KNAU and Arizona News
7:36 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Loosens Language Requirements For Top Leaders

Tom Smith Sr. and his daughter Alissa Lee, fill out paper work, Friday, July 17, 2015, before voting at the Navajo Election Administration - Northern Agency Office in Shiprock, N.M.
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  Navajos voted Tuesday to loosen language requirements for their top leaders, eliminating the need for them to be fluent in Navajo and giving voters more discretion in who can hold elected office.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:14 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Arizona GOP Lawmaker To Announce She'll Take On McCain

State Sen. Kelli Ward

  A Republican Arizona lawmaker who has been exploring a challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain is set to reveal her decision at a Lake Havasu City news conference.

State Sen. Kelli Ward announced in April she was considering taking on the five-term incumbent in next year's Republican primary. She's scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce her decision.

McCain announced in April that he'll seek to extend his nearly three-decade career in the Senate by running for a sixth term.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:28 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Registration For Navajo Language Referendum Closes Monday

Navajos who want a say in changing the language requirements for anyone seeking the tribe's top two posts have until the close of business Monday to register to vote.

The tribe is holding a referendum election on July 21.

Voters will be asked if they want to determine whether candidates for president and vice president speak and understand Navajo and English well enough to hold office. They currently are required to speak fluent Navajo.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:52 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Supreme Court Redistricting Decision Could Affect 2016 CD1 Race

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
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A U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding redistricting is expected to be announced this month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has many in Arizona looking ahead to the 2016 general election.

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State Capitol News
1:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

New Poll Shows More Than Half of Arizonans Support Legal Recreational Marijuana

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A poll conducted last month reveals that more than half of all Arizonans support the legalization of recreational marijuana. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the study comes as multiple measures are in the works to put the question to voters in 2016.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:12 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Navajo Election On Fluency Requirement To Be Held July 21

Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Chris Deschene. He was disqualified from the race as a result of the tribe's language requirement.
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A vote on whether Navajo Nation presidential candidates must speak the tribe’s language fluently has been set for next month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the issue arose after one of the candidates was disqualified last year.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

U.S. Justice Department Wants Better Access for Native Voters

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Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice are proposing legislation to increase voter access for Native Americans. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Arizona counties are already following the department’s recommendations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:00 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Ann Kirkpatrick Announces 2016 U.S. Senate Bid

Three-term congresswoman for Arizona's First District Ann Kirkpatrick.
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Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has announced she’s running for U.S. Senate in 2016. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she’s taking aim at the seat held by Republican John McCain for nearly three decades.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:45 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Navajo Nation President To Be Sworn In Today

Russell Begaye

Russell Begaye will be sworn in Tuesday as president of the Navajo Nation.

Begaye easily beat former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. in a special election last month to win the post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Begaye and Jonathan Nez, the vice president-elect, will serve a shorter term than usual. That's because the presidential contest was postponed by more than five months as legal challenges played out in court.

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State Capitol News
1:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative for 2016 Registered With State

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A 2016 ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has been registered with the secretary of state’s office. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if passed it would mean the state would control the marijuana industry.

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