An appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling and sided with the backers of a sweeping ethics reform question, putting the measure back on the November ballot and in the hands of voters.
On Friday, the Missouri Court of Appeals- Western District determined that the Cole County Circuit Court erred when ordering Amendment 1, the initiative petition put forth by Clean Missouri, be removed from the ballot. The decision comes one week after the initial ruling by Judge Dan Green and one day after the case was argued in the appeals court.
“The circuit court erred in holding that the Initiative Petition was insufficient, and in ordering the Secretary of State to rescind his certification of the Initiative Petition and to instead issue a certificate finding the Petition insufficient,” the appeals court concluded. “The Secretary of State correctly declared that the Initiative Petition was sufficient, and correctly directed that the Petition appear on the November 2018 general election ballot.”
The measure is a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose gift limits for legislators, lower campaign contribution limits, change the length of time required before becoming lobbyists, and change the model for drawing districts.
Be Aware of Voter Registration Deadlines
Keep these dates in mind if you need to vote absentee or if you have recently moved and need to update your registration:
October 10: last day to register
September 25: first day of absentee voting
You can always check the Secretary of State's office for the forms to register or update registration HERE. You can also confirm your registration, which is recommended, HERE. Don't wait until it's too late; confirm everything is in order!
Save the Date: 10th Annual Chili Dinner
Jackson County Democrats with the help of our friends at Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 8 will be holding the annual Chili Dinner and Labor Rally benefiting the JCDC staff fund on November 2 as we make our final push before the election. Special guest will be Auditor Nicole Galloway. Look for final details, additional guests and sponsors soon.
Do Your Part to Ensure Victory in November
From knocking doors, making phone calls, donating money or helping to provide rides to the polls, we all need to do something to get big wins in November. Visit one of the field offices and see what you can do. Coordinated campaign offices are staffed at 3600 Broadway in Kansas City, 221 W Lexington in Independence, and 519 SE Melody Lane in Lee's Summit. Every bit helps!
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
Heartland Alliance for Progress: "Who and What's on the Ballot" informational event featuring candidates in contested races and ballot issues, specifically Amendment 1 (Clean Missouri, to limit the influence of money and lobbyists in politics and and to draw district boundary lines according to fair and competitive standards), Proposition B (to raise the STATEWIDE minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023), and Proposition D (the Gas Tax Increase, Olympic Prize Tax Exemption, and Traffic Reduction Fund Measure). Monday, September 24th 5:15-7:00pm at Californo's (4124 Pennsylvania KCMO). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Ripley Plans an Upset in Lee's Summit: Join former Missouri Highway Patrolman Jim Ripley and a number of hosts as he works to unseat on of the area's most extreme Republicans in the State House. Show your support at Llywelyn's (301 SE Douglas Rd in Lee's Summit) this Wednesday at 6:30pm. Flyer below.
An Evening of Jazz with Ryana Parks Shaw: come out for this fun event featuring live jazz and a great candidate for House District 30. Saturday September 29th at 5:30pm, hosted by IAFF Local 42 at 6320 Manchester Ave. Flyer below.
Auditor Nicole Galloway joins Hillary Shields: Join Missouri's State Auditor and Senate District 8 candidate Hillary Shields for a fundraiser and to discuss government accountability Wednesday, October 3rd at Stockyards Brewing Co (1600 Genessee KCMO). See flyer below for all details.
Jackson County Democratic Committee: Regular business meeting, October 9th, Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City (415 E. 12th St), 7pm.
United Eastern Democrats: Regular meeting September 26th, social hour at 6pm, meeting at 7pm. Courthouse Exchange (113 W. Lexington on the Independence Square).