The Mueller Report: We're Still Waiting
Jackson County Democrats have largely stayed away from the issues surrounding investigations into the Trump campaign and administration but the summary memo out of the Attorney General's office along with the media response warrant some notes so we all understand where the nation stands today:
-The House voted 420-0 in support of releasing Mueller's independent report to the public and Trump himself has agreed on camera
-As of today, the only thing holding up it's public release is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking a vote that would almost certainly pass
-AG Barr's letter clearly stated that the findings did not exonerate Trump on the obstruction of justice questions
-The report does find that Russian government agents supported Trump and meddled in the election, regardless of coordinated efforts
-Those agents, who were working with Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in the Trump campaign, hacked a number of Democratic targets
-All along the campaign, Trump was working to close a business deal in Moscow that would have been especially profitable while lying to the voters about it
We KNOW all of this BEFORE the full report has been released to the public. This investigation touches on the foundations of our democracy and was paid for by taxpayers. Keeping it in the dark is a deliberate attempt by a small number of Republican officials to hide public information and cannot be tolerated. Our best course of action is to contact Senators Blunt and Hawley asking them to pressure Majority Leader McConnell to do the right thing. It's a big ask for McConnell but it's what is required of the job to maintain faith in the process.
Meanwhile, the Administration Wants the ACA Killed in Court
Smelling blood in the water and no scent of health care being the number one issue for voters in 2018 (75% of which support the ACA), the Justice Department now says appeals courts should strike down the Affordable Care Act in whole, not just protection on pre-existing conditions or the requirement of coverage, which had been the stance before. Doing so would created untold instability in the health care market place, leaving millions uncovered and potentially spiking costs for most citizens. Now more than 8 years since its passage, Republicans have yet to come up with a replacement program despite Democratic support for an amended system.
A summary from Axios is here: https://www.axios.com/justice-trump-court-affordable-care-act-unconstitutional-ab8bf281-65fc-4b91-8606-d1f3f65818d6.html
Truman Gala 2019 is Coming Together
Mark your calendars for June 1 as Jackson County Democrats, honored guests and supporters from around the region return to Arrowhead Stadium for the biggest paid gathering of democrats in Missouri. This year, we are presenting something different. Instead of the usual awards dinner with remarks from officials and a keynote from a special guest. We can't reveal all the final details yet but this year, we will host a panel discussion with multiple guests from out of the Kansas City area offering different perspectives on the state of the party and how we can succeed in 2020. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing the names of the guests and there are some big names we are working out details with right now. Single tickets will go on sale in April and sponsorship opportunities are available now. Contact us now to get in today.
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
United Eastern Democrats: monthly meeting March 27th, 7pm at Courthouse Exchange (113 W Lexington Ave on the Independence Square). Social hour at 6pm. Guest speaker is Geoff Gerling, JCDC Executive Director to discuss 2020 planning.
Grain Valley Democrats: New group starting meetings! Join them at the Mid-Continent Public Library (101 SW Eagles Parkway in Grain Valley) Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30pm. Show your support as this group takes shape in eastern Jackson County!
Missouri State Party: 2nd quarter regular meeting. Saturday, April 27 at Lincoln University Scruggs University Center, Jefferson City. Additional details released when received.
Jackson County Democratic Committee: 2nd quarter regular meeting. Thursday May 9th at the Downtown KC Courthouse, 415 E 12th St. KCMO. Meeting begins at 7pm. Agenda TBD.