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Blue Notes, Mid October

Senator Yvonne Wilson will be dearly missed

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)

Keep in mind that the REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed  in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks  during the GOP presidency of George W. Bush.  The law's intent was to prevent terror attacks by setting minimum standards for state-issued identification that individuals use for accessing federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants,  or boarding planes.  
The REAL ID requirements for state-issued Identification include:
  • 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.


Initially many states fought instituting the REAL ID Act and the feds extended the deadline for its implementation multiple times. However, by the spring of 2017, Missouri was one of only five states continuing to hold out.  Those Missouri lawmakers who were opposed to REAL ID cited privacy concerns and federal overreach.   In fact, the legislature had passed a law prohibiting our state from complying with REAL ID.  
In the 2017 legislative session, Republican Rep. Kevin Corlew filed HB 151, which would allow Missouri to come into compliance with REAL ID.  In one of the most spirited debates on HB 151, Republican Rep. Robert Ross proposed an amendment that would require all elected officials who voted yes on the bill to make a declaration  on any election documents as stated below.
I didn't do the caps - that was really how Rep. Ross filed his  amendment.  As reported in the Kansas City Star (2/22/17), Rep. Ross said, "This is an absolutely serious amendment.  This amendment is about being honest. Honest with ourselves and honest with our constituents."  
Like I've said before, you can't make this stuff up!  Thankfully, the amendment was defeated by a vote of 119-21-12.
Finally a compromise was reached on HB 151 which lifted the ban on compliance and allowed Missouri citizens to get a REAL ID if they wanted or to opt out.    However, those who chose the non-compliant license  would be prohibited from entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants or boarding   planes unless in possession of the alternative compliant forms of ID, like a passport.
On the next to the last day of the 2017 legislative session, the Missouri House truly agreed and finally passed HB 151.  I remember feeling a sense of relief when the bill passed - one less worry for the citizens of Missouri!
On March 25, 2019, the Department of Revenue (DOR) began offering REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards. Issuance of such licenses and  cards was the final step in the process for Missouri to satisfy requirements of the REAL ID Act and its regulations.
Your REAL ID will look just like your current driver's  license, except that  it will be marked with a gold star in the upper right hand corner.  Licenses and ID cards that are not compliant with the REAL ID Act will have "Not for REAL ID Purposes" on the face of the document.


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:

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)
Women in Politics Foundation Social Event at Crane Brewing
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