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Municipla Elections today, working to get Democrats elected tomorrow
Municipal Elections Today; Polls Close at 7pm
All politics are local so get out and make your voice heard in municipal elections across the county.  While we don't endorse in nonpartisan elections, we do insist all Democrats make an informed vote EVERY election. If you haven't already, you can see what's on your ballot HERE for Kansas City and HERE for other cities in Jackson County.
 
Rally for the Middle Class in Jefferson City
(from Rep. Judy Morgan)
Last Wednesday I was also proud to stand with my Union sisters, brothers, and supporters at the MO AFL-CIO's Rally for the Middle Class on the grounds of our beautiful Capitol building.  That picture is a selfie taken by my colleague Rep. Barbara Washington  as we Reps. stood on the stage at the rally. 
 
As you may recall back in January of 2017 the legislature passed SB 19,  a right to work law that prohibited companies and unions from negotiating labor agreements that required all employees  pay union dues or agency  fees as a condition of employment.   This is called a "security clause" and keep in mind  that companies and unions must mutually agree to it.  SB 19 even makes it a crime for companies and unions to negotiate such a security clause in their negotiated agreements. 
 
In addition,  all union members are protected by the collective bargaining agreement even if  they don't pay union dues or agency fees.  That's the law of the land in the U.S. 
 
So, the unions decided to fight back!  In August 2017 they turned in over 310,000 signatures (more than three times the number needed) to put repeal of the wrongheaded right to work law on the ballot and let the people of our state  decide this issue.  Kudos to organized labor for the amazing work they did in collecting enough qualifying signatures from all 8 Congressional districts and they came from all 114 MO counties.  What an awesome accomplishment!
 
We'll be voting on Missouri Proposition A in November, unless the legislature votes to move it to the August 2018 primary ballot.  Missouri Proposition A asks voters if they want to adopt Senate Bill  19 (the Right to Work law).  A "no" vote would repeal the right to work law and a "yes" vote would allow MO to become a right to  work state.  
 
Our own U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill spoke at the Rally for the Middle Class.  She called it "a day that we're going to take a stand for Missourians. . .to call out fake populists. .  a guy with an Ivy League education that rides into office on the back of one of the richest men in Missouri, who has made his life's work to destroy labor unions in the state of Missouri."  (From the Jefferson City News Tribune - 3/29/18).  I'll bet that Claire was talking about Josh Hawley, her likely opponent in the November 2018 election.
 
As quoted in that same article, Claire said, "It is a very simple principle - that men and women can join together and collectively have a voice in their wages and their benefits."  I agree wholeheartedly with her.   I'll be casting a  no vote on Missouri Proposition A and hope that you'll join me in voting no too!
Democrats Across Missouri Will Compete For Races in November
For the first time in at least a decade, Democratic candidates have filed for every Missouri State House and Senate seat located in Jackson County.  This continues the national trend of citizens wanting to do everything in their power to fight back against the Republican majorities at every level of government.  It is also part of a state-wide effort to promote the Democratic brand through candidates in historically uncontested areas.
Since the election in 2016, Democrats and independent voters have become equally organized and outraged against the destructive Republican agenda.  With scandals in Washington DC and Jefferson City paired with policies aimed at supporting the wealthiest and most privileged, voters have seen how their needs are being ignored by the majority party.  Always the party of the middle class and disenfranchised, Democrats will show themselves to be the superior alternative this November and beyond.
Across the state, Democrats have filed in every State Senate race, a 112% increase from 2014 and 145 State House races, a 49% increase from 2016.  More information about our candidates, especially in Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs will be promoted through the spring.
 
Lauren Arthur Campaign Kickoff and Rally
The last special election of 2018 is a big one: Senate District 17 in Clay County.  This is a slightly left leaning district that has been won by a moderate Republican the last two elections that we are ready to win back.  Our candidate, Rep. Lauren Arthur, has already been working her hardest to quickly raise money, expand her connections across the district, and organize supporters for this short but critically important campaign. 
Jackson County Democrats need to send our help north of the river. Join us Wednesday April 4 at UAW Local 249 (8040 US 69 Hwy. Pleasant Valley, MO 64068) for phone banking and canvassing from 8:00am to 7:00pm. There will be a rally from 5:00-7:00pm featuring the candidate and MDP Chairman Stephen Webber.
If you can phone bank or canvass, email ArthurForMissouri@gmail.com to confirm your attendance and times.  Can't make it Wednesday but want to help? Go here: http://www.arthurformissouri.com/volunteer

 

Club Meetings and Events:
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting April 9th, 5:30-7:00pm at Californos (4124 Pennsylvania KCMO 64111). Topic: "How KCMO's Budget Addresses Constituent Needs" featuring Councilwomen Alissia Canady and Teresa Loar.
  • 40 Club: Monthly lunch April 10 at noon. Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd KCMO 64129). All labor friendly people are welcome. $15.
  • 31st Annual Truman Gala: June 9, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium. Sponsorship opportunities and early tickets will be available later this week. Announcements of guest speakers will roll out through the Spring.  Mark your calendars now!
Now For Sale: Eric Greitens Is A Jerk T-Shirts!
Limited quantity available for $20 (cheaper than you can buy online). Proceeds stay here in Jackson County. Email us to get yours today! geoff@jacksoncodems.org
 
Eastern Jackson County PAG Meeting
 April 4th. We'll See You There!

Easter Jackson County PAG

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6:00 pm

 
Tim's Pizza
Please join us as we are kicking off an exciting new year of our E. Jackson County PAG events. 
 
Our first event will feature State Representative candidate Keri Ingle who is running in the 35th district. Also Jalen Anderson who is running for 1st District At Large for the Jackson County Legislature. We will have information for volunteer opportunities for these campaigns and also for Hillary Shields 8th Senatorial District. 
 
 
Hillary Shields for State Senate is kicking off their Spring Canvass and Volunteer training this Saturday, April 7th at 9:30 AM.  We will be knocking doors, making phone calls and writing postcards to supporters and voters! Please sign up for the shift(s) you are able to attend so we know how many packets to prepare.  Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for the initial training for 2018.