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We Made it to July -- Events and Notes to Start the Month

History From 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago, on July 3, 1919, the Missouri General Assembly ratified the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. Missouri was the 11th state to do so.
After years of debate, Congress finally approved what would become the 19th Amendment on June 4, 1919, and submitted it to the states for ratification. On June 10, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan became the first states to ratify.
On June 25, Missouri Gov. Federick Gardner, a Democrat, issued a proclamation calling a special legislative session for the sole purpose of considering the women’s suffrage amendment. Lawmakers convened on July 2, and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 125-4 in favor of ratification that same day. The Democratic-controlled Senate followed suit a day later on a vote of 29-3.
The 19th Amendment finally became part of the Constitution more than a year later on Aug. 18, 1920, when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify, giving it the required approval of three-fourths of the then-48 states. Three other states ratified it over the next three years, leaving nine southern states as holdouts. Starting in the 1940s and continuing over the next four decades, the remaining states finally ratified the 19th Amendment, with Mississippi becoming the last on March 22, 1984.

New Missouri Chief Justice Starts Term Today

The second African-American judge to serve on Missouri’s high court is set to step up as Chief Justice today.

George W. Draper III will begin his term as chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court on July 1. His term will end on June 30, 2021. Draper succeeds Zel M. Fischer, who remains on the court, in the position.

Appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2011 by Gov. Jay Nixon, voters retained him in 2012. He is chair of the state’s treatment courts coordinating commission and serves as the court’s liaison to the judiciary’s family court committee as well as its ad hoc committee on racial and ethnic fairness.

First Presidential Debate Sparks Heavy Interest

Over two nights last week, we heard from 20 Democratic candidates for President articulate policies that matter to voters and identify the failings of the Trump and McConnell led administrations.  We're still a long way from finding our nominee but all Democrats should be proud of what we saw on a national stage.

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • Grain Valley Dems Meeting: Join this new Eastern Jackson County club on Wednesday July 10, 6:30pm at 32202 Pink Hill Road. Business begins at 7pm.
  • 40 Club: monthly labor lunch hosted at Sheet Metal Local 2, 2902 Blue Ridge Blvd). Speaker to be announced. $15.
  • Lee's Summit Democrats: Quarterly meeting July 11, 7pm at Llywelyn's Pub (301 SE Douglas).
  • Rep. Keri Ingle Re-Election Kickoff: Join Lee's Summit State Representative Keri Ingle as she begins her campaign for re-election in the very competitive 35th District. July 9 at Llywelyn's Pub (301 SE Douglas) from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All donations are appreciated!
  • Unity Picnic: Raytown Democratic Association's annual Democratic unity picnic, July 27 4-6pm at Kenagey Park. Family friendly! $10 gets you food and drinks. Special guests to be announced.
  • Missouri State Party Building Blue Event: Annual dinner and fundraiser for the state party August 17 at Ameristar Resort and Spa in St. Charles. 7pm. Visit for details.
  • Clay County Democrats Night at the Elms: Second annual dinner and fundraiser August 10 at the Elms Hotel and Spa.  More information to come.
  • 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: