Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 14 No. 5                               May 2022

June 11 - March For Our Lives - More information here and here.

June 13 - Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club, Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 6:30 pm. Ashley Aune, state Representative for the 14th MO District, will be the speaker. Note new meeting time!

June 16 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee, Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 7:00 pm.

June 21 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 6:30 pm. Scott Wagner. candidate for Western Clay County Commissioner, In-District will be the speaker.

June 26 - Fundraiser for Charles West, candidate for Missouri 6th Congressional District hosted by Laurie McGuire at her home 14725 NW 62th Circle, Parkville. 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Northland Democratic Club - click here.
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club - click here.
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 County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women’s Club met on May 9 at the Platte County Resource Center. We had no speaker because the business agenda was long enough to take the whole meeting. Meredith Peace reported that Music and Mimosas was a great success.

President, Rita McGuire called the meeting to order. The minutes of the April meeting were approved. Rita thanked Kathy Bray for providing minutes while our regular secretary Elizabeth Murtagh-Yaw is out with Covid-19. Tracy Holthaus presented the treasurer’s report which was approved. Meredith Peace reported that proceeds for Music and Mimosas included $500 from the Women’s Club raffle which was put together at the last minute. Alice Wadsworth reported that the Club’s fund raising and membership committees still need members. We hope to have both meetings before our June meeting. The Membership committee met on Monday May 23rd.

Club members discussed plans for a voter registration drive. Lee Karbaumer brought VOTE HERE signs she had printed. They look fantastic – simple and very visible. The preliminary proposal is to do voter registration at the YMCA and possibly at the Parkville Farmer’s Market. Sharen Hunt said she had looked into the possibility of a booth at Parkville Days. She reported that non-profits will not be allowed this year. Alice Wadsworth reported that she is still working to update the Women’s Club Facebook page.

Lee Karbaumer encouraged members to write letters to the editor regarding issues. She said she would be glad to help others do so. In the discussion, it was noted that it might be a good idea to encourage letter writing on a particular subjects as the newspapers – especially The Star – chooses letters in part on the number of letters they receive on the issue at hand.

Rita reported that, as a result of the member survey, the new meeting time will be 6:30 p.m. starting with the June meeting. Hopefully, this will make it easier for members who have office jobs to join us.

Rita brought up the state association’s proposed By-Law changes circulated by Charli Seitz, President of the 6th Congressional District FWDC. The proposed changes will be voted on at the State Meeting in June in Jefferson City. The most important change would be to eliminate congressional district level groups and increase state membership fees from $1 per member to $5 per member to state. Our members are NOT in favor; specifically, they think it is important to have an organization that represents the entire 6th District. (all 35 Counties even though some county clubs have dissolved during the pandemic). We also think that some increase in the state membership fee is OK but a fivefold increase is too much because local funds are used to support local candidates. Rita also reported that the Clay County Women’s Club, The Fem Dems has been dissolved. Our members would like to extend an invitation to their members to join the Platte County group. It was suggested that the invitation be made at the Northland Democratic Club.

Laurie McGuire announced that she is planning a fund raising event for Charles West at her home, 14725 NW 62nd Circle, Parkville. The date was set as Tuesday as June 26th afternoon 1:00-4:00. Laurie asked for volunteers.
Sharen Hunt, program chair, reported that Ashley Aune, Representative for the Missouri State Legislature, District 14 will be our speaker in June. Ashley will provide a legislative update for the session just ended.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
Chair David Christian reported that the Missouri Democratic Party has received a grant of $50,000 from the National Democratic Party to pay for staff at offices across Missouri. Unfortunately this was not the amount expected; neither Platte nor Buchanan Counties made the list of counties that will receive support. The Democratic Insider post for May 13th on our website provides further details Go here.

The Committee discussed the need for another fundraiser to allow us to open an Election Headquarters after the August 2nd Primary. The possibility of doing another event at Alldredge Orchard was brought up. The consensus was that this was a fun event and a good opportunity for people to meet candidates. It is not a great venue for a fund raiser. The Committee decided to look for ideas and report back at the next meeting.

It was reported that Northland Progress is hosting Happy Hour at Paul and Jack’s Tavern to provide a legislative update for the 2022 session.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club met at the ACA Club 1400 NW Vivian Road on May 17th. Sherry Duffett, Treasurer convened the meeting at 7:00 pm. She announced she is running for Clay County Commission, Eastern District which will have 4 additional members, due to the new constitution approved by voters in November of 2020.

Sherry introduced guest speaker Jamie Johnson, candidate for Missouri House District 12 which covers the southern part of Platte County and includes Parkville and Riverside. Her top three issues are Public Education, Veteran Support and Bodily Health Autonomy. She has the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and bi-partisan support. Jamie welcomes volunteers to help with her anticipated three voter contact passes in the new district. Sign up to help here. Additional information about Jamie’s campaign and priorities can be found at her website

The Clay County Democratic Central Committee’s “Night at the Elms” will be August 20th
Northland Progress
On May 25, Northland Progress sponsored a Happy Hour at Paul and Jack’s Tavern, 1801 Clay Street in North Kansas City from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The program was a review of the highs and lows of the just ended Missouri General Assembly legislative session. The legislators urged everyone to call the Governor’s office to urge him not to sign the so called election integrity law that just passed the Missouri Senate. The law may well be unconstitutional. In any case, Missouri’s elections are already secure. This bill would not improve voting in Missouri.

The summary presentation was presented by Maggie Nurrenbern, State Representative, District 15; Wes Rogers, State Representative for District 18 (Wes is running for the Kansas City Council in the 2nd District at-large) and Mark Sharp, State Representative 36th District. Jamie Johnson, candidate for MO 12th District, also spoke.
Mark Sharp Wes Rogers Maggie Nurrenbern
Jamie Johnson
"Music and Mimosas" Photos - second chance!
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Paid for by PCDCC, John Kirchmeier Treasurer