An occasional update on LEAP Forward's endorsed candidates and tracked legislation.
This lede by Dave Weigel in the Washington Post sums up the recent candidate forum featuring Marie Newman and incumbent Dan Lipinski pretty well:
After 30 minutes of hissing and heckling — and cheers for his opponent — Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) had heard enough. After Marie Newman, the liberal activist running against him, attacked him for not favoring a “clean” deal that would let undocumented immigrants stay in the country, he let loose.
“She claims they’re going to sit down and magically make it happen,” Lipinski said at a candidate event here this month. “Look, the Freedom Caucus is a major problem. The tea party is a major problem. Having a tea party of the left that makes promises about what’s going to magically happen — it’s not going to work. It’s a fantasy.”
The argument didn’t appear to move anyone in the room. Hundreds of people had packed into the only forum before Lipinski’s upcoming primary on March 20. It was a sign of just how much trouble he could be in — and, depending on the primary’s outcome, a sign of how much less tolerant the Democratic base has grown of candidates who stray from liberal orthodoxy.
LEAP Forward is happy to endorse Ms. Newman as a progressive voice for a progressive district, and an improvement over what has been, at best, an inscrutable stance on guns from the incumbent.
The primary is March 20.
New Graded Legislation:
SB 1313 - by the Senate State Affairs Committee - Amends and adds to existing law to revise provisions regarding defense of self, others, a habitation, place of business or employment, or an occupied vehicle.
LEAP Forward is grading OPPOSITION.
SB 6620 - by Sen. David Frockt (D) - AN ACT Relating to improving security in schools and the safety of students by: Creating a grant program for school districts to implement emergency response systems; creating a program to provide students and the community with the means to report unsafe or violent activities; requiring the same background check process to purchase certain rifles and shotguns as is currently required for pistols; prohibiting persons under the age of 21 from purchasing certain rifles and shotguns.
LEAP Forward is grading SUPPORT.