Former Missouri State Senator Yvonne Wilson Passes Away
Longtime democratic Missouri state Sen. Yvonne Wilson passed away Monday at the age of 90.
Sen. Wilson had represented District 9 of Jackson County in the Missouri Senate from 2004 to 2010. Before that, she served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004.
Wilson was born and raised in Kansas City. She spent 35 years as a teacher, consultant, principal and Director of Elementary Education in the Kansas City School District before beginning her political career.
She was deeply involved in the Kansas City community, serving on boards for many local organizations, including the City of Fountains Foundation, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum Foundation, and lending time to the Sister Cities Commission, Missouri Legislative Black Caucus and Missouri Legislative Women's Caucus, among many other things.
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, II (D-Mo.) said on Twitter that Wilson was "an unflinching advocate for children and families throughout her career," and that her passing is a profound loss for Kansas City and Missouri.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said that, "she was a fierce advocate but also very kind and generous. She is a great loss to this community."
Senator Wilson was highly respected regardless of political affiliation in Jefferson City and Kansas City. Her work and friendship will not be forgotten.
CNN Debate Field Set
The next Democratic Presidential Debate will be tonight (October 15) and, based on criteria set by the DNC, CNN and the New York Times, this will be the field:
Vice President Joe Biden
Sen. Cory Booker
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Sec. Julian Castro
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Sen. Kamala Harris
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Rep. Beto O’Rourke
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Mr. Tom Steyer
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Mr. Andrew Yang
REAL ID Update
(from Rep. Judy Morgan)
- Retaining and scanning source documents, like photo ID containing name and address;
- Requiring applicants to show "name traceability," such as in cases where a person's current name is different than their birth name; and
- Taking a front facing photograph at the licensing office.
Annual Chili Dinner and Wiggins Fund Drive Coming Up
Each fall, we host our Chili Dinner with our friends in organized labor. Join us OCTOBER 25 hosted again by our Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 8. We are happy to feature Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and County Legislator Jalen Anderson as we raise funds to support the JCDC staff position, which sets Jackson County apart from other Democratic committees in the state. We hope to see you there but if you can't attend: Click here to make a recurring or one time donation.
Thank you to our sponsors: Operating Engineers Local 101, Pipefitters Local 533, Cleaver for Congress and Katheryn Shields for KC!
UAW Strike Continues
The difficult process of negotiating better conditions for auto workers with General Motors is still ongoing. Democratic elected leaders from both sides of State Line have stood in solidarity with the striking workers on the picket lines several times since the walkout last month. UAW is still taking donations of food and basic supplies for their employees who are trying to make ends meet on $275 per week. Lunchbox sized items as especially needed. Items can be donated at either UAW hall (Fairfax, Kansas or Claycomo, Missouri) or at our offices in Independence.
Keep Up to Date With Nicole Galloway's Campaign on Facebook
As part of the campaign's digital outreach, a special Facebook page has been built to keep Kansas City area supporters in the loop on events and announcements. Join the group today: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2514994561919620/
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
United Eastern Democrats: October meeting will be on Wednesday the 23rd, social hour at 6pm, meeting at 7pm. Courthouse Exchange (113 W Lexington on the Independence Square). Guest speaker: Rep. Judy Morgan.
Raytown Democratic Association: Monthly meeting Thursday October 17, 7pm at Las Chili's (6210 Raytown Trafficway). Come early for dinner and to make new friends. Guest speaker: Rudy Chavez, IBEW Local 124.
13th Annual City Council Cancer Benefit: Join current and past members of the Kansas City Council along with hundreds of supporters as they hold another wonderful event benefiting cancer research Wednesday October 23rd. Final details to come. Check here for more updates.
Jackson County Democratic Committee: quarterly business meeting, October 24th 7pm at the Downtown County Courthouse (415 E 12th St. KCMO)