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)
- 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.
- 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.
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
Suggested Donation $50 - any amount appreciated.
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.
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