Marching Orders: 4/6/18

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.


Yatish Joshi (SD-01) and his opponent participated in a conversation on Lakeshore Public Radio that can be listened to HERE.



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. 


Jeremy Mele (LEAP Forward endorsed in HD-19) got my favorite kind of endorsement - a personal one via letter to the editor. It's from Brett Vars of Springvale and can be read HERE

North Carolina

David Wilson Brown (NC-10) will be participating in a series of candidate interviews by Indivisible Asheville on April 12. 


LEAPer Shawna Roberts (OH-06) went on the 1 on 1 with Tim Continenza podcast to discuss her campaign, and the show can be heard HERE  


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.