Marching Orders: 1/3/18

Eric Holguin

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Newly-endorsed Eric Holguin is mentioned in a stunning OutSmart Magazine piece about the sheer volume of LGBTQ candidates running for office next year. They count 35 candidates in Texas alone, including Holguin:

The gubernatorial race is one of at least two in which openly LGBTQ canidates will face each other in the Democratic primary. The other is Congressional District 27, where gay candidate Eric Holguin and trans woman Vanessa Edwards Foster are among a slew of Democrats who have filed to run for the seat being vacated by U.S.representative Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi).

All told, there are nineteen female LGBTQ candidates and sixteen men, including five transgender candidates, three African Americans, and eight Hispanics. All but four are running as Democrats. 

Michigan-08

One of the benefits of holding the White House for eight years is that there's more than one way for a party to build a bench. Mary Chastain at Legal Insurrection has a nice compilation of stories of former Obama officials running for office in 2018, and it includes former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Elissa Slotkin, running in the targeted Michigan-08 congressional district. 

Josh Rogin at The Washington Post wrote in October that Slotkin will not make Trump her target in her campaign. Instead, she will concentrate “on her record of serving both Democratic and Republican administrations.” She had three tours in Iraq and worked as a CIA analyst before she worked in the Pentagon under Obama.

We are researching an endorsement in the MI-08 primary and will have an announcement shortly. 

New Tracked Legislation

Mississippi HB 135allowing school employees to carry concealed firearms on school premises. We are urging opposition.