South Carolina: Haley critiques Trump. “Every time someone criticizes [Trump], he goes and makes a political attack back,” said Gov. Nikki Haley (R), a hot prospect for vice president on the GOP ticket, told the National Press Club in Washington. She added that Americans want a president who is “going to be calm and cool-tempered and not get mad” because they’ve been criticized,” reports the Washington Post ……. Texas: Cruz invites Trump. Ted Cruz, the hard-right US Senator and presidential candidate, is hosting a Washington, DC, rally Wednesday to protest President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. He has invited rival Donald Trump to appear at the rally, the only presidential candidate – other than himself – Cruz asked to participate ……. Virginia: Herring paves way for Northam. State Attorney General Mark Herring (D) has announced that he will seek reelection in 2017. This means he will not run for governor, which eases the way for his fellow Democrat, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, to become the early favorite for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. It also could help Democrats hold on to the governor’s mansion by avoiding a divisive primary …….