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New Year: News and Events

The big year is finally here

Missouri Democrats Building Blue Webinar

Join the Missouri Democratic Party and Committeewoman Michelle Kiehne tomorrow, January 6th, at 8:00 PM for the MO Dem Party's Building Blue Webinar: Increasing Diversity Within the Party. RSVP here and we'll send out the login details an hour or so before the webinar. 
 
If you can't make it tomorrow, sign up for any of our monthly trainings here. We'll send out an update later about the topics of future trainings.

Minimum Now Up in Missouri, Still A Long Way To Go

The standard statewide minimum wage for most Missouri workers has now increased to $9.45 an hour as of Jan. 1, a jump of 85 cents from the 2019 rate of $8.60 an hour. The bump is the second part of a phased-in increase approved by voters last year that eventually will take the minimum wage to $12 an hour in three years.
 
Missouri’s standard minimum had been $7.85 an hour until Missouri voters enacted Proposition B in November 2018 with 62.3 percent support. The first annual increase of 75 cents an hour called for by Proposition B took effect last Jan. 1. The minimum wage will go up by 85 cents a year – hitting $10.30 an hour in 2021 and $11.15 an hour in 2022 – before topping out at $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2023.
 
As a nation, the minimum wage is not a LIVING wage. There is no community in America, especially no urban area or suburb, where someone working 40 hours a week can afford rent, and basic living expenses for a family of three. Voters did the right thing taking the minimum wage out of the hands of Jefferson City Republicans, who would prefer to have no minimum wage anywhere (and actually overturned voter's decisions in Kansas City and St. Louis to rage wages in their own cities). We have more work to do but public opinion, led by Democrats, has shifted dramatically on this issue over the last decade.
 
Parson Administration Takes Another Shot at a Union
 
Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration has stopped withholding union dues from the paychecks of members of the Missouri Correctional Officers Association, which represents corrections workers at the state’s 20 prisons. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported the action in its Dec. 27 edition.
 
The move comes as the union and state are in the process of negotiating a new contract for a bargaining unit that includes more than 5,000 workers at the Missouri Department of Corrections. In a Dec. 9 letter to union officials, the Missouri Office of Administration, which oversees the state payroll, said it no longer is required to withhold the dues since the previous contract with corrections workers requiring it to do so expired in September.
 
By blocking automatic payroll deductions, the state makes it significantly harder for the union to collect dues from its members and could cause the union financial hardship, at least in the short term, as it sorts out an alternate payment process. “It’s a pitiful attempt to bankrupt the organization,” Tim Cutt, a union official, told the Post-Dispatch.
 
Speaking of the Parson Administration...
 
Missouri's unelected Governor will be delivering the annual State of the State address Wednesday, January 15 at 3pm in the House Chamber at the Capitol. A live video stream of the speech will be made available soon. Expect a lot of generic talking points that will appeal to the far-right members of the General Assembly instead of meaningful plans to address gun violence, stagnant wages, infrastructure and other issues that most Missouri citizens view as problems state government should be managing.
 
Those Republican Leaders Actually Don't Care What You Think Anyway
 
The Republican-controlled legislature is expected to make another run at repealing sweeping reforms to the statehouse redistricting process that Missouri voters overwhelming approved last election after the second regular session of the milestone 100th General Assembly gets underway Jan. 8.
 
Majority Republicans have been eager to repeal the redistricting reforms ever since voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment establishing them in November 2018. Under the new system, a non-partisan state demographer is charged with drawing new state House and Senate districts following criteria designed to maximize the number of competitive districts and avoid granting an advantage to any particular political party.
 
The House passed a repeal measure during the 2018 legislative session, but the measure died in a Senate committee in the session’s final days due to a procedural snafu. With the new system slated to be used during the next redistricting cycle in 2021, those seeking to scrap it must get a repeal amendment on the ballot for voters to consider this year.
 

 
 

Presidential Campaigns -- (no candidate is endorsed by the JCDC but we are happily passing on information about candidates as we are made aware).
 

Noe Gonzalez is the Missouri Organizing Lead for Joe Biden for President. If you are interested in canvassing opportunities in Iowa during the month of January, please click the link below.
 
 
Once people are signed up, Noe will call them to schedule shifts and answer any questions. Volunteers should expect to leave around 8am and return by 8-9pm that same night. Departure location will likely be St. James United Methodist Church. Our buses will be heading up to Des Moines, Iowa every Saturday in January and the weekend before the Iowa caucus.
 
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Warren for President

Phone Banking

601 E 31st St
Kansas City, MO 64109

Come help us make calls to the community, and recruit volunteers for Elizabeth Warren!! Please bring a laptop and a Cell phone. If you dont have one, please feel free to shoot us an email and we can figure it out!

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Road tripping for Mayor Pete to Iowa

The Iowa Caucuses are coming up in less than a month! This first contest will decide a lot for the future of our campaign.

Our teams on the ground in Iowa are filling thousands of volunteer shifts for the last several weeks before the caucuses -- and we need your help!

Are you able to join us in Iowa to help our organizing team in the last few weeks?

Grab a couple of friends, hop in a car, and head out to the Iowa field office nearest you to volunteer for Pete for America for a weekend -- or however long you’d like.


The $20 for '20 Campaign Needs Your Support

For the last several months, the Jackson County Democrats have been analyzing data, testing campaign messages, recruiting candidates, and building a team of volunteers to do everything we can to retake state and local offices come election night next November. Learning lessons from the past several elections and using the momentum against the damaging policies of Republicans at the federal and state levels, we are poised to have major victories here in Jackson County just like we saw recently in Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana.
 
But, of course, we need the resources to get the job done.  The JCDC has evaluated a budget from summer through the November election that requires $20,000 more than we raised and spent for the 2016 races.  Since we aren't Republicans with billionaire donors who fund PACs for a year with the stroke of a pen, we have to get our donations the hard way: a little bit at a time from many different sources. So how do we get to $20,000 in a grassroots campaign?
 
 
If we can get 100 unique donors to pledge $20 a month from now til the November election, we will meet our goal AND get a bonus of $5,000 from a great donor who is challenging us to get this done.  This extra funding will make a HUGE difference in supporting our candidates up and down the ballot as we know we will be outspent by our Republican opponents and their special interest money.  After the JCDC holiday party, we're about 30% of the way there.
 
By coming together and pledging $20 per month, we can show our Republican opponents we will challenge them everywhere in Jackson County and for every statewide office. Join the fight now and invite other friends and supporters to do the same. Onward to victory in 2020!