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April Showers Bring May Flowers

The old saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers” couldn’t be more true and represent the hard-work of Democrats across Missouri. Democrats have and will continue to watch out for all Missourians. No matter what our Republican colleagues in Washington D.C. and Jefferson City does, Democrats will continue to fight back against extreme MAGA Republican legislation and work to correct the wrong-doing of the far-right. As a party, we will continue to work hard, grow, and prosper together.  We have finalized details for the Truman Birthday Celebration Tour, and hope you will join us! Please see details for each event below, and share with as many people as you can. 

Missouri Senate passes $45 billion state budget

Here’s what’s included and what’s next

Missouri senators passed a state budget Tuesday that raises the starting salaries for teachers around the state and fully funds transportation for schools as well as Medicaid expansion.

The package of 13 bills made it through five hours of floor debate with no major changes to the Senate budget committee’s proposal, despite frustration on a number of aspects aired by conservative Republicans and Democrats.

Read more at: Springfield News Leader

HB6 provides $1.14 BILLION for the Dept of Agriculture; $217 MILLION for the Dept of Natural Resources; and $217 MILLION for the Dept of Conservation.

These significant investments will help protect Missouri’s land, air, and water, while supporting family farms across the state.

Reps. Cleaver, Jackson Lee, and Brown Introduce Bill to Advance Reintegration Efforts, Reduce Recidivism, and Increase Educational Opportunities for Incarcerated Individuals

“Libraries play an essential role in our communities. By providing books, informational and research materials, and specialized programming, libraries embody opportunity and access for all. This is why it is so critically important that everything libraries offer is made available within correctional facilities for incarcerated individuals,” said Congressman Cleaver. ”It is no secret that reintegration into communities, heightened by the lack of education or job training opportunities, is one of the biggest barriers incarcerated citizens face upon release. The Prison Libraries Act addresses a facet of this issue by providing funding opportunities to increase library access and resources within state prisons.”  

Read more at Cleaver.House.Gov

Missouri governor threatens to call special session to ban gender-affirming careJamie Reed, a former case manager at an embattled transgender clinic, visited the Capitol this week to urge support for a ban certain medical procedures for transgender minors With only two weeks left before lawmakers adjourn for the year, Gov. Mike Parson is threatening to keep Missouri’s general assembly in Jefferson City if they don’t pass bills banning gender-affirming care for minors and placing restrictions on transgender athletes. Parson told KCMO Talk Radio’s Pete Mundo on Tuesday, and reiterated to reporters and Thursday, that he will call a special session if the legislation doesn’t reach his desk before the May 12 adjournment. “We’re going to address that issue before this year is out,” Parson told Mundo. “If they don’t get those two bills across the finish line by the end of the session, then we’re going to stay right there until we address those issues.” Read more at: Missour Independent

Missouri Republicans try again to raise bar for constitutional amendments

Legislation that has already cleared the House would raise the threshold needed to amend the constitution to 60% from a simple majority.

On Wednesday, Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, proposed a different plan: about 57% of voters would need to approve an amendment; or a simple majority as well as a simple majority in at least five congressional districts, would be needed to enact a constitutional amendment.

On Wednesday, Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, proposed a different plan: about 57% of voters would need to approve an amendment; or a simple majority as well as a simple majority in at least five congressional districts, would be needed to enact a constitutional amendment.


Breaking Lambda Legal, the ACLU of Missouri, and Bryan Cave Leighton LLP filed a petition seeking a temporary restraining order to block implementation of the Missouri Attorney General’s unprecedented and extreme restrictions on gender affirming care for trans people of all ages in the state. The Rule is scheduled to take effect on April 27. The petition names Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, who filed the emergency rule on April 13, seeking to impose severe restrictions on gender-affirming care for trans people of all ages. Gender-affirming care is not only evidence-based but is also supported by overwhelming scientific evidence, decades of clinical experience, and the medical consensus of major medical organizations in the United States. Learn more at

President Joe Biden is officially running for reelection in 2024!

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have made so much progress – we can’t let MAGA Republicans take us backward. Let’s finish the job!

Join the Biden-Harris Administration at


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 

Join Democrats for a spring BBQ at the Pony Express Museum on Saturday, April 29, from 4-7 p.m. there is a $10 suggested donation for an adult plate. #Democrats

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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