February 16-March 2 Weekly News Roundup

A round up of current news stories on the state and national level, with a focus on feminist issues

By Tess Koenigsmark

Governor Malloy sparred with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at a press conference for the National Governor’s Association held outside the White House. Malloy objected to the highly partisan comments made by Jindal, who said that by focusing on increasing the minimum wage, Obama “seems to be waving the white flag of surrender” on the economy. Malloy called Jindal’s assessment of the minimum wage issue “the most insane thing I’ve ever heard.”

The incident has garnered Malloy national attention, and some think it may be the reason why President Obama has announced a visit to Central Connecticut State University this Wednesday. Obama will appear at an event supporting proposed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

Democrat Gary Holder-Winfield has been elected as a state senator, filling the seat left open by Toni Harp. Holder-Winfield’s opponent, Steve Mullins, ran an odd campaign based on misleading or just plain false advertisements and accusations. Mullins accused Holder-Winfield of putting women and girls at risk of sexual violence because of his support for a 2011 bill protecting transgender people from discrimination. Luckily, transphobia was a failing campaign strategy.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove disciplinary proceedings for sexual assault cases from the military chain of command, will FINALLY have its day on the Senate floor for debate.

Apparently CVS has a policy that allows any employee to refuse to sell Plan B, the emergency contraception now available over the counter without any age restriction. But what if there happens to be no one there willing to sell a customer Plan B? The official, super professional CVS policy in this situation is essentially, “You’re out of luck.” Awesome.

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