Republican Representatives Begin to Reverse Vote of the People
(via Rep. Judy Morgan)
In his editorial, Messenger quoted a tweet from lawyer Mark Pedroll: "Missouri elected representatives are not high priests entitled to privileged communications with constituents. . .They don't want you to see their emails/texts with their donors, maybe even dark money donors demanding favors." FYI - Pedroll is the guy involved in the ongoing lawsuit against former Gov. Greitens over his use of Confide, the app. that lets you destroy text messages.
House Refuses to Extend Discrimination Protections Again
For many years, a growing number of Missouri lawmakers have noted that the state lacks adequate protection for members of the LGBT community. In fact, Missouri remains one of the few states where you can be fired from your job strictly for your sexual orientation.
While the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (known as MONA) has been filed and failed to pass for 21 consecutive years, even less expansive measures that would extend protections fail to gain support from Republicans in the legislature. Representative Greg Razer of Kansas City wrote an op ed for the KC Star discussing the issue which can be read here. In 2019, there is no reason why Missouri has to be uniquely wrong on an issue like protecting our own citizens.
Fundraising for Staff: Keep Jackson County Democrats Strong
More than ten years ago, the Democratic Committee made a bold decision to hire a full-time Executive Director, setting Jackson County apart from other counties and allowing for year-round development and more long-term goal setting. Funding the Executive Director position comes through many small donations from engaged voters across the region. The county committee invested heavily in our candidates in 2018 so our funds are very low. To keep our county party working, we need to keep our staff funded. Please donate now to keep us as the leading county committee in Missouri.
2019 Truman Gala is Scheduled
Save the date for the 32nd annual Truman Gala: June 1, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium. A line-up of speakers including a nationally prominent name will be announced closer to the event. Tickets will go in sale in March.
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
Heartland Alliance for Progress: Mayoral candidate forum, "Leveling the Playing Field in Kansas City." Monday January 28th 5:15pm at Californos (4124 Pennsylvania KCMO).
JCDC Quarterly Meeting: Regular business meeting. January 31, Jackson County Courthouse, 308 W. Kansas Ave. Independence. 7pm.
Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day: February 19, 10am at 422 Monroe St. Jefferson City, MO. Their biggest advocacy event of the year and the best chance to fight two expansive "guns everywhere" bills that have been introduced this year. Keep up with more information on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandActionMO/