The Democratic Insider: May 29, 2023

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Democratic Insider

May 29, 2023


This week we saw the Republican presidential field get even more crowded with Tim Scott and the disastrous Ron DeSantis 2024 Twitter live campaign announcement. Did you watch it? Republicans continue to hold the budget hostage as they fight with President Biden to push their far-right agenda. According to a NY Times article, the deal taking shape would allow Republicans to say that they were reducing some federal spending — even as spending on the military and veterans’ programs would continue to grow — and allow Democrats to say they had spared most domestic programs from significant cuts.  The compromise, if it can be agreed upon and enacted, would raise the government’s borrowing limit for two years, past the 2024 election, according to three people familiar with it who insisted on anonymity to discuss a plan that was still being hammered out. With summer upon us, there are a number of events we encourage you to participate in. If you have an event you are hosting, please visit the Missouri Democratic Party website to share event information that will be shared on the website. 


Ron DeSantis’s very online and very disastrous 2024 campaign announcement

The Florida governor took to Twitter Spaces to announce a presidential run

It wasn’t pretty

Ron DeSantis’s campaign has been predicated on his competence. Unlike the undisciplined Donald Trump, he won’t lash out on Twitter, get consumed by petty grudges, or even inspire an unruly mob to attack the US Capitol. Instead, DeSantis is running as the candidate who gets things done. He touts that he fights “the war on woke” and wins as he transformed the swing state of Florida into a Republican bastion.

Then, on Wednesday night, he announced his presidential candidacy on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk and billionaire David Sacks.

To put it mildly, it was a disaster. The audio feed cut in and out, users were continually kicked off the app, and, for the first 20 minutes, all anyone could hear was feedback, wait music, and occasional cross-talk as Sacks and Musk tried to figure out just what was going on. It was chaos and anarchy.


Crime bill awaiting Gov. Mike Parson’s action includes provisions increasing stipend, expanding reasons for approving payments in ‘actual innocence’ cases

A bill awaiting action on Gov. Mike Parson’s desk would allow more state inmates released after being proven innocent to receive compensation — with a larger payment — but they would have to give up the right to sue the people who put them behind bars.

The bill, passed a day before the Senate descended into complete gridlock, would also fix problems identified by the courts with a 2021 law allowing prosecutors to seek judicial review of past cases and creates a new state-level unit to assist prosecutors with case investigations.

Read more at: Missouri Independent

Join the MDP and MO Housed Dems as we meet to discuss the 2023 Legislative session, and the path to victory for Missouri Democrats in 2024!

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Former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl fined $47K by state ethics commissionAfter resigning in disgrace in 2015, Diehl was involved in an Independence utility contract that garnered FBI scrutiny

A former Missouri House speaker who was forced to resign in disgrace in 2015 has been fined $47,000 by the Missouri Ethics Commission for allegedly misusing campaign funds.John Diehl, a Republican from Town and Country, signed a consent decree with the ethics commission released Tuesday acknowledging probable cause that he violated state campaign finance laws. While he was fined $47,000, Diehl will only have to pay roughly $10,000 if he doesn’t violate campaign finance law again in the next two years. Read more at Missouri Independent


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800,000 manufacturing jobs have been added under President Biden. 


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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 

St. Charles Democrats First Capital Dinner

Friday, June 9, 2023

6:00 p.m.

Christy Banquet Center

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jess Piper

The Honorable Paula Brown will be awarded the

Robert J. Kelley Labor Hero Award

Join MDP and the Jackson County Democrats Clay County Democrats ccDEMScc Missouri Senate Democrats Platte County Democrats Central Committee at this year’s Kansas City Pride Parade!

The parade will take place Saturday, June 10. We’ll make sure to share more information whenever it becomes available.

Register at

This is a candidate focused event featuring our Elected Democrats and Candidates running for office in 2024. This is your first chance to get to know them better!

When: Sunday, June 11th, 2023
Registration begins at 11:30am, Food service starts at 12:30, Stump Speeches starts at 1:00 pm

Where: Twin Lakes Recreation Shelter House (bring your comfy lawn chairs!)

2500 Chapel Hill Road, Columbia, MO 65203

For more information, visit the event Facebook page. 

Join the Ray County Democrats for its Annual BBQ Fundraiser and Banquet. purchase your tickets by June 9th. Contact information is on the flyer below, and please be sure to share this information with other Democrats!

It’s that time of year again

tickets for the 36th Annual Truman Gala on June 10th, 2023 are on sale now!

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

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. 

Location LiUNA Event Center4532 S Lindbergh BlvdSunset Hills, MO 63127 

For tickets, visit: St. Louis County Democrats

Paid for by the Missouri Democratic State Committee, Glenda Bainbridge, Treasurer.

Missouri Democratic Party
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