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07/01/24 Missouri Mondays - The debate and what really matters / Voter and candidate resources / Register by July 10 for Aug 6 election!


Welcome to Missouri Mondays! 


Let’s take a minute to talk about some national news and the debate hysteria over President Biden’s poor performance against the disgraced, twice impeached, sexual abuser and convicted felon. The former President spewed lies for 90 minutes and avoided answering the questions. He lied about January 6th, saying he had nothing to do with the insurrection and blamed it on Nancy Pelosi. He lied about overturning Roe, claiming his appointed justices just happened to overturn it and that every legal scholar wanted it to go back to the states. He claimed there are babies being killed in after birth abortions. The former guy told many more outrageous lies and he again refused to answer whether he would accept the results of the 2024 election.


We all heard Trump’s unhinged conspiracy theories and lies but after years of it we’ve become numb. Instead of being outraged by the serial liar, we battered the guy with the cold and a stutter for not being able to clearly articulate his answers. Our point is this— President Biden may have fallen short of performance expectations that night but his list of accomplishments in 3+ years is arguably among the best of all time. 


The day after the debate President Biden said this to a crowd in North Carolina  – “Folks, I don’t walk as easy as I used to.  I don’t speak as smoothly as I used to.  I don’t debate as well as I used to.  But I know what I do know: I know how to tell the truth.  I know right from wrong. And I know how to do this job. I know how to get things done. And I know like millions of Americans know: When you get knocked down, you get back up.”  


He also said “...more than anything, we’re going to preserve, protect, and defend our democracy.  Because more than anything else, that is what is at stake in America this election —your freedom, your democracy.  America itself is at stake.”  


Joe, we couldn’t agree more and we’ve got your back!  We’ll keep fighting for you and the things that matter!


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Absentee voting (excuse required) for the August 6 election is underway and the July 10 voter registration deadline is fast approaching.  Find important election dates and voter resources below to make sure you are ready to VOTE and help spread the word to family and friends. 


This week we hope you will find great candidates to support and help them win. Campaigning is expensive and hard work so volunteers and donations will be put to good use. What could be better than helping to elect someone to office who shares your values and will fight to protect your rights? Check out our upcoming events and our NEW resource for supporting candidates here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YWPoO300-K4QWinuVdJ_9LR-Hei7rv_ODoEIbeCebUY/edit?usp=sharing



THANK YOU for staying informed and taking action to protect democracy and help make Missouri and our country better for all!  Help us grow our numbers by spreading the word and sharing this email sign up link for Missouri Mondays weekly email https://www.moactionalliance.com/signup.



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UPCOMING EVENTS AND WAYS TO GET INVOLVED! 





TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC) 

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE 



Join the MOVPC weekly online meeting MONDAYS at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: bit.ly/protectmovoters


Join MOVPC and voting rights advocates from all across our state to help to ensure voting is accessible to ALL Missourians! 


MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri! Register for Monday calls here!


DONATE TO MOVPC

Help Missouri Voter Protection Coalition lead the fight against attacks on our freedom to vote in the statehouse, in the courthouse, in the media, in the streets and at the polls on Election Day. Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/movpc



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2024 MISSOURI VOTER RESOURCES



Important dates for the AUGUST 6 Election


  • JUNE 25 Absentee Voting (Excuse Required) Begins

  • JULY 10  Last Day To Register To Vote & Participate in the August 6 election 

  • JULY 23 No-Excuse In-Person Absentee Voting Begins - Through August 5

  • JULY 24 Mail-In Absentee Request Deadline



Make Sure Your Voter Registration Is Up To Date





Find Your Local Election Authority



  • Jackson County voters within Kansas City – Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners - https://www.kceb.org/


  • Jackson County voters outside Kansas City - Jackson County Board of Elections https://jcebmo.org/



Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) Voter Resources 






Find your District & Current State and U.S. Elected Officials




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SUPPORT 2024 MO CANDIDATES & HELP THEM WIN



Missouri Democratic Party Weekly Campaign Updates Call

Missouri Democratic Party & Grasstops Leaders and Volunteers

Virtual on Zoom

Every Monday

6:30 PM


The weekly Democratic Legislative Network call is transitioning into the Missouri Democratic Party's campaign updates call for grasstops leaders and volunteers who want to stay up-to-date on Democratic campaigns running across the state in 2024. This call will provide space for open discussion with call participants and will occasionally feature candidates and other leaders providing updates.




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SUPPORT 2024 MO CANDIDATES & HELP THEM WIN (NEW!)


Check out our NEW resource for 2024 Missouri candidates!  Find events and opportunities to show your support and help them win HERE:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YWPoO300-K4QWinuVdJ_9LR-Hei7rv_ODoEIbeCebUY/edit?usp=sharing


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JOHN LEWIS DAY OF ACTION JULY 17 - VOLUNTEER, CO-SPONSOR, HELP PLAN!


John Lewis Day of Action

National “Good Trouble” Candlelight Vigils & Day of Action

In Honor of John Lewis

July 17, 2024

Missouri events in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Mid-Missouri


Complete the form to list your organization as a co-sponsor, to volunteer and/or to help on the planning committee here:  bit.ly/JohnLewisMO2024


Mobilize sign up for John Lewis events in Missouri here:  https://www.mobilize.us/john-lewis-actions/event/634630/


July 17, 2024 will mark the four (4) year commemoration of the passing of Congressman John Lewis. On July 17th Missouri voter advocates will join others around the county in “John Lewis National Day of Action & Candlelight Vigil.”  It is anticipated that there will be actions in over 150 local communities and many states in America celebrating the life of John Lewis and demanding the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the Native American Voting Rights Act, DC Statehood, and the Freedom To Vote Act.


Anti-democratic forces are steadily working to erode access and the power of the vote from the community of color.  Congressman John Lewis saw this epidemic coming and promoted 2 mighty pieces of federal legislation to secure our voting rights and democracy, the Freedom To Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.  


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MISSOURI IN THE NEWS


“St. Louis County prosecutor thinks Marcellus Williams is innocent. He’s still set to be executed.  


It is not every day that a prosecutor takes the extraordinary step of asking a court to vacate a criminal conviction, let alone one carrying a death sentence.


In the case of Marcellus Williams, St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell did so after he reviewed the case and found “clear and convincing evidence” that Williams is innocent. Despite the prosecutor’s pending motion, the Missouri Supreme Court set an execution date for Williams, and Attorney General Andrew Bailey now seeks to prevent the St. Louis County Circuit Court from assessing the new DNA evidence at all.


On July 2, the Circuit Court will decide whether it will hold a hearing on the prosecutor’s motion. It is hard to imagine justice in a system that would not require it.”



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“Why Crystal Quade believes Missouri is ready again for a Democratic governor”


“When House Minority Leader Crystal Quade first won election to her Springfield-based seat in 2016, her fellow Democrats suffered catastrophic losses for state legislative and statewide posts.


Now, after eight years of near-total GOP control of Missouri state government, Quade believes the state’s voters are ready to move on and place Democrats like her in the governor’s mansion. During an appearance on The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, Quade contended that Missourians are dissatisfied with how Republicans have led the state.


“They're frustrated by a leadership vacuum that is happening in Jefferson City,” Quade said. “And one of the things I was able to prove in 2016, by becoming the only elected Democrat in the southern half of the state in a red-at-the-time area, was because I listened to folks, and I asked what they wanted.”



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“Missouri governor slashes $1 billion from state budget approved by lawmakers - 

With 170 vetoes, mainly targeting earmarked items inserted by lawmakers, Parson repeatedly invoked the cost of new education laws and need to conserve state surplus”


“More than 170 items were struck from the Missouri state budget Friday as Gov. Mike Parson cut $1 billion from the spending plan passed this year by lawmakers.


In a statement explaining his cuts, Parson said he vetoed earmarked items that he believes were loaded into the budget for special projects and organizations without considering the future financial stability of the state.


“The use of the veto pen is not something I do eagerly, but today these vetoes represent the elimination of unnecessary pet projects and the protection of the taxpayer dime,” Parson said in a news release announcing his budget actions. “We may be leaving $1.9 billion on the bottom line, but that doesn’t mean we spend for the sake of spending.”


 


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MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!


With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing! Check out our MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13cokjWlCh2EkY5K6bM357rjVPizZDzxlMqjAuoBQfoI/edit?usp=sharing


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