Eric Greitens Remains Defiant, Who Knows What Happens Next
Thursday's shocking, although not surprising, news that Governor Eric Greitens was indicted on felony invasion of privacy charges in St. Louis is still shaking the Missouri political world. What will happen next is still a mystery though. Here's what we know:
-Greitens and his attorneys say he is going to fight the claims and that he will not resign
-The argument to dismiss the indictment claims the victim had no expectation of privacy since their affair was consensual, basically admitting that Greitens did photograph her wile partially nude and bound
-The House of Representatives will be launching it's own investigation that could potentially lead to impeachment down the road
-Members of both parties believe Greitens cannot lead at this point and have asked him to step aside
-The best that the Republican State Party could come up with to defend their Governor is a ridiculous assertion that George Soros is somehow behind all of this
No Governor in Missouri history has been impeached and only one has resigned (he was elected to the US Senate). How this is going to play out is anyone's guess but there is no doubt that we do not have a functioning government in Jefferson City right now. Beyond this indictment, Greitens is still involved in investigations around use of the Confide mobile app possibly deleting state records and potential illegal coordination with a political non-profit working on his behalf. We are in truly uncharted waters.
Read updated stories about the current state of affairs here: https://themissouritimes.com/
Filing Period for State and County Offices TOMORROW
Are you wanting to run for office? 2018 is going to be a good year for Democrats! The following positions are on the ballot this year in Jackson County: all State Representatives, State Senate in the 8th District, US Senate, State Auditor, County Executive, all County Legislators, all County Committeemen and Committeewomen plus local and municipal elections. The filing period opens for these races on February 27 and runs til March 27. Click here for information on Jackson County, click here for Missouri.
Big Plans Require Help from Everyone
Jackson County will play a major role in the future of Missouri politics in 2018 and beyond. We have several competitive State House and Senate districts in play this year, voter turnout for Senator Claire McCaskill and Auditor Nicole Galloway will be critical in our area, and we stand to be an example of a pending wave of Democrats reclaiming state-wide offices in 2020. To get there, our staff and committee members have developed bold plans and aggressive campaign strategies, but we need the funds to do it. Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Jackson County Democratic Committee HERE. Our money stays in the area and is always spent wisely with minimal overhead. Every bit counts!
Notes on Upcoming Events
1) The Wiggins Fund is dedicated to keeping JCDC staff year round. This is what makes Jackson County special in the Democratic community. The annual fundraiser is just a few weeks away in March 2nd. If you can't make it but still want to give to this important fund, donate securely here: http://www.
2) With candidate filing opening tomorrow, expect a flood of events featuring candidates up and down the ballot. Jackson County is ripe to elect more Democrats, so come out to meet candidates outside your home district. We can win if we all do our part!
3) Mark your calendars for the 31st annual Truman Gala: June 9th at Arrowhead 2018 Stadium. As always, we will be targeting nationally recognized names as a keynote speaker. Senator McCaskill, Auditor Galloway and other top Democrats will be there, so you should too!
Club Meetings and Events:
- 11th Annual Wiggins Fund Event: March 2nd, 5:30-8:00pm. Hosted by Plumbers and Gas Fitters Local 8 at 5950 Manchester Trafficway, KCMO. Jackson County Executive Frank White and others will attend and give remarks. Donate online HERE.
- Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting February 26th, 5:30-7:00pm at Californo's (4124 Pennsylvania KCMO). "The New Poor People's Campaign." Rev. Dr. Rodney E. Williams, President of Missouri Faith Voices and Pastor of Swope Parkway United Christian Church; Michael Enriquez, Executive Director of Stand Up KC; and a Stand Up KC worker, who will explain why the Fight for 15 and a Union has joined forces with the New Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The PPC, led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation's distorted morality. The PPC is planning 40 days of coordinated action in the spring of 2018, at statehouses and various venues across the country, to advance a public policy agenda consistent with the values of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s original Poor People's Campaign. Facebook RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/
- JCDC Quarterly meeting: The meeting scheduled for February 22 was canceled due to weather concerns. This will be re-scheduled for early March and an announcement will be made on our website and all social media. The meeting will be held at the County Courthouse in Independence (308 West Kansas Ave).
- Upcoming--voter registration training (will be scheduled for March)