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May 5, 2023

Happy Birthday, President Harry S. Truman!

Thursday, we kicked off our weekend-long birthday celebration for Harry Truman. Our tour begins at Truman’s Birthplace, which is a historical site managed by the Department of Missouri State Parks. Democrats gathered to learn more about Truman’s historical journey from Lamar, Missouri to Washington D.C. started. Chairman Russ Carnahan and Vice Chair Yvonne Reeves want to thank those who showed up!

Friday, we are heading to Independence to tour the Truman Presidential Library! Chairman Carnahan will welcome Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, who will be our special guest! We will begin at the Truman Library at 4:00 p.m., and then head to Ophelia’s Restaurant & Inn for an MDP Fundraiser. 

 Saturday, we will round out festivities heading East to Saint Louis. You will find Democrats at the Historic Train Cars & Platform at the St. Louis Union Station. You won’t want to miss this event, because we will be joined by special guests Mayor Tishaura Jones and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page! We will meet up at the rail cars just before the event begins at 5:00 p.m.

For a complete copy of the Insider with pictures and links, please check this out!

Happy Birthday Harry

Happy Birthday Harry!

Join the Missouri Democrats on Saturday, May 6th in St Louis to celebrate Harry’s birthday!

We will meet at the Historic Train Cars & Platform at St Louis Union Station (1820 Market St) from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

$100 Event Ticket

Sponsor Levels:

Truman Trustee- $1200 or $100 per month for a year.

The Buck Stops Here! -$2,500

Give’em Hell Harry- $5,000

You may also mail your contribution to:

Missouri Democratic Party

4218 Roanoke Rd., Suite 304

Kansas City, MO 64111


Paid for by the Missouri Democratic State Committee, Glenda Bainbridge, Treasurer.   Missouri Democratic Party
4218 Roanoke Rd.
Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64111
United States

Ride the Blue Wave” Trivia Night  

Ride the Blue Wave” Trivia Night
A combined fundraising event to support Ann Zimpfer & Kyle Kerns   Saturday, August 27th @ T.A.S.K. (980 Horan Dr., Fenton, MO 63026)
Register: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/blue-wave-trivia
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Trivia begins at 7:00 pm   Tables of 8, $30 per person ($240 per table)
*Bring your own snacks and we’ll provide the drinks: beer, wine, soda, & water!

*There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and many other fun events.   It’s “back to school time” – For 2 free mulligans, please bring at least one of the following school supplies to help support local students & schools:    Crayola markers (thin & thick), Expo markers, Spacemaker pencil boxes, 3 ring binders, Elmer’s glue sticks,  2 pocket folders, ‘kids’ scissors, reusable water bottles.  (Name brand is preferred – thanks!) Check out our website at www.oakvilledemocrats.net .  

Message from Bob Ford, Oakville Township Committeeman

First of all I want to wish you all a happy 4th of July.  Our meeting Wednesday, July 6th is in Bee Tree Park in the lower pavilion starting at 6:30.  Joan Barry, Oakville Township Committeewoman and I are furnishing Ted Drewes for the meeting.  We have invited many candidates to the meeting.

Also, Oakville Township needs to provide a silent auction item for the St. Louis County Democratic Gala.  We are requesting our members bring a gift card from any where (Quick trip, restaurants, Cash cards, or scratch off lotto cards just a few examples) or just donate a few dollars for our Oakville Township Board that will have all the cards attached to it.  Let us show that Oakville has Democrats to be heard from in St. Louis County.

See you at the Park!!!

Volunteer for Ann Zimpfer

Hello Supporters and Volunteers:

We need your Help!  We have two upcoming volunteer opportunities.  We will be having our first Lit/Drop on Saturday, April 23rd and we will continue our Phone Banking on Tuesday, April 19th

Lit Drop:

Meet at Ann Zimpfer’s Home

5907 Oakville Woods Place, Oakville, 63129

9:30 – 2:00

Saturday, April 23rd

If you knocked with us before or if you’re new to this part of the campaign, we will provide a short training before we all head out and hit some doors.  Or we can customize your area and also meet your level of comfort with interactions at the door. 

Phone Banking:

Meet at TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids)

980 Horan, Fenton, MO 63026

5:30 – 7:30

We will supply you with a script and training.

Can’t make these dates? Reach out and we can put together a packet to do on your own time and your own pace.

Please let me know if you are available for either or both dates.  Email or message me with any questions.

Linda Buechel

Volunteer Coordinator



State Representative Candidates for Oakville

Our Oakville Township has been split more than before into two legislative districts.  The 95th which has been our primary district and candidate Ann Zimpher is putting together a strong campaign.  More of Oakville has been looped into the 94th legislative district.  We now have a candidate to run in that 94th district.

We would like to introduce Kyle Kerns candidate for the 94th district.  He waited to file because of the uncertainty of the map lines.  He grew up on a farm in rural northwest Missouri.  His Dad was a farmer and his mother was a school teacher.  I think that this is a big positive for his campaign due to the attack on Education and Farmer’s rights.  He graduated from Missouri State University and interned for a democratic State Representative in the 2000 legislative session in Jefferson City. 

Kyle is currently a CPA and the CFO and head of operations for a Cultivation Capital.  A Local venture capital firm.  He spent 15 years at Edward Jones home office.  He has lived in Oakville for 20 years.  He is busy setting up his campaign and ready to start meeting the voters of Oakville.

Be at our April 6 meeting and meet the candidate for the 94th District and 95th District.

Democratic Insider from 3/4/2022

We wanted to share parts of an email from Bailey Netsch, Managing Communications Director of the Missouri Democratic Party.

Democratic Insider

March 4th, 2022

It has been a good week to be a Democrat. Aren’t those nice? Since 2016, those days seem to be fewer and farther between with the misinformation and lies swirling in the American political system by the far-right and one particularly orange man.

The February job numbers came in hot, COVID-19 is in retreat and on Tuesday we watched President Biden’s first State of the Union address.

As staunch supporters, we already knew a lot of the policies Biden laid out in his nearly 50-minute speech (you can find policy details below, though!) For the Democratic base, the SOTU can serve as a powerful reminder of what we are working toward and hey, maybe celebrate a little bit for the good this administration has done since January 2021.

I’m not going to lie – my heart stopped when I heard a GOP member interrupt (while Biden was talking about his dead son…) because I feared it would be one of our Missouri GOP representatives or one of our Senators…

Phew, it wasn’t. Thanks, Majorie and Lauren?

The majority of Biden’s time in politics and government was spent during easier decades – when bipartisanship wasn’t always a poison pill.  He is uniquely qualified to bring teamwork back to Washington D.C. In his SOTU, Biden announced his Unity Agenda, meant to truly heal the American people.

Now, let’s dig into some policy. Here are some quick facts:


•             States, territories, Tribes and local governments will start to improve 65,000 miles of roads and 1,500 bridges with federal funding.

•             The Federal Aviation Administration will be able to invest in over 600 airport infrastructure projects, including preserving 400 pavement projects on taxiways and runways.

•             Communities will invest in an estimated 15,000 new buses, ferries and subway cars, improving commutes for working Americans, families, and students across the country and reducing greenhouse emissions.

•             The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will advance over 500 projects across 52 states and territories to strengthen supply chains, improve waterways, and reduce flooding.

•             The Environmental Protection Agency will work with state and local governments to fund more than 400 new water projects from replacing lead service lines to improving drinking water systems.

•             States, Tribes, and other partners will reclaim over 15,000 acres of abandoned mine lands, as well as launch new reclamation efforts that will ultimately address tens of thousands of additional acres across the country.

•             The Interior Department’s new Orphan Well Program will start work plugging, capping, and remediating over 8,000 abandoned oil & gas well sites in communities across the country.

•             The Interior Department will reduce the risk of wildfires to communities by more than 30 percent – removing over 300,000 acres of burnable fuels in the places where communities and the natural environment meet.

•             The Department of Energy will take steps to launch a first-of-its kind $140 million demonstration facility to extract and separate rare earth elements and other critical minerals from coal ash, mine tailings, acid drainage, and other legacy fossil fuel waste to sustainably produce materials key to next-generation clean energy technologies.

•             The Department of Energy will make available nearly $3 billion to bolster domestic manufacturing of advanced batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage.


The infrastructure and economic policies are closely intertwined. The funding from the BIL will stimulate many construction jobs (among others) across the country. Therefore, all of the points above pretty much apply to this section, too. I am going to only include different ones in the list below:

•             The Department of Commerce will issue final guidance and notices of funding opportunity for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program and the Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program, which together will distribute more than $43 billion in broadband funding. The Department of Agriculture will issue a new funding opportunity notice for the ReConnect program which will provide nearly $2 billion in funding for rural broadband deployment.

•             The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will build on the more than 10 million lower-income households already receiving subsidized internet service through the Affordable Connectivity Program. The FCC will also adopt rules requiring broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to more effectively comparison shop for broadband services.

•             The EPA announced $1 billion to initiate cleanup and clear the backlog of 49 previously unfunded Superfund sites and accelerate cleanup at dozens of other sites across the country, with work expected at more than 80 Superfund cleanup projects in the next year.

•             The EPA announced $1 billion for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, including $200 million in Fiscal Year 2022, to accelerate the progress of restoration of the Great Lakes’ most environmentally degraded sites, securing clean water and a better environment for millions of Americans in the Great Lakes region.

War in Ukraine

Ugh. I am writing this section last because I just…really don’t want to! The war in Ukraine and Putin’s crap has both surprised and not surprised the entire world.

The Ukrainian people? They have awed us all.

President Biden started his SOTU with admiration and strong support for the Ukrainian people, President Zelenskyy, and their democracy. The United States has already sent one billion dollars in  direct aid to Ukraine – regardless of what the far-right is spewing.

We’ve seen the videos of bombs in neighborhoods, Putin’s 40-mile long caravan and Zelenskyy in the streets of Kyiv.

But have you seen his speech directly to the Russian people? In Russian? Please watch it. The only word I can think of to describe it is stunning, which is odd, I know. But you’ll get it after.

Before I made the decision to leave the traditional journalism world and jump ship to politics and government, I was lucky enough to work with the US Department of State on multiple projects centered in Eastern Europe and the Balkan region. While all of the projects focused on post-Soviet topics, it was impossible to avoid the Russian topic and often the vitriol that came with it.

Earlier this week, our Missouri Capitol was lit up blue and yellow in support of Ukraine.

I know a lot of you are praying, thinking about, manifesting (whatever it is) for the Ukrainian people. If I may ask – can you add my dear friend Narmina to your prayer list? She was part of a State Dept. job I did in 2017 and was my project partner. She is from Kyiv and lives there with her husband, 10-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. We’ve spoken everyday for the past three weeks, her updating me on the conditions, politics, and most important, her safety. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard from her since Tuesday and am beyond worried.

The State of the Union is strong. The Biden Administration is strong. We are strong. Let’s rebuild Missouri together.

For more information check out the Missouri Democratic Party at missouridemocrats.org.