Second Round of Presidential Debates Start Tonight
CNN will be hosting the second round of debates featuring qualified Presidential candidates tonight and tomorrow. The two night event will again feature 10 candidates on each night.
The Jackson County Democratic Committee is not endorsing a candidate in the primary at this time but we want to make people aware of events in the area supporters may like. Here are the public debate watch parties that we have been made aware of for next week:
Heartland Alliance for Progress is hosting a party for all Democratic Supporters Tuesday at the KCPT large conference room (125 E 31st St. KCMO) starting at 6:30pm. Call 816-522-5584 with questions.
Bernie Sanders has two events in Kansas City:
120 E Gregory Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64114
Taps on Main
1715 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Elizabeth Warren has two events in the northland:
1611 Swift St, North Kansas City, MO 64116
10301 River Hills Ct. Parkville, MO 64152
Andrew Yang doesn't have an event in KC but does have one in Springfield if you have friends in the Southwest part of the state who may be interested.
1742 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield MO 65804
No other candidate on the stage has events in the Kansas City region at this time.
Kamala Harris does not currently have a watch party scheduled but does have a mobilizing event planned on August 2, 6:30pm at 303 Westport Rd. KCMO 64111. Sign up for that here.
Children Lose Health Coverage
This week we’ve learned that the number of children the Parson administration has allowed to lose their state health insurance benefits has reached nearly 100,000. Our Democrats in Jefferson City have been calling attention to this issue for months. This week, the House GOP Leadership has finally agreed that an investigation into the cause is warranted. Were it not for the relentless pressure of House Democratic Leader Crystal Quade and her caucus, this inquiry wouldn’t have happened. Missouri’s kids need leaders who will advocate for them in the halls of our Capitol. Republicans can’t be trusted.
Our Missouri Government Accountability Project, or MoGAP program, scored a hit this past week when we uncovered a link between contributions to Governor Parson’s election effort and a company involved in illegal gambling machines. These unregulated gambling machines are popping up all over the state and generate gambling revenue for the owners, but not the state. Regulated gaming generates revenue for Missouri’s schools and communities. It appears that these companies are attempting to buy influence with the Governor ahead of any possible legislative moves to bring these devices into the regulatory fold. A lobbyist with deep connections to the Governor and the spokesman for his election effort have been hired by one of the companies making these machines and are steering political contributions to his campaign effort. It’s the very embodiment of Missouri’s corrupt politics under GOP leadership.
Auditor Galloway Finds Shortcomings in Parson's Old Office
While serving as Missouri’s lieutenant governor, Gov. Mike Parson was reimbursed with taxpayer dollars for using his personal vehicle to attend entertainment events that weren’t related to his official duties or a reasonable use of public funds, according to report State Auditor Nicole Galloway released on July 18.
The state auditor is legally required to conduct a closeout audit of a statewide elected office whenever there is a change in officeholder. Parson, a Republican, vacated the lieutenant governor’s office on June 1, 2018, after being elevated to governor following the resignation of his predecessor, Republican Eric Greitens.
In addition to Parson’s alleged misuse of taxpayer funds for travel expenses, Galloway’s audit found that the lieutenant governor’s office during his tenure purchased two vehicles without documenting the need for the vehicles or maintaining a complete log of their use. The audit also said the office had inadequate payroll and timekeeping procedures and on several occasions bought items without following the normal purchasing process.
In the official response to the audit prepared on Parson’s behalf, Christopher Limbaugh, his general counsel in the governor’s office, said the travel reimbursements to attend entertainment events were appropriate because the lieutenant governor serves on the Missouri Tourism Commission and has an interest in promoting tourism.
Limbaugh attributed some of the other shortcomings in operations to fact that Parson only served 18 months of a four-year term as lieutenant governor and processes and procedures in the office were still evolving when Parson unexpectedly stepped down to become governor.
State Representative Passes Away
We just learned hours ago that Lee's Summit area State Representative Rebecca Roeber passed away this morning in her sleep. Rep. Roeber had made great strides in recovery after a major car accident this spring. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. More can be read here: https://themissouritimes.com/63603/rep-rebecca-roeber-passes-away/
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
MDP Truman Dinner: Saturday, August 17, 2019
7:00 PM Grand Hall on Chouteau, SMART Sheet Metal Local 36, 2319 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Clay County Democrats Night at the Elms: Second annual dinner and fundraiser August 10 at the Elms Hotel and Spa. More information to come.
Jackson County Democratic Committee Quarterly Meeting: General business meeting August 6th, 7pm at the county courthouse, 308 W. Kansas Ave. in Independence. Committeewoman seat for Van Bueren Township will be filled by committee vote.
Platte County Democrats "Good Government" Event: August 20, 6:30pm at KCPD North Patrol (11000 NW Prairie View Dr.). See below for more information.