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Statement from the Chairman, Filing Update and more

A Statement from Chairman Wrabec

Paul J. Wrabec

Chairman

Telephone: (816) 898-4098

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            As I write this letter to our Democratic Committee, we are all concerned for the health of our State Representative and Committee member Hon. Joe Runions who has been diagnosed with the CoronaVirus. This hits home for all of us.

            Joe is dedicated to his family, the IBEW, Labor, the Democratic Party and is a friend to all.  While this global health disaster is touching everyone worldwide, I have kept waiting for the President of the United States to have a Fireside Chat to reassure our country and have some hope. This is not a Democrat or Republican Virus as this Virus is Nonpolitical and it will strike and kill no matter your political beliefs.

            In January of 2020, President Trump had information from his National Security Council that told him 165 million people worldwide could die and the US Economy could be affected by $3 trillion dollars from the CoronaVirus. President Trump’s response was, “IT’S A DEMOCRATIC HOAX!” Tell that to the families that lost loved ones and can’t have a funeral.

            Many of our Democratic processes for Caucuses and Delegate Selections are now different than it has ever been in History.  Many of our Democratic Candidates and Organizations have had to cancel meetings, fundraising events and door knocking because of this Virus. Our own Democratic Committee is having to change dates for our meetings and fundraising activities including the annual Truman Gala. Our office is closed but we will be working remotely.

            I’m calling on all Committee members to be Empowered and Share the Democratic Energy that is from within and under our control to achieve the Goals we all believe in.  Trust your Democratic thoughts and act on it. We need you now!

May God Help the United States of America and the World!

Paul J. Wrabec

 

Filing For Office Now By Appointment Only

As of Monday afternoon, filing for county offices including Sheriff, Prosecutor and Committee person is now only allowed by appointment directly with the Clerk of the Legislature's office.  Despite requests to the Secretary of State's office, the deadline will remain Tuesday March 31.

  • To schedule an appointment to file at our Independence location, 201 W. Lexington, 2nd Floor, Independence, MO 64050, call and leave a message at 816-881-3246.
  • To schedule an appointment to file at our Downtown Courthouse location, 415 E. 12th Street, 2nd Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106, call and leave a message at 816-881-3240.

The County Clerk's Office will be closed until April 24, 2020. Please Check our website for updates.

 

Tax Filing Extended

  • The deadline to file income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
  • Payment relief for individuals and corporations:Income tax payment deadlines for individual and corporate income returns with a due date of April 15, 2020, are extended until July 15, 2020. This payment relief applies to all individual income tax returns, income tax returns filed by C Corporations, and income tax returns filed by trusts or estates. The Department of Revenue will automatically provide this relief, so filers do not need to take any additional steps to qualify.
  • This relief for individuals and corporations will also include estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020.
  • Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. Individuals and corporations that file their return or request an extension of time to file by July 15, 2020, will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the tax paid by July 15.

County Executive Frank White Proposes $10m Response

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. released an emergency funding proposal today to combat the toll of COVID-19 on our community. The County Executive named his emergency funding proposal in honor of Missouri State Representative Joe Runions, who recently announced he was diagnosed with COVID-19.  
 
The Runions Act funding breakdown:
  • Truman Medical Centers (TMC) – $3 million
  • To assist the hospital purchase needed medical equipment, such as ventilators or personal protective equipment (PPEs), increase their testing capacity, including drive-through testing and increasing their limited hospital bed capacity
  • Jackson County Health Department – $1 million
  • For testing kits, PPEs, additional staffing and other resources to assist in the testing and contract tracing of COVID-19
  • Community Health Providers – $1 million
  • Maximize TMC and the County Health Department’s reach and capacity by partnering with other community health care providers to increase testing, contact tracing and care for uninsured
  • Temporary Sheltering and Increased Hospital Capacity – $2 million
  • To provide temporary housing for individuals who do not have a safe location to stay during their quarantining, including but not limited to those who are: housing insecure, homeless, living with high-risk persons
  • Increase the number of beds available throughout the County, should the need outpace the currently supply
  • Food Delivery – $1.5 million
  • For area food agencies to provide meal delivery to those who are unable, or it is unsafe, for them to leave their homes. Agencies will be encouraged to hire unemployed service employees, or utilize restaurants negatively impacted by the virus, to assist in the preparation and delivery of food
  • First Responder/Public Safety – $1.5 million
  • For first responders, law enforcement and detention facilities to provide PPEs, additional equipment and staffing
  • Funds to be matched by local municipalities
The County Executive has had good conversation with members of the County Legislature about this proposal and will continue working with them to move this proposal forward. While this is the County Executive’s proposal, the ultimate decision on how much funding is made available and who receives it, will be up to the Legislature.
 
County Executive White has requested that the Legislature hold an emergency meeting as soon as possible to consider the Rep. Joe Runions Act.

 

Major Changes to Delegate Selection

All mass meetings scheduled on April 6th are cancelled and the delegate selection plan will be updated to have all state delegates, which under the prior plan would have been elected at the mass meetings, to be elected at the congressional conventions instead. 

  • Previously, the state delegates elected at mass meetings on April 6th would then move on to the April 30th congressional convention and June 20th state convention. We are collapsing the first step of mass meetings to instead elect all state delegates at the congressional district conventions (postponed to be held on May 30th), and then those delegates will immediately proceed to elect the national convention delegates. This is to reduce the number of meetings held for safety purposes, and it still fulfills the process of electing state delegates who vote in congressional conventions and go onto the state convention to vote on resolutions, at-large national delegates, and DNC members. 
  • The total state delegation size will remain the same. The calculations for delegate apportionment and allocation will be done in accordance with how the current delegate selection plan details. 
  • The previous role of mass meeting chairs – county chairs, and ward and township committeepeople in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Jackson County – will be modified in accordance with moving state delegates to be elected at the congressional conventions. The Congressional Conventions will have an officer of a county committee that falls within the congressional district serve as the Secretary for the Congressional Convention meeting, rather than the Secretary of the Congressional District Committee. 
  • Form MM (filing to run for a state delegate) may now be filed in advance by May 15th so that state delegate candidates who do not attend in person may still be considered to fill vacancies. They may still be filed in-person at the Congressional Conventions on May 30th so that those coming in person, who have not pre-filed, may still run as state delegates. The pre-filing forms will be used to fill vacant state delegate positions. Those who have already prefiled their Form MM will remain valid. You can fill out that form HERE.

CONGRESSIONAL CONVENTIONS: All congressional conventions scheduled on April 30th are postponed to May 30th. 

  • State delegates will be elected as the first step at the May 30th congressional conventions, and then will immediately proceed to elect the national district-level delegates from each congressional district. 
  • The congressional district chair will act as the meeting chair during the entirety of the in-person meeting, from electing state delegates to electing national delegates. Caucuses will still be formed for each respective candidate, which will have caucus chairs that report results to the meeting chair. The Congressional Conventions will have an officer of a county committee that falls within the congressional district serve as the Secretary for the Congressional Convention meeting, rather than the Secretary of the Congressional District Committee.
  • In the event that in-person congressional conventions are not recommended by federal, state, and local public health authorities, the MDP will officially chair each congressional convention in order to run teleconferencing and/or video conferencing software to conduct the convention. 
  • Delegates elected to the state convention will be elected in the same proportion as the original delegate selection plan indicated, granting the same number of delegate positions to each county, ward, or township as was allocated in the original delegate selection plan. Any vacancies not filled by state delegates afterward will be filled by those in attendance at the congressional convention and then those who pre-filed and will be selected by random drawing. 
  • District-Level national delegates may pre-file by May 15th and will be considered to run as national delegates if they are first elected as state delegates at the beginning of the congressional convention, or they may file and run in person at the Congressional Convention on May 30th.
  • The 5th Congressional District convention will be at IBEW 124 (301 E. 103rd Terr KCMO), time TBD.

Read the full report from the Missouri Democratic Party and more about delegate selection here. More information will be posted when available.

The JCDC Office

Our Independence office will be closed to the public until at least April 6. Please connect via email at jacksoncountydemocrats@gmail.com or geoff@jacksoncodems.org. When we are back up, we will be ordering more buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs for supporters to buy. Until then, stay safe and be smart!


 

Online Meeting -
Status of Reproductive Rights in KS and MO
Tuesday, March 24th

 
Thursday, March 24th
6:00 pm on Zoom
Jane Doe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: GKCWPC March Meeting
Time: Mar 24, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Rachel Sweet, Regional Director of Public Policy and Organizing at Planned Parenthood Great Plains, will provide an update on the legislative and court proceedings concerning women's reproductive rights in both Kansas and Missouri.
 
We'll also discuss how individuals and candidates can most effectively talk about the need for access to full reproductive rights.