Congratulations to One of Jackson County's Own
Keri Ingle of Lee's Summit was elected by the Democratic Caucus to serve as House Whip for the upcoming session in the State House of Representatives. This honor puts one of Jackson County's own into leadership and further ensures our area will get a strong voice in policy making and legislative priorities in the upcoming year. Rep. Ingle flipped a long-held Republican seat in 2018 and has clearly been identified as a trusted and sharp leader within the party.
The Blue Springs City Council voted unanimously Monday to expand the city’s fair housing ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected classes.
Courtney Yount McGinnis, writing on behalf of the city’s Human Relations Commission, had requested the change after a group of students from Blue Springs South High School petitioned the commission earlier this year for the change, which now puts the city codes beyond state statutes with regard to non-discrimination in housing.
In her letter, Yount McGinnis quoted the students’ final line from their petition: “We believe that all citizens deserve the economic empowerment that is housing. That is why we urge you, City Council, to make the change.”
Two years ago, at the commission’s recommendation, the city had updated its fair housing ordinance to include language related to gender, religious affiliation and physical ability.
Gavin Schaefer, Shelby Norman and Ezekial Butler, co-presidents of the Young Democrats at Blue Springs South, thanked the council for its decision to affirm the students’ cause.
“I do not have the full capacity to share with you tonight my gratitude,” Schaefer said, noting that state data from the Movement Advancement Project show more than 2,000 Blue Springs residents gained housing protection due to Monday’s vote.
Norman said that as a member of the LGBTQ community who plans to continue living in the city, “It means more than you will know.”
“These aren’t just words on a paper,” Norman had said two weeks earlier. “These words are going to be people’s lives.”
Special thanks to the active members of the Blue Springs South High School Dems and JCDC Committeeman Scott Casey for making their case to the Blue Springs City Council ahead of this vote. This could be motivation to change a few minds in the statehouse when it comes to the Missouri Non Discrimination Act (MONA), which has failed to pass over two decades.
It's important to note that AG Schmitt went out of his way to put his name on the brief, which clearly aims to make discrimination legal based on sexual orientation. When in the State Senate, he conveniently missed the vote that would have passed MONA in 2013 despite voting on the bills both before and after that day. Passage of the bill is popular across party lines as the average voter in this state knows that discrimination has no place in the 21st century. Getting many Missouri Republicans on board with that concept remains a challenge.
Eric Schmitt was appointed Attorney General by equally unelected Governor Mike Parson after disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens resigned resulting in a shakeup in the executive branch that hasn't been seen since the Civil War. Currently, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer and Attorney General are serving in offices they were not elected into.
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State Representatives Ker Ingle, Judy Morgan and Ashley Bland Manlove were all guests on the panel discussion hosted by the Missouri Times this Sunday. Check out their discussion after hearing remarks from House Minority Leader Crystal Quade HERE.
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Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
Heartland Alliance for Progress: August 26, 5:15-7pm, 125 E 31st St. KCMO. Manny Abarca IV and immigration attorney Jessica Piedra discuss the life of immigrants and what can be done in policy at the local, state and federal levels.
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: https://traindemocrats.org/event/ndtc-blue-bench-training-missouri/?fbclid=IwAR2VPSvXH0ioXaBZfuKQsEZSaZeHJMhr9tT6WgiNXRX-kUI7f3fCMlryYaQ
5th District Democratic Women's Club: Coffee and Conversation with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II. Saturday September 7, 9:00-10:30am, 6104 Brookside Blvd. RSVP bly September 2 via text or call to 816-739-1803.
Keri Ingle Re-Election Event: "All Hands on Deck" Fundraiser in support of Lee's Summit State Rep Keri Ingle. September 5, Pearl Tavern (1672 NW Chipman Rd. Lee's Summit). Brings friends! Donate online at www.keriingle.com
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus: 28th Annual Torch Dinner. Save the date for September 27th!
13th Annual City Council Cancer Benefit: Join current and past members of the Kansas City Council along with hundreds of supporters as they hold another wonderful event benefiting cancer research Wednesday October 23rd. Final details to come. Check here for more updates.