Filing For Office Still Open For Now
Although the April municipal election has been postponed to June, filing for county and state offices are still open and scheduled conclude March 31 at 5pm. HOWEVER, we can only guarantee that the County Clerk's office will be open to accept your filing TODAY (Monday) until 4:30pm. If you are planning to run for County Prosecutor, Sheriff or Committeeperson, don't wait, do it now. Visit the County Clerk's office at the courthouse in downtown Kansas City, enter on the Oak Street side and inform the deputy that you are filing for office and you will be allowed in. If the closing date is moved, we will announce it. Check the Clerk's website to learn about potentially scheduling an appointment.
The following events that we have previously promoted are officially postponed or cancelled:
-Rep. Judy Morgan Town Hall March 26
-Rep. Mark Sharp event March 26
-Yinka Faleti event March 24
-Barbara Washington for Senate event March 24
-Rep. Keri Ingle event March 26
-Patty Lewis event March 29
-Rep. Jerome Barnes town hall March 25
-United Eastern Democrats meeting March 25
-Mass Meetings April 6 (more on delegate selection below)
Jefferson City Update
One of our own in the Missouri House, Joe Runions (D-Grandview) has been receiving treatment for COVID-19 for the past week. Here is a statement from House leadership:
While most of the Kansas City area is under a "stay at home" order, most of Missouri has yet to take serious precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Please use your best judgement and follow the instruction of medical experts!
Tax Filing Extended
- The deadline to file income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
- Payment relief for individuals and corporations:Income tax payment deadlines for individual and corporate income returns with a due date of April 15, 2020, are extended until July 15, 2020. This payment relief applies to all individual income tax returns, income tax returns filed by C Corporations, and income tax returns filed by trusts or estates. The Department of Revenue will automatically provide this relief, so filers do not need to take any additional steps to qualify.
- This relief for individuals and corporations will also include estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020.
- Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. Individuals and corporations that file their return or request an extension of time to file by July 15, 2020, will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the tax paid by July 15.
HOUSE BLOCKS ATTEMPTS TO BOLSTER COVID-19 FUNDING
(via Rep. Yolanda Young)
While debating legislation to provide supplemental state appropriations for the remainder of the current fiscal year, majority Republicans on March 18 rejected Democratic efforts to increase the spending authority the state might need in the coming months as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
House Bill 2014, which eventually passed on a vote of 147-3-1, contains new spending authority for various aspects of government that wasn’t included in the original fiscal year 2020 state operating budget lawmakers enacted last spring. FY 2020 runs through June 30.
Although HB 2014 includes $33 million in spending authority targeted for the state’s COVID-19 response, House Democrats argued, based on the needs seen in other states, that amount could prove woefully insufficient. Democrats offered several amendments to increase available resources, including one for another $87 million in spending authority, to better prepare the state for whatever unfolds in the coming months.
While a budget appropriation provides the necessary legal authority to spend money, it doesn’t require money to be spent. Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers defeated all attempts to further boost emergency spending, arguing it’s too early to tell if additional funding will be needed. State Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, dismissed Democratic efforts to better prepare the state as “doomsday discussion.”
House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, expressed frustration that state leaders have been slow to react to the crisis, quick to make excuses for not doing more and prone to defer actions to local officials or the federal government. She noted that all the proposals Democrats offered to bolster Missouri’s response are already being implemented in other states.
“Missouri is always the last to do things,” Quade said. “This is not the time to wait.”
In addition to the FY 2020 supplemental spending bill, the House had been expected to pass its version of the $30.9 billion state operating budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which begins July 1. In fact, the House Budget Committee had met earlier in the week during a marathon session to ready the FY 2021 budget bills for debate by the full House.
Less than a day before that debate was to begin, however, Republican leaders opted to delay action until the legislature reconvenes, which isn’t expected until at least early April. The delay was largely due to the expectation that revenue collections will fall well short of previous estimates since much of the state’s economy is shutting down as people isolate themselves. As a result, significant budget cuts likely will be needed.
Once the budget bills clear the House, the Senate will craft its own version of the measures. Lawmakers face a May 8 constitutional deadline for finishing the budget.
Major Changes to Delegate Selection
All mass meetings scheduled on April 6th are cancelled and the delegate selection plan will be updated to have all state delegates, which under the prior plan would have been elected at the mass meetings, to be elected at the congressional conventions instead.
- Previously, the state delegates elected at mass meetings on April 6th would then move on to the April 30th congressional convention and June 20th state convention. We are collapsing the first step of mass meetings to instead elect all state delegates at the congressional district conventions (postponed to be held on May 30th), and then those delegates will immediately proceed to elect the national convention delegates. This is to reduce the number of meetings held for safety purposes, and it still fulfills the process of electing state delegates who vote in congressional conventions and go onto the state convention to vote on resolutions, at-large national delegates, and DNC members.
- The total state delegation size will remain the same. The calculations for delegate apportionment and allocation will be done in accordance with how the current delegate selection plan details.
- The previous role of mass meeting chairs – county chairs, and ward and township committeepeople in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Jackson County – will be modified in accordance with moving state delegates to be elected at the congressional conventions. The Congressional Conventions will have an officer of a county committee that falls within the congressional district serve as the Secretary for the Congressional Convention meeting, rather than the Secretary of the Congressional District Committee.
- Form MM (filing to run for a state delegate) may now be filed in advance by May 15th so that state delegate candidates who do not attend in person may still be considered to fill vacancies. They may still be filed in-person at the Congressional Conventions on May 30th so that those coming in person, who have not pre-filed, may still run as state delegates. The pre-filing forms will be used to fill vacant state delegate positions. Those who have already prefiled their Form MM will remain valid. You can fill out that form HERE.
CONGRESSIONAL CONVENTIONS: All congressional conventions scheduled on April 30th are postponed to May 30th.
- State delegates will be elected as the first step at the May 30th congressional conventions, and then will immediately proceed to elect the national district-level delegates from each congressional district.
- The congressional district chair will act as the meeting chair during the entirety of the in-person meeting, from electing state delegates to electing national delegates. Caucuses will still be formed for each respective candidate, which will have caucus chairs that report results to the meeting chair. The Congressional Conventions will have an officer of a county committee that falls within the congressional district serve as the Secretary for the Congressional Convention meeting, rather than the Secretary of the Congressional District Committee.
- In the event that in-person congressional conventions are not recommended by federal, state, and local public health authorities, the MDP will officially chair each congressional convention in order to run teleconferencing and/or video conferencing software to conduct the convention.
- Delegates elected to the state convention will be elected in the same proportion as the original delegate selection plan indicated, granting the same number of delegate positions to each county, ward, or township as was allocated in the original delegate selection plan. Any vacancies not filled by state delegates afterward will be filled by those in attendance at the congressional convention and then those who pre-filed and will be selected by random drawing.
- District-Level national delegates may pre-file by May 15th and will be considered to run as national delegates if they are first elected as state delegates at the beginning of the congressional convention, or they may file and run in person at the Congressional Convention on May 30th.
- The 5th Congressional District convention will be at IBEW 124 (301 E. 103rd Terr KCMO), time TBD.
Read the full report from the Missouri Democratic Party and more about delegate selection here. More information will be posted when available.
The JCDC Office
Our Independence office will be closed to the public until at least April 6. Please connect via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. When we are back up, we will be ordering more buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs for supporters to buy. Until then, stay safe and be smart!
Status of Reproductive Rights in KS and MO
Tuesday, March 24th
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Topic: GKCWPC March Meeting
Time: Mar 24, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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