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Blue Notes - April 9

Rep. Quade stood for seniors for over 3 hours. Republicans ignored her.

Republican "Leadership" Ignores Democrats Trying to Protect Seniors

(via Rep. Judy Morgan)

During  floor debate on HB 2540, Rep. Crystal Quade  stood on the floor for over 3.5 hours in an effort to offer an amendment to the bill.  Her amendment would have restored the circuit breaker tax credit to  100,000 low-income and disabled Missourians who rent their properties.  
 
One of my constituents had called our office just last week and talked to Cheri about about this issue.  Disabled and in a wheelchair, he told Cheri that it may not seem like much money to some folks, but it's a big help to him.   (Maximum amount is $750.00 on an annual basis and the average is $535.00 per year.)
 
According to the Springfield News-Leader (4/6/18), Rep. Quade said,  "I was told that I could get called on if I didn't actually offer it. . .so if I talked about it and then withdrew it, it would allow us to have the conversation but wouldn't actually offer the amendment."
 
Rep. Quade believed that it was important to offer her amendment and call for a roll call vote (meaning there would be a written record of each Rep.'s vote).  So she stood for over 3.5 hours until the Republican leadership called for a vote on the previous question (meaning that debate was closed).  Closing debate only requires a majority vote and with Republicans outnumbering Democrats by 115 - 47, they always win on this one.
 
It appears that the Republican leadership didn't want a recorded vote on the circuit breaker tax credit.  I . agree with my colleague, Rep. Peter Merideth,  who commented on his Facebook page, "Shame on them.  Our voters deserve to see how their reps would vote on this."
 
 
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Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus

Recruit, Train, ELECT!
Candidate Forum and Endorsement Vote for MO Candidates
Thursday, April 26th
All Souls, 4501 Walnut, Kansas City, MO  64111
 
Please join us for a candidate forum of Missouri candidates running in the 2018 election cycle, followed by an endorsement vote of the membership.  The forum is open to the public, but per our bylaws only paid members who have belonged for 30 days prior to the meeting may vote.
 
Networking and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm.
 
Greitens Investigation in State House to be Released
(via Rep. Jerome Barnes)
 
The House committee investigating allegations of wrongdoing by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is expected to release its report sometime in the coming days. The committee chairman had previously said the report would be made public on April 9, but on April 5 Republican leaders said the release would be delayed a few days.
 
When the House voted to authorize the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight (SICO) on March 1, Republican leaders stressed that its mission was to gather facts, not to determine if impeachment is warranted. However, the SICO report could serve as the basis for the House to pursue some type of action against Greitens if lawmakers deem it appropriate.
 
A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens with a felony charge of first degree invasion of privacy relating to a semi-nude photo he allegedly took of his former mistress without her permission in 2015. A judge has ruled against Greitens’ motion to dismiss the charge for lack of evidence, and the case is scheduled to go to trial May 14.
 
In a letter dated March 26, Greitens’ attorneys asked the committee to delay releasing any findings to the public until after the criminal trial is over to avoid swaying the opinion of potential jurors. The letter was signed by Greitens’ criminal defense attorney, his taxpayer-funded counsel in the governor’s office and an outside attorney who specializes in impeachment proceedings and who is also being paid by Missouri taxpayers.
 
However, SICO Chairman Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said the committee will proceed as planned with making its findings public soon. Many Capitol observers questioned Greitens’ consistency in claiming to want to avoid influencing the jury pool since his campaign recently spent $50,000 on radio ads in the St. Louis attacking the prosecution as politically motivated.
 
In addition to matters related to the criminal indictment, SICO, which consists of five Republicans and two Democrats, also investigated whether Greitens may have illegally obtained the donor list from the charity he founded and improperly used it to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign.
 
If the House were to pursue impeachment, it is uncertain if the process could be completed before the legislative session ends on May 18. If the House passed articles of impeachment, the Senate would then be charged with electing a “special commission of seven eminent jurists” to try the case.
 
Only the legislature’s role in the process would need to be done before the session ends, as the trial could take place after lawmakers adjourn. If the legislature isn’t done, however, it likely would have to wait until the next regular legislative session begins in January to continue pursuing the matter.
 

Democrats Across Missouri Will Compete For Races in November

For the first time in at least a decade, Democratic candidates have filed for every Missouri State House and Senate seat located in Jackson County.  This continues the national trend of citizens wanting to do everything in their power to fight back against the Republican majorities at every level of government.  It is also part of a state-wide effort to promote the Democratic brand through candidates in historically uncontested areas.

Since the election in 2016, Democrats and independent voters have become equally organized and outraged against the destructive Republican agenda.  With scandals in Washington DC and Jefferson City paired with policies aimed at supporting the wealthiest and most privileged, voters have seen how their needs are being ignored by the majority party.  Always the party of the middle class and disenfranchised, Democrats will show themselves to be the superior alternative this November and beyond.

Across the state, Democrats have filed in every State Senate race, a 112% increase from 2014 and 145 State House races, a 49% increase from 2016.  More information about our candidates, especially in Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs will be promoted through the spring.

 

Club Meetings and Events:

  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting April 9th, 5:30-7:00pm NEW LOCATION Westport Coffee House (4010 Pennsylvania KCMO 64111). Topic: "How KCMO's Budget Addresses Constituent Needs" featuring Councilwomen Alissia Canady and Teresa Loar.
  • May 12: State and County Candidates Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm, returning to Californo's, 4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111 The August 7 primary election is fast approaching. Meet the candidates for county offices and for state representative and senate. The General Assembly will still be in session, and there will be another candidate forum prior to the General Election. Those interested in participating should email starwal@aol.com
  • March and Rally for Peace: April 13th. March at 5:30pm from 34th & Paseo (Victorious Life Church) to 27th and Prospect. Rally at Morning Star Baptist Church (2411 E 27th St. KCMO) at 7:00pm. Taking action 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring live music performances, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and others.
  • 40 Club: Monthly lunch April 10 at noon. Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd KCMO 64129). All labor friendly people are welcome. $15.
  • 31st Annual Truman Gala: June 9, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium. Sponsorship opportunities and early tickets will be available later this week. Announcements of guest speakers will roll out through the Spring.  Mark your calendars now!