to run as an anti-Trump Republican on a third-party ticket. The failed 2012 nominee has said that won’t happen, and last week Romney ended his recruiting efforts.
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