Saturday, April 4, 2015

So That Happened: How Arkansas' Governor Threw Indiana's Governor Under The Bus

So That Happened. This week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) one-upped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) over the handling of controversial religious freedom legislation, there's a new hope for millions of Americans living on the ragged edge of homelessness, and since April Fool's Day was this week, we explore the dark side of all the foolery.



Listen to this week's "So, That Happened" below:







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Some highlights from this week:



“If everybody in all the states mirrored the federal law for their state law, then that would be a justifiable law to pass. Are we at this point still, or do we not need this anymore?” -- Jennifer Bendery on RFRA laws in Indiana and Arkansas.



“This is a cautionary tale against April Fool’s Day jokes. It’s when foolery goes bad.” -- Jason Linkins on April Fool's Day.



"It’s an intuitive, old-fashioned argument that if you’re just going to give people stuff, it’s not going to help them get better. At least in the cast of these chronically homeless people, that logic has failed.” -- Arthur Delaney on the politics of housing.



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Links about things mentioned in this episode:



Luke Russert Asks Ruth Marcus About Indiana's RFRA Law (MSNBC)



RFRA 101: A Brief History Of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act by Jay Michaelson (Religion News Service)



Connecticut Becomes First State To Boycott Indiana Over LGBT Discrimination Law by Jennifer Bendery (HuffPost)



George Stephanopoulous Asks Gov. Pence About RFRA Law (ABC)



Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill by Dana Liebelson and Jennifer Bendery (HuffPost)



Walmart Asks Arkansas Governor To Veto Religion Freedom Bill (Reuters)



Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Amended Religious Freedom Bill
by Mollie Reilly (HuffPost)



Congressman Introduces ACRONYM Act To Clean Up Bill Names by Jennifer Bendery (HuffPost)



How Giving Homes To The Homeless Reduces Homelessness by Arthur Delaney (HuffPost)





You can follow Jason, Arthur and Jennifer on Twitter.



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