Platte Dems
Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
    Volume 10 No. 10                                                                                                                                 October  2018
 
 
In This Issue
Election Night Watch Party
Clean Missouri
Best Slogan
PCFWDC
PCFWDC
2018 GOTV
Election Day Help Wanted
Democratic Candidates and Ballot Issues
November 6 Ballot Measures
Quick Links
  
  
Calendar   
 
October 22 - Direct Action for Democracy in MO ! Handwrite postcards to remind Missourians to vote November 6th! Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave. 5:15 - 7:00 p.m.  
 
October 23 - RESCHEDULED - Northland Democratic Club - SHEA Office, 4120 NE Vivion Rd, KCMO.  6:30 - 8:30 pm  (across street from Penguin Park)  Discussion of marijuana issues and election of officers. 
 
October 23 - Meet and Greet Matt Sain, House District 14, 1920 NW 62nd Terrace 6:00 p.m.
 
October 24 - Claire McCaskill's Fighting for You Tour in Kansas City, 3600 Broadway 3:00-4:00 p.m.
 
October 26 - Trunk 'N Treat - Platte County Community Center South, 8875 Clark Ave. 5:30-7:30 p.m. - several Platte County Democratic Candidates will be there. Bring your kids and grandkids - join the fun.
 
October 21 & 27 - Coffee before Canvassing foe Mitch Weber, House District 13. Meet at the Platte County Democratic Election Headquarters 9:00 a.m.
 
October 30 - Tentative date - Henry Martin 4 Congress #MOMatters Bus Tour - Platte Woods!
 
November 6 - GENERAL ELECTION DAY - GET OUT AND VOTE! 
 
November 12 - Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club - Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 5:30 pm.   
 
 
Other Events:
 
Jackson County Democrats - click here.  
Indivisible Kansas City - click here.
Greater KC Women's Caucus - click here.
Heartland Alliance for Progress - click here.  
Northland Progress - click here.
ResistHate KC - click here.
Buchanan County Democrats - click here.         
 
Election Night Watch Party  
Parkville American Legion
11 Main Street
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
 
Food and soft drinks provided
Cash bar
 
Bring snacks if you wish
 
Provided by Platte County Democratic Central Committee 
Clean Missouri is Fighting For You 
After surviving a legal challenge, Amendment 1 is still on the November ballot and is our chance to increase integrity, transparency, accountability in government - and to take back power from special interests.  Please help in any way you can.  Click here for more info.   
Best Slogan for 2018    
When they go low - WE GO VOTE !
Platte County Democratic Central Committee
The Central Committee met at Democratic Election Headquarters on Thursday October 18. Ken Hunt reported that the 34th Senatorial Committee needed to select representatives to the State Committee. Paula Willmarth and Bill Caldwell will be our representatives.
 
Candidates Mitch Weber and a representative of Martin T. Rucker II were introduced and spoke about GOTV efforts now underway. Stacy Webb made a brief presentation about Amendment 1 known as the Clean Missouri Initiative which, if passed, will reform the redistricting process, limit contributions from lobbyists and require a two year waiting period for elected officials to become lobbyists. For more information https://www.cleanmissouri.org . There was also a presentation from a representative from Jobs with Justice on Proposition B which, if passed will raise the minimum wage. Alice Wadsworth distributed a summary of all ballot issues that will appear on the November. There was a discussion of each on. The summary and recommendations are attached to this newsletter.
 
Mary Bay reported that the Voter Protection Hotline number is (833)336-8683. Lawyers will be on call to help if there are any problems. Be sure to ask for a Provisional Ballot if your name does not appear on voter registration rolls.
 
Katey Fairchild reported that the first phase of the Get Out the Vote efforts are beginning. Volunteers are needed to knock on doors and make phone calls. The phone number for election Headquarters is (816) 351-7068.
 
Platte County Federated Democratic Women's Club  
The Women's Club met at Democratic Election Headquarters on Monday October 8 for our last meeting before the midterm elections. On the agenda were announcements of upcoming campaign events and what became a very successful photo shoot for candidate David Park for Presiding Commissioner of Platte County.
 
The program presented by Peggy Gorenflo, MSW and P.O. Mark Canovi was an introduction to the Missouri Crisis Intervention Team (MO CIT). The program provides training to police officers for dealing with someone in a behavioral health crisis. The program are broad collaborations of law enforcement, behavioral health professionals, hospitals, emergency departments and community partners that recruit, train and support law enforcement officers to respond effectively to individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The objective of CIT training is to de-escalate individuals in crisis, to divert them from the criminal justice system and connect them to appropriate behavioral health resources.
 
When someone is in a behavioral health crisis they urged us to ask for a CIT officer when calling 911. For more information www.missouricit.org . Information was also provided on Tri-County Mental Health Services, 816 468-0400, https://www.tri-countymhs.org  .
 
Lee Karbaumer provided a report on the Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement - Court Watch Training. Court Watchers attend hearings in pairs or more and have simple forms to complete to summarize what they observe. Training is required. We hope to arrange for a Court Watch Training program through the Women's Club at some time after the November 6 election. Those who have questions may contact IJAM at 816 560-4616.
 
2018 Get Out The Vote
Turn Here 

The 2018 GOTV (Get Out The Vote) effort has officially begun. Now through November 6 - Platte County Democratic Election Headquarters needs volunteers to knock on doors, make phone calls, send text or write post cards. Stop by 6732 Tower Drive, Platte or call 816 35--7068. Open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
 
Election Day Help Wanted
Help wanted to work the polls on Election Day for David Park candidate for Platte County Presiding Commissioner.  Contact totheparks@hotmail.com    
 
Other candidates will also need help at the polls.  Their contact information are below. 
Democratic Candidates and Ballot Issues

With Election Season 2018 underway Platte County has excellent candidates running for every Statewide and State Legislative office.  Liking our candidate's Facebook pages is an excellent way to keep in touch with what is happening and where. It is also one of the most economical ways for candidates to reach you. We need everyone to participate in any way they can. Talk to your friends and neighbors, help us knock on doors, make phone calls, address post cards. Hold a neighborhood meeting to meet your local candidate and discuss pressing issues. Join us in writing letters to the editor on important issues.
 
Below is a list of all Democratic Candidates for Platte County.  After their name is their website followed by their Facebook site where available.  Between the two, you should find information on issues, positions, events, fundraisers, etc.

United States Senate
United States 6th Congressional District
Missouri State Treasurer
Missouri State Senate
Missouri State House of Representatives
 
Platte County Presiding Commissioner
Information on candidates and ballot issues for 2018 can also be found on Ballotpedia Missouri 2018, https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_elections,_2018   
 
Also make sure our Senators and representatives hear from you.
 
Member of Congress
Phone Number
Senator Blunt
(202) 224-5721
Senator McCaskill
(202) 224-6154
Representative Cleaver
(202) 225-4535
Representative Graves
(202) 225-7041
 
 
What You Need to Know About the  
November 6th Platte County Ballot Measures     
The November 6th Ballot will include seven (7) ballot issues; the language and purpose of these issues can be confusing. There are four Constitutional Amendments and three Propositions. "An Amendment" makes a change to the Missouri State Constitution. Those changes cannot be changed again without another vote of the people. A "Proposition" is a State "Statue" and can be changed by a vote of the State Legislature. For more information on all seven issues: https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_2018_ballot_measures  
 
We recommend that you be familiar the ballot issues before you go to vote. Allow extra time for voting because some voters will be seeing these questions for the first time. They will need time to read and decide how to vote.
 
Amendment 1 :      Elections -  Addresses lobbying, campaign finance and redistricting procedures -  Also Known as "The Clean Mo. Initiative".   Recommended vote YES                          
Amendment 2:       Marijuana - Legalizes marijuana for medical purposes - imposes 4% tax on sales of marijuana.  Recommended vote YES* 
 
Amendment 3:   Marijuana - Legalizes marijuana for medical purposes - imposes 15% tax on sales of to establish a state research institute. Recommended vote NO*  
 
Amendment 4:    Gambling - Changes requirement to manage bingo games and advertising at bingo games.  
 
Proposition B :     Minimum Wage - Increases Minimum Wage to $12 over several years.  Recommended vote YES 

Proposition C:     Marijuana - Legalizes marijuana for medical purposes - imposes 2% tax on sales of marijuana.  Recommended vote NO* 
 
Proposition D:    Taxes Increases gas tax 10 cents over several years, funds Missouri Highway Patrol, provides tax exemption for Olympic prizes, and creates fund for projects to improve roads and alleviate bottleneck traffic.
 
*There are three ballot measures dealing with medical marijuana. If you approve of making the use of marijuana legal for medical purposes vote for ONLY ONE.  If more than one proposal passes, the proposal with the most votes will be enacted.