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Arkansas Governor Won’t Sign Religious Freedom Bill Deemed Anti-LGBTQ

Spurred on by the controversy over Indiana’s law, he’s asked legislators to amend it.

Image via Asa Hutchinson's Facebook page.

All the backlash over Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act has the Arkansas governor rethinking his state’s own legislation on religious freedom. The Republican governor of the “Natural State” said Wednesday he would not sign Arkansas’s own religious freedom bill, which currently sits on his desk, until lawmakers make changes that would allow it to more closely reflect the ethos of the federal law.

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Indiana Governor Doesn’t Get Why People are Angry Over Anti-Gay Law (UPDATED)

He says that he would have “vetoed it” if he thought it was discriminatory.

Illustration of Mike Pence by Flickr user DonkeyHotey.

The governor of Indiana is confused as to why people are so mad after he signed a law that basically codifies discrimination against gay people. Speaking to the Indianapolis Star, Gov. Mike Pence expressed bewilderment that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would essentially allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ customers based on their sexual or gender identity, has raised such a fuss amongst god-fearing Americans, who are now championing campaigns to #boycottIndiana over the legislation. Gov. Pence says that had he thought it could be used to discriminate against specific groups of people, he would have “vetoed it”.

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World’s Largest Gaming Convention to Indiana Gov: Sign Anti-LGBT Legislation, Lose Our Business UPDATED

Gen Con takes a stand against proposed Indiana legislation many fear could be used to descriminate against same-sex couples

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After Indiana lawmakers approved legislation that critics say can be used to by business owners to discriminate against LGBT customers, one of that state’s largest moneymaking events is threatening to relocate should the governor sign the bill into law.

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The State of Summer School: Teens Are Hitting the Books Year-Round

Top high school students are feeling the pressure to get into the best colleges, so they're signing up for summer school. Willingly.

When I was in high school I spent my summers letting my nerd flag fly high by doing things like sitting around reading The Count of Monte Cristo—all 1,312 pages of it—in one day. My peers hit up the pool or roamed the mall, but none of us ever considered going to summer school. For my generation, summer school was where the "bad" kids who ditched class to smoke weed in the parking lot went so they could still graduate on time. But nowadays if you live in a city where summer school hasn't been eliminated due to district budget cuts, chances are that the honors and AP crowd is more likely to spend June, July, and part of August waking up early and schlepping backpacks to campus—and it's all driven by the desire to get into a top college.

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A College Degree in Three Years? Why America Needs to Get on Board

Three-year degree programs save money and help students get on with their lives, but American students aren't signing up. They should be.

You'd think that given the spiraling cost of college, American students would jump at the chance to finish up school in three years instead of the typical four. With a three-year accelerated degree, parents have to fork over less cash for tuition and room and board, the family's loan burden is lighter, and students can get on with their career plans earlier. How does this not make sense? But despite the best efforts of both public and private universities to promote accelerated programs, students are sticking with the four-year college tradition. That's too bad because a three-year degree is a smart idea that we should be adopting.

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Baron Hill: Congress's Best Climate Messenger? Indiana Candidate Nails Climate Messaging: "This is God's Green Earth and We Ought to Respect It"

Baron Hill presents an awesomely reasonable rebuttal to climate-change deniers-it's an object lesson for science-adhering politicians.

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I don't know anything about Baron Hill, the Democratic incumbent in Indiana's Ninth Congressional District, except what I learned from watching this video. And what I learned is that Baron Hill is better at messaging climate science and cap-and-trade and carbon emissions reduction than just about anyone out there, and certainly better than all but a couple politicians. (Though Schwarzenegger might have him beat for badassitude alone.)

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