Marching Orders Blog: 3/29/18

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



Governor Butch Otter allowed a bill greatly expanding the concepts of "Stand Your Ground" (SB 1313) to become law over the objections of state Democrats, gun control groups, and the ACLU. The state House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation earlier in the month, but groups were holding out hope for a veto over a particular legal provision the governor had expressed concern about. An excellent outline of this provision can be found at Legal Insurrection. The law goes into effect July 1.


Mark Kurowski (LEAP Forward endorsed in SD-02) pledged yesterday to introduce a Universal Background Check bill on his first day in office, saying “When we place our desire for entertainment or our rights over the right to life of our children in their schools, then we have lost our way.” Kurkowski is a pastor running against incumbent Democrat Frank Mrvan, who received a negative score on LEAP Foward's legislative report card.

Yatish Joshi (IN-02) debated his primary opponents on Tuesday night but focused on incumbent Jackie Walorski, Donald Trump, and the NRA. Both The South Bend Tribune and WNDU covered the debate locally. 


Louisiana has (for now) rejected a bill letting retired teachers, parents, and school volunteers to carry weapons in schools. SB 406 was the narrowest of four pieces of legislation filed in the state legislature, and was rejected by a 4-3 vote in committee. NOLA/The Times Picayune has a story about the vote and the other legislation.



OH-16, where LEAP Forward issued an early endorsement to physicist Aaron Godfrey, is the new, hot district getting a national look in the wake of Conor Lamb's upset victory in Pennsylvania and the growing consensus that more and more Republican districts are going to be in play this fall. Andrew Tobias at has an overview of the district and the race. 


Blake Farenthold may be resigning from Congress, but he's still casting a large shadow over the race to replace him in TX-27. Now, it's over his continued failure to reimburse the Treasury the $84,000 he used to settle a sexual harassment suit. Eric Holguin is the LEAP Forward endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary runoff on May 22.  

POLITICO has a feature in their magazine this week about the role of veterans in the future of the Democratic party, including LEAP Forward candidate Joseph Kopser (endorsed in TX-21)