As we all expected, the Republican super-majority in the Missouri General Assembly is using it's power to chip away at the remaining rights of the people including a repeal of "Clean Missouri" (overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2018), changes to the initiative petition process, and a state budget opening proposal that would continue to erode higher education.
What was less expected was a bizarre bill by Representative Ben Baker (R-Neosho) that would aim to ban books from public libraries that were deemed inappropriate for young people. Willful violation of the proposed law would result in librarians being fined up to $500 or jailed for up to a year in addition to the library losing public funding. Independent non-profit PEN America, a group working to defend free expression through the advancement of literature and human rights, called it "a shockingly transparent attempt to legalize book banning." You can read an article by the Washington Post and the full text of the bill here. Congratulations to Missouri House Republicans for lasting a whole two weeks into the year before making our state a national joke.
Presidential Candidate Surrogate Forum TONIGHT
Hosted by Heartland Alliance for Progress
Upcoming Meetings and Important Dates:
- Heartland Alliance for Progress: January meeting and program featuring surrogates from Presidential campaigns. January 27th, 5:15-7:00pm. New location: 106 Southwest Blvd KCMO.
- Jackson County Democratic Committee: Quarterly business meeting, February 20, 7pm at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (308 W Kansas Ave, Independence).
- Filing Opens: The first day to file for County Committee seats, Jackson County Sheriff, County Prosecutor, State Representative, State Senate and all Statewide offices (except Auditor) is February 25. County offices must be declared at the county courthouse in Kansas City, state offices in the Secretary of State's offices in Jefferson City.
- 12th Annual Wiggins Fund Event: March 5, 6:00pm. All details coming soon including guest speakers and location.
- Candidate Filing Closes: March 31, 5pm
- Delegate Selection: "Mass meetings" held in your local ward or township. April 6. Much more information to come on this first step toward selecting national delegates for Presidential candidates.
- Congressional Convention: April 30. Time and location TBD.
- MDP Second Quarter Meeting: May 9, Jefferson City
- Missouri Democrats State Convention: June 20