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Early March Blue Notes

AG Hawley says "nevermind" to Greitens investigation, returns to Senate run

Josh Hawley Promptly Ends Investigation Based on Nothing

Late last week, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced a swift end to his "investigation" of Governor Eric Greitens' use of the Confide mobile app.  The app, used by members of his administration for text messaging, permanently deletes messages after they have been read and could be a violation of state records laws. While the Governor's office admits to using the app, they were vague in responses as to how it was being used. The AG's office called very few witnesses and concluded that while the app was used for public business, no laws were broken.  What is troubling here is that the Governor invoked "Executive Privilege" and didn't participate in the investigation.  Further, the nature of the app makes it difficult if not impossible to verify the testimony that was given.

And that's it. Hawley's investigation ends there.

Imagine if state business was being conducted on hand written paper between members of the Greitens administration without being copied or available to other government officials or the public.  Now, imagine that someone came looking for those papers and they were set on fire. When an investigator starts asking questions, staff admits they destroyed government documents and there are no copies. Then, when asked what the contents were and how he participated in the destruction, the Governor says "I'm not telling." Instead of following up with more investigation, the Attorney General decides it isn't worth it and calls it quits.

That's what happened. It's worth noting that the Attorney General is the highest law enforcement officer in the state and he has also taken money from Greitens, has been asked to open other investigations into the Greitens administration AND is running for US Senate.  In short, we as citizens can't trust our Attorney General to do his job and investigate potential crimes but he wants a promotion.  No way.

Meanwhile... The House Votes to Investigate Greitens in Historic Fashion

Since being indicted February 22, Greitens news and uncertainty has brought most government business to a halt.  On Thursday, March 1, the House voted in favor of a resolution (HR 5565) authorizing a legislative committee (named the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight) to investigate "allegations" against Republican Gov. Greitens  and report back to us.  Every single present Representative voted in favor (154-0) which, at the very least, shows that the Republican dominated House wants to look like they are doing their part for accountability. They deserve credit for that.

Speaker Todd Richardson has appointed the committee, which  will be comprised of 5  Republicans and 2 Democrats, with Rep. Jay Barnes serving as the Chair and Rep. Don Phillips as Vice-Chair.  They're both Republicans and the other Republicans include: Reps. Jeanie Lauer, Kevin Austin, and Shawn Rhoads.  Our two  Democrats  on the committee are Reps. Gina Mitten and Tommie Pierson, Jr.  Representative Lauer of Blue Springs is the only member from the Jackson County area.

 

Special Election for 17th Senate District Set

Earlier this year, Senator Ryan Silvey was appointed to a commission by Governor Greitens forcing him to vacate his Clay County seat in the Missouri State Senate. The special election to fill this seat has been set for June 5 and Democrats have a great candidate in Representative Lauren Arthur. Learn about Lauren HERE.

The 17th Senate District isn't in Jackson County but we want to do everything we can to support Democrats in our area. Rep. Arthur has been a reliable voice for Democratic values in the House and personally spends a lot of time traveling the state to interact directly with voters and recruit candidates. The established voting history of her area along with the successes for Democrats in special elections make this a district we absolutely can flip this June. The 17th District is generally the more densely populated part of southwest Clay County.

 

Thank You to Wiggins Fund Supporters

The 11th Annual Wiggins Fund event last Friday was a success thanks to the generous support of many people across the region. County Executive Frank White gave strong but clear remarks about working together toward representing the people's best interests, Chairman Paul Wrabec highlighted the importance of retaining full time staff to reach our goals, Executive Director Gerling stressed the plans to turnout votes in eastern Jackson County.  Special thanks to our top sponsors:

Phil and Elizabeth Glynn

Pipe Fitters Local 533

Boilermakers Local 83

Greater Kansas City Building & Trades Council

 

Notes on Upcoming Events

1) Filing for county and state offices is open and will close March 27. Contact us for details if you are interested in running for County Executive, County Legislature, Committee person, State Representative, State Senator, State Auditor or US Senate.

2) The JCDC does not endorse candidates in contested primaries where there is no incumbent. We will post information about events for candidates below equally through the August primary election.

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:

  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting March 12, 5:30-7:00pm at Californos (4124 Pennsylvania in Westport).  Guest speakers will be from the Missouri Democratic Party's coordinated campaign to tell volunteers how they can best get involved for the state campaigns.
  • JCDC Quarterly meeting: The quarterly business meeting for the Jackson County Democratic Committee has been rescheduled for March 22 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held at the County Courthouse in Independence (308 West Kansas Ave).
  • United Eastern Democrats: Bi-monthly meeting March 28th, Courthouse Exchange (113 W. Lexington on the Independence Square). Social hour at 6pm, meeting starts at 7pm.
  • Upcoming--voter registration training (will be scheduled for March)
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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
 
 
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Kansas City March For Our Lives organized by PeaceWorksKC and co-hosted by Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence a program of Grandparents Against Gun Violence, Kansas City Veterans For Peace, JoCo MoveOn and Voter Registration Project. We will meet every Saturday from Noon to 1:00 PM at JC Nichols Memorial Fountain in Mill Creek Park at Plaza leading up to the March 24th March. We are inviting all KC civic groups to join us by emailing at
marchforourlives@hotmail.com Thanks.
 
THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME
Soup and Crafts
Historic 1844 Rice-Tremonti Home
March 17 & 18
11:00-4:00pm
Be sure to mark your calendar for the annual Soup and Craft event.
Homemade Soup, corn bread, pie and a beverage for $7.
Also, local crafters will be on hand with a wide variety of items to purchase.

All proceeds go towards the upkeep of this Historic Home.