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Special Election Nominating Meetings Set (and other news)

Two Special Election Nominating Meetings Set
Vacancies have resulted in two special elections to fill seats in the Missouri House of Representatives this November. By law, members of the Jackson County Democratic Committee will nominate our candidate for the fall election to serve the remainder of the term.  Both seats were previously held by Democrats.
The 22nd District meeting will be Wednesday August 21, 6pm at Morningstar Youth and Family Life Center (2525 E 27th St. KCMO 64127).
The 36th District meeting will be Tuesday August 20, 6pm at IBEW Local 124 Retiree Hall (301 E 103rd Terr. KCMO). 
Rules for these meetings will be determined by voting members.  Nominees will be on the ballot this November 5th. 
Ashcroft Finally Approves Petition
(via Rep. Jerome Barnes)
More than 11 weeks after a referendum petition was filed to give Missouri voters the final say on a new law making it a felony to perform an abortion in most instances, Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft finally approved it for circulation on Aug. 14. However, with an Aug. 28 deadline for collecting the more than 100,000 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot, Ashcroft’s delaying tactics almost certainly blocks the petition effort from moving forward.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed the referendum petition on May 28 seeking to force a statewide vote on House Bill 126, which Gov. Mike Parson had signed days earlier following its passage by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. The bill prohibits most abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, which is before most women are aware they are pregnant, and contains no exception for cases of rape or incest. Violation of the law would be a felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison.
Ashcroft initially blocked the petition by refusing to even allow it to be circulated. After the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District unanimously ruled on July 8 that Ashcroft acted without legal authority, his office and that of Attorney General Eric Schmitt, also a Republican, dragged their feet on completing various ministerial required by statute.
A referendum petition stops a bill that has been passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor from taking effect and forces it on to the statewide ballot at the next general election. However, the state constitution prohibits referendums on laws that already have taken effect. Since HB 126 is scheduled to take effect Aug. 28, there isn’t realistically enough time to gather the necessary signatures.
Whether the new law actually takes effect as scheduled remains to be seen since Planned Parenthood and the ACLU jointly filed a federal lawsuit on July 30 seeking to block its enforcement. The lawsuit argues HB 126 violates U.S. Supreme Court precedent holding that women have a constitutional right to terminate pregnancy prior to fetal viability, which typically doesn’t occur until 24 to 28 weeks.
But Even Republican Mega Donors View It As Dishonest
(via the Missouri Times)
The ballot language for a referendum petition “dishonestly misstates the content” of a sweeping anti-abortion bill, according to GOP megadonor David Humphreys.

The Joplin businessman released a statement Friday blasting Missouri’s chief election officer for how the referendum would appear on the ballot — should enough signatures be collected.

“Jay Ashcroft’s deceptively stated ‘exception’ for medical emergencies is no exception at all,” Humphreys said. “Physicians will have to risk their reputations and their livelihoods – and face possible imprisonment – for performing any post-eight-week emergency medical procedure that results in termination of a pregnancy. Women and girls could be deemed criminals without ever intending to abort their pregnancies.”

“The complete lack of exceptions to protect female victims of rape and incest is another flagrant example of Jay Ashcroft’s misstatements on his ballot summary of legislation that is deeply flawed and likely unconstitutional,” he said.



Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • Emily Weber Campaign Kickoff: Candidate for State House District 24. August 19th 6:00-8:00pm at Hamburger Mary's (3700 Broadway KCMO).
  • Clay County Women's Democratic Club: Officer elections and updated bylaws. August 19, 5:15 social, 5:45 meeting at Chappell's Restaurant (323 Armour Rd. NKC). Annual dues are $10.
  • Platte County Democrats "Good Government" Event: August 20, 6:30pm at KCPD North Patrol (11000 NW Prairie View Dr.). See below for more information.
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: August 26, 5:15-7pm, 125 E 31st St. KCMO. Manny Abarca IV and immigration attorney Jessica Piedra discuss the life of immigrants and what can be done in policy at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Northland Democratic Club: Tuesday August 20, 6:30 sign in, 7:00 program and business. Featuring Lori Slettehaugh (Professor of Physical Therapy) to discuss Medicare for All. Sherwood Estates Homes Association Office (4120 NE Vivion Rd KCMO 64119).
  • National Democratic Training Committee Session: "Blue Bench Training" We will have three separate tracks for candidates, campaign staff, and local organizers. All three will include focuses in messaging, fundraising, field, and digital. This event is open to anyone interested in running for office, is staff on a campaign (or hopes to be), or for anyone within the local party infrastructure. September 7, 9am-4:30pm at UMKC. Click here to RSVP:
  • 5th District Democratic Women's Club: Coffee and Conversation with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II. Saturday September 7, 9:00-10:30am, 6104 Brookside Blvd. RSVP bly September 2 via text or call to 816-739-1803.
  • Keri Ingle Re-Election Event: "All Hands on Deck" Fundraiser in support of Lee's Summit State Rep Keri Ingle. September 5, Pearl Tavern (1672 NW Chipman Rd. Lee's Summit). Brings friends! Donate online at
  • Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus: 28th Annual Torch Dinner.  Save the date for September 27th!


Fannie Lou Hamer and the
Quest To Get The Vote
Thursday, August 22nd
Women's Equality Week Program
 Teona McGhaw - Boure, Great Niece of Fannie Lou Hamer
Guest Speaker
Free and Open to the Public: 
6:00 PM - Refreshments 
6:30 PM - Event
All Souls Universal Church - 4501 Walnut KC, MO 64111
Stand Up KC Fannie Lou Hamer Women's Committee 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 Fannie Lou Hamer was an American voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the civil rights movement. Her harrowing fight for voting rights is an amazing story and inspiration.  From her beginnings working on a sharecropper's farm, she went on to work as an organizer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and became the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Among her many accomplishments, she was a founding member of the National Women's Political Caucus.
     Teona McGhaw-Boure is a great niece of Fannie Lou Hamer, and a member of the NWPC of St. Louis.  Teona is carrying on the tradition of activism where she lives in the Dellwood/Ferguson area.  Teona will be a candidate in 2020 for State Representative in the 75th District and for Ferguson Township Committee Woman.  Within the NWPC she is chairing a new nation-wide diversity initiative, the NWPC IDEA Caucus.  She is the proud mother of three young men.
     After a short biographical video, Teona will be discussing family memories of Fannie Lou Hamer, and how the struggle for equal representation continues.  The Stand Up KC Fannie Lou Hamer Women's Committee will also talk about their organizing work, insprired by the example of Fannie Lou Hamer.