Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 13 No. 5                                May 2021

June 14 - Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club will meet in person at 5:30 p.m. Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO

June 15 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 6:30 pm.

June 17 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee will meet at Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO, 7:00 pm.

Clay County Democrats - click here
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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 Platte County Democratic Women’s Club met on May 10th via Zoom. Much of the discussion centered on the upcoming 90th Annual Missouri Federation of Women’s Democratic Clubs Convention scheduled to take place via Zoom on June 5th.

Charlie Seitz, 6th District Chair emphasized that deadlines had been extended to May 15th for registration, for program ads and for registration of delegates.

She also noted that the silent auction is one of the Federation’s major fund raising activities and urged Platte County to provide an item for the auction. Sharen Hunt, Rita McGuire and Lee Karbaumer pooled efforts to put together Platte County’s submission.

Delegates to the Convention were Alice Wadsworth, Rita McGuire and Lee Karbaumer.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met in person at the Platte County Resource Center for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic last year.

John De Foor announced that he has decided to run for Platte County Presiding Commissioner. He said he has already received lots of encouragement and is excited about the support he is receiving.

Ken Hunt reported that the State Party has decided to provide support to 10 counties for the 2022 election season. Platte and Buchannan Counties have been chosen to receive an office and coordinator financed by the State Party from October this year through November of 2022. The Coordinated campaign will take over financing in July of 2022.

A variety of ideas for fundraising and raising awareness of Democrats in Platte County were discussed. Chance Tacia, our newest member agreed to work on a social media strategy. We all need to consider fund raising ideas and ways to boost the visibility of Platte County Democrats for the year ahead. More discussion and planning are needed.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club held it’s second in person meeting in a space donated to the club by Jay Swearingen, the ACA Club on NW Vivian Road. It proved to be an excellent location and will be the home of the club for the next year.

Wes Rodgers, Missouri House Representative for the 18th District was the guest speaker. He provided an update on the legislative session that just ended. There was good news and bad news in the report.

Funding for Medicaid Expansion was not approved in spite of a Missouri Constitutional Amendment that passed by more than 60% of votes and in spite of the fact that the Federal government would have provided funding for the State share this year. A lawsuit is being filed but that will take time. This will cost Missouri billions of dollars in lost funding and lost care for many thousands of Missouri residents.

The legislature finally passed a Prescription Drug Database; Missouri was the only state that did not have this reference for physicians and pharmacists in place.

They also passed a gas tax that will gradually raise the state’s 17 cent per gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents a gallon over 5 years was passed. It will allow drivers to submit receipts to get a refund of the tax.

The legislature passed the “Wayfair” bill to allow taxation of online sales to Missouri residents. The bill also allowed Missouri to keep the earned income tax credit in the bill.

The legislature also passed a bill that would forbid local police from enforcing federal gun laws, a law that is very likely unconstitutional.

They also passed a school voucher bill that would allow private donors to donate scholarships to private schools and get state tax credits. This sends state tax money to private schools.

The legislature did not pass the voter suppression laws that had been proposed. They are expected to resurface in a special session later this year.
There was also a discussion about redistricting that will take place this year after the 2020 census. Exactly how this will play out is not known at this time.

Club Vice President John DeFoor announced that he had decided to run for Platte County Presiding Commissioner.
Wes Rogers (18th District), Henry Martin (Chair), Sherry Duffett (Treasurer), John DeFoor (Vice Chair)