Please join us for our monthly meeting of the
St Charles County Democratic Club
Please join us for our monthly meeting of the
St Charles County Democratic Club
There’s a pretty good chance that it won’t be too long from now that Republicans will wake up and have an “oh shit” moment about Donald Trump being in the White House. It might happen in near-unison or it might unfold in stages.
Few people are actually good at admitting mistakes or acknowledging that they made errors in judgment. This is particularly difficult for Republicans who seem to have more certainty that they are right, about nearly everything.
There are times when we all must walk back from positions that we have taken. Millions of Americans once professed that Bill Cosby was the role model for all men – the ultimate father and family man. When word began to leak out about the way he sexually abused dozens of women, his support faded. At first it was with hesitation; later it had the momentum of a cascade.
Every day, Republicans are on the brink of disaster with President Donald Trump. The more executive actions he takes, the more nominees that he sends to Congress, the more abrasive his words are along with those of the likes of Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Michael Flynn and Stephen Miller, the more he backs other Republicans into a corner. The closer we get to the elections of 2018, the more distance they will want from Trump.
In the twelve days of his presidency, he has done more damage to Americans and global citizens than most presidents could possible do in an entire term. He has embarrassed himself unlike any previous presidents, except that he is immune to his own embarrassment. What he has not done is something as drastic as cutting entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare. He has not gotten the United States into armed conflict.
But once his failures reach a new level, his Republican “friends” will abandon him. They will plead that they never really supported him.
Some will say that in the seventeen months in which he was a presidential candidate and the two-and-a-half months in which he was president-elect, he got away with one outrage after another without paying the proper price. But now that he is actually in the White House, he has his hands on the levers of power. To Republicans, they may be toys to be bent, spindled and mutilated, but to the entire world they are serious business.
When things tumble, it will be an “oh shit” moment for Republicans. They will abandon Trump in droves. But this does not mean that the party will crumble. In the 1970s, the Republicans survived Watergate, and by 1980 they rose again like the phoenix and recaptured the presidency and both houses of Congress.
Most Republicans are less concerned about integrity than most Democrats. They can be comfortable acting like chameleons. As they do this, they still try to portray themselves as “America’s Party.” They succeed in doing so when Democrats are not united (almost a given) and when Democrats are amorphous because they do not present a clear progressive agenda.
If we had a do-over of the November election tomorrow, Clinton would win both the popular and electoral votes in a landslide. But it won’t be tomorrow, and next time there may well be different candidates for both parties. “Oh shit” is not the same for Republicans as Democrats. For Republicans, it’s just the cost of doing business. For Democrats, it means they’ve really screwed up.
It will happen to Republicans, and when it does, Democrats have to show how they contrast with Republicans. Get away from the big money, the sleaziness and the counterproductive policies. Give the progressive agenda another chance to shine.
Where do you live? How can you make a difference in your neighborhood and eventually in your world? Start now, start at the government levels closest to the people. Start making your schools, water districts, fire departments, and cities better by bringing honest and effective leadership. These are mostly volunteer or small stipend offices, but you can actually make a difference. The local municipal elections are on the first Tuesday in April. April 5th for 2017. We’re including the information about school board filling for the two largest districts in St Charles County. All the other ones will have similar instructions. All information you should need are available on the city or board’s websites. Look at the list and see where your service and energy could be a valuable change to your city or neighborhood. Not all of the governments have terms expiring this April so not all of them will be on the ballot. Look for where you are and find out if they are electing new leadership this year.
This is the best way to really affect your world and a way to learn the leadership skills you can use for the future in the larger parts of our governments state and federal.
Filing for April election opens Dec. 13
The Fort Zumwalt School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 4, 2017 election. There are three positions available with three-year terms and one position available with a one-year term. Candidate qualifications are listed on the district website here or you may pick up a copy at the district office. Interested persons may file at the superintendent’s offices located at 555 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO. 63366. Filing will begin on December 13, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. and will continue during the district’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Except for the first and last day of filing, filing will not occur on days that the school district’s central offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will also not occur on the following days when the school district’s central offices are closed: December 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and January 2 and 16. Filing will end on January 17, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Candidate filing for the April 5, 2016, election to the Francis Howell School District Board of Education opens at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Dec.13, 2016, and continues until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. The three-year terms of current Board members Rene Cope, Mark Lafata, and Mike Sommer will expire in April 2017.
Francis Howell School District residents interested in filing must do so in person at the administration building, 4545 Central School Road, St. Charles, MO 63304. Candidates can file between the hours of 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Filing will not occur on days that the District’s offices are closed due to inclement weather, or on the following days: Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, and Jan. 16. Filing closes on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at 5:00 PM.
Qualified applicants may file for office beginning on Dec. 13 at 8:00 AM in the Superintendent’s Office by declaring their intent to become a candidate, in person and in writing, to the Secretary of the Board. A lottery system for ballot order placement for first and last day filings will be utilized. The candidate shall draw a number at random at the time of filing. The names of the candidates filing on the first day will be listed in ascending order of the numbers drawn and ahead of the names of candidates filing on a later date. The names of candidates filing on the last day will be listed in descending order of the numbers drawn after the names of all candidates who have previously filed on an earlier date.
To be eligible for the Francis Howell School District Board of Education candidates must be: a U.S. citizen; at least twenty-four years old; a resident taxpayer of the District; have (or will have) resided in Missouri one year immediately preceding the election; not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, or real estate property taxes on place of residence; never pled guilty or nolo contendere nor been convicted of a felony; is not registered or required to be registered as a sex offender; and has filed all required campaign disclosure reports for any previous elections.
For more information, contact the Superintendent’s Office at (636) 851-4026.
Candidate filing ending for O’Fallon, Missouri’s municipal election
There are several statewide and local Amendments and Proposals on Nov 8th 2016 Ballot. Here’s a guide to help you decide how to vote:
Amendment 1 would renew the existing sales and use tax of 0.1 percent for 10 years. The revenue from the tax goes toward state parks and soil and water conservation efforts. The measure was designed to “continue to generate approximately $90 million annually for soil and water conservation and operation of the state park system.
This tax was approved by voters in 1984 and must be renewed by vote every ten years, It has gotten almost 70 percent approval in the last three elections.
Amendment 2 would establish limits on campaign contributions to state and judicial, but not municipal and federal, candidates, committees, and political parties. Candidates for state and judicial offices would not be permitted to receive more than $2,600 from any one individual, other than the candidate himself or herself, per election. Contributions from any one individual or committee to a political party would be capped at $25,000 per election. Corporations and labor unions would be prohibited from making direct contributions, although they could still form continuing committees. One candidate’s committee would be prohibited from contributing to another candidate’s committee. Candidates would be prohibited from accepting funds from out-of-state committees unless said committee registers in Missouri.
Unions object to their contributions being limited by this amendment while corporations go uncapped.
Note: This initiative was funded by conservative Fred Sauer who was enraged by the amount money Rex Sinquefield was giving to Republican candidates running in primaries against candidates Sauer supported. Gov. Nixon supports this Amendment.
Amendment 3 would raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 60 cents. Estimates of revenue range from $263 million to $374 million. A minimum of 75 percent would go to funding of pre-school. Between 10 and 15 percent of the revenue would be distributed as grants to hospitals and health care facilities for improving early childhood health. Between 5 and 10 percent of revenue would be distributed as grants to provide smoking prevention programs for pregnant mothers and youth.
Educators all agree pre-school is badly needed especially with at risk children, critics especially teacher organizations do not like the fact this would allowing funding of private and parochial schools for their pre-schools. Others object to the tax falling disproportionally on lower income family who smoke in higher numbers. Some object to the language banning any of the money being used for abortions.
Many of the major health organizations like American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Lung Association and American Cancer Association oppose this amendment.
Amendment 4 would forbid the state and local governments from enacting sales and use taxes on any service or activity not subjected to one on January 1, 2015.
The rationale behind this law is the recent attempts in the legislature to eliminate income tax and replace it with higher and broader sales taxes. The leader in the fight for this amendment is the National Association of Realtors who fear a sales tax on selling a home. Joining them are bankers, optometrists, chiropractors, lawyers, CPA’s and other service organizations fearing a sales tax on their services.
Amendment 6 would authorize the state to require voters to present a form of identification to vote. The measure would also allow exceptions to be made. It would allow persons without ID to vote if they present a school identification, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document, permit their picture be taken, and sign a statement. The state will provide free of cost a photographic ID and the state will pay for any certifications such birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, etc. necessary for proof to get a photo ID
Opponents object the necessity of such a law saying there have been no voter fraud cases in recent memory this law would prevented. They feel it is just aimed at a minority population which large numbers without drivers licenses.
This proposal is to increase taxes on cigarettes by 23 cents per pack by 2021 and to add an additional 5 percent sales tax for other tobacco products. The approximately $100 million in added revenue will fund the state Department of Transportation.
This proposition conflicts with Amendment 3 for revenue from increasing taxes on tobacco products. If Amendment 3 passes it takes precedence and will negate a yes vote for Proposition A
While few would disagree, Missouri needs more funding for transportation, many object to taxing cigarettes for the revenue saying it disproportionally taxes lower incomes.
A levy of five cents per each 100 dollars of assessed valuation for providing services to persons 60 years of age or older.
Over the past decade, state funding for programs for seniors has declined (cuts in home delivered meals for seniors, senior transportation, and aid in increasing drug costs). This will add $18 million to help seniors in St. Charles County to stay in their homes. The money will be distributed to already existing programs for seniors.
A proposed 60 cents increase per 100 dollars assessed evaluation for the Francis Howell School District. Due to lack of the state in meeting their funding goals in public education and assessed evaluation still being 10 percent lower than before the recession, Francis Howell has cut $12 million in expense in the last two years. This includes the loss of 109 in personnel.
The 60 cents increase would offset approximately two thirds of those cuts.
Because getting the vote out in Missouri is so important in 2016 & it starts with making sure all are REGISTERED TO VOTE, below is some important info on REGISTERING.
To maximize this effort could you please pass this message on to any or all of your friends & relatives & any community & social groups in your world?
MISSOURI VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
You must be 18 years of age by the day of a particular election to be eligible to vote in that election
New applications to vote must be postmarked by the 4th Wednesday preceding an election to be eligible to vote in that election
You must register again when you move from one jurisdiction (St. Louis City, Kansas City, or any county) to another jurisdiction within Missouri (New Registration)
You must register again if you change the address on a current voter registration when you move within a jurisdiction (Address Change)
You must register again if you change the name on a current voter registration (Name Change)
BOARD OF ELECTION ADDRESSES, PHONE NUMBERS, AND WEBSITES
St. Charles Board of Elections, 397 Turner Boulevard, St. Peters, MO 63376-1080, 636. 949.7550 http://www.election.sccmo.org/election/
St. Louis County Board of Elections, 12 Sunnen Drive, Maplewood, MO 63143, 314.615.1800, http://www.stlouisco.com
City of St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, 300 North Tucker Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63101-1914, 314.622.4336 or 3319, http://www.stlelections.com
Missouri Secretary of State, http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/
If you still have questions, or want to help with voter registration, please contact the St. Charles County Democratic Central Committee at 636-946-1066
St Charles County Director of Elections office is in dire need of Democratic Poll Workers for the November 8, 2016 general election. There are 121 polling places within St. Charles County. Election judge is a paid position. If you would like information on becoming an election judge, please contact the office at 636-949-7550. The application form is available at this link : http://www.sccmo.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/5097
At the St. Charles County Democratic Central Committee Meeting on July 7, 2016, the Central Committee voted to endorse the following Propositions that will be on the August 2, 2016 ballot:
Click on the title of each proposition to learn more.
We believe these are all examples of good government and will enhance the quality of life for the citizens of these communities.
You’ll only be able to vote on any of these specific propositions if you live in the live in the corresponding city.
Join fellow Democrats as we watch the first 2016 Democratic Presidential Debate after Iowa and New Hampshire on the big screen! This debate is crucial as it comes right before the Missouri primary!
This event will be shown on a big screen in St. Charles 18 Cine auditorium, 1830 S First Captitol, St Charles, MO 63303 with seating for 300+ people!
This will be a fun event – come watch with your friends! Last October, we had over 200 people attend!
People are feelin’ the Bern and are Ready for Hillary! You’ll be able to buy refreshments from the St. Charles 18 Cine.
This event is sponsored by the St. Charles County Democratic Central Committee and we do not endorse primary candidates. Supporters of all Democratic Presidential candidates are welcome.
Please consider bringing food items as well and we’ll get them to a local food pantry!
NOTE: Debate start time not available. The Central Committee is having a listening and discussion meeting before the debate. We’re inviting anyong who has ever considered running for office. Information for that session follows:
Do you see our state going in the wrong direction with the majority Republican leadership? Are you tired of Missouri falling to the bottom in things like funding for our public schools and affordable healthcare for working people? Are you tired of their EXTREME bills which do nothing to solve the issues of 90% of Missourians? Are you angry that billionaires, big business and special interests have hijacked our country and our state?
Want to be a part of the change to take it back? Thinking about running for office yourself? Bernie and Hillary can’t do it alone – they need good people like you! Common sense Missouri leadership has never been in such short supply as it is today. Now is the time for sincere, honest and energetic people to step forward. 2016 could be your year to make a difference in Missouri. If not you, who?
On Feb 11, 2016 the St Charles County Democratic Central Committee is sponsoring a Democratic Presidential Primary Debate watch at Wehrenberg 18 Cinema, 1830 1st Capitol, St Charles MO, 6330. All are welcome and it is a free event. Members of the Central Committee and former candidates will be at the theater at 6pm for a meet and listen with Democrats who might of thought about running for office in this or future election cycles. Let’s talk about how you can help to make a difference in Missouri politics. Afterwards, hang around and have fun watching the debate and meeting some like-minded fellow Democrats.
If you have any questions, please call 636-293-4988. We can do this!
Stop by Shady Grove Chill and Grill at 1267 Jungerman Road, St. Peters, MO between 5 – 8 pm on January 21. Join Democrats from all over the county as we kickoff the campaign for the 108th. Ed Shew stands for families, our schools and our seniors. See his platform at his website www.shewforstaterep.com
Message from Ed:
“It’s time for new leadership and I will bring my lifetime of experience in the private and public business sector. I want to hear from you. What are your ideas for a better Missouri, for better schools, for better roads, and all the other ways state government can serve the people of Missouri? I’m not running to be something. I’m running to do something. With your support we can make a difference. We can win this race.”
You can RSVP for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/515984201901433/
Please share this event with your friends on facebook.
On November 12 at 5pm the official campaign kick-off for Kenny Biermann, State Representative in the 65th will be held at Rookies Bar and Grill, 3721 New Town Boulevard, St Charles, MO.
All are welcome to the kick-off regardless of donation amount. Kenny served parts of the 65th as State Representative from 2008 until 2010 after his election success on the race to unseat the incumbent in the old 17th district. Kenny served his constituents well and will do so again with your help.
Kenny has served for many years on the Orchard Farm School Board and he supports local and state school issues that help our childrent get the best public education that they can. Kenny is a hardworking resident of St. Charles City and of the County.
2813 Droste Road,
St. Charles, MO 63301
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