Table Set for Greitens Impeachment
Keeping up with the Eric Greitens drama is no easy task. Each week, several major milestones are reached in what has been the most bizarre and scandal-ridden two years in Missouri government history. Last week's biggest item may be the most historic to date: just one day after the release of a second report by the House Special Investigative Committee, members of both legislative chambers gathered more than enough signatures from themselves to call the General Assembly into a special session. The session's purpose is exclusively about Governor Greitens and will determine if disciplinary actions, including impeachment, will be taken against him. This is the first time in state history the General Assembly has called itself into a special session and could be the first time a Governor will be impeached. The special session will officially begin shortly after the regular session ends on May 18 and run for up to 30 days.
Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh: "Eric Greitens should have resigned weeks ago. Unfortunately, he has refused to do the right thing. That’s why members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have joined our Republican colleagues in calling the Missouri General Assembly into Special Session immediately following the conclusion of regular business to consider the impeachment of the governor.”
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty: "...With the alleged crimes committed by Eric Greitens and his refusal to do the honorable thing and resign, the impossible became possible. The House investigative committee has done outstanding work to date, but as we near the end of the regular legislative session, it is clear the committee needs additional time to finish building its case and prepare articles of impeachment for the House to consider. Pursuing impeachment against a Missouri governor is history none of us wants to make, but Eric Greitens’ actions have made it unavoidable.”
While we wait on the special session, the courts continue their work with the criminal charges brought against Greitens. Jury selection begins this week for the felony invasion of privacy charge where the trial is set to begin May 14th in St. Louis. Every motion made by the defense to strike witnesses or move to a bench trial has been denied. Simply put, Greitens' defense team's argument has been that he is too famous now to get a fair trial, but he's totally innocent. Rampant speculation over the weekend points toward Greitens using the 5th Amendment to avoid perjury charges and to keep his story straight in public.
How all of this ends is still anyone's guess, but most signs point toward impeachment by the House sometime in June. If that happens, the Senate will select a panel to determine if Greitens will be removed from office.
The 31st Annual Truman Gala is One Month Away
Missouri's largest annual gathering of Democrats, Jackson County's own Truman Gala, is set for June 9th at Arrowhead Stadium. You can buy your tickets online now as well as secure sponsorships and space in our program booklet. This year's event will be critical toward raising the money needed to support our candidates in flipable districts in eastern Jackson County. We will hear remarks from Senator Claire McCaskill, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Auditor Nicole Galloway and a special nationally recognized guest.
Thank you to our sponsors: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Jean Peters Baker for Prosecutor, Plumbers and Gas Fitters Local 8, UAW Midwest States CAP Council, Pipefitters Local 533, Operating Engineers Local 101, Missouri NEA, TJP Strategies, Jalen Anderson for Jackson County, International Association of Firefighters Local 42, Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council.
Do you or someone you know want to see how campaigns work behind the scenes? We're looking for a few good interns this season to join us for an educational experience rolling between now and November. Priority given to people with experience in website maintenance, Excel, or working with volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply or for more information.
Club Meetings and Events:
- Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monday, May 14: State and County Candidates Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm, at Californo's, (4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111) The August 7 primary election is fast approaching. Meet the candidates for county offices and for state representative and senate. The General Assembly will still be in session, and there will be another candidate forum prior to the General Election. Those interested in participating should email email@example.com
Keri Ingle Volunteer Event: Saturday, May 19. Volunteer action and training in two shifts (please arrive about 30 minutes early for the training portion); first shift starts at 10am, second shift at noon. 705 SW Winterwalk Ln. Lee's Summit, MO 64081. We will be knocking doors, making phone calls and writing postcards to area voters. RSVP HERE.
State Coordinated Campaign Offices: Be on the lookout in the next three weeks for campaign offices to be opened in Kansas City and Lee's Summit. These will be hubs of activity for anyone who wants to volunteer for McCaskill, Galloway and local candidates. Two will be open by early June and possibly more in the area shortly after.
Post Card Writing Campaign: Do you want help voter turnout for the June election in Clay County? Do you have legible handwriting? Contact Geoff and learn how you can help get postcards out at the end of the month: firstname.lastname@example.org. It's super easy! We'll be using the same strategy in November too.
JUST 10 LEFT: 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! email@example.com
Winston Apple, 6th Congressional District
Let's Talk Politics Over Dinner
Please join Winston Apple for can evening of dinner and politics on May 17th at Sinclair's restaurant located at 1402 NW Hwy 7, Blue Springs, MO, 64014 from 6-8PM. Winston will be speaking about "Our Promise to America" and why he is running for office. He would like to meet you and hear your questions, concerns and suggestions. For more information, contact Michele Dickerson at 254-415-9605 or firstname.lastname@example.org . We will see you there!
Join us for our annual Trailblazer's Celebration, May 23rd at 6:00
Honoring Young Silence Breakers
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
2345 Grand, Suite 220
Kansas City, MO 64108
Taylor Hirth & Abbie Hodgson, Keynote Speakers
These two exceptional women will share their stories of speaking up to stop inappropriate behavior in the Kansas and Missouri State Legislatures.
Our Women's Political Hall of Fame Awardees
Hon. Judy Morgan
Hon. Ponka We Victors
Join us in celebrating our honorees and their commitment to our state legislatures.
The reception begins at 6:00 pm, with the program at 6:30 pm.
Your attendance helps support the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus's mission of increasing women's participation in politics.
Reserve Your Tickets Online