Marching Orders Blog: 3/23/18

An occasional update on the candidates, lawmakers and the legislation LEAP Forward is tracking.

“There’s a cultural shift. That’s something I’m very excited to see, particularly the strength of the youth voice. We’re definitely seeing a youth-led movement on this issue. And the candidates are catching up.”
— Matt Southwell

Candidates

There's a  good piece today in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about Georgia Democrats and their embrace of gun regulation and willingness to stand up to the gun lobby that features Matt Southwell (LEAP Forward endorsed in HD-34), but is an excellent standalone read about how the party has shifted on the issue.

Patrick McHenry, who faces LEAPer David Wilson Brown in NC-10, has been caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and Brown is demanding answers. 

Another good piece about how Donald Trump's win has spurred women to run for office, this one from Ohio and featuring Lorraine Wilburn (LEAP Forward endorsed in HD-48). 

Legislation

Delaware HB 163, sponsored by Sen. Bryan Townsend and Rep. Valerie Longhurst has gotten the attention of the NRA. The bill would restrict assault-style weapons and lays down the (court-approved) marker that military style weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment. The bill has the support of Gov. John Carney, and LEAP Forward will be grading support for the legislation.

Twice last week, major bills that loosen restrictions on use of force have become law without the signature of a state's governor. Gov. Matt Mead (R-WY) attempts to explain why a massive expansion of the state's "stand your ground" law was able to become law without his signature, and I'll let you decide how it went