Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 13 No. 9                                September 2021

October 11 - Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club - 5:30 p.m. Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. The speaker will be a representative from the Platte County Public Administrator's office.

October 13 - Belated birthday celebration and reunion for Melba Nicolaisen. Please contact Rita McGuire for details and to reserve a seat. , 816-225-4506

October 16 - Fall Festival at the Alldredge Orchard. See below for more information.

October 19 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 6:30 check-in, 7:00 meeting. The speaker will be Timothy Shepard, Democratic Candidate for US Senate (Roy Blunt’s spot).

October 21 - 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
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
2021 Fall Festival
Three ways to buy tickets. Click here.
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women’s Club met on September 13th at the Platte County Resource Center.

Guest speaker Charles West, candidate for Missouri’s 6th Congressional District gave us an update on his campaign. Of particular note, he said that one of the young people he has talked while campaigning suggested that he include Tik Tok videos in his campaign. He decided to try that, aiming his videos squarely at Sam Graves and the fact that he does not actually live in Missouri, that his biggest funders are in Texas and Colorado and that he has not held a town hall meeting in the Kansas City area for a decade. He said he hopes to force Graves to publicly respond. He also said that this has become his most successful fundraiser.

John DeFoor, Sr. candidate for Platte County Presiding Commissioner was scheduled to speak. Shortly after the meeting, we learned that John had been hospitalized with Covid-19. He and his family are fully vaccinated but after he caught pneumonia, he came down with Covid-19. The most recent reports are that his condition is improving, that he is getting stronger. We ask that everyone to send your best wishes for a full recovery.

Next on the agenda, Lee Karbaumer presented the most recent draft of the “Democrats Believe” card that we have been discussing for several meetings. Some of our members thought it was too long or wanted to change the wording. Lee has revised the card and will present the new version at the October meeting. Sharen Hunt handed out the Platte County Democrats business card featuring our website, email address, Post Office Box & urging everyone to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The cards are a good first step in letting people know that we are here and how to reach us.

In response to Republican efforts to suppress the vote, Carol Hunt sent an email to Women’s Club members about the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition MOVPC part of a national coalition for election protection. For more information:
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met on September 16 at the Platte County Resource Center.

There was a brief discussion of final plans for the Fall Festival. Items for the raffle were displayed. A decision was made to conduct the raffle by selling tickets for $1 each and placing a small bag by the description of each item and allowing people to drop a ticket in the bag next to the item they want. Participants will be assigned a number to write on their tickets. The person with the most tickets for each item will win.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club met at the ACA Club on September 19th. Henry Martin chaired the meeting.

Our guest speaker was Stephen Melton, a retired military officer living in Parkville and the current leader of the Kansas City Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on a specific piece of legislation and a proven strategy to gain its passage. They are working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world. They advocate the use of a carbon fee paid by users of carbon and a dividend paid to the people. The Citizens’ Climate has supported the idea of a carbon fee and dividend so people can afford a transition to clean energy. He also said 5th District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver supports this carbon fee and dividend system as a part of the proposed reconciliation infrastructure bill.

Larry Bradley also gave a presentation on ranked voting. Ranked voting, also known as ranked-choice voting or preferential voting, refers to any voting system in which voters use a ranked (or preferential) ballot to select more than one candidate (or other alternative being voted on) and to rank these choices in a sequence on the ordinal scale of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

There is a Ballot Initiative Petition Drive to get this system authorized in Kansas City elections..Get more information here
Paid for by PCDCC, John Kirchmeier Treasurer