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Mullen: End policy on gays soon
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supports Congress using its lame-duck session to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
A Pentagon report on the impact of lifting the ban is set for release Dec. 1. The Washington Post has reported that the study concludes the military can lift the ban with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts.
Governor duties seen as changed
COLORADO SPRINGS | The new chairwoman of the National Governors Association is warning the largest group of new governors in U.S. history that the role of governor has changed dramatically over the past decade.
Christine Gregoire, a Democrat from Washington state, said at a summit for new governors Saturday they will have to deal with an unprecedented economic crisis and they need to have teams in place when they take office that are trained and ready to respond at all times to terrorism threats and emergencies.
She said the bitter campaigns are over and voters want bipartisan solutions to the major problems facing every state.
“We are at a historic time in our country. We put the elephants and donkeys aside and we’re prepared to govern,” she said.
This year, 29 new governors have been elected to take office. The last time there was a change of this magnitude was in 1920, when 27 new governors were elected.
The power also has shifted in governor’s offices nationwide - including territories - from 26 Republicans, 28 Democrats and one Independent to 31 Republicans, 21 Democrats and two Independents. Minnesota’s race is still too close to call.
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