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News and Notes: Early October

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The Honorable Jack Campbell Passes Away

Former Kansas City area State Representative and well known attorney Jack Campbell, a great friend to the Democratic Party and dedicated civic leader, passed away on September 29th.  Jack was born in Kansas City, graduated from Lee's Summit High School and the University of Missouri before beginning a distinguished career in law with the Missouri Gas Service, Polsinelli law firm and as the City Attorney of Parkville.  Campbell loved and was active as a civil servant volunteering with a number of charitable causes and civic engagement groups, then was elected to the Missouri State House in 1980 serving several terms with distinction in the Democratic majority.

Jack was a true friend to the Kansas City and University of Missouri communities and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife and former State Representative in her own time, Marsha Campbell.

CNN Debate Field Set

The next Democratic Presidential Debate will be October 15 and, based on criteria set by the DNC, CNN and the New York Times, this will be the field:

Vice President Joe Biden

Sen. Cory Booker

Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Sec. Julian Castro

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Sen. Kamala Harris

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Mr. Tom Steyer

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Mr. Andrew Yang


Annual Chili Dinner and Wiggins Fund Drive Date Set

Each fall, we host our Chili Dinner with our friends in organized labor.  Join us OCTOBER 25 hosted again by our Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 8. We are happy to feature Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and County Legislator Jalen Anderson as we raise funds to support the JCDC staff position, which sets Jackson County apart from other Democratic committees in the state. We hope to see you there but if you can't attend:  Click here to make a recurring or one time donation.

Thank you to our early sponsors: Operating Engineers Local 101, Pipefitters Local 533 and Katheryn Shields for KC!

Governor Parson Claims Victory Over Insignificant Issue

Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill into law on Sept. 25 that essentially undoes a legal victory his administration won before the Missouri Supreme Court in June and allows businesses and individuals to sell or trade-in multiple vehicles to reduce the amount of sales tax owed on the purchase of another vehicle. The new law, House Bill 1, will take effect on Dec. 23.
Under the previous law, the value of only one vehicle could be credited toward the sales tax owed on another vehicle purchase. After a Missouri couple sought to claim credit for selling four vehicles, which would have eliminated the sales tax owed on the purchase of a new truck, the Parson administration defended the law all the way to the state high court, which ultimately ruled in the administration’s favor and said the law unambiguously allowed credit for just one vehicle.
After winning the case, Parson reversed course and called a special legislative session for the sole purpose of asking the General Assembly to change the law to overturn his administration’s legal victory. Lawmakers granted final approval to the bill on Sept. 13, but the special session didn’t come to an end until Sept. 24 when House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, formally sent the bill to the governor for action.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, the special session cost Missouri taxpayers approximately $42,000, which was on top of the $44,000 spent for the legislature’s annual veto session that was held partially concurrent with the special session.

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • Lee's Summit Democrats: Quarterly business meeting October 10th, 7pm at Llywelyns Pub (301 SE Douglas).
  • 40 Club Labor Lunch: Monthly lunch meeting. All are welcome. Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd. KCMO). $15.
  • 13th Annual City Council Cancer Benefit: Join current and past members of the Kansas City Council along with hundreds of supporters as they hold another wonderful event benefiting cancer research Wednesday October 23rd.  Final details to come. Check here for more updates.
  • Jackson County Democratic Committee: quarterly business meeting, October 24th 7pm at the Downtown County Courthouse (415 E 12th St. KCMO)
This week's location: Crows Coffee in Waldo (7440 Washington St. KCMO)
Women in Politics Foundation Social Event at Crane Brewing
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Women in Politics Foundation