08/08/22 - Missouri Mondays - Trudy Busch Valentine wins Dem U.S. Senate primary!
Abortion rights victory in KS! U.S. Senate Dems pass historic climate, tax, health care bill! More news, events, and what you can do to make a difference this week!
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Trudy Busch Valentine wins Democratic primary for Roy Blunt’s U.S. Senate seat
Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine and Republican AG Eric Schmitt won their respective primaries on Tuesday and will face off in the November election for Roy Blunt’s U.S. Senate seat. Independent candidate John Wood will also be on the ballot if it is determined he has enough valid signatures.
“Valentine, in her acceptance speech to supporters gathered at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 union hall, focused on bridging political divides in the general election. “I'm going to approach politics the same way I approach nursing and my life,” she said late Tuesday. “I'm going to treat everyone with compassion, respect and integrity. I'm going to put our differences aside and embrace what unites us.”
Read more here: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/eric-schmitt-and-trudy-busch-valentine-win-missouri-s-senate-primary-contests/article_f2a3d783-0d6c-50ec-abe6-e2566fe8c114.html St.Louis Post Dispatch
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Help Trudy Busch Valentine win in November to stop the extreme GOP agenda threatening our rights and our democracy!
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Missouri Democrats ask Kansas and Illinois to help pay for out-of-state patients' abortions
“Missouri’s top Democratic lawmakers have yet to receive a formal response to letters urging governors in Kansas and Illinois to help pay for abortions for out-of-state Medicaid patients, though a Kansas lawmaker said it is highly unlikely given Republican dominance of the state’s legislature.
In letters sent Wednesday and first reported by the Associated Press, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade and Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo urged Kansas and Illinois’ governors and their legislative counterparts to take advantage of a potential waiver President Joe Biden unveiled in an executive order aimed at bolstering access to abortions.”
Read more here: https://www.kcur.org/politics-elections-and-government/2022-08-05/missouri-democrats-ask-kansas-and-illinois-to-help-pay-for-out-of-state-patients-abortions Missouri Independent / KCUR Aug 5
Kansas overwhelmingly rejects removing constitutional right to abortion
“Kansas voters resoundingly decided against removing the right to abortion from the State Constitution, according to The Associated Press, a major victory for the abortion rights movement in one of America’s reliably conservative states. The defeat of the ballot referendum was the most tangible demonstration yet of a political backlash against the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that had protected abortion rights throughout the country. The decisive margin — 59 to 41 percent, with about 95 percent of the votes counted — came as a surprise, and after frenzied campaigns with both sides pouring millions into advertising and knocking on doors throughout a sweltering final campaign stretch. “The voters in Kansas have spoken loud and clear: We will not tolerate extreme bans on abortion,” said Rachel Sweet, the campaign manager for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, which led the effort to defeat the amendment.”
NY Times Aug 2
“Abortion-rights victory in red-state Kansas confirms this is America's stance”
“For the first time since the Supreme Court revoked the biological freedom of millions of American women, there is some unequivocally good news on the abortion-rights front — and it comes from, of all places, ruby-red Kansas. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the overwhelming rejection by Kansas voters of a measure that would have opened their state to the kind of draconian restrictions on abortion rights now in place in Missouri and other Republican-led states.
Most important is that it happened in a state in which a wide majority of registered voters are Republican. Anyone who might previously have assumed there is no point in trying to amend Missouri’s constitution to protect abortion rights should rethink that assumption in light of these results.”
Read the full op-ed here: https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-abortion-rights-victory-in-red-state-kansas-confirms-this-is-americas-stance/article_5b6fe311-bc64-57dd-9da3-d41c4378bbb5.html#tracking-source=mp-in-article St.Louis Post Dispatch Aug 3
U.S. Senate Democrats passed the historic Inflation Reduction Act, addressing climate change, reducing drug and health care costs, fair share taxing of wealthiest corporations, and deficit reduction
President Biden released a statement on the Senate vote:
"Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share. I ran for President promising to make government work for working families again, and that is what this bill does -- period.
This bill caps seniors’ out of pocket spending for prescription drugs at $2000 per year – no matter what their drug bills would otherwise be, seniors will not have to spend more than $2000. In addition, 13 million Americans, covered under the Affordable Care Act, will see their health insurance premiums reduced by $800.
This bill tackles inflation by lowering the deficit and lowering costs for regular families.
This bill also makes the largest investment ever in combating the existential crisis of climate change. It addresses the climate crisis and strengthens our energy security, creating jobs manufacturing solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles in America with American workers. It lowers families’ energy costs by hundreds of dollars each year.
Finally, it pays for all this by establishing a minimum corporate tax so that our richest corporations start to pay their fair share. It does not raise taxes on those making under $400,000 a year – not one cent.
On to the House! #DemsDeliver”
Most Senate Republicans voted against a Democratic amendment that “would have capped out-of-pocket insulin costs at $35 a month for people with private health insurance.”
Read more here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/08/07/insulin-cap-budget-congress/ Washington Post Aug 7
POTUS statement on passage of Inflation Reduction Act https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/08/07/statement-by-president-biden-on-senate-passage-of-the-inflation-reduction-act/
President Biden signs new exec order to ensure abortion access
Last week President Biden signed an executive order “to help ensure access to abortion in light of the Supreme Court's decision earlier this summer to eliminate the constitutional right to the procedure. The President said the order helps women travel out of state to receive abortions, ensures health care providers comply with federal law so women aren't delayed in getting care and advances research and data collection "to evaluate the impact that this reproductive health crisis is having on maternal health and other health conditions and outcomes." Biden spoke of the "chaos and uncertainty" that has ensued in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision and said, "Women's health and lives are on the line. “Emergency medical care being denied to women experiencing miscarriages, doctors uncertain about what they can do to provide for their patients, pharmacists unsure whether they can fill prescriptions that they've always filled before, a tragic case of rape survivors, including a 10-year-old girl forced to travel to another state for care," Biden said before signing the order.”
CNN Aug 3
U.S. Senate finally passes bill for veterans exposed to burn pits
“The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to create a new entitlement program to treat veterans who may have been exposed to toxic substances from burning trash pits on U.S. military bases, sending President Biden legislation that would expand medical care eligibility to an estimated 3.5 million people.” Biden said, “While we can never fully repay the enormous debt we owe to those who have worn the uniform, today the United States Congress took important action to meet this sacred obligation.” He added this legislation “could be the difference between life and death for many suffering from toxic related illnesses. Republicans including Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley had previously blocked the bill trying to limit funding for treatments.
Full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/02/us/politics/senate-burn-pits-veterans.html NYT Aug 2
More than two years after the police raid and shooting of Breonna Taylor in her apartment, DOJ charges current and former Louisville police officers
“U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Department of Justice has filed charges against four former and current Louisville police officers in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor. The charges include civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction offenses. "The federal charges announced today allege that members of a Police Investigations Unit falsified the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant of Ms. Taylor's home and that this act violated federal civil rights laws, and that those violations resulted in Ms. Taylor's death," Garland said in a news conference. The federal charges against detective Joshua Jaynes, former Louisville detective Kelly Goodlett and sergeant Kyle Meany allege they violated Taylor's Fourth Amendment rights when they sought a warrant to search Taylor's home while knowing they lacked probable cause, and that they knew their affidavit supporting the warrant contained false and misleading information and omitted other material information, resulting in her death.”
Full story here: https://abcnews.go.com/US/doj-announces-charges-connection-raid-killed-breonna-taylor/story?id=87926113 ABC News Aug 4
HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS TO STOP EXTREMIST GOP AGENDA IN MO LEGISLATURE!
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!
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ABORTION CARE IS UNDER ATTACK - WHAT YOU CAN DO
Support Abortion Funds/Partner Organizations - Share Resources - Volunteer!
Planned Parenthood Great Plains - Serving more than 30,000 patients across 11 health centers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma each year https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-great-plains/get-involved/support-ppgp
Planned Parenthood https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/2U7UN1iNhESWUfDs4gDPNg2
Bans Off Our Bodies Campaign https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/rightfully-ours/bans-off-our-bodies
Repro Legal Helpline https://www.reprolegalhelpline.org/
GoFundMe for Whole Woman’s Health to Move From Texas to New Mexico Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/whole-womans-health-moving-to-new-mexico
National Network of Abortion Funds https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout
National Women’s Health Network https://nwhn.org/syaabortionaccess/
Plan C - An information resource for self-managed, at-home abortion with pills https://www.plancpills.org/
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
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MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
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CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN - Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need. Donate to WCK here: https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. Donate here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
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
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
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
The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when your child or teen can get boosters to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations - Updated July 21, 2022: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccines-children-teens.html
CDC COVID-19 Booster Information - Updated July 20, 2022: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html#when-you-can-get-booster
Getting children vaccinated for COVID-19
Updated June 19, 2022
Missourians Vaccinated vs U.S. as of Aug 7 - The New York Times
Fully vaccinated — 57% of Missourians / 67% in the U.S.
Fully vaccinated with a booster — 25% of Missourians / 32% in the U.S.
Latest COVID Trends in Missouri as of - The New York Times
An average of 1,731 cases per day were reported in Missouri in the last week. Cases have decreased by 16 percent from the average two weeks ago.
Deaths have increased by 27 percent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 1,595,069 reported cases. At least 1 in 290 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of 21,192 deaths.
January 2022 was the month with the highest average cases, while November 2021 was the month with the highest average deaths in Missouri.
MORE COVID-19 VACCINE, TESTING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
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