The Democratic Insider: April 18, 2023

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MDP Celebrates Announcement of Chicago as Host of

2024 Democratic National Convention

Kansas City, Mo – The Democratic National Committee today announced Chicago will host the 2024 Democratic National Convention at the United Center from August 19 to 22. “I’m happy to know the National Democratic Convention will be returning to the heart of America to our neighbor in Illinois,” said Russ Carnahan, Chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.

Chicago’s convention bid was supported by a wide range of mid-western Democrats who represent the diversity of the party, demonstrating the formidable coalition that will help re-elect President Biden and Vice President Harris, and elect Democrats up and down the ticket. The region will showcase President Biden’s economic agenda which is rebuilding our roads and bridges, unleashing a manufacturing boom, and creating good-paying middle-class jobs.

“Missouri will be crucial in the 2024 general elections,” said Carnahan. “I believe we have some amazing assets on our side. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power. We have a deep bench of experienced current and former Democratic leaders with records of service to be championed. We have a talented and passionate new generation of leaders who are energized to move Missouri to a brighter future beyond the backward policies coming out of the one-party Republican rule in Jefferson City–policies that regularly put Missouri in the national news in ways that are nothing short of cringe-worthy. I encourage you to join me as we look forward to 2024!”

Missouri buying school safety app as mass shootings mount 

Missouri has inked a contract worth up to $3.4 million to purchase an app designed to protect students and school employees during an active shooter event. In bidding documents posted Wednesday, the state will pay Texas-based Raptor Technologies $1 million in the first year of the contract for a mobile phone-based panic button that informs police and other school officials of emergency situations. The contract has two renewal clauses. Read more at:

You Are Not Alone

Whether you’re in distress or just want to talk about something on your mind, call or text 988 or chat at anytime you need help. If you are worried about someone else, reach out to 988 and a local, trained crisis specialist at one of Missouri’s 988 centers will help you navigate the situation.

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ay Ashcroft elevated voting conspiracy theories

Now he’s running for Missouri governor

As Missouri’s top election official, Jay Ashcroft met with Mike Lindell and attended a secret conference with three groups that spread election denial lies and advocate for stricter voting laws.” KC Star

Remember who Jay Ashcroft is and what he stands for during Election 2024.

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Guns are No. 1 killer of kidsWhat are Missouri lawmakers doing about it?

 It’s been two weeks since the Nashville school shooting, where six people died. It reflects a troubling trend: Guns are now the No. 1 cause of death for American children and teenagers, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. The Missouri Democratic Party helped KSDK extensively with this report.  With gun violence being the number one killer of American children, what is our government doing? We analyzed over 40 gun-related bills filed in the Missouri House over the last few months. Democrats in the super-minority say most of their bills aimed at gun violence prevention don’t get anywhere. The ones the House Speaker calls for a vote are Republican bills that would make guns more accessible. Among the bills on the table: legislation that would allow firearms in public transit and churches. Watch and read the full report at:

Biden administration seeks to expand health coverage to Dreamers

Proposal would allow Daca participants to access health insurance under Medicaid and Affordable Care Act exchanges

The Biden administration is seeking to allow immigrants known as Dreamers, who were brought to the US as children by undocumented parents, greater access to health insurance through federal programs, the White House said on Thursday.

The proposal would allow participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or Daca, to access to health insurance under Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, it said.

Read more at: The Guardian


Democratic Legislative Network!

We’re excited to team up with Missouri House Democrats to build a stronger Democratic Legislative Network!

We invite you to join us on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. to hear from legislators, get #MoLeg updates, and action items for you to take to make a difference. Sign up here 

Weekly Call to Action: 

Call your State Representative and Senator, and tell them NO changes to the Initiative Petition Process. We have four weeks of legislative session left, and we need to keep up our defense of the Initiative Petition Process. Tell your electeds to leave the Initiative Petition alone and not to silence the voices of Missourians. You can find your legislator here

Call your State Representative and Senator, and tell them to fund our public libraries and to remove their blatantly partisan language banning any funds being used on any entity that associates with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs. Not only is defunding our libraries out of spite for standing up against book bans, it’s against the Missouri Constitution. DEI programs are common among every professional entity. Every Fortune 500 company has a DEI initiative. 150 organizations representing businesses across Missouri have signed a letter opposing House Republicans’ attack and various state agencies have testified that this language would devastate their ability to function. You can find your legislator here

Help us with candidate recruitment for 2024. You know your community and the people in it better than we do, and that’s why we need your help to find a candidate in all 163 House Districts. If you or someone you know is interested in running for state house, or just wants to have a discussion about what running would be like, have them fill out this form

The St. Louis County Democrats Annual Gala

The St. Louis County Democratic Central Committee is proud to announce our 42nd Annual Gala. This year we’ll be holding it at the beautiful LiUNA Event Center, Saturday July 15, 2023.


LiUNA Event Center

4532 S Lindbergh Blvd

Sunset Hills, MO 63127


Be a sponsor! Sponsors will get special recognition on the Gala website and at the Gala.

For tickets, visit: St. Louis County Democrats

It’s that time of year again – tickets for the 36th Annual Truman Gala on June 10th, 2023 are on sale starting today! 

If you want to be in attendance for the biggest annual Democratic fundraiser in Missouri, make sure to purchase one of our ticket options! In the coming weeks, we will be announcing speakers and award winners for this year’s event, so stay tuned for more information. 

If you are a candidate or organization that would like to purchase an advertisement in this year’s program, you can also do that at the link below. 

Purchase Tickets

Purchase a Program Book

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The Missouri Democratic Party holds the distinction of being the oldest political party in the United States established west of the Mississippi River. For the last century, we’ve led the fight for working families. Today, we’re organizing in communities across Missouri to protect and build on our progress.

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