January 21st, 2022
Missouri’s future is looking brighter this week with the great news of a bipartisan agreement by the House Citizens Redistricting Commission.
The Commission voted and passed a bipartisan redistricting map Wednesday afternoon. Both the Democrat and Republican commissioners worked together over the last six months to achieve fair and representative maps. We must remember – this legislative redistricting process is completely separate from the congressional redistricting debates going on at MOLeg.
“We are encouraged by the bipartisan work this commission has completed. Today, we voted on a plan unanimously – that means 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats voted on the same map. When these commissions were announced, few people expected an agreement, let alone a positive outcome. As Democrats, we stood strong on our values of transparency and public input from the beginning. To see an agreement come together means that public input wasn’t wasted and that two sides were able to connect for the future of Missouri,” said House Commission Co-Chair Keena Smith.
“Today is a good example of teamwork – we can cooperate. We never were looking for a Democratic lean or bias. We fought for fair maps across the state, not just in the districts we are ‘concerned’ with. While many states are gerrymandering competitive districts out of existence, this commission created more competitive districts, giving Missouri voters an increased say in their future. We are proud of the bipartisan agreements specifically for Jackson, Clay, Greene, Boone and St. Louis counties,” said Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Randy Dunn.
When comparing the 2018/2020 outcomes with the now passed House Commission map, estimates show possible gains for Democrats in 2022 with proper representation.
Results under current maps:
49 districts voted for Biden
47 districts voted for Nicole Galloway
50 districts voted for Claire McCaskill
10 districts within 5 points or less in 2020 presidential
22 districts within 10 points or less in 2020 presidential
11 majority-black districts
57 Biden districts
53 Galloway districts
60 McCaskill districts
14 districts within 5 points or less in 2020 presidential
27 districts within 10 points or less in 2020 presidential
With 16 majority-black districts and a new Hispanic/Latino influence district, this map provides for fair representation of communities of color
The final submitted map can be viewed here.
The Senate Citizens Redistricting Commission has yet to vote on a map and have until January 23rd to do so before a panel of judges is appointed on or near January 30th.
There’s no way you forgot this anniversary!
Thursday marked the one year anniversary of President Biden’s inauguration as President of the United States. On January 20th, 2021, a lot of us were still in shock after a whirlwind campaign cycle and election itself. The days following the vote in November dragged on, heavy with the anticipation of an official outcome.
I’ll always remember the moment CNN and NBC finally called it, nearly four days later. I was on my Arizona patio, reading a book to distract myself, but of course, with the backdoor open and the news on inside. I heard the CNN “breaking news” tone while my boyfriend said, “you definitely want to be in here right now.”
I silently cried, clasped my hands in front of my chest. And then, out of no where, I said the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Biden and congressional Democrats took office amid some of the worst crises many of us have seen in our lifetimes, and they got to work delivering results. In just one year, they have gotten millions of vaccines in arms, saved lives, put people back to work, and made infrastructure investments that are critical to America’s future. And they made all of this progress no thanks to obstructionist Republicans in Congress. There’s no question: Missourians are better off now than they were a year ago.
Since his inauguration on January 20, 2021, President Biden and Democrats have delivered for working people. They have:
Got Shots in Arms & Saved Lives: President Biden set up a historic vaccination program that resulted in more than 200 million Americans fully vaccinated this year – almost 75% of all adults, including 53.7% fully vaccinated individuals in Missouri. Millions of teenagers and children are now vaccinated, and tens of millions of Americans have gotten booster shots. The disastrous policies and lawsuits from Missouri AG Schmitt have closed many schools once again across the state despite successful school year starts this summer. In just the past few days, the Biden Administration has announced 4 free COVID tests per household and free N-95 masks available at select pharmacies as the government ups their production.
Got People Back to Work: Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, the economy has grown faster than it has in decades, with an added 6.4 million jobs — more in one calendar year than ever on record. Recent average weekly unemployment claims are down near a level not seen in decades. Economic growth last year was the strongest in two generations.
Passed Laws to Create Jobs & Rebuild Crumbling Infrastructure: President Biden got the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed — the most impactful legislative agenda for a first year president. The American Rescue Plan led to what experts estimate will be the lowest child poverty rate on record and the unemployment rate is down to 3.9% nationally. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide Missouri with $6.5 billion for highway repairs, $484 million for bridge replacement and repairs, $674 million to improve public transportation options across the state, $99 million for the expansion of EV chargers across the state, $100 million for broadband expansion, $866 million to improve water infrastructure, including lead pipe replacement and $246 million for airport development.
(This section also serves as a reminder to NOT miss your wedding anniversary this year. You’re welcome!)
FREE COVID-19 TESTS
The United States Postal Service is offering four free COVID-19 Tests per household right now! It only takes 30 seconds – get yours here. Also keep an eye out for increased production of N-95 masks that will be available free at participating pharmacies.
NATIONAL BLOOD SHORTAGE
The American Red Cross is currently in a Blood Crisis. Every donation is life saving. The Red Cross even offers some pretty cool incentives – you can save a life and maybe win a trip to the Super Bowl! Make an appointment here.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MOLEG
It was an intense week in Jefferson City. There were CRT bills, citizen initiative attacks, redistricting debates, the usual racial slurs of GOP members, etc. The Missouri House Democratic Caucus covers the Leg day in and day out, so if you don’t follow them, go do it! Check out their recap of the CRT bills here.
In October 1964, MLK Jr. visited St. Louis to speak with SLU students, faculty and staff. 2 days later, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nearly 60 years have passed, but on January 19th, 2022, Senate Republicans blocked the Voting Rights Act. We must demand our rights are protected.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Happy Birthday Chairman Butler!
IN THE OFFICE
Last fall we started a segment keeping you all in the loop about what we are up to. Your donations go directly toward us being able to do this work and prepare Missouri for the future.
Matthew has been working on building up membership for the MDP. You’ve probably seen the membership drive emails we are sending out – have you renewed or joined us yet?
Andy had the BEST DAY EVER on Wednesday: the House Redistricting Commission finalized a new State House map for the coming decade. This map increases the number of competitive seats, protects the voting power of communities of color, and sets the stage for the largest House battleground in years. Andy’s coffee intake is back to normal levels (he claims), and he looks forward to helping campaigns hit the ground running.
Sara Beth did clean up/maintenance of records, learned a new billing system to ensure all of our vendors are paid in a timely and streamlined manner, updated our ever-growing candidate list and put new candidates in touch with resources to help them run successful campaigns, and continued to work on town hall set ups. So, she’s not busy at all.
MLK Jr. Day was a day of service for Randy, helping to collect food, canned goods, and other nonperishable items for the unhoused. Work with the House Redistricting Commission continued, culminating in the unanimous passage of a map. He also recorded with the Heartland POD discussing our work and plans in rural Missouri. Check it out here.
Yep, you read that right! I (Bailey) along with Randy and Andy recorded an episode with The Heartland POD this week. We discuss a lot in the +/- 40 minutes, but the set-up was around Twitter questions from real people that the POD gathered earlier in the week. We are determined to reconnect and reprioritize. The second “big project” I’m working on is getting our Facebook Ads up and running smoothly leading deeper into 2022. Keep an eye out for some infrastructure-specific ads we will be running in February!
I discovered a very important thing: If you ever have problems with Facebook customer service, don’t worry. It doesn’t exist.
Are you interested in running for office? This week on The Heartland POD we talked a lot about resources available for potential and current candidates. We understand there has been much miscommunication in the past, but we want you guys to know: Those things DO exist!
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