07/25/22 - Missouri Mondays - Jan 6 Hearings show Democracy 911 / Coward flees Capitol

Missouri Mondays - Jan 6 Hearings show Democracy 911 / Coward flees Capitol after solidarity fist pump to mob / Aug 2 Election next week–Be ready to vote! / Help Dems fight extreme GOP agenda–Volunteer! / LWVKC Forums / News, events and more!



Welcome to another Missouri Mondays! We can’t and we won’t back down! Thank you for staying informed and taking action to help protect our rights and defend our democracy!

MISSOURI IN THE NEWS

After fist pump in solidarity with the Jan. 6 mob, Hawley caught on video fleeing the Capitol

Surveillance video played by the Jan. 6 committee last Thursday, showed Republican Sen. Josh Hawley fleeing out of the Capitol as it was under attack by the mob he had “egged on hours earlier.”

“The image of Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, raising his fist in solidarity with a crowd of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 became an iconic symbol of how he and members of his party had made common cause with members of the mob that ultimately stormed the building.” On Thursday night, the committee “offered the public another indelible image of Mr. Hawley — this time, of the senator legging it out of the Capitol as it was invaded by the same people he had cheered on hours before.”

Full story https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/21/us/josh-hawley-video-jan-6.html NYT

“Fist pumper to fleeing coward: Jan. 6 video shows Missouri who Josh Hawley really is”

https://www.kansascity.com/article263718073.html KCStar Jul 23

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“Missouri AG sues to block St. Louis from using public money to ensure abortion access”

“Hours after St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signed a bill Thursday that would direct $1 million in federal relief funds to support access to abortions, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed suit to block the new law. Schmitt’s lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction argue that Board Bill 61 violates state laws that prohibit public funds, employees and facilities from being used to assist or encourage access to abortions and “fails to account for the impact on unborn children.” Passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen last week, the bill established a Reproductive Equity Fund that will give the St. Louis Department of Health the authority to dole out $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to organizations providing logistical support, like to cover costs of travel or childcare, for those accessing abortions out-of-state. An additional $500,000 is slated to go to organizations bolstering access to reproductive health care, like doulas and lactation support, and an additional $250,000 was allocated to cover administrative costs.”

Full story here: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/07/21/missouri-ag-sues-to-block-st-louis-from-using-public-money-to-ensure-abortion-access/ Missouri Independent Jul 21

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“Missouri Democrat Senate hopefuls discuss abolishing the filibuster, Medicare for all”

“Trudy Busch Valentine was the only one against Medicare For All. Spencer Toder wants to investigate the U.S. Supreme Court justices who said they would uphold abortion rights and then overtuned Roe v. Wade. Lucas Kunce suggested far more incremental policies than most candidates to curb gun violence.

And nearly all of the nine candidates who participated in the quasi-debate of Democratic Senate hopefuls Monday night supported abolishing the U.S. Senate filibuster, saying it was essential to get any important legislation passed. That includes the three candidates considered the frontrunners in the race — Kunce, Toder and Valentine.

“With what we have currently, we have no opportunity to save our democracy and that is absolutely essential,” Toder said of the filibuster during Monday’s forum held over Zoom and organized by the League of Women Voters.

Nine of the 11 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination appeared for at least part of the forum. Kunce missed the beginning of the event, joined from his car and fell off the call at one point. Valentine left early.

And while the debate was broad-ranging and surface-level, it presented an opportunity to get candidates on the record on a number of issues from expanding the U.S. Supreme Court to healthcare to abolishing the Senate filibuster. It also separated the progressive candidates from the moderates.

Each candidate was given the opportunity to give their campaign spiel — Valentine’s pledges to bring people together, Kunce’s desire to shift power to the working class and Toder’s record of helping thousands of Missourians access safety-net benefits — to the audience, which garnered 260 views on YouTube.”

Full story here: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/07/19/missouri-democrat-senate-hopefuls-discuss-abolishing-the-filibuster-medicare-for-all/ Missouri Independent Jul 19

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State of Missouri’s request to dismiss food stamp applicants’ lawsuit denied

“A federal lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Social Services alleges that its “dysfunctional” call line and burdensome application process for SNAP benefits violates federal law and applicants' constitutional rights.”

“Mary Holmes says she subsisted on hardly any food for over a month as she struggled to recertify her eligibility for federal food assistance earlier this year. She spent hours on the phone trying to speak to someone at Missouri’s Department of Social Services (DSS) for her mandatory interview, as her prepaid phone minutes dwindled. With no internet access, disabled and lacking transportation, she ultimately paid $10 to a relative to drive her to a DSS office.”

The lawsuit alleges DSS has violated federal SNAP law in far-reaching, “systemic” ways, depriving eligible households of timely access to benefits. And Harpool seemed persuaded during a March temporary restraining order hearing, saying: “I am disappointed it took court intervention for these two individuals to get what they needed.”

Full story here: https://www.kcur.org/politics-elections-and-government/2022-07-20/missouri-judge-denies-states-request-to-dismiss-lawsuit-from-food-stamp-applicants KCUR Jul 20

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NATIONAL NEWS



Jan. 6 Committee Hearing July 21–Takeaways

The eighth public hearing of the Jan. 6 committee last Thursday focused on what the former President “was doing, and who was trying to influence him, during the 187 minutes between when he finished his Stop the Steal speech at the rally on January 6, 2021, and when he tweeted a video calling for the rioters at the Capitol to leave. The committee also heard live testimony from two White House aides — former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews and former deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger — both of whom resigned on January 6. And it aired new footage of a still-defiant DT from the day after the attack.”

**For nearly three hours, the former President watched live coverage on Fox News of the Capitol breach and the mob attacking police and law enforcement officers

**DT did nothing to reach out to law enforcement or military officials during this time.

**DT called Rudy Giuliani, and he called senators to lobby them to support his efforts to overturn the 2020 election

**VP MIke Pence’s Secret Service agents feared for their lives

**DT refused the next day on Jan. 7 to say the election is over

Full story https://www.vox.com/23273654/january-6-committee-trump-takeaways-capitol-attack Vox Jul 22

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“U.S. House passes bill guaranteeing contraception access, with eight GOP votes”

“The U.S. House voted mostly along party lines Thursday to send the Senate legislation that would guarantee people the right to use contraception without government interference. The legislation from North Carolina Democratic Rep. Kathy Manning, approved 228-195, is part of the Democrats’ response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion. Eight Republicans, including Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Maria Salazar of Florida and Fred Upton of Michigan voted to approve the bill. Republicans Bob Gibbs of Ohio and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania voted present.”

Full story here: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/07/21/u-s-house-passes-bill-guaranteeing-contraception-access-with-eight-gop-votes/ Missouri Independent Jul 21

 

HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS STOP EXTREMIST GOP AGENDA IN MISSOURI!

Democratic candidates for the Missouri legislature need your help NOW! We must break the GOP super-majority to stop MORE extremist legislation from being passed!

ABORTION CARE IS UNDER ATTACK - WHAT YOU CAN DO

Support Abortion Funds/Partner Organizations - Share Resources - Volunteer!

Whole Woman’s Health is packing up clinics in Texas and moving to New Mexico. They are packing up their McAllen, Fort Worth, McKinney and Austin clinics, and need donations for buying and renovating a building, relocating and hiring staff, and setting up licenses and certifications in New Mexico.


 


Jan. 6 Committee Hearing July 21–Takeaways

The eighth public hearing of the Jan. 6 committee last Thursday focused on what the former President “was doing, and who was trying to influence him, during the 187 minutes between when he finished his Stop the Steal speech at the rally on January 6, 2021, and when he tweeted a video calling for the rioters at the Capitol to leave. The committee also heard live testimony from two White House aides — former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews and former deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger — both of whom resigned on January 6. And it aired new footage of a still-defiant DT from the day after the attack.”

**For nearly three hours, the former President watched live coverage on Fox News of the Capitol breach and the mob attacking police and law enforcement officers

**DT did nothing to reach out to law enforcement or military officials during this time.

**DT called Rudy Giuliani, and he called senators to lobby them to support his efforts to overturn the 2020 election

**VP MIke Pence’s Secret Service agents feared for their lives

**DT refused the next day on Jan. 7 to say the election is over

Full story https://www.vox.com/23273654/january-6-committee-trump-takeaways-capitol-attack Vox Jul 22

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“U.S. House passes bill guaranteeing contraception access, with eight GOP votes”

“The U.S. House voted mostly along party lines Thursday to send the Senate legislation that would guarantee people the right to use contraception without government interference. The legislation from North Carolina Democratic Rep. Kathy Manning, approved 228-195, is part of the Democrats’ response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion. Eight Republicans, including Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Maria Salazar of Florida and Fred Upton of Michigan voted to approve the bill. Republicans Bob Gibbs of Ohio and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania voted present.”

Full story here: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/07/21/u-s-house-passes-bill-guaranteeing-contraception-access-with-eight-gop-votes/ Missouri Independent Jul 21

HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS STOP EXTREMIST GOP AGENDA IN MISSOURI!

Democratic candidates for the Missouri legislature need your help NOW! We must break the GOP super-majority to stop MORE extremist legislation from being passed!

 

ABORTION CARE IS UNDER ATTACK - WHAT YOU CAN DO

Support Abortion Funds/Partner Organizations - Share Resources - Volunteer!

Whole Woman’s Health is packing up clinics in Texas and moving to New Mexico. They are packing up their McAllen, Fort Worth, McKinney and Austin clinics, and need donations for buying and renovating a building, relocating and hiring staff, and setting up licenses and certifications in New Mexico.


 

NEXT SCHEDULED ELECTION IS AUGUST 2ND - ARE YOU READY?


NEXT SCHEDULED ELECTION

Election Day: August 2, 2022

Last day to register was July 6

IN PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING NOW - AUG 1ST AT 5 PM

Military & Overseas Portal opened: June 14, 2022

Applications mailed to permanently disabled: May 24, 2022

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/

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KCEB Needs Poll Workers

The Kansas City Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for the August election. Poll workers receive compensation for their time both on Election Day and for training. Visit the KCBE website to learn more https://www.kceb.org/elections/workers/

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ELECTION PROTECTION 866–OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

Experiencing problems voting or have questions?

Call Election Protection 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

MO voting information: 866ourvote.org/state/missouri



MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS


TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Using false claims of voter fraud, the MO GOP majority spent the 2022 legislative session attacking voting rights and ultimately passed a restrictive photo ID bill containing many provisions suppressing our vote and our voice!

Join the MOVPC meeting

TODAY MONDAY July 25 at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt

MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot

and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!

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MO HOUSE DISTRICT CANDIDATE FORUMS

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS KC, JACKSON-CLAY-PLATTE COUNTIES

ALL FORUMS 6:30 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM

Learn about candidates for Missouri State Senate and House of Representatives - who work alongside the governor to create laws and establish a state budget. Responsibilities include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. State senators are limited to two 4-year terms and state legislators are limited to four 2-year terms.

The public may submit questions for candidates to forumquestions@lwvkc.org. Register in advance for this virtual event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This event will also be live-streamed on the League's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LWVKC/ A recording of the forum will be available on the League's YouTube channel accessible on the League's website https://www.lwvkc.org/ along with previous candidate forum recordings.

Find your MO elected officials and House district by entering your address here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx/leg_lookup.aspx

JULY 26 - MO House Dist 21, 29, 36

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DzetFyxHSImTskvwr9z27Q

JULY 27 - MO House Dist 19, 34, 35

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4E2gcaFgTdCFO7R5-cgQqA

JULY 28 - MO House Dist 22, 28

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fEpWd-SHT7qaHux8sqDdfA

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MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS

Find more upcoming actions and events here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19AZUdtRH5WXefOC4Q5D9u-HyuzhBEL8rYX9Ospn3n18/edit?usp=sharing

 

CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. Donate here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate

  • SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/

MISSOURI COVID UPDATE


Missourians Vaccinated vs U.S. as of July 24 - The New York Times

  • 67% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (79% have received at least one dose in the U.S.)

  • 57% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (67% are fully vaccinated in the U.S.)

Latest COVID Trends in Missouri as of July 24 - The New York Times

  • An average of 2,064 cases per day were reported in Missouri in the last week. Cases have increased by 11 percent from the average two weeks ago.

  • Deaths have increased by 11 percent.

  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 1,568,710 reported cases. At least 1 in 291 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of 21,063 deaths.

  • January 2022 was the month with the highest average cases, while November 2021 was the month with the highest average deaths in Missouri.

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MORE COVID-19 VACCINE, TESTING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing


 

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