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First Week of November Blue Notes

One year away from the 2020 election!

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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.


Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • 40 Club Labor Lunch: Monthly lunch gathering. Tuesday November 12 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd.) at noon. Speakers to be announced. All are welcome. $15.
  • Democratic Debate Watch Party: Hosted by Lee's Summit Democrats and the JCDC. November 20 at Llywelyn's Pub (301 SE Douglas St. Lee's Summit). Come out and enjoy the debate with fellow Democrats in the area as we gear up for 2020!  RSVP here:

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Engaging Our First Amendment Rights Through Civil Discourse Panel
Join us Nov. 5 for this panel discussion about exercising free speech rights with civility. Our panel of state and civil representatives will talk about the history and legacy of the First Amendment, how we can foster civil dialogue around difficult topics, and common civil discourse and free speech issues. This panel is part of the "Agreeing to Disagree: Embracing Free Speech and Encouraging Civil Discourse" series.

Our panel:

  • Missouri Rep. Dan Stacy, a Republican from Blue Springs
  • Missouri Rep. Barbara Washington, a Democrat from Kansas City
  • Justice Gatson, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) representative
  • Prof. Steve Kraske, host of "Up to Date" on KCUR 89.3, will moderate

Register here

Tuesday, Nov. 5

6 p.m.

UMKC Student Union Theater, first floor

5100 Cherry St.

Kansas City, Missouri 

Open to the public

Look for more events to come!

  • Diversity Advocates - On Nov. 12, join the Diversity Advocates' discussion on the Intersection of Freedom of Speech, Title IX and Civil Rights. Begins at 11:30 a.m., in the Plaza Room of the Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Faculty Diversity Dialogue - On Dec. 5, faculty will be engaged in discussions that will help them manage free speech in the classroom. Open to students and faculty as well.
  • 2020 Presidential Elections: Prepare for Passionate Disagreement & Perceived Acts of Bias & Insensitivity on Campus - On Dec. 10, join us for an interactive webinar to discuss ways to create a safe, supportive environment for all to express their views during next year's presidential election campaign.
  • Our dialogue will continue in 2020 with national and regional speakers and sessions on the First Amendment and civil discourse.