Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 13 No. 3                                March 2021
Calendar 

April 6 - Municipal and School Board Elections - see below.

April 8 - Zoom Meet and Greet for U.S. Senate candidate Tim Shepard. 6:30 pm

April 12 - Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club will meet via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Virtual meeting. Those who want to join us should contact Rita McGuire at ritakay638@gmail.com , 816-225-4506.

April 15 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. - virtual meeting - Contact dems@plattedems.org for Zoom link.

April 20 - Northland Democratic Club, Groundhog Day Theater, #6 6906 N. Oak Tfwy, Gladstone. 6:30 pm - see below.

 
Clay County Democrats - click here
Jackson County Democrats - click here
Indivisible Kansas City - click here.
Greater KC Women's Caucus - click here.
Northland Progress - click here.
Buchanan County Democrats - click here
Platte Municipal and School Board Elections - April 6
Go to this page on the Missouri Secretary of State’s web site to find your polling place and candidates and issues that are on the ballot for your address.

Kansas City residents, please note that if the Earnings Tax is not renewed the law says it cannot be reconsidered. VOTE YES to be sure City services continue.
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women’s Club met via Zoom on March 8, 2021. On the agenda were a discussion of, the Draft “How You Can Help” document, the Draft of the “Women’s Club Flyer” that explains who the Women’s Club is and how we hope to help Democratic candidates win, and the Draft “Women’s Club Platform”.

State Representative Ashley Aune, District 14 provided a brief presentation on what’s happening at the State Capital. Unfortunately, the news is not good. Our overwhelmingly Republican legislature seems intent on defying the will of the people. Representative Aune noted that the legislature was getting ready to discuss Medicaid Expansion. Since then, the Budget Committee has refused to provide funding for Medicaid Expansion thus depriving 230,000 eligible Missouri citizens of access to medical care during this pandemic. She also noted that the legislature had recently passed a bill that would allow guns on public transportation. Representative Aune also sponsored a Zoom Call with constituents to provide a legislative update on March 15th. The number of bills that have been introduced that are directly contrary to the interests and will of voters includes: voter suppression measures that would make it more difficult to vote, and eliminate some reasons for requesting an absentee ballot; a measure that would eliminate local control of public health measures and; nullification of any potential Federal gun restrictions are all almost certainly unconstitutional.

There was a brief discussion of the 2022 election. The news that Roy Blunt has decided not to run for the Senate has been greeted with enthusiasm. The possibility that Sam Graves might run or disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens might run for this seat is disturbing news. On the other hand, it gives us early warning that Bunt’s Senate seat and possibly Representative Graves’ 6th Congressional District seat may both be open. We have work to do. These two openings have to be top priorities. The outrageous legislative agenda of our regressive Republican State Legislature also makes electing more Democrats to the State Legislature an imperative. Democrats Charles West and Henry Martin have expressed interest in the 6th Congressional House seat. Democrats Lucas Kunce, Scott Sifton and, Tim Shepherd have expressed interest in running for the open U.S. Senate seat.

Following the meeting guest speaker Anna Delisio from Free Hot Soup gave a presentation on the origin of this volunteer organization and how they work to help feed people who are without housing. The wish list of donated items includes: mittens, scarves, coats, tents, back packs, jeans, shorts, face masks, travel sized toiletries including hand sanitizer, soap, and hand lotion.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met via Zoom on March 18. Guest David Park, candidate for Platte County Health Department Trustee led a discussion about the importance of this position especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced that eligibility for vaccinations would be available to everyone starting on April 9th.

There was a brief discussion following a question about the Northland Democratic Club. The Club is not currently holding meetings. They are looking into the possibility of doing Zoom meetings but the Club is currently in limbo. Sadly, today, March 31st, the Treasurer announced that Cathy Spears, former Treasurer and longtime Clay County activist passed away on March 30th. She will be missed by many in Clay and Platte Counties.

Paula Willmarth announced that the State Committee Meeting would be next week (the week of March 22nd) and that she would provide a report at the next PCDCC meeting.

Sharen Hunt asked if it would be possible for the Women’s Club to share a Post Office Box with the Central Committee. She also reported that she was contacted by Shirley Kinsey (90 years old) who offered to share a wooden donkey with the Central Committee. Sharen Hunt agreed to meet Shirley to retrieve the critter for possible use at events, booths or parades.
Wanda Park raised the possibility of sponsoring an online Forum possibly on environmental issues for some time in mid-May.

The Committee agreed that our next Central Committee meeting would be via Zoom with the possibility of hosting an in person session in May at the Platte County Resource Center as most Committee members will be fully vaccinated by then. The possibility of making it a hybrid, in person and online meeting was raised. It was agreed that might be a good way to proceed.
Northland Democratic Club

The Northland Democratic Club
will be meeting for the first time in 2021!

This will be a socially distant event and masks will be required.
(Pending local, county, state, CDC guidelines.)

When: Tuesday, April 20th , 6:30 pm
Where: The Groundhog Day Theater
6906 #B N. Oak Trafficway
Gladstone, MO 64118

Agenda: Election of Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary
Please let me know if you or someone you know may be
interested in filling one of these positions.

I am pleased to report that I have received some membership
dues. Dues are $15 per year. Mail a check payable to NDC to:
Sherry Duffett
1563 Smiley St
Liberty, MO 64068
816-507-2337

The meetings will continue to be scheduled
on the 3rd Tuesday of the month

Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Northland Progress
Northland Progress held its first meeting since the pandemic via Zoom on March 9th. Guest speakers included Mayor Quinton Lucas, State Representatives Ashley Aune and Wes Rogers.

Mayor Lucas spoke about the importance of passing continuation of Kansas City’s e-tax. Basic services of the City including trash and snow removal, water department, fire and police protection are all at risk. The current law will not allow Kansas City to ask for another vote if the measure is defeated. The future of the City is at stake. Please vote YES on Question 1 to renew Kansas City’s 1% earnings tax.

Blake Green announced that Northland Progress has a new Executive Director, Sierra West. Welcome!

This week Northland Progress sent out a call to action in response to our legislators refusal to fund Medicaid Expansion in spite of the overwhelming vote that made Expansion a Constitutional Amendment. Click here to Contact your Representative. Tell them to fully fund Medicaid Expansion.

Call or message your Representative. Share the news with friends. Recommit to the fight today with Northland Progress at northlandprogress.org