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News, Notes and Events for Mid-August

THANK YOU for Defeating Proposition A

Voters come out in very strong numbers all across the state and clearly took the side of working families and the labor community by defeating the so called "Right to Work" law by a 2-1 margin.  The state and local Democratic party as well as all elected officials were on board with the Vote No campaign from the beginning and we have been proud to stand with the working class to fight big money interests that want to lower wages and workplace standards.  The combined efforts of regular people, organized labor and the Democratic party produced a giant victory that sent a clear message to Jefferson City Republicans: Right to Work is wrong for Missouri and voters won't stand for it.

THANK YOU to the thousands of volunteers who made phone calls, donated, knocked doors, put up yard signs or even just voted no.  It's a great preview of what we can do between now and November.

Five Other Issues on the November 6 Ballot

Missouri voters this fall will decide whether to increase the statewide minimum wage, overhaul legislative redistricting procedures and ethics rules, and three separate proposals to legalize marijuana for medical use after Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Aug. 2 approved the five initiative measures for the Nov. 7 statewide ballot.
Initiative petitions allow for legislation to be proposed and placed directly before voters without going through the General Assembly and the normal legislative process. A total of six initiative petitions were submitted this spring, but Ashcroft determined one – a fourth marijuana legalization proposal – lacked sufficient signatures to make the ballot.
The minimum wage measure, Proposition B, would change state law to gradually increase the standard state minimum wage to $12 an hour. The state wage floor currently is $7.85. Under the proposal, the minimum wage would be set at $8.60 an hour as of Jan. 1, 2019, and then increase by an additional 85 cents an hour each year until topping out at $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2023.
Amendment 1 would amend the Missouri Constitution to establish a nonpartisan system for drawing new House and Senate districts. It also would impose a two-year prohibition on lawmakers or their staff working as lobbyists after leaving office or employment, ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers and staff, and clarify that individual lawmakers are subject to state open records laws and that people attending legislative committee hearing have a right to record the proceedings. In addition, it would cap individual campaign contributions at $2,500 for Senate candidates and $2,000 for House candidates.
The three medical marijuana measures include two proposed constitutional changes, Amendment 2 and Amendment 3, and a statutory proposition, Proposition C. Since all three would take vastly different approaches to marijuana legalization, the courts likely would have to determine which one takes precedence in the event more than one passes.
Under a constitutional provision that has never previously been tested, if voters approve conflicting ballot measures at the same election, then the one receiving the most “yes” votes prevails. However, since constitutional provisions generally trump statutory ones, it is possible that if Proposition C receives the most votes, a court could determine it is superseded by one of the constitutional amendments.
Voters also will decide two measures placed on the November ballot by the General Assembly. Proposition D asks voters to increase the state fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon over several years, as well as provide a state tax exemption for Olympic athletes. Amendment 4 seeks to relax existing constitutional regulations regarding charitable bingo operations.


Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • 40 Club Lunch: .Tuesday, August 14 at noon. Sheet Metal Workers Local #2, 2902 Blue Ridge Blvd. Re-cap of No on Prop At and special guest speaker, Rep Mark Ellebracht. $15.
  • Raytown Democratic Association: Monthly meeting Thursday August 16th, 7pm.  Come early for dinner and social. Las Chili's (6210 Raytown Trafficway). Guest speakers candidate Keri Ingle and Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
  • Jackson County Democratic Committee: Re-organization meeting, August 21 at 7pm, Jackson County Courthouse (308 W Kansas, Independence). Election of officers and nomination for Sheriff are on the agenda.

You're Invited 


Aimee Gromowsky
Matt Dameron
Tim Dollar

For a campaign event
to support Mark Ellebracht
Tuesday, August 21st
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
The Dollar Law Firm
1100 Main St.
Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105

Make checks payable to:
Friends of Mark Ellebracht
611 Lancelot Dr
Liberty, MO 64068

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