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Hawaii Legislature to Hold Special Session on Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) has called a special session of the state’s legislature, reports StateTrack research Connor O’Brien. During the session, which convenes Oct. 28, the legislature will consider as bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a ban on federal benefits for same-sex couples, Abercrombie said the legislation would ensure that Hawaii’s laws provide marriage benefits to all couples regardless of sexual orientation. Hawaii law currently allows for civil unions between same-sex couples.  To view the Governor’s Proclamation, please click here.

Cable Television: Keeping it Competitive, Affordable and Accessible

Time Warner Cable and broadcast giant CBS settled their high profile contract dust up just in time for the start of the lucrative NFL football season. Time Warner consumers in major markets were without CBS programming for almost a month as their lawyers fought about the tariffs that providers pay to networks for the rights to broadcast to individual subscribers. This can range from pennies per subscriber for many smaller channels to upwards of $4 for the popular sports programming network ESPN. CBS reportedly settled for a tariff with Time Warner that doubles the rate from $1 to $2.

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Tell Your Organization’s Story Through Facebook’s New Shared Photo Albums

Earlier this week Facebook unveiled “Shared Photo Albums,” new functionality that allows multiple users to contribute to the same album. While the immediate applications show real promise – imagine creating a wedding album and inviting friends and family to upload photos that they’ve taken – the advocacy play looks just as promising.

Specifically, what if we could harness the power of social photo sharing to tell your organization’s story, bringing together the visual power of your groups’ stakeholders to show the real effect of specific rules and/or regulations?

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North Carolina Legislature Called Back for Veto Session

StateTrack‘s Chery Robins reports:

Flag of North CarolinaNorth Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) issued a proclamation calling the General Assembly back into session on Sept. 3 to consider his vetoes of House bills 392 and 786.

Bill 392 would require drug testing for welfare applicants who are reasonably suspected of using illegal drugs. Bill 786 would exempt some seasonal workers from having an E-Verify background check if they are hired for nine months or fewer. The current exemption is for seasonal workers hired for 90 days or fewer.

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State Common Core Standards Under Attack

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, a voluntary program originally proposed by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) that would establish a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics, is under attack in the states. The push back is surprising because the program was not particularly controversial when it was first debated and has been adopted by 45 states and D.C. Opponents now argue that the program, funded in part with $350 million from the U.S. Department of Education, has become a Washington-led effort to impose a one size fits all set of standards on the states. The department also encouraged states adopting the Common Core Standards to be awarded “Race to the Top” grants and waivers for certain requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Opponents do not like the program and do not want to pay for it.
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