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Chief Justice addresses council at winter sessions

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JoAnn B. Jayne, Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation, introduced herself to the 24th Navajo Nation Council during her quarterly report Jan. 28.

Jayne is Tábąąhá, born for Kinyaa’áanii. She is from the community of Tohatchi and has been serving as the chief justice or Aląąjí Hashkééjí...

Shutdown spurs state rule change on unemployment for federal employees

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After a little more than a week in his new job, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Secretary-designate Bill McCamley, made a major, albeit temporary, rule change for federal employees seeking unemployment benefits because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.

McCamley announced Wednesday that he is temporarily waiving a federally mandated work requirement to receive state unemployment benefits.

“If you file for unemployment, by federal law, you’re supposed to show that you were looking for two jobs a week, and if you get a job and you turn it down, you lose unemployment,” McCamley told NM Political Report on Wednesday evening. “That’s really crappy for an...

Arizona counties, Navajo Nation address voting problems

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Seek to resolve inequalities in future elections

WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation filed a Complaint and a Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order against the Arizona Secretary of State and the officials of Apache, Coconino and Navajo counties the week of Nov. 19, seeking to protect the voting rights of Navajo citizens in the November 2018 election and seeking to resolve voter inequalities in future elections.

The Temporary Restraining Order sought a slight delay of the certification of the results of the 2018 election in order to allow Navajo Nation members time to cure their early ballots rejected for a lack of a signature on the ballot envelope or a mismatched signature.

After the...

AG secures more than $60,000 for state legal aid

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ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful disbursement of more than $60,000 to New Mexico Legal Aid Nov. 13.

The funding is the result of unclaimed funds paid by a defendant in a recently concluded case, and will be redistributed by court order to help New Mexico Legal Aid support the legal needs of New Mexicans.

“Protecting the rights of vulnerable New Mexicans has always been a top priority for my office, and I am pleased the funding that we recovered will be used for that purpose,” Balderas said. “New Mexico Legal Aid offers a vital service; providing legal guidance and representation to New Mexicans without the means to pay for it...

Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona Senate race

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First Democrat elected to state’s Senate since 1988

Nearly a week after election day, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won the Arizona Senate seat Nov. 12, defeating Republican candidate Martha McSally.

The race was officially called after a tight run between Sinema and McSally. Sinema won by about 1.7 percentage points.

This is the first Democratic win for an open Senate seat in Arizona since 1976. Sinema, a former social worker, is Arizona’s first female senator and the first Democrat elected by the state’s Senate in 30 years.

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