Platte Dems
Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
    Volume 10 No. 9                                                                                                                              September  2018
In This Issue
Clean Missouri
David Park Events
Northland Progress
Upcoming Election News
Platte County Commission
Sen. McCaskill - Platte Co.
Election HQ
Election HQ
Democratic Candidates and Ballot Issues
Quick Links
September 27 - Meet Henry Martin - Democratic Candidate for Missouri 6th Congressional District.  Platte Woods Pizza Shoppe. 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  Info
October 6 - Weston Applefest - Parade walkers assemble at 9:30 am on Summerset Dr. north of Walnut for parade to begin at 10 am. 
October 8 - Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club - Platte County Democratic Election Headquarters, 6732 NW Tower, Platte Woods, MO.  5:30 pm.   
October 10 - Last day to register to vote in the November 6 election.  
October 10 - Poor People's Campaign - The Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at 6140 Swope Parkway, KCMO. Info.
October 16 - Northland Democratic Club - SHEA Office, 4120 NE Vivion Rd, KCMO.  6:30 - 8:30 pm  (across street from Penguin Park).  
October 18  - Platte County Democratic Central Committee - Platte County Democratic Election Headquarters, 6732 NW Tower, Platte Woods, MO.  7:00 pm.
David Park Events - Candidate for Platte County Presiding Commissioner - see below. 
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.         
Northland Democratic Club 
The Northland Democratic Club met on Tuesday September 18 at the SHEA office. Kyle Olmstead, Chief of Staff to Missouri State Senator Lauren Arthur made a presentation of the proposed legislation for the 2019 legislative session. Those issues include:  Economic Policy - Lauren hopes to be on the Budget Committee, hopes to help create a Missouri earned income tax fund to match the federal earned income tax fund, hopes to provide additional funding to higher education in Missouri and establish a more appropriate target for Missouri's foundation formula and add emphasis on early literacy. Also on the agenda is fixing prescription drug costs, fighting dark money in our elections and pushing for greater disclosure to the Missouri Ethics Commission. 
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.   
David Park Events   
September 24 - Meet David Park - Democratic Candidate for Platte County Presiding Commissioner. Stone Canyon Pizza, Parkville.  6:00 - 8:00 pm.  
October 4 -Meet & Greet - David Park, Candidate for Presiding Commissioner Pizza Shoppe Platte City.  Info.
October 6 - Applefest Parade, Downtown Weston at 10:00 am. Join David Park at the Annual Weston Applefest Parade and show your support! Info on parade line up and time to meet forthcoming. Let us know if you can join us at 
October 19 - Weston Meet & Greet for David Park at St George Hotel, Weston from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Hosted by Keith & Marie Stutterheim.
Volunteer dates for Post Cards and Phone Calls - info
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women's Club met at Platte County Democratic Election Headquarters on Monday September 10th.
There was no formal program or guest speaker but we discussed Parkville Days, upcoming election activities and events and the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. That disturbing nomination for the Supreme Court took up most of our time. The importance of calling the offices of the Senators who remain undecided including Claire McCaskill (who has since indicated that she will vote against confirmation) to express our opposition was discussed at length. The undecided Senators were: Jones AL 202-224-4124, Donnelly IN 202-224-4814, Heitkamp ND 202-224-2043, Murkowski AK 202-224-6665, Flake AZ 202-224-452, Collins ME 202-224-2523, McCaskill MO 202-224-6154 (now a no vote). The importance of a no vote is/was not the controversy about an alleged sexual assault when he was a teenager but rather: lying during his previous judicial confirmation hearing, his opposition to contraception as well as to abortion, his record of siding with corporate interests rather than individual citizens, and his bias toward recognizing religious objections to the civil rights of others. Merrick Garland is the answer to the so-called urgency Republicans cite as their reason to vote yes.
Sandy Van Wagner provided packets of postcards to be filled out and addressed for voter contact just before the election. More packets are available to fill out at home.
Northland Progress  
On September 15 Northland Progress sponsored the Fired Up Meet the Candidates family friendly BBQ in the English Landing Park in Parkville. Candidates for Missouri State House of Representatives spoke briefly and answered questions from about priorities of the Northland Progress platform. The candidates were: District 11 - Brady o'Dell, District 12 - Sandy Van Wagner, District 13 - Mitch Weber, District 14 - Matt Sain, District 15 - Jon Carpenter, District 16 - Tom Gorenc, District 17 - Mark Ellebracht, District 17 - Wes Rogers and candidate for the Missouri Senate, District 34 - Martin T. Rucker II.
Upcoming Election News 
As Election Day draws near, the urgency of this mid-term becomes ever more evident. The importance of personal contact - at fund raisers, door knocking conversation, discussions within the neighborhood, at church, at PTA, in line at the grocery store or a community meeting, telephone contact, the personally addressed letter or post card - all add fuel to the fire. Of preeminent importance in the next few days is voter registration which will close on October 10th for the November 6 election. Then it will be on to GOTV (Get Out The Vote) efforts. There has never been a more important mid-term election! This is not a year to sit on the sidelines. Each of us needs to do a little something every day.
Platte County Commission 
The Platte County Commission has caused the County's credit rating to plummet to junk status over the possibility that they will default on the Zona Rosa debt. This unnecessary downgrade is the result of the current Commission's decision to consider skipping the December 1 debt payment. See  for a more detailed discussion  
Senator Claire McCaskill - Visit to Platte County
On September 15, Senator McCaskill and representatives of American Legion 318, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7356 and Patriot Outreach broke ground on the Parkville Veterans Memorial in Parkville.
Senator McCaskill spoke of the hard work and personal sacrifice given by all members of the Armed Forces in support of our county.   
After the dedication ceremony McCaskill spoke to a standing room only crowd at the Platte County Democratic Election Headquarter 6732 Tower Drive, Platte Woods. She emphasized the importance of recognizing the contributions of veterans and taking care of their interests; the need to review the record of Brett Kavanaugh before deciding how to vote on his confirmation (she has since announced she would vote no) and countering the inaccurate campaign messages of her opponent.   
Indivisible Visit to Congressman Graves Office
Kathy Stump the new sponsor from Indivisible organized the September 21 visit with Josh Hurlbert at the office of Sam Graves. The topics covered were: education, immigration and the impact of tariffs on Missouri farmers. Sadly, there is little response from Graves' beyond a rubber stamp of Trump policies.
Following the meeting there was a strategy session at the B. C. Bistro sponsored by Lee Karbaumer to discuss plans for Henry Martin's campaign for the 6th Congressional District. Aaron Williams, Henry Martin's campaign manager was there to discuss how we can get Henry elected. He distributed packets of fund raising letters to be hand addressed. More such packets, yard signs, post cards and information about canvassing and phone calling events will be available at the Meet Henry Martin event sponsored by Melba Nicolaisen and Lee Karbaumer at the Platte Woods Pizza Shoppe on Thursday, September 27th 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
Platte County Democratic Election Headquarters

Turn Here 
The Platte County Democratic Election Headquarters is located at 6732 Tower Drive in Platte Woods.   
Pick up yard signs and volunteer.  The phone number is: 816-351-7068.
Democratic Candidates and Ballot Issues

With Election Season 2018 underway Platte County has excellent candidates running for every Statewide and State Legislative office. In the weeks and months to come there will be regular candidate fund raisers and opportunities to meet candidates at venues large and small. 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,,_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