Kansas City Women’s March – January 18, 2020 – photos – part 2

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At noon today at Mill Creek Park next to the 47t Street entrance of the Plaza several hundred individuals participated in a rally and march (through the Plaza) in solidarity with hundreds of similar women’s marches across the country advocating for women’s rights and commemorating the movement and the large 2017 nationwide march.

After gathering at Mill Creek Park the majority in attendance marched south and then west toward Ward Parkway, turned north, and returned to the park through the Plaza on 47th Street. The march was about a mile in length and took under a half hour.

“Love women”

“Vote”

“Speak Up”

“Break! up with your toxic masculinity. I’m Bored!”

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

Teach your children well:

“Vote for women”

“If it isn’t intersectional it isn’t feminism”

Yelling from traffic on 47th Street at the handful of protesters who didn’t march and remained at the park picketing.

True believer.

There were a few more who joined the group at the park as the march proceeded through the Plaza.

“Women supporting women”

“We are the granddaughters of the witches you were never able to burn”

The host returns:

Previously:

Kansas City Women’s March – January 18, 2020 – photos – part 1

Kansas City Women’s March – January 18, 2020 – photos – part 1

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At noon today at Mill Creek Park next to the 47t Street entrance of the Plaza several hundred individuals participated in a rally and march (through the Plaza) in solidarity with hundreds of similar women’s marches across the country advocating for women’s rights and commemorating the movement and the large 2017 nationwide march.

The crowd was diverse. And they were enthusiastic despite the sub-freezing temperatures and stiff wind.

“Turns out, she was right about everything”

Yes, she is.

“This is my resisting bitch face!”

Carrie Fisher sent me”

#resist

“Stand up. Persist.”

“I need feminism because I plan on marrying rich and I can’t do that if my wife is being paid 75 cents on the dollar”

“I’m with her”

“Equal means equal”

“Feminism includes all genders”

“Fuck tRump, and fuck you for voting for him”

“Respect my existence or expect my resistance”

“Babes against bullshit”

“A woman’s place is in the resistance”

“Does this ass make my country look small?”

Yes.

There is another…with some money

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Cameron physician makes a run at Missouri governorship
By Ken Newton News-Press NOW Sep 26, 2019

CAMERON, Mo. — State Rep. Jim Neely, a physician, got some three-pronged advice from a patient about his decision to run for Missouri governor next year…

Representative James Neely (r) [2018 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C121277 01/17/2020 Citizens For Neely James Neely 5433 NW State Road D Cameron MO 64429 Cameron Regional Medical Center physician 1/16/2020 $184,557.82

[empasis added]

That’ll pay for a lot of bumper stickers.

Think of the possibilities.

Living rent free

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Yesterday:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!
2:39 PM · Jan 16, 2020

Actually: Articles of Impeachment [pdf]

What a maroon.

The best response:

Three Year Letterman @3YearLetterman
Well, they tried to impeach Ben Franklin when he was president for inventing electricity. They’ll stoop to anything. Still, America is the oldest and greatest country ever
2:41 PM · Jan 16, 2020

Is this a great country, or what?

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Local Politics

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All politics is local, right?

Lauren Gepford, Executive Director of the Missouri Democratic Party, was a featured speaker this evening in Warrensburg at the monthly meeting of the Johnson County Democratic Club.

Lauren Gepford, Executive Director of the Missouri Democratic Party.

Charts. Comparisons.

And questions from the crowd.

Organizing for 2020.

HB 2044: Wouldn’t it just be easier to burn all of the books?

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Just asking.

A bill:

HB 2044
Establishes the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act”
Sponsor: Baker, Ben (160)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 4634H.01I
Last Action: 01/09/2020 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 2044
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The devil is in the details:

SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 2044 [pdf]
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE BAKER.

4634H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 181.060, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to parental oversight of public libraries, with penalty provisions.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

[….]

5. No public library shall receive any state aid under this section if such library allows minors to access age-inappropriate sexual materials in violation of section 182.821.

182.821. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act”.

2. As used in this section, the following terms mean:

(1) “Age-inappropriate sexual material”, any description or representation, in any form, of nudity, sexuality, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse, that:
(a) Taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest of minors;
(b) Is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is appropriate material for minors; and
(c) Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors;

(2) “Geographical area”, any village, town, city, county, library district, or other area with established boundaries in which a library is established or for which a library is established to provide library services;

(3) “Public library”, any library that receives state aid under section 181.060 and that provides public access to age-inappropriate sexual material.

3. Each public library shall establish a parental library review board as provided in this subsection.
(1) At least thirty calendar days before the election of a board under this subsection, the governing body of the public library shall notify all qualified voters residing within the library’s geographical area that an election for members of the library’s parental library review board will be held at a regularly convened hearing of the village, town, city, or county in which the majority of the library’s geographical area lies. At such hearing, the qualified voters present shall elect the members of the board by a majority vote. The five individuals receiving the highest number of votes cast by the qualified voters present shall be members of the board.
(2) The board shall be composed of five adult residents of the public library’s geographical area. Each board member shall serve a term of two years. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner in which the member was initially elected, except that if a member vacates the office before the end of the member’s term, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term only. No member of the board shall receive any compensation for any actions related to fulfilling board duties. No member of the board shall be an employee of the library, the state, or any political subdivision thereof.
(3) (a) The board shall determine whether any sexual material provided to the public by the public library is age-inappropriate sexual material. To make such determinations, the board shall convene public hearings at which members of the community may present concerns to the board. After receiving comments from the public, the board shall examine individual instances of the questioned sexual material to determine whether it is age-inappropriate sexual material under this section.
(b) The board may order any material deemed to be age-inappropriate sexual material to be removed from public access by minors at the public library.
(c) Any such determination or order made by the board shall be the final determination or order on such materials, and shall not be subject to any review by the governing body of the public library, the state, or any political subdivision thereof. This subdivision shall not be construed to prohibit judicial review of any determination or order made by the board under this section.

4. Each public library shall, on or before June thirtieth of each year, verify compliance with this section on any form created by the board. After such compliance is verified, the library shall post the verification in a conspicuous place for public viewing at the library.

5. Any public library personnel who willfully neglects or refuses to perform any duty imposed on a public library under this section, or who willfully violates any provision of this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year.

Wait, how are we supposed to elect the book burning brigade?

“…At least thirty calendar days before the election of a board under this subsection, the governing body of the public library shall notify all qualified voters residing within the library’s geographical area that an election for members of the library’s parental library review board will be held at a regularly convened hearing of the village, town, city, or county in which the majority of the library’s geographical area lies. At such hearing, the qualified voters present shall elect the members of the board by a majority vote. The five individuals receiving the highest number of votes cast by the qualified voters present shall be members of the board…”

Uh, who counts the votes? What happens if there’s a dispute about the election or the vote count?

“…To make such determinations, the board shall convene public hearings at which members of the community may present concerns to the board….”

Ah, public governance by pearl clutchers.

That’s never a good idea.

Wait, if a member of the public is not a parent can they run for the book burning “parental” review board? Just asking.

“…Any public library personnel who willfully neglects or refuses to perform any duty imposed on a public library under this section, or who willfully violates any provision of this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year.”

First they came for the librarians who made classic and new juvenile literature available to juveniles…

HJR 99, HB 1811, and HB 1600: afraid of voters

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Introduced today by Representative John Simmons (r):

HJR 99
Proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit selecting electors for the President of the United States based on the national popular vote
Sponsor: Simmons, John (109)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 3107H.01I
Last Action: 01/14/2020 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HJR 99
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

There are 2,868,691‬ reasons [pdf] for that one, eh?

And, earlier:

HB 1811
Modifies provisions for initiative petitions and referendums
Sponsor: Simmons, John (109)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 3186H.01I
Last Action: 01/09/2020 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 1811
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The summary [pdf]:

HB 1811 — PETITION REGULATIONS
SPONSOR: Simmons

This bill changes the format of signature sheets and requires the Secretary of State to make petition sheets available in an electronic format for printing and circulation. There is a $500 filing fee for each initiative or referendum petition sample sheet with an additional $25 fee per page of text in excess of two pages. The fee is refundable if the petition is approved for circulation. This bill changes the maximum number of words that the official summary statement can contain from 50 to 150 words and requires signatures on petitions to be in black or blue ink. Initiative petitions may not invalidate or modify federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions, amend federal or constitutional provisions, or accomplish any act delegated to the General Assembly under the Constitution of the United States. This bill changes the “Publications Fund” to the “Secretary of State’s Petition Publications Fund”. The procedure for counting or evaluating signatures are specified in the bill. The bill specifies that any court ordered changes to a ballot title results in the invalidation of signatures collected prior to the order. This bill is similar to HB 290 (2019).

“…any court ordered changes to a ballot title results in the invalidation of signatures collected prior to the order…”

Convenient. Have enough money and don’t like an initiative petition with a lot of popular support? Just sue to change the ballot title.

And:

HB 1600
Modifies several provisions relating elections
Sponsor: Simmons, John (109)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 3088H.01I
Last Action: 01/09/2020 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 1600
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The summary:

HB 1600 — ELECTIONS SPONSOR: Simmons This bill modifies election laws. In its main provisions the bill: (1) Requires candidates filing their declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State to pay their fee to the treasurer of the appropriate political party committee; (2) Requires persons voting in person by use of an absentee ballot to establish their identity under Section 115.427, RSMo; (3) Allows voters without personal identification at a polling place to vote a provisional ballot which will be counted based upon a certification process and the return of documentation or by a signature verification process conducted by the election authority; (4) Repeals certain affidavit and notice requirements under Section 115.427; and (5) Authorizes the Missouri Secretary of State to subpoena specified records for the purpose of investigating all classifications of election offenses and other specified offenses, but terminates such authority after August 28, 2025.

§ 115.427 RSMo:

Personal identification, requirements–statement for voters without required personal identification, procedure–provisional ballot, when–form of statement–notice of requirements–report–precinct register requirements–mark in lieu of signature, when–contingent effective date. —

1. Persons seeking to vote in a public election shall establish their identity and eligibility to vote at the polling place by presenting a form of personal identification to election officials. No form of personal identification other than the forms listed in this section shall be accepted to establish a voter’s qualifications to vote. Forms of personal identification that satisfy the requirements of this section are any one of the following:
  (1) Nonexpired Missouri driver’s license;
  (2) Nonexpired or nonexpiring Missouri nondriver’s license;
  (3) A document that satisfies all of the following requirements:
  (a) The document contains the name of the individual to whom the document was issued, and the name substantially conforms to the most recent signature in the individual’s voter registration record;
  (b) The document shows a photograph of the individual;
  (c) The document includes an expiration date, and the document is not expired, or, if expired, the document expired after the date of the most recent general election; and
  (d) The document was issued by the United States or the state of Missouri; or
  (4) Any identification containing a photograph of the individual which is issued by the Missouri National Guard, the United States Armed Forces, or the United States Department of Veteran Affairs to a member or former member of the Missouri National Guard or the United States Armed Forces and that is not expired or does not have an expiration date.
  2. (1) An individual who appears at a polling place without a form of personal identification described in subsection 1 of this section and who is otherwise qualified to vote at that polling place may execute a statement, under penalty of perjury, averring that the individual is the person listed in the precinct register; averring that the individual does not possess a form of personal identification described in subsection 1 of this section; acknowledging that the individual is eligible to receive a Missouri nondriver’s license free of charge if desiring it in order to vote; and acknowledging that the individual is required to present a form of personal identification, as described in subsection 1 of this section, in order to vote. Such statement shall be executed and sworn to before the election official receiving the statement. Upon executing such statement, the individual may cast a regular ballot, provided such individual presents one of the following forms of identification:
  (a) Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;
  (b) Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
  (c) Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri;
  (d) A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that contains the name and address of the individual;
  (e) Other identification approved by the secretary of state under rules promulgated pursuant to this section.
  (2) For any individual who appears at a polling place without a form of personal identification described in subsection 1 of this section and who is otherwise qualified to vote at that polling place, the election authority may take a picture of such individual and keep it as part of that individual’s voter registration file at the election authority.
  (3) Any individual who chooses not to execute the statement described in subdivision (1) of this subsection may cast a provisional ballot. Such provisional ballot shall be counted, provided that it meets the requirements of subsection 4 of this section.
[….]

Ah, voter suppression. HB 1600 closes the absentee ballot voter ID loophole. Because we know with the uninformed certainty of Donald Trump (r) that voter impersonation fraud is an epidemic…

All filed by Rep. John Simmons (r). Go figure.

Sen. Cory Booker (D): out of the 2020 presidential race

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Senator Cory Booker (D) [2019 file photo]

Today, from Cory Booker’s (D) 2020 presidential campaign:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2020

Cory Booker: I’ve made the hard decision to suspend my campaign for president.

Friend,

Nearly one year ago, I got in the race for president because I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone.

I’ve always believed that. I still believe that. I’m proud I never compromised my faith in these principles during this campaign to score political points or tear down others. And maybe I’m stubborn, but I’ll never abandon my faith in what we can accomplish when we join together.

I will carry this fight forward — I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year.

It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president.

[….]

It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory.

Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington.

So I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field.

I’m proud of the ideas we brought to this Democratic primary and, more importantly, the values we championed throughout — that the only way we make progress is by bringing people together — even when we were told that our approach couldn’t win. Because our values must always be our values, even when that’s not convenient.

Over the past eleven months of this campaign, we rallied around bold ideas to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face as a nation. We moved the debate forward on gun violence — introducing a plan with the most aggressive gun safety measures our country had ever seen. We advocated for progressive, swift change to our criminal justice reform system. We fought to protect and strengthen reproductive rights and access to abortion. Together, we spoke out and stood up for people and communities that have been left out and left behind.

We never backed down from our commitment to being a campaign powered by the people. I’m so grateful to the supporters who invested time, money, and resources into building this organization. I’m forever indebted to you and your activism.

I will be doing everything in my power to elect the eventual Democratic nominee for president, whomever that may be, and to elect great Democrats to the Senate and up and down the ballot. 2020 is the most important election of our lifetimes — we have to beat Donald Trump… but beating Trump is the floor, not the ceiling.

We must remember that throughout the campaign to come, and as we work to build a more just America in Trump’s wake. It’s activists like you who are going to be so important in this election and I feel so lucky to have you on my team.

We may have not reached our ultimate goal, but over the last year I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible, inspiring, engaged people all over this country, and I am more confident now than ever that together we will rise.

Cory

# # #

Damn.

Senator Cory Booker (D) with Iowa Public Television interviewer David Yepson. [2019 file photo]

Previously:

Sen. Cory Booker (D) in Indianola, Iowa – March 16, 2019 – “Hope is the active conviction that despair will not have the last word.” (March 16, 2019)

Sen. Cory Booker (D) – “Conversations with Presidential Candidates” – Iowa Public Television – Ankeny, Iowa – July 15, 2019 (July 15, 2019)

Campaign Finance: Senator Cory Booker (D) – on the way to $1,700,000.00 by September 30th (September 22, 2019)