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Blue Notes: JCDC Endorses Medicaid Expansion

Petition effort needs nearly 200,000 signatures

Jackson County Democrats Officially Endorse Medicaid Expansion

In an extraordinarily rare action, the Jackson County Democratic Committee voted unanimously to endorse a citizen driven ballot initiative that would expand Medicaid in Missouri just as 36 other states have already done.  This wouldn't be necessary if Republican leadership in Jefferson City made the decision to keep taxpayer dollars in the state, ensure over 200,000 citizens get access to life saving care, and keep regional hospitals from closing.  Under the far right's control, Missouri voters have taken the policy making process into their own hands; this petition will come on the heels of repealing Right to Work, raising the minimum wage, and legalizing medical marijuana when the legislature refused to act in our best interests.

With very few exceptions, the party does not officially endorse ballot measures and only recently, the Missouri State Party has taken a public stance with local parties following suit. The JCDC feels very strongly that basic health care is a right of all citizens and the state government of Missouri has been acting irresponsibly by not expanding Medicaid access. Collecting the 172,000 signatures required and ultimately passing this through a public vote will bring more than a billion of our own tax dollars back home, create or save thousands of jobs and strengthen our state's economy. We are proud to be part of this process.

To learn more and get involved, visit the campaign's website here.


Missouri Times Features First Female State Senator

Jackson County's own Mary Gant Newquist, the first female in Missouri to be elected to the State Senate in 1972, looks back on her time in government and difficult decisions in a featured article with the Missouri Times. Learn a little about our history here.


Regulation Puts Legal Marijuana Industry in a Bind

(via Rep. Jerome Barnes)

As part of its constitutionally directed efforts to implement medical marijuana in Missouri, the state Department of Health and Senior Services is proposing an administrative rule that as a practical matter could make it nearly impossible for the industry to operate.
Under the department’s proposed emergency rule, licensed medical marijuana facilities would be prohibited from paying their state taxes, or any state-mandated fees or penalties, in cash. This is problematic since marijuana remains illegal under federal law and federally regulated banks are prohibited from doing business with marijuana operations, even those in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. As a result, the marijuana industry largely operates on a cash-only basis. The proposed rule hasn’t yet been finalized.
It is unclear how medical marijuana businesses would be able to pay their state taxes if they are both prohibited from paying in cash and barred from opening a bank account. Missouri voters last year approved a constitutional amendment with 65.6 percent support legalizing marijuana for medical use and charging the health department with developing and implementing the regulations governing the industry.


Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • Democratic Debate Watch Party: Hosted by Lee's Summit Democrats and the JCDC. November 20 at Llywelyn's Pub (301 SE Douglas St. Lee's Summit). Come out and enjoy the debate with fellow Democrats in the area as we gear up for 2020!  RSVP here:
  • Rep. Ingrid Burnett Re-election Event: Join Ingrid Burnett and many other area elected officials as Rep Burnett begins her re-election campaign at J. Rieger &Co. (2700 Guinotte Ave KCMO) on Thursday November 21 at 5:30pm.
  • Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus: "Dressing with Intention" featuring Jennifer Niehouse. A fun and informational session for women of all ages and walks of life. Thursday November 21, 5:30-7:30 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (4501 Walnut KCMO). RSVP here.
  • Rep. Greg Razer Town Hall: Join Representative Razer for a public town hall ahead of the 2020 legislative session on Wednesday December 4, 6:00-7:00pm at the New Reform Temple (7100 Main St. KCMO).
  • Jobs With Justice "Scrooge of the Year Party": Join JwJ for their 10th annual 'holiday party with attitude' Thursday December 12, 5:00-7:00pm at IBEW Local 124 (301 E 103rd Terr KCMO). Tickets are $20 and includes appetizers and soft drinks with 20 votes toward 2019's Scrooge of the Year. Contact Jameson Wells for more information at 816-210-2640 or
  • United Eastern Democrats: Holiday party, December 18 at Courthouse Exchange (113 W Lexington Ave. on the Independence Square), 7pm. All are welcome.
Greater KC Women's Political Caucus
Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6 PM - 9 PM
The Simpson House
4509 Walnut St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111



Please join the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus for our annual holiday party at the Simpson House. We'll have live music, appetizers and beverages. Please bring your favorite dessert to share. Optional tax-deductible donation to fund 2020 campaign workshops. Guests are encouraged. Please RSVP so we have a head count!