There will be a PUBLIC meeting of the redistricting committee on
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19. Meeting begins at 5 pm, but please ARRIVE BY 4:30 pm.
Location: County Council Chamber. 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton 63105 (Seating is limited.)
As you have all seen by now, the far-right is making a spectacle at as many governmental board meetings as they can, so Glenn has requested that we get as many Democrats at the meeting as possible to fill up the seats. He sees the Democratic audience as being the antithesis of the far right – by being quiet and respectful. But also, if public comments are allowed, Democrats will be there to speak and our presence will show the committee that we are watching them. Seven Democrats and seven Republicans are on the committee. However, one of the Democratic members cannot be at this meeting, so they will be at a disadvantage Thursday. They have volunteered to do this very difficult job for us and we need to help them in any way we can. We need to show up and support them!
The meeting will be broken up into three parts: 1) a presentation from the County Planning Department, 2) swearing-in of committee members, and, 3) election of committee leadership. Traditionally, the party of the County Executive holds the Chair position, but that is not certain. The D’s are also proposing that at least three of the committee meetings be public events.
Show up and demonstrate that ‘Missouri Democrats Care!
Join the Missouri House Democrats and NDTC on Tuesday June 29th from 6-7:00pm CT for a free virtual live training on “How to Tell Your Story of Self”. The ability to tell our stories is vital in spreading our message, it both humanizes us and let’s us talk about big issues in a way that feels personal. Whether you’re running for office, working on a campaign, or building your local party’s or organization’s infrastructure, you need to connect with your supporters. We’re here to help!
How to Tell Your Story of Self June 29th, 2021 6-7:00 pm
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: The Future and Goals of MDP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2021
The Future and Goals of MDP
KANSAS CITY, MO. – As a state party, we are excited for the potential of the 2022 and 2024 election cycles in Missouri. We welcome the passion not only from staff, but countless community members. The determination exists for the Missouri Democratic Party to thrive in our state and together we can make that happen. That being said, we know we have work to do.
We are taking the unusual step today of releasing a statement from our staff directly to the community. We hear and see your voices and hope to engage you as we rebuild. There has been disappointment about the recent announcement of a signage campaign the Party is starting, requesting input on where to set-up messaging across our state. We assure you; this is only one prong of our 2021/22 and beyond approach.
We hear your calls and are already preparing for deep canvassing and authentic relationship building throughout Missouri. MDP has created a new Missouri Playbook that we will roll-out in the next few weeks. Below we outline some of the strategies included:
We are applying for a grant from the DNC to open regional offices across the state, including in our rural counties. The goal is ten offices, and the DNC grant will help fund creation and staffing. Currently, we have staff in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis.
We are fostering relationships with new media outlets, newsletters and rural communications like radio. We are also developing a project to create an MDP podcast focused on rural issues and doing more to support our important Rural Caucus.
We are visiting counties across the state already and are excited to get back to successfully and safely canvassing after COVID-19.
We will bolster our existing volunteer programs by providing additional training and resources, but also build new volunteer recruitment and training procedures utilized in other parts of the country.
We are actively working to recruit candidates who truly understand the needs of Missourians for races up and down the ballot. We are focusing ourselves on serving those candidates in the best way we can.
We have hired new staff with diverse skills and experience with successful Democratic caucuses, campaigns and state parties. This will help us pivot in a different direction in canvassing, messaging, and fundraising. They came on staff May 31st.
As mentioned above, our new Missouri Playbook will include more details on our next steps and outlines our path forward with our base and new voters. We will release our plan in the following weeks.
We welcome further outreach and are happy to share more information if desired. This energy is just what Missouri needs, we just need to be in it together.
We have our first big in-person event scheduled for this coming Monday, May 24th. It will be outdoors and masks will be required. We also hope by then, the majority of us gathering will also have the opportunity to vaccinated.
Here are the details: You are invited to the South County Democrats 2021 End-of-Sesson Wrap Up on Monday, May 24th at Officer Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park. We are gathering at the Lawrence Hensler Shelter. Our area legislators will recap the 2021 session – The good, the bad, and the ugly. Scheduled to attend: Senator Karla May, Senator Doug Beck, Rep. Michael Burnton, Rep. Trish Gunby, Rep. Barbara Phifer, Rep. Sara Unsicker, Rep. Bridget Walsh-Moore. Many 2022 candidates will also be in attendance. Our social hour starts and 5pm and we will begin our program at 6pm. Masks are required. Please bring a lawn chair to help with social distancing and please bring your own food and drinks.
CLICK HERE, or on the graphic below, to be taken to our FB event invite. Please indicate “going” or “interested” to get reminders and updates as we get closer to our event date!
The week that was in Jefferson City – the final week of the 2021 legislative session – can be summed up in one word: Sleazy.
Let’s go chronologically…
On Thursday, May 13th, Governor Mike Parson ignored his oath – taken twice – to uphold the Constitution of the State of Missouri:
“Although I was never in support of MO HealthNet expansion, I always said that
I would uphold the ballot amendment if it passed,” Parson said. “However,
without a revenue source or funding authority from the General Assembly, we
are unable to proceed with the expansion at this time and must withdraw our
state plan amendments to ensure Missouri’s existing MO HealthNet
program remains solvent.”
Yes, His Accidency really, really, really wanted to follow the will of the people and enforce the Constitution, but, gosh darn, he just can’t do it.
Friday, May 14 – the last day of the legislative session the Missouri Senate’s minority leader threw in the towel four hours before closing time. No one objected because, well…
“It’s just a situation of broken promises throughout the session from
leadership in one way or another, and I think the Senate Democratic
Caucus is just done with that,” [Senator John] Rizzo [D – Jackson Co.]
told reporters after adjournment.
Rizzo slammed Republican leadership for being a “problem within
the entire Senate for the entire session.” He said they were in
disarray, throwing the minority party curveballs while being dishonest.
The curveballs included a move to restrict contraceptives paid for by Medicaid. That was a demand of the tyrannical head of the Conservative Caucus, Sen. Bob Onder [R – St. Charles Mars]. Agreeing to that nonsense doomed the FRA, a tax on medical providers which yields a big chunk of the money to pay for the existing Medicaid program. Big as in billions of dollars which Washington won’t send to Missouri if our state doesn’t follow federal regulations. The Senate knew the consequences and still kissed Onder’s behind.
As the work day drew to a close, the Missouri House of Representatives suspended its Rule 44: “No House bill shall be taken up for consideration by the House unless it has been upon the calendar for at least one legislative day.”
In other words, no surprise legislation. The bill so honored offers blanket Covid liability protection to business – including nursing homes – which didn’t do all they could to protect their workers/customers/patients. It passed after about 13 minutes of “consideration” without the support of the gatekeeping committees (Fiscal Review, Rules and such).
You see, Missouri Republicans have supermajorities in the House and Senate and statewide offices. It would be too much to expect them to use their super powers for good. At least they honor their oaths of office and their word.
Of course, repeated bad behavior by the GOP carries no penalty in Missouri. The same voters who enacted Medicaid Expansion also maintained that super majority opposed to Medicaid Expansion.
This has been noticed. A couple of weeks ago I talked to folks in the advocacy realm based in Washington. For them and their colleagues, Missouri is “out of play.” They don’t expect our state to change.
Oh, the national GOP had a sleazy week too. Ask Rep. Liz Cheney.
Still, for the most flagrant and abundant sleaze, you have to come to Missouri.