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Blue Notes, February 4th

St. Charles Republican Plays Games with Human Trafficking Bill
 

In an unprecedented move to further attack Labor Unions, St Charles Republican Phil Christofanelli attached an amendment in what was otherwise a bill (hb 397) with good intentions. The bill that was originally summarized as Protection of Children From Sex Trafficking became a venue to attack Organized Labor one more time.

Christofanelli’s amendment takes action to categorize Labor Organizations in the group that the bill refers to as “Criminal Street Gangs”.

Doug Beck, State Representative and Democratic House Labor Caucus Chair said, “it’s a shame when there are some politicians want to compare good, honest, hardworking nurses, trades workers, machine operators, teachers, grocery store workers, police officers, firefighters, ect., etc, as members of a Criminal Street Gang.”

Mike Louis, President of the Missouri AFL-CIO had this to say, “this is an obvious ploy to force politicians who support labor to vote no on a bill that is summarized as Protecting Children from Sex Trafficking. Mainly because Christofanelli created a loop hole to attack Labor”.  Louis Continued, “Well, we are not going to fall for it, Protection of Children is a top priority and if it means we have to take some name calling and cheap shots from Christofanelli and his cronies, then so be it. I urge the politicians to support the bill if it will do the least bit of good in protecting the children. I am really sick and tired of the cheap shots and game playing, but until we change the dynamics of the Missouri Legislature and put more working family friendly politicians in Jefferson City, we can live with the childish act of being called names by cowards who would rather do that than work on constructive legislation. And, until we make those changes we are stuck with them.”

You can call representative Christofanelli and give him your opinion at 573-751-2949.

 
Judge Rules for Auditor Galloway in Sunshine Law Case
(via Rep. Jerome Barnes)
 
A Cole County judge on Jan. 28 rejected a lawsuit brought by a Republican-aligned dark money organization that accused State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, of violating Missouri’s open records law, commonly known as the Sunshine Law.
 
The case was brought by a group called the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, which was represented by the law firm of Todd Graves, who until recently was chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. The group filed the case as Galloway was seeking election to another term as state auditor, which she won in November.
 
In a 23-page opinion, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem, a Republican, rejected every allegation the Republican group levied against Galloway. In some instances, Beetem said the group accused Galloway of breaking the law for not providing records that it didn’t even request. Galloway’s office turned over more than 45,000 documents to the group, which sought all records of her communications since she took office in 2015.
 
“This lawsuit was intended to have a chilling effect on my efforts to investigate fraud and mismanagement at all levels of government,” Galloway said in a statement. “Those tactics did not succeed. Today's ruling is straightforward: my office has not violated the Sunshine Law. I remain committed to pursuing answers on behalf of taxpayers.”
 

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.

Join us for the annual Wiggins Fund event February 28th at Crane Brewing Company in Raytown.  This event will feature a number of elected and party officials discussing what is on the horizon for 2019 and the 2020 elections while supporting Jackson County Democrats staff.  More details shortly but mark your calendars now!

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:

  • Independence State of the City Address: Join Mayor Eileen Weir for her remarks on the state of the city of Independence February 5, 6pm at the City House (14300 40 Highway). Learn how the city has progressed in recent years and the next steps for the future.
  • Lee's Summit Democrats 1st Quarter Social: Join this brand new local club as they host their first social event of the year at Lakewood Oaks County Club February 12 from 7-9pm. 651 NE St. Andrews Cir. Lee's Summit MO 64064.
  • 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/
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting (4th Monday of the month) February 25, 5:15-7:15pm at Californo's (4124 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO). Meet the KC City Council candidates for April's election. With a large number of candidates, this is a great opportunity to see who is running and learn a little about their campaigns. Bring friends!
  • Greater KC Women's Political Caucus: Candidate forum for Mayor, City Council and School Board followed by an endorsement vote. Thursday, February 28 at 5:30, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (4501 Walnut St. KCMO).

(pretty sure this is supposed to read 2019 State of the City)