There are six vacancies in Arizona’s federal courts. The state’s two Republican senators have blocked several of President Obama’s nominees to fill the vacancies, in some cases for up to two years, but now, it looks like five of those nominees will get a hearing.
Gov. Jan Brewer said she has abolished Child Protective Services as we know it and created a new division charged with child safety. In her 2014 State of the State address, Brewer called on the legislature to make the new division a standalone agency. She also called for education and tax reforms.
Thanks to legislative victories in 2013, undocumented immigrants living in the state can now practice law and will soon be able to get drivers' licenses. Now, immigrant advocates hope to take advantage of Sacramento’s pro-immigrant climate to expand on those victories.
As of Friday, the season's flu-related death tally is as follows: California, seven deaths with 28 under investigation. New Mexico has seen one confirmed death. Arizona estimates that up to 34 people have died from flu-related complications. And in Texas, five children have died.
Southern New Mexicans are caught in a debate over preserving a stretch of borderland as a national monument. The state’s two Senators and a Representative are pushing separate bills that set different boundaries for the monument. One of the issues at stake is border security.