Don't Forget About Special Elections!
We have two special elections in Kansas City on November 5, House Districts 22 and 36. Our candidates, Yolanda Young and Mark Sharp, are working hard to connect with voters and make sure they know Democrats are doing what they can to curb violence, fix roads, improve public schools and raise wages across the state of Missouri. They have contacted thousands of voters and their chances look good tomorrow!
Both campaigns could use some extra volunteers to work at polling locations tomorrow. If you have an hour or two and want to help, let us know!
Election night watch party: the Mark Sharp for Missouri State House campaign will be watching results come in at The Well (75th and Wornall) starting at 7pm. Join the team for heavy appetizers, soft drinks and democracy!
State House Sued Over Access to Public Records
A group that advocates for state government transparency sued the Missouri House of Representatives in Cole County Circuit Court on Oct. 23 alleging an internal House rule that purports to exempt certain legislative records from public disclosure violates a constitutional provision Missouri voters ratified last year specifying that the records individual lawmakers are subject to the state Sunshine Law, which requires most government records to be open to public scrutiny.
The constitutional provision was part of Amendment 1, also known as Clean Missouri. Voters ratified the measure, which also reformed the statehouse redistricting process and strengthened legislative ethics rules, last November with 62 percent support.
Two months later, the Republican-controlled House approved a new internal rule purporting to allow lawmakers to close records relating to constituent communications and partisan strategy. Since such records are open under the Sunshine Law, the rule appears in direct violation of the Missouri Constitution. House Democrats opposed the rule change.
“Passing House Rule 127 is an act of unrepentant, unconstitutional adventurism and an open defiance of the rule of law,” the lawsuit from the Sunshine and Government Accountability Project says. “This House Rule 127 presumes incorrectly that a House that a House Rule can place House members above the law, the Constitution and the people.”
While the state constitution authorizes the House and Senate to adopt their own internal operating rules, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that the legislature’s general power to determine procedural rules does not authorize rules that violate specific constitutional provisions.
The case has been assigned to Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce, a Democrat. No hearing date has yet been set.
Thank You to our Chili Dinner Sponsors!
The 11th annual Chili Dinner was held last week and was another strong success. We heard remarks from County Legislator Jalen Anderson, Secretary of State candidate Yinka Faleti, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Auditor Nicole Galloway each speaking to what we need to do to spread the Democratic message and win next November. Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 8, Operating Engineers Local 101, Pipefitters 533, Cleaver for Congress, Committee to Elect Robert Sauls, Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council, Citizens for Joe Runions, Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McManus, and Katheryn Shields for the City.
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First Week of November Blue Notes
Nov 04 2019