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Mid-June News and Notes; KC Election Tuesday

Kansas City Residents: Make a Plan to Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow is election day in Kansas City; make a plan to vote so you can make your voice heard in choosing a new Mayor and City Council. If you are unsure of your registration status, you can check it here (KC south of the river): https://www.kceb.org/voters/status/

 
 
 
 

DNC Announces Line-up for Presidential Debate

The first Presidential debate, which spans over two nights June 26 and 27, has been set featuring the top 20 candidates.  Here is how they will be divided up:

Judge Keeps Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Open

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer issued a preliminary injunction on June 10 prohibiting the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from allowing the license of Missouri’s lone abortion clinic to lapse and ordering the agency to make a final decision on renewal of the license no later than June 21. Stelzer has scheduled a status hearing in the case for that day.
 
Planned Parenthood sued the department on May 28 after the agency took no action on the clinic’s application to renew its license, which was set to expire on June 1. Stelzer issued a temporary restraining order on May 31 keeping the clinic open pending his consideration of a preliminary injunction.
 
The department had argued Stelzer lacked jurisdiction to hear the case since state law requires the clinic to first appeal rejection of a license to the Administrative Hearing Commission before pursuing court action. Stelzer ruled that since the department never rejected the license renewal, the clinic had nothing to challenge before the AHC.
 
“Plainly, DHSS must make an ‘official action’ in order for petitioner to be entitled to review,” Stelzer wrote. “The court does not believe that an ‘official action’ can include a non-action. In order to have meaningful review at the AHC, there must be an official action – a decision – that can be reviewed. The court finds that petitioner is entitled to a decision from DHSS on its application for renewal of its license.”
 
While department Director Randall Williams has raised the specter of substandard care and “failed surgical abortions” at the clinic, the agency hasn’t publicly offered evidence to back up the claims. Without such evidence, Planned Parenthood maintains the department has no legal justification to deny renewal of its license. The department has admitted that no patient complaints have prompted its increased scrutiny of the clinic.
 
The department issued a June 7 news release insinuating – but not outright claiming – that there were problems with an independent lab with which Planned Parenthood had a contract. However, the release made no direct claim of wrongdoing by the abortion clinic.

 

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • Election Night Watch Parties: Rayna Parks Shaw will be at Prime Events Center (8020 Hickman Mills Rd. KCMO) Tuesday evening starting at 7:30.  Katheryn Shields will be at the Uptown Theater at 7pm. Southland Progress will be at The Well (75th and Wornall) starting at 7pm. Andrea Bough will be at Summit Grill (520 W 75th St) at 7:30pm.  Check our social media accounts for others as we become aware.
  • Fundraising Reception for Rep. Robert Sauls: Thursday June 20, 5pm at Ophelia's (201 N Main St. Independence). Come out to support this up and coming Freshman legislator!
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monday, June 24th, 5:15pm at Westport Flea Market (817 Westport Rd. KCMO). Topic will be the importance of citizen driven ballot initatives. Will explain how we can win in MO for Women's Reproductive Rights, Medicaid Expansion, and Voting Rights, by taking these public policy matters directly to the voters, and HOW YOU CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN!
  • Missouri State Party Building Blue Event: Annual dinner and fundraiser for the state party August 17 at Ameristar Resort and Spa in St. Charles. 7pm. Visit www.missouridemocrats.org for details.
  • Raytown Democratic Association: Monthly meeting June 20, 7pm at Las Chili's (6210 Raytown Trafficway). Come early for dinner and to make new friends. Guest speaker will be Jerome Barnes, State Rep. District 28.
  • Clay County Democrats Night at the Elms: Second annual dinner and fundraiser August 10 at the Elms Hotel and Spa.  More information to come.