Author: Alanna Fichtel


If the plethora of exciting and important headlines didn’t get you out of bed this week, I don’t know what will. The highly-anticipated New York primary took place this week and it may have solidified the election. Meanwhile, the courts are still busy with discrimination laws. Finally, your dollar bills are getting a makeover.


Election 2016:

What you need to know: New York held its primary this Tuesday and it was a big deal. New York isn’t just the home state to many of us, but also to 3 out of the 5 candidates. With their bigs wins, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton definitely have extra “I love New York” spirit this week.


Clinton beat Sanders by a landslide in New York City and the suburbs, and even held her own in places like Syracuse and Buffalo, where Bernie thought he had it.

Trump took almost all the delegates in New York, minus 4 that went to Kasich in Manhattan. This left Ted Cruz in last place, which follows his losing trend on the East Coast.


Why it matters: The results in New York solidified the success Trump and Clinton have been gaining, and they are feeling pretty secure in their nominations. But it’s not over just yet–5 states head to the polls this Tuesday.

Pennsylvania will be especially important for Trump, although its delegate rules sound a bit fishy to some. In Pennsylvania, there are 54 GOP delegates who are not bound to a candidate, meaning that the ballot doesn’t say who they will support at the national convention. So voters essentially don’t know which candidate their vote is going towards. A majority of these delegates have said they would support the candidate that wins in the popular statewide vote, but there is still some uncertainty about how Pennsylvania could affect Trump.


Transgender Equality

What you need to know: A federal appeals court in Virginia ruled Tuesday in favor of a transgender student who wanted to use the bathroom of the gender he identifies with. This comes after a recent North Carolina law that said the opposite. So LGBTQ advocates are now pointing even more fingers at them.


Sound too good to be true? That’s right, because the law doesn’t automatically give transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice. This decision means the lower court that ruled against him needs to reevaluate their decision.

Why it matters: Protests happened after the North Carolina law, and are likely to continue with this case. Proponents of the decision hope it will promote school boards to see how this is an issue of sexual discrimination, specifically under Title IX. Title IX right now bans discrimination based on sex in educational or federally funded activities. Many would like to see “gender identity” added to this law, and this week’s ruling could lead to that.


Money on My Mind

What you need to know: Hold on to your change, because some of the dollar bills will soon be changing. In a big win for women and African Americans, Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of $20 bill, moving him to the back. In case you forgot your 4th grade U.S. history, Harriet Tubman was the woman who helped free slaves via the underground railroad, while President Jackson basically took the opposite position. Women will also gain recognition on the back of the $10 bill, with a collage of several ladies who were influential in the suffrage movement.


Why it matters: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced plans last June to put a woman’s face on a bill, so he’s living up to his promises. He took public opinion into account, which was strong in championing women. Some would like to see Jackson taken off entirely, to put women in the spotlight, as well as remove a legacy they don’t think he deserves.

The new bills won’t be circulated for a few years, so don’t empty out your wallet just yet.