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Unelected Governor Asks to be Elected, Other News and Events

Governor Parson Officially Announces Campaign to Little Attention
Our unelected Governor took a brief break from his full time job of making money for lobbyists to announce he is running for a full term.  Parson chose to make this announcement on Sunday afternoon to a small, selected crowd in his former hometown of Bolivar instead of his home of the past 14 years: Jefferson City.
Unelected Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe took to Twitter to say that the Republican slate of candidates would work to keep Missouri Christian, a bizarre and troubling claim that must alarm people of different faiths.
State Party Chairwoman and Jackson County's own Jean Peters Baker made a statement following the launch:
“Governor Parson has simply not delivered for working families struggling with the cost of everything from health care to child care to housing. Instead of demonstrating leadership on our most urgent and immediate challenges, the Governor signed the nation’s most extreme law to limit womens’ reproductive health choices and he just called legislators back to Jefferson City to – of all things – work out a deal for car dealers while Missourians are suffering from an epidemic of gun violence. His agenda is not an agenda for Missouri families. Missouri Democrats look forward to making the case for change.”

Speaking of Governor Parson...

(via Rep. Jerome Barnes)

Gov. Mike Parson intends to keep invoking the First Amendment to redact information from public documents, even after Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office advised him that there is ample legal authority in opposition to practice and none in support of it, The Kansas City Star reported on Aug. 30.
Parson, a Republican, began using the novel legal argument that the First Amendment somehow allows government to redact basic personal information – such as people’s home or business addresses, phone numbers and email addresses – earlier this year in response to records requests under the state Sunshine Law. Parson’s claim has been ridiculed by open records experts as wholly unsupported by any legal authority.
Among the various rights guaranteed by the First Amendment is the right to petition government for redress of grievances. However, the language of that clause makes no mention of shielding certain information in public documents from public disclosure and no court has ever ruled it does so. In a 2010 case from Washington state, the U.S. Supreme Court said disclosing the names and addresses of referendum petition signers didn’t violate the First Amendment.
In May, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, wrote to Schmitt, whom Parson appointed as attorney general in January, asking for a formal opinion as to whether Parson’s invocation of the First Amendment is legally sound. Although Schmitt has yet to issue that opinion, as he is required by statute to do, in a letter to Parson dated Aug. 29, Schmitt noted that Missouri’s Sunshine Law doesn’t allow for blanket redactions of personal information and advised the governor against relying on the First Amendment in support of that practice.


Annual Chili Dinner and Wiggins Fund Drive

Each fall, we host our Chili Dinner with our friends in organized labor.  Save the date for November 2 as we welcome in Auditor Nicole Galloway and House Minority Leader Crystal Quade among others for an evening of fun benefiting the JCDC Wiggins Fund which allows us to keep full time staff in Jackson County. 

Final details for this event will be coming shortly.  If you can, please consider a monthly payment to the Wiggins Fund. Every bit helps and with so much happening as we approach the 2020 elections, maintaining staff in Jackson County is critical.  Click here to make a recurring or one time donation.


Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • 40 Club: Monthly lunch meeting with LEPCI labor club, Tuesday September 10, Sheet Metal Local 2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd) at noon. $15.
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting Monday September 23rd, 5L15pm at 125 E 31st St. (under the big red tower). "Universal Healthcare: How We Get There" featuring Dr. Sharon Lee (Physicians for a National Health Care Program) and Brian Colby (VP for Public Policy, Missouri Budget Project).
  • Greg Razer for State Senate Kickoff: Thursday September 26th, 5:30-7:30 at Ollie's Local (3044 Gillham Rd. KCMO).
  • Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus: 28th Annual Torch Dinner.  Save the date for September 27th!
  • 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.
This week's Coffee with the Candidate will be Tuesday at Crow's Coffee South Plaza (304 E 51st St. KCMO) and will feature Missouri State Party Executive Director Lauren Gepford.
Please plan to attend
Clay County Women's Democratic Club
Monday, September 23 
    5:15pm Social 6:00pm Meeting
 Chappell's Restaurant 
323 Armour Rd. NKC MO 64116
    Cathy Rinehart, Clay County Assessor, guest speaker.  
Individuals may choose to "dine in" with us and order from the menu.
  Looking forward to seeing you......bring a friend, too.
Terri Ross Trecazzi, Club President