The Democratic Insider

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As a former member of Congress, what we’ve witnessed the last few weeks by House Republicans is appalling. The GOP’s inability to lead brings chaos to Congress that directly affects what gets done for you and your family and impacts how we as a nation can respond during an international crisis.

By ousting their own speaker, Republicans have brought a never-before-seen chaos to the House that has paralyzed Congress for the last two weeks. And they still haven’t elected a new Speaker.

The American people deserve a functioning Congress that delivers for working families — and it’s clear that Republicans can’t and won’t get the job done. We need to ensure we have the resources to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2024 to take back control of the House and get back to getting the work done. And we need your help.

Republican Chaos Has Conservative Media Fuming.

It’s Their Fault It Happened.

The leaders of conservative talk radio and cable news have spent years assailing GOP congressional leaders — including McCarthy — and they are largely responsible for turning far-right rebels like Gaetz into stars. Going back to the 1990s, conservative media created the political ecosystem in which torching and targeting Republican leaders is good politics on the right. And they’ve ensured that the next speaker, whether it’s Steve Scalise or someone else, will face the same poisonous incentive structure that took down McCarthy.



Jay Ashcroft joins legal team defending his summary of Missouri abortion amendment

The Secretary of State would not say whether he intends to participate in oral arguments set for Oct. 30 before the Court of Appeals

Ashcroft, who was an engineer by trade until earning his law degree in 2008, rarely appeared in court on behalf of clients, he said in an interview with The Independent on Wednesday. He will be in court Oct. 30, when the Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City hears arguments in the case, but said he won’t disclose whether he will take an active role in the hearing.

Read more on The Missouri Independent

President Joe Biden vowed to show the world that the U.S. stands in solidarity with Israel during his visit there Wednesday, and offered an assessment that the deadly explosion at a Gaza Strip hospital that prompted mass protests in Arab nations apparently was not carried out by the Israeli military.

GOP candidate for Missouri attorney general

joins Trump’s legal team in Jan. 6 case

A Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general will help former President Donald Trump appeal a recent gag order imposed on him in his upcoming trial over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Will Scharf, a former assistant U.S. Attorney from St. Louis, has joined Trump’s appellate team, a Trump campaign spokesperson confirmed.

The decision to join Trump’s team comes as Scharf, a Republican, is mounting a primary challenge to Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey in 2024. Scharf also served as policy director in former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ brief administration.


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Lawrence County Democratic Committe Meeting

Thursday, October 26th, at 7:00 pm at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett Our meeting will start at 7:00 pm and as usual, those eating should arrive by 5:45pm, with each responsible for their own meals. Matthew Patterson, MO Dems Executive Director, will be our guest speaker.

Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Kathy Steinhoff

Monday, October 30, 2023 5:30 PM –  7:00 PM CT

Shakespeares Downtown, 225 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Hosted by Kathy Steinhoff

Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser. Pizza will be provided

Election Preparation hosted by the Vernon County Democrats

Sat., Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m., The Eagles Lodge, 3313 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada. Plan for a night of entertainment, food and discussion as we prepare for the 2024 election cycle. More information: Vernon County – Google Docs or go to: Vernon Co. Missouri Democrats – Tickets (

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