The Democratic Insider: April 21, 2023

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MDP to Celebrate Harry S. Truman’s 139th Birthday

Connecting Democrats Across Missouri

Kansas City, Mo – The Missouri Democratic Party is excited to connect Democrats from across the state as we celebrate President Harry S. Truman’s 139th Birthday! MDP members will be in Lamar to kickoff the weekend-long celebration. We invite you to come out and meet newly elected Chairman Russ Carnahan, and learn more about MDP’s plan heading into the 2024 election. 

Missouri library funding gets restored in Senate committee’s

latest state budget proposal

Missouri’s proposed budget again contains state funding for public libraries and no longer prohibits any spending toward diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The Senate Appropriations Committee made those changes as well as others to the House-approved budget on Wednesday. The committee also passed the operating budget bills, meaning they now go to the full Senate for debate. Gov. Mike Parson’s proposed budget initially included around $4.5 million for public libraries.

Read more at: NPR in Kansas City

Memorial Wake & Wheelchair Basketball Game honoring Senator Chuck Graham

MU Student Rec Center brewer field house

May 6th and 7th 2023, friends, family, and the public are invited to the final services for Senator Chuck Graham, in Columbia, Mo.

Saturday, May 6th at 3pm we will have the Ron Lykins Court at the MU Rec Center, for two hours of exhibition scrimmage, with current and former wheelchair basketball players invited to participate. 

More information on Facebook

Fox, Dominion reach $787M settlement over election claims Josh Hawley was a main contributor to the false lies told to the American people. Hawley will try to distance himself from the truth, but the courts, the American people, and Missourians know the truth. We have to send Hawley packin’ in 2024. FOX News has to pay $787.5 MILLION for going on TV and lying about the election results. Read more at: AP News

Wildcat Materials Solidarity Rally

LiUNA Local 955 members at Wildcat Materials have been bargaining with management since December 2021 and, after almost a year and half of little to no movement, they have had enough.

They have been on strike since Monday (4/17/2023.) They are fighting for better wages, better benefits & fair overtime policies.

Learn more on Facebook

Let’s Look at Senator Josh Hawley’s Connections to the Abortion Pill Case

Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk donated to Hawley’s campaign in 2018, but that donation is now missing from Open Secrets. Hawley’s wife represents the plaintiffs

The Supreme Court is set to weigh in on an abortion pill lawsuit sometime on Friday, and we are in this position thanks to an anti-abortion group plopping a case in the lap of a rogue, Christian activist judge who sided with them as planned.

We already know that Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk has ties to the conservative Federalist Society, which helped bring down Roe v. Wade, but he also has connections to one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs: Erin Morrow Hawley is a lawyer at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and is representing the anti-abortion groups in the lawsuit. Erin is the wife of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). Kacsmaryk donated $500 to Hawley’s campaign in March 2018.



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

Moniteau County Democrats

Yvonne Reeves-Chong Vice Chair of the Missouri Democratic party along with Doug Mann District 50 Representative will join us at next week’s (Thursday, April 27 at 6 pm , 317 S. Oak St.) Monthly Meeting and Truman Day Potluck.

This process starts now for the next election. We can’t wait until the elections to get organized. Come to our meeting, see your friends and neighbors, socialize and have fun and help us provide the leadership to reach out and inform people that Democrats are alive and well in Moniteau County.

Contact Steve Burdic

Chair, Moniteau 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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