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Lots of events in the next few weeks

The Return of Eric Greitens?

The Missouri Ethics Commission levied a fine for more than $178,000 for two significant campaign finance reporting violations against the Greitens for Missouri campaign last week, one of the largest fines in the commission's history.  The fines were largely based on failure to report in-kind contribution and coordination with two other groups, LG PAC and the phony non-profit A New Missouri, for media buys, polling data and unreported travel.  The disgraced former Governor who resigned amid sexual misconduct and blackmail allegations along with serious threats of impeachment from the Republican majority has 45 days to pay a reduced amount to settle the case.

Despite this massive fine, Greitens made a triumphant return to social media and St. Louis news outlets claiming, "It's good to have been exonerated, and I'm glad to have been vindicated... They launched this attack because we were fighting for the people of Missouri."

Greitens has a history of taking pages out of the Donald Trump sociopath book and this is no different. He has taken a giant loss and spun it to be a win while accepting no responsibility and demonizing his opponents. These public statements which include new purchases of ads on Facebook and his first Tweets in nearly two years has ignited the flames of speculation: will Eric Greitens crash the Republican Primary for Governor or is he waiting for something else?  His campaign account still has several hundred thousand dollars sitting in wait and raising money has never been his problem.  We'll wait and see.

Children Being Booted from Medicaid Remains a Debacle

(via Rep. Judy Morgan)

Back in September, I sent out an update on the Medicaid debacle in which almost 130,000 Missourians had been kicked off their Medicaid health insurance since January 2018.  Many of them were children.  
 
At the time Republican leadership and the Department of Social Services (DSS) tried to justify the drop in Medicaid enrollment as a result of an improving economy. However, many argued that if the economy was improving overall, similar drops in food stamps and temporary cash assistance to families in other states should be occurring as well, and that just wasn't the case. 
 
Last fall I read a survey of health care providers conducted by Kids Win Missouri, Missouri Budget Project and the Missouri Coalition of Children's Agencies. Results of that survey found:
  • Eighty-seven percent of patients who lost Medicaid still met income eligibility requirements, but lost coverage due solely to challenges in the renewal process and 
  • Over eighty-four percent were unaware of the coverage loss until scheduling or attending an appointment. 
I'm proud of Democratic Minority Leader Crystal Quade and other Democrats on the Budget Committee who wouldn't give up and kept up the heat on this issue. Finally in a budget hearing last week, Republican leadership admitted what the Democratic Caucus had known for almost a year: The DSS  had unfairly and unnecessarily kicked roughly 60,000 Missouri innocent children off of their Medicaid health care coverage.
 
So, how did this debacle happen?  Here's an explanation.  
  • Medicaid coverage through our state's Medicaid program, called MO HealthNet, can be obtained by individuals or through family plans.
  • Adults who qualify for MO HealthNet can't earn more than 23 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).  
  • However, if the parents make more than 23 percent of the FPL, they can still get health insurance for their children, as long as they don't make more than 300 percent of the FPL. (Parents pay a reasonable premium on a sliding scale if they make more than 150 percent of the FPL.) 
  • So, here's what precipitated roughly 60,000 children losing their Medicaid.  If  parents earned above 23 percent, but still less than 300 percent of the FPL, the whole family was kicked off.  Instead of just shifting kids automatically to a new plan to ensure they stayed enrolled, DSS dropped everyone in the family.
If you know anyone who has lost Medicaid coverage, he/she can contact DSS directly through Caitlin Whaley at Caitlan.n.whaley@dss.mo.gov or 573-751-4815.  I've been told that DSS has responded to  concerns and re-enrolled the children in a prompt manner.
 
What are the next steps?  This week our Democratic Caucus will roll out several policy solutions to fix this debacle.  If the Republicans actually care about solving this problem, they will listen to us and support our proposals.
 
Clean Missouri Repeal Heads to House
(via Rep. Jerome Barnes)
 
The Senate voted 22-9 on Feb. 10 to advance to the House of Representatives a proposed constitutional amendment sought by Republicans to ditch new statehouse redistricting reforms that nearly two-thirds of Missourians voted to adopt in 2018. A single Republican joined unanimous Democrats in opposing the measure.
 
The voter-approved redistricting plan, known as Clean Missouri, calls for state House and Senate seats to be drawn by a non-partisan state demographer using constitutional criteria designed to maximize the number of competitive districts and ensure partisan fairness. Senate Joint Resolution 38 would reinstate a modified version of Missouri’s old redistricting process that was controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties.
 
If the Republican-controlled House also approves SJR 38, it automatically would go on the November 2020 statewide ballot. The Clean Missouri plan is slated for use in the 2021 redistricting cycle but would be pre-empted if voters ratify SJR 38. The new statehouse districts that will be drawn next year will be used from the 2022 through 2030 legislative elections.
 
The 12th Annual Wiggins Fund Event

Jackson County is one of the very few counties in Missouri with dedicated year-round staff supporting the Democratic Party.  The Executive Director position has been a model for other counties and regions for over a decade and, without it, challenges in fundraising, candidate recruitment, institutional memory, communication and more would mount and make our main objective more difficult: electing more Democrats.

Please consider attending on March 5, 6pm at Travois (310 W 19th Terr. KCMO) or donating a little each month through the Executive Director's Circle HERE.  RSVP for the event HERE or just come on out March 5.

 

Upcoming Meetings and Important Dates:

  • Jackson County Democratic Committee: Quarterly business meeting, February 20, 7pm at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (308 W Kansas Ave, Independence).
  • Raytown Democratic Association: Monthly meeting February 20 at 7pm. Las Chili's (6210 Raytown Trafficway). Guest speaker will be Ryan Myers, candidate for State Senate District 9.
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: "Updates of Missouri Ballot Initiatives" including Medicaid Expansion efforts and defeating the effort to repeal Clean Missouri. Monday February 24, 5:15-7:00pm, 106 SW Boulevard KCMO. Flyer below.
  • 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.
  • Voter Activation Network Training: Join us for a training session to learn how to operate the Democrat's data tool for identifying voters. This is an important training for anyone wanting to work on a campaign this cycle. Saturday February 29, 1:00-4:00pm, Bruce R Watkins Cultural Heritage Center (3700 Blue Parkway KCMO).
  • Super Tuesday Watch Party: All Democrats welcome to watch as returns come in from Super Tuesday primary states. Hosted by Heartland Alliance for Progress, Phoenix Research Group and Young Freedom. March 3, 7-10pm at Ollie's Local (3044 Gillham Rd KCMO).
  • 12th Annual Wiggins Fund Event: March 5, 6:00pm at Travois (310 W 19th Terrace KCMO). Multiple guest speakers will be announced. Light food and drinks provided.
  • 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
  • The 33rd Annual Truman Gala: June 6, Independence MO
  • Missouri Democrats State Convention: June 20, Kansas City


 

 
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Sunday March 1, 5:30-7:00pm
3104 SW Muir Dr. Lee's Summit, MO 64081
 
Please join hosts Sally Lankford & Shellie Montemurro for a reception in support of Keri Ingle. Come learn more about Keri and help us get her re-elected in November.

Suggested Donation $50 - any amount appreciated.

 
 
 
Join us as we kick off our canvassing efforts for Maggie for MO!
 
When: Saturday, February 22nd from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Where: 935 N. Woodland Dr. 
Kansas City, MO 64118
 

Presidential Campaigns

The JCDC does not endorse candidates for President when there is no incumbent. We will provide information about any campaign's local activity as we receive it.

 
 
Join us for our Democratic Debate Watch Party for Bernie
in KC's Northland! 
Plus - Let's celebrate our wins in Iowa & New Hampshire!
This next debate is in Las Vegas and takes place just three days before they vote!
 
Date:         Wednesday, February 19
Time:         7:30PM (Debate begins at 8pmCST) - 10PM
Location:    4120 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64119 
*This event takes place at the Sherwood Estates HOA office, across from Penguin Park.
 
Mayor Pete Debate Watch Party
 
Tabard's Ale House
12030 Blue Valley Pkwy
Overland Park, KS 66213

Let's meet to support Pete as he hits the debate stage just days before the Nevada Caucus! Great food, beverages, and the best people around!

Grab a friend, supporter of another campaign, or any of the undecideds in your life!

Mike Bloomberg Debate Watch Party
 
The campaign to defeat Donald Trump is growing -- and we want you to be a part of it! Join MO for Mike to celebrate his first debate appearance at our KC office in Westport. Meet the team, pick up some campaign gear, and learn how you can get involved in building this 50-state effort.
 
427 Westport Rd.
KCMO 64111
 
This is the location of the standing campaign office so come by to learn about volunteer opportunities!
 

 
 
If we can get 100 unique donors to pledge $20 a month from now til the November election, we will meet our goal AND get a bonus of $5,000 from a great donor who is challenging us to get this done.  This extra funding will make a HUGE difference in supporting our candidates up and down the ballot as we know we will be outspent by our Republican opponents and their special interest money.  After January party, we're about 60% of the way there.
 
By coming together and pledging $20 per month, we can show our Republican opponents we will challenge them everywhere in Jackson County and for every statewide office. Join the fight now and invite other friends and supporters to do the same. Onward to victory in 2020!

Disclaimer: The JCDC does not endorse in primaries where there is no incumbent and will not endorse in the Presidential primary until a nominee is secured at the convention. We also do not get actively involved in non-partisan races. We strive to equally and fairly provide information about all candidates so our supporters are aware.