The Democratic Insider: July 18, 2023

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Democratic Insider
July 18, 2023


There’s no such thing as an “Off Year.” Democrats can’t afford to sit back and wait until elections are here. We have to continue to prepare and organize so that our message reaches as many voters as possible. According to Ballot Ready there will be 50,000 statewide and local positions on the ballot on Election Day, November 7th, 2023.  Just two days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that private businesses can discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This is a major step back for LGBTQ+ equality in America, and it’s shameful that so many on the right, including Senator Josh Hawley, are celebrating this dangerous decision.


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Sam Graves voted against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and consistantly attacked President Biden. Then he tried to take credit for the $1.3 million going to improve Highway 46 Corridor in Maryville.  If you live in the Missouri 6th Congressional District, tell Same Graves to credit President Biden and Democrats for securing this funding. 

Josh Hawley Gets an “F” in American HistoryThe senator from Missouri is spreading misinformation about the past in order to put a Christian nationalist spin on the present Josh Hawley has a history degree from Stanford, where he wrote a thesis on the righteousness of Theodore Roosevelt, graduated with honors, and was remembered as “a serious scholar of the Constitution.” It’s reasonable, then, to assume that he is familiar with the basic premises of the American experiment. Yet Hawley is also a Republican politician in the era that has seen his party mount a determined assault on the honest teaching of American history about everything from race to foreign policy.  Read more at

With your help, we can flip Missouri Blue! Work with the Missouri House Democratic Committee ahead of the 2024 Election. 

Today, the Biden administration announced that it would automatically forgive $39 billion in student debt for 804,000 borrowers. The relief is a result of fixes to the student loan system’s income-driven repayment plans. Under those repayment plans, borrowers get any remaining debt cancelled by the government after they have made payments for 20 years or 25 years, depending on when they borrowed, and their loan and plan type. The announcement comes weeks after the conservative-majority Supreme Court struck down President Biden’s sweeping student loan forgiveness plan, which would have delivered relief to about 37 million people. The Education Department will notify eligible borrowers in the coming days.

Summers can be hard on families. Access this free resource toolkit Senator Lauren Arthur put together. The list includes a myriad opportunities, including ways to access healthy food and stay cool and safe during these hot months. We encourage you to share these resources with anyone who might find this information useful.  Link: MailChimp

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 

National Democratic Training Committee Events: July 10th, 2023 | So You want to Run for Office? July 11th, 2023 | How to Recruit & Train Volunteers?July 13th, 2023 |  How to Have Meaningful One-on-One ConversationsJuly 17th, 2023 | Building Equity-Centered Volunteer TeamsJuly 19th, 2023 | How to Make Hard Asks for VolunteersJuly 20th, 2023 | Expert Q&A: Messaging Around Reproductive Rights & AbortionJuly 24th, 2023 | What is a Democratic Precinct Chair? The National Democratic Training Committee is the largest Democratic campaign training organization in the nation. They  have trained more Democrats on how to win elections and build long-term power in their communities than any other organization.We provide Democratic candidates, campaign staffers, and local leaders the tools, expert training, and resources needed to win.

Missouri Democratic Party Statement on Inflation Falling for 12 Straight MonthsInflation hits lowest level in over 2 years Today, the Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Russ Carnahan released the following statement after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that annual inflation has fallen for 12 months in a row, reaching its lowest level in over 2 years: “Under the Biden-Harris administration’s steady leadership, annual inflation has fallen for 12 straight months, unemployment is at a historic low, and everyday costs are coming down – resounding proof of how Bidenomics is working overtime for Missourians. “While Republicans continue to shill for wealthy corporations shipping jobs overseas and call for MAGA policies that would raise costs for working families, President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats are focused on continuing to grow Missouri’s economy from the middle out and bottom up – not the top down.” Here’s a glimpse at how Bidenomics is building the economy from the middle out and bottom up, and bringing down costs for American families: Annual inflation has now consistently fallen for 12 months straight, bringing it to its lowest level in more than 2 years.More than 13.2 million jobs have been created, replacing all the jobs lost during the pandemic and creating nearly 4 million more – keeping unemployment under 4% for the longest stretch in over 50 years.More Americans are part of the labor force – the highest share of working-age Americans in the workforce in over 20 years.Wages for the average American worker have risen, with lower wage workers seeing the largest gains.A huge manufacturing boom has spurred more than $503 billion in private sector investments and created over 1.5 million jobs in manufacturing, construction, and research & development.Energy prices are down by more than 16% from their peak after Putin invaded Ukraine.The president’s agenda is lowering prices and saving Americans money on prescription drugs and groceries.


St Louis County Annual GalaSaturday, July 15, 2023 6:00 PM –  9:00 PM CTLiUNA Event Center, 4532 S Lindbergh Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63127The largest annual gathering of Democrats in St. Louis County hosts enthusiastic speakers and recognizes the work of activists and others in their service to our community. Tickets can be purchased at ActBlue.comPettis County Democrats Ice Cream Social, Thursday, July 20, 5 – 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 916 Thompson Blvd., Sedalia. They’ll have slider sandwiches, hot seasoned french fries, sundaes served in homemade waffle cone bowls with toppings. Plus a cake walk with Elad Gross as the master of ceremony. Adults – $12; cake walk – $1 per entry; Children 6 and under are free.  Henry County Organizing: Join Henry County Democrats & surrounding area Democrats and join the 4th District Committee on Sunday, July 23, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Primitive Olde Crow and Winery, 32 SE Hwy AA Clinton, MO  64735 (Phone: 660-885-2051) This event is hosted by the 4th Congressional District Democrats with special guests Elad Gross, Candidate for Missouri Attorney General, Yvonne Reeves Chong, Vice-Chair, Missouri Democratic Party, and Matthew Patterson, Executive Director, Missouri Democratic Party. Light snacks and drinks will be provided or you can order from Olde Crow’s menu.
 It’s been way too long since Democrats gathered in Henry County and we’re excited to have this opportunity!  We’ll be reaching out via phone, email, and social media to let as many of you as we can know about this special event.  Please be sure and share this invite with fellow Democrats who may not have gotten the message.  We are hoping for a great turnout to enjoy each other’s company, speak with a dynamic candidate, and share what’s going on in Missouri’s 4th District and the Missouri Democratic Party.

“Stronger Together” Multi-County Democrat Meet-Up, Sat., Aug. 12, 12 – 3 p.m., Scenic Regional Library, 251 Union Plaza Drive, Union (next to Pasta House). Hosts are the Franklin County Democrats. This is a gathering of rural county Democrats, working together to build a message and support each others’ events. Candidates are welcome. Come be part of the change that’s coming! For more information, contact Jennifer at warrencomodems@gmail.comLafayette County Democratic Annual Pie Auction & DinnerSat., Aug. 12, 5 – 8 p.mThe Lafayette County Democratic Central Committee & Club invite you to join us at the American Legion Hall1001 W. 22nd St., Higginsville, MO 64037 for our annual pie auction, silent auction and dinner. A contribution of $20 will purchase the meal and club membership. All donations will be used to help elect local and state Democrats. Featured speakers: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, Senator Greg Razor, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, US Senate Candidate Lucas Kunce, MO Attorney General Candidate Elad Gross, MDP Chair Russ Carnahan & MDP Vice-Chair Yvonne Reeves-Chong. Other special guests include Senator Barbara Washington, House Representatives Richard Brown, Emily Weber, Aaron Crossley, Keri Ingle, and Patty Lewis. For more information, contact Glenda Bainbridge,

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