Democratic Legislators Working to Uphold Will of Voters
(via Minority Leader Crystal Quade)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In response to attacks on voter-approved laws by Republican lawmakers, House Democrats today discussed their efforts to uphold the will of the people and prevent voter-approved laws from being repealed or weakened, as well as other proposals to improve transparency and accountability in state government.
“Voters hold the ultimate power in Missouri, and our system of government demands that their decisions be respected,” said House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield. “But too often the majority party acts as if the will of voters doesn’t matter. Democracy will not long survive if election results are treated as mere suggestions that those in power are free to ignore.”
To guard against unwarranted legislative meddling in the future, state Rep. Robert Sauls, D-Independence, has filed House Joint Resolution 42 to require legislative supermajorities to alter voter-approved statutes for four years after passage. During the first two-years following voter approval, three-fourths majorities in both chambers would be required to make changes. For two years after that, the supermajority requirement would drop to two-thirds.
Fundraising for Staff: Keep Jackson County Democrats Strong
Now in its 12th year, the Wiggins Fund is dedicated to keeping full time staff working in Jackson County for the party. This position has made it possible to train volunteers, recruit candidates, identify new voters and expand our base into eastern parts of the county.
Creating and maintaining this position has made Jackson County the envy of local parties across Missouri and is critical to our future success.
Help us keep this fund going and support a local business at the same time!
Crane Brewing Co
6515 Railroad St.
Raytown, MO 64133
Thank you to our sponsors:
St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council
Pipefitters Local 533
IBEW Local 53
Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO
Powerful Performance Solutions
Teamsters Local 41
Plasterers' and Cement Masons' Local 518
Councilwoman Katheryn Shields
The evening will feature a number of State Representatives and new Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Lauren Gepford
discussing the the outlook for 2020 and activity in Jefferson City. Light food and drinks provided.
A Victory for Nondiscrimination Rights
The Missouri Supreme Court has affirmed that Missouri law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of an employee’s failure to conform to sex-based stereotypes, bringing Missouri in line with federal employment law and the legal protections offered in most states. The decision agrees with an earlier decision for the Missouri Court of Appeals in the same case. In the first case, Lampley v. Missouri Commission of Human Rights Harold Lampley and a co-worker filed charges of sex discrimination and retaliation against his employer, the State of Missouri’s Office of Administration Child Support Enforcement Division. He argued that as an openly gay man, he experienced harassment at work because he failed to conform to stereotypes about how a male should behave. His co-worker alleged she experienced retaliation because of her relationship with him.
2019 Truman Gala - Save the Date
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.
This year, we are anticipating a change in the program featuring more interaction and potentially multiple events through the weekend. As we rebuild our finances leading up to the 2020 election, we hope you make an effort to ensure the success of this critical event. Tickets will go in sale in March.