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The Republican Attack on Your Vote: An Explanation By Rep. Judy Morgan
- State residents can apply for the position of non-partisan state demographer.
- The state auditor delivers the names of at least three applicants with the expertise/qualifications needed to do the job to the majority and minority leaders of their respective chambers.
- If the leaders agree on a name, that person gets the job.
- If they don't, each leader may strike 1/3 of the names from the list.
- Then from the remaining names on the list, the appointment is selected via a random lottery conducted by the auditor.
- The demographer draws the legislative boundary lines based on a variety of criteria, which I've summarized below.
- The governor then appoints a commission based on nominees from the congressional district committees of each of the two parties casting the highest vote for governor in the last preceding election (likely the Democratic and Republican parties).
- That commission reviews the tentative plan of apportionment and map of the proposed districts and holds at least three public hearing dates to hear objections or testimony from interested persons.
Just like in current law, legislative districts would still be required to be contiguous and compact. And Amendment 1 provides for protections to ensure minority representation.
Republican Rep. Dean Plocher sponsored HJR 48 and also serves as Chair of the General Laws Committee. His bill appeared to be a simple, straightforward one that completely banned lobbyist gifts. Clean Missouri had limited such gifts to no more than $5.00, sometimes referred to as the "coffee cup rule."
- Repeals the redistricting guidelines per Clean Missouri, including getting rid of the nonpartisan demographer;
- Replaces the nonpartisan demographer with a partisan 20-member commission (who will draw the maps) with members nominated by the state party, congressional committees and appointed by the governor;
Reorganizes the priority considerations that are to be used in the redistricting process so that partisan fairness and competitiveness of districts are the last criterion to be considered when drawing legislative districts and only when other criterion have been satisfied; and
Requires that 70% of the commissioners agree to the maps and if they don't, the Missouri Supreme Court picks six appellate judges to draw the legislative maps.
Now, serving in the state House, Sauls, a Democrat, has made it his goal to look at the state legislature from all perspectives so he can better serve his community and country.
“I’ve dedicated my life to public service,” Sauls told The Missouri Times. “I’ve been a prosecutor, I’ve been a public defender, and captain in the Reserves…To me public service is very important, and I see value in that. Ultimately this is just a way that I can continue to contribute and do my part.”
Read the full Missouri Times article here: https://themissouritimes.com/60270/freshmen-to-watch-representative-robert-sauls/
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
Jackson County Democratic Committee: 2nd quarter regular meeting. Thursday May 9th at the Downtown KC Courthouse, 415 E 12th St. KCMO. Meeting begins at 7pm.
Greater KC Women's Political Caucus: Eastern Jackson County Political Action Group: Meeting and postcard writing party. Thursday, May 16th, 6-8pm. Tim's Pizza (17201 E US 40 Highway, Independence).
Greater KC Women's Political Caucus: Trailblazers celebration and reception. Thursday May 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm. Lathrop and Gage reception space (2345 Grand, 22nd Floor). See below for information and link to buy tickets.
Congressman Cleaver's Annual BBQ: June 1, noon, IBEW 124 (301 E 103rd Ter. KCMO). More details to come.
Trailblazers Celebration: Leading the Charge on Sustainability
This year we are celebrating local women doing innovative work on environmental sustainability. Come mingle with these trailblazers, enjoy heavy apps provided by Zoe's Kitchen and drinks. Our two keynote speakers will discuss environmental efforts happening in the metro area.
Lindsey Constance is a member of the Shawnee City Council and the co-founder of Metro KC Climate Action Coalition, an organization that works to find ways to counter the effects of climate change. A teacher for 16 years, Constance aims to improve the futures of her kids and those she has taught.
Beth Low-Smith is the vice president of policy for KC Healthy Kids, a group that works to foster support for healthy habits, both in our communities and by influencing policy. Formerly a Missouri State Representative, Low-Smith has devoted her career to advocating for increased opportunities for everyone.
Hall of Fame awardees to be announced.
We'll be on the 22nd floor of the Lathrop and Gage building at 2345 Grand Blvd. In the spirit of the event, we encourage guests to carpool, or take the bus or streetcar. Parking in the building parking garage is available, and must be paid for in cash.