2018 Legislative Session Off and Running; Senate Vacancy in Clay
The Missouri State House and Senate returned to regular business last week. Leadership from both parties presented their philosophical and legislative priorities for the year. House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty of Kansas City spoke to the media (view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLWuczwg0Nk). Some specific goals Democrats have for 2018 will be a real policy to address the opioid epidemic, protecting public schools, restoring the rights and protection of employees, and further ethics reform.
In a surprise move last week, Senator Ryan Silvey of Clay County was appointed to the state Public Service Commission, creating a vacancy is what is viewed to be a swing district. The Republican Senator had just started his second term and was known to be frequently at odds with both Senate Majority leadership and the Governor. Some speculate this was an easy way for Greitens to eliminate a powerful opponent but regardless of the motivation, this district becomes a golden opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat ahead of schedule. More information to come.
Governor Eric Greitens to Deliver State of the State on Wednesday
Gov. Eric Greitens will deliver the 2018 State of the State Address at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10. The annual message to the General Assembly will be held in the House of Representatives Chamber at the Missouri State Capitol.
A live-stream of the message will be available at mo.gov.
He's still being sued though: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article192544944.html
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!
Club Meetings and Events:
- 40 Club: Monthly luncheon, Tuesday January 9, noon at Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd. KCMO 64129). $15. Guest speaker scheduled to be Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II.
- Northland Democratic Club: regular meeting and social January 16th, 6:30-8:00pm. NEW LOCATION: Sherwood Estates Homes Association Office, 4120 NE Vivion Rd. Program will feature Rachel Sweet from Planned Parenthood to preview the 2018 legislative session in Missouri.
- Missouri Democratic Party Candidate Training: February 3rd, 8:30-4:30pm at Stephens College, 6 North College Avenue, Columbia MO (Lela Raney Wood Hall Auditorium). Sessions will feature training in finance, communication, data and general campaign management. RSVP here: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/2366368216369137408
- Save the Date: Annual Wiggins Fund Event is scheduled for March 2nd, 5:30-8:00pm. Special speaker to be announced.
- Upcoming--voter registration training (will be scheduled for February)
- Upcoming--information on filing for county and state offices in February. For immediate information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clay County Democratic Central Committee
Invites you to attend
Saturday, Janary 13th, 2018
11:30 a.m. Social & Registration
12:00 noon Luncheon & Awards Program
1 Riverboat Road Kansas City Missouri 64116
Honoring our 2017
* Democratic Man & Woman of the Year
* Clay County Young Democrats
Keynote Speakers TBA
Luncheon $35 (add $15 to Sponsor a Young Dem!)
Table Sponsor $500
Payable to: CCDCC
PO Box 12594 NKC MO 64116
"On the road to Election 2018!"
Paid for by CCDCC, Don Hanks, treasurer
Tables seat 10; special recognition for TABLE SPONSORSHIPS! $500