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Navajo Nation Council passes emergency language requirement repeal

Navajo Nation Council passes emergency language requirement repeal

Shortly after midnight last night, the Navajo Nation Council voted to scrap the longstanding requirement for the tribe’s president to be fluent in the Navajo Language. The eleventh-hour vote, approved 11-10 with one abstaining, clears a path for Chris Deschene to remain on the ballot. His qualifications had been challenged over his admittedly limited ability in speaking the Navajo language.

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State-by-state look at gay marriage bans

State-by-state look at gay marriage bans

State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.

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Project aims to improve courts by making them resemble the community (access required)

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During the four decades of merit selection for judges in Arizona’s most populous counties, the number of women and minorities serving in judicial positions has increased gradually. The Arizona Judicial Diversity Project was launched in February to maintain this upward trajectory of increasing diversity, which former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor says results in a better-functioning judiciary.

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Brewer: See you in the Supreme Court

Brewer was visibly upset with the ruling when she spoke to reporters today, and said she will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. The governor called it a “rushed decision” by the appellate court and said it could ultimately prevent the state from providing quality, cost-effective health care to tens of thousands of people.

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