An occasional update on the candidates, lawmakers and the legislation LEAP Forward is tracking.
A national story in the USA Today about AL-02, where incumbent Martha Roby is suddenly getting a lot of attention as prospects of a larger Democratic wave increase. Roby has made her way onto the DCCC's target list in large part due to Doug Jones' win in the Alabama Senate special election last fall, and is embroiled in a tough primary in a district Jones only narrowly lost. The DCCC hasn't expressly backed a candidate in the Democratic primary, but LEAP Forward has endorsed Tabitha Isner in her race.
Senate Bill 274, which prohibits the sale of assault weapons to anyone under the age of 21, passed out of the state Senate's Judiciary C committee and heads to the full Senate. The bill passed committee with bipartisan support and restricting gun sales to persons 21 or older has 78% support among the public. The NRA nevertheless continues to whip opposition to the bill.
The Doylestown (PA) Intelligencer reached out to state lawmakers and their opponents to hear their thoughts on gun violence and how to address it. More than a week later, they report hearing back from only two, including Daryl Boling (LEAP Forward endorsed in HD-152). We again appreciate hearing Mr. Boling's ideas on this subject and invite readers to see them in their entirety HERE.
The group Citizens Empowered Jenkintown will be holding a fundraiser for state Senate candidate Katie Muth (SD-44) on April 7. Muth will also be participating in a Meet the Candidates forum on April 21.