Missouri DHSS – COVID-19 Outbreak Statistics – August 6, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

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The most recent statistics on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak for Missouri from the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Cases in Missouri: 56,383
Total Deaths: 1,280
Number of cases in the last 24 hours: 1,062
7 Day Percent Positive of PCR Tested Individuals: 10.6%
Number of New Deaths Reported in the Last 24 Hours: 7

Johnson County
Confirmed cases: 476
Cases per 100K Population: 885.34

Cass County
Confirmed cases: 692
Cases per 100K Population: 652.01

Pettis County
Confirmed cases: 473
Cases per 100K Population: 1,071.88

Henry County
Confirmed cases: 76
Cases per 100K Population: 348.75

Saline County
Confirmed cases: 421
Cases per 100K Population: 1,838.83

Lafayette County
Confirmed cases: 171
Cases per 100K Population: 515.37

Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve

Another morning in isolation

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In west central Missouri:

Making 218,473 friends along the way

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Last night, in the Missouri Attorney General Democratic Party primary:

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 04, 2020
Unofficial Results
as of 8/5/2020 5:49:13 PM

Attorney General 3575 of 3575 Precincts Reported
[….]

Rich Finneran Democratic 271,436 55.405%
Elad Gross Democratic 218,473 44.595%
Party Total: 489,909
[….]

Elad Gross (D) [2020 file photo].

From Elad Gross (D):

Thank You for the Opportunity

This is long, but, if you read until the end, I promise it will be worth it.

I remember touching the imprint of the state seal on my folder on October 4, 2018. I was sitting in a Cole County courtroom listening to Eric Greitens’ lawyer argue about how the public deserved no transparency, how our government can so easily be broken, and how it should stay that way.

I got that folder working as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri. It witnessed some of the proudest moments of my career, many of which were prefaced with, “Your Honor, I am here on behalf of the People of Missouri.”

I decided in that courtroom to take a shot, to run for Attorney General, to try to fix the brokenness so many of us live every day. And you came with me.

One of the first invitations I got was from Stoddard County. For the next two years, I would travel to 567 more events all over our state and spend a lot more time in courtrooms trying to hold our government accountable.

In the middle of it all, one of our staff members, Darlisa, asked me a question. “What is your number one priority right now? I mean, winning the election….”

“No. I’m not running to win. I’m running to make Missouri better. And when we forget that, whatever the outcome, we’ve already lost.”

You believed that too.

We had a great time. We made campaigning fun. We showed Missouri what this can be, how it can be so meaningful, how it can be real.

That’s how we broke down so many divisions in our state. We had Republicans crossing over to vote Democratic. We had both young and old voting for the first time. We had at least one woman asking for the “ballot with Elad on it.” I know because they are still texting me!!! (It’s OK. You can still text!)

I know some folks will look at this campaign and try to draw conclusions about where our electoral focus should be in Missouri. I ask you not to fall for that trap. Missouri is a special place. We’re in this broken spot because we’ve ignored so many folks who don’t have money or power. Building trust doesn’t happen overnight, especially after years of breaking it. Visit with people. Listen to them. Come with patience and compassion and understanding. And don’t give up.

Almost 200,000 Missourians voted for the kid with a funny sounding name. Just not enough people saw what we built by 7 PM on August 4.

These last two years have meant the world to me. We made Missouri better. And I know we’re not done yet.

On November 3, I’ll be voting for Rich Finneran to be Missouri’s next Attorney General. Until then, I’ll be helping him get there. I met Rich years ago, and, before and even during all of this, I kept volunteering to guest judge his appellate advocacy classes he taught at Wash U. Rich’s students love him for a reason. I hope you get to know him too because he is going to need all the help he can get in the general election. We need a new Attorney General very badly.

I also want you to find a local candidate, someone running for state representative or state senate or county commissioner or school board. I want you to contact them. I want you to ask them why they’re running. And if you like the answer, ask them how you can help. Goodness knows we need you.

Finally, and most importantly, I want you to know who helped pull this all together.

Jessica Lambrecht was the firebrand manager of this campaign. I don’t know what Freddy Doss’s official position was because he would do whatever it took on any given day. I’ve know these two for a very long time. This campaign meant so much to so many of you because it was run by some of the best friends anyone could ask for. They built the most active, responsive, dedicated campaign Missouri has seen in a long time. And they helped other campaigns too all over our state. You need to call them.

Daniel Williams came on board a little later, but he made up for lost time. He responded to an email. Little did he know he would become the volunteer manager for a statewide campaign with A LOT of amazing volunteers. He ran a program that reached out to many hundreds of thousands of people in Missouri. He also adopted his new dog Barney during this campaign, locking up the canine vote at a crucial time. There are few people I’ve met anywhere who work harder than Daniel. Call him too.

Our interns were phenomenal. We wanted this campaign to teach young folks how to be more civically engaged. I asked our interns to lead on making policy, to creating volunteer plans, to taking ownership of our state. In the years to come, you’ll see them fighting in every corner of Missouri.

I realized we weren’t going to pull it off early last night. I wanted to spend the time with them, especially at the moment when the press would eventually call it. Maybe it was the teacher in me. I couldn’t have asked for a better sendoff.

My wife, Tasha, and my mom, Margalit, were always ready to tell me what to do. They were usually right. And now they both have that in writing, along with more free time for my manual labor at two locations in St. Louis City, imagine that.

Our amazing volunteers truly were that. They would walk door-to-door days after surgery, text half the state on their own, call and listen patiently for a chance to get a voter, and do everything humanly possible to improve our state. I’d do anything for them.

To all of our record-number of donors, to all of the folks who endorsed this campaign, to everyone who shared my name with a friend, thank you for believing in me.

There’s nothing I’ll be able to do in my life to repay you all for what you’ve done for me and for our state. You gave your time, your money, your energy. I promise you I’ll keep fighting to make your dedication worthwhile.

Missouri, thank you. I love you…

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Class.

Nothing lasts forever

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Last night, in the 1st Congressional District primary:

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 04, 2020
Unofficial Results
as of 8/5/2020 5:16:16 PM

U.S. Representative – District 1 729 of 729 Precincts Reported

Winnie Heartstrong Republican 4,324 38.415%
Anthony Rogers Republican 6,932 61.585%
Party Total: 11,256

Cori Bush Democratic 72,812 48.603%
Lacy Clay Democratic 68,201 45.525%
Katherine (Kat) Bruckner Democratic 8,796 5.871%
Party Total: 149,809

Alex Furman Libertarian 336 100.000%
Party Total: 336

Total Votes: 161,401

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Winnie Heartstrong, REP
St. Louis 3,307
St. Louis City 1,017

Anthony Rogers, REP
St. Louis 5,242
St. Louis City 1,690

Cori Bush, DEM
St. Louis 36,288
St. Louis City 36,524

Lacy Clay, DEM
St. Louis 38,699
St. Louis City 29,502

Katherine Kat Bruckner, DEM
St. Louis 4,021
St. Louis City 4,775

Alex Furman, LIB
St. Louis 249
St. Louis City 87

[emphasis added]

Things change.

Campaign Finance: another missed branding opportunity

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for a right wingnut PAC:

C180492 08/05/2020 MO Opportunity PAC August A Busch III 1 Mid Rivers Mall Drive Saint Peters MO 63376 Retired Retired 8/4/2020 $75,000.00

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Oops, wrong brand.

Missed it by that much.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: such an opportunity (February 23, 2019)

Campaign Finance: just a bit more opportunity (March 13, 2019)

Campaign Finance: Five twenty-something right wingnut campaign operatives got their wings today (September 20, 2019)

Campaign Finance: opportunity knocks (October 28, 2019)

Campaign Finance: someone’s opportunity (December 28, 2019)

Same vote, same state, same world, different takes

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The initiative for Medicaid expansion in Missouri passed. Too damn close.

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 04, 2020
Unofficial Results
as of 8/5/2020 6:34:43 AM

Constitutional Amendment No. 2 [Medicaid expansion] 3575 of 3575 Precincts Reported

YES 672,967 53.250%
NO 590,809 46.750%

Total Votes: 1,263,776

[emphasis added]

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 04, 2020
Unofficial Results
as of 8/5/2020 7:21:08 AM

Constitutional Amendment No. 2 3575 of 3575 Precincts Reported

County YES NO

Boone 23,697 11,891
Clay 26,467 18,008
Greene 27,772 25,343
Jackson 41,233 25,528
Kansas City 49,350 6,938
Platte 12,567 7,810
St. Charles 40,363 38,171
St. Louis 181,501 67,906
St. Louis City 65,214 8,556

Iron 64 70

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Different takes:

Blue Girl the Tenacious Teacher @BGinKC
Congratulations out-state sister-fuckers. Y’all wouldn’t vote to keep your local health centers open, you just figured you’d keep doing what you’ve been doing…coming to the city, showing up in the ER knowing we have to treat them because of EMTALA.

So we did it for you.
6:08 AM · Aug 5, 2020 from Kansas City, MO

Blue Girl grew up in rural Missouri, comes from a family with generations involved in farming, served in the military, and currently lives in Kansas City.

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was passed by the US Congress in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA), much of which dealt with Medicare issues. The law’s initial intent was to ensure patient access to emergency medical care and to prevent the practice of patient dumping, in which uninsured patients were transferred, solely for financial reasons, from private to public hospitals without consideration of their medical condition or stability for the transfer….

And:

Lindsey Simmons @LynzforCongress
I’ve seen a lot of commentary from my fellow Missourians living in STL and KC discussing “rural Missouri voting against its interest.”

Here’s the thing.

Y’all have to stop talking about us like we’re stupid. You’ve got to leave your bubble + come stand with us.
6:11 AM · Aug 5, 2020

Lindsey Simmons grew up in rural Missouri, comes from a family with generations involved in farming, is the spouse of an individual currently serving active duty in the military, and lives in rural Missouri.

Lindsey Simmons is the Democratic Party nominee running in the 4th Congressional District.

Still, the vote on Amendment 2 was too damn close. Ya’ll.

Campaign Finance: the $mell of fear

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for still another PAC propping up Governor Mike Parson (r):

201214 08/04/2020 Republican Governors Association – Missouri 2020 Republican Governors Association 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 250 Washington DC 20006 8/3/2020 $2,500,000.00

[emphasis added]

They’re not into subtlety.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Missouri DHSS – COVID-19 Outbreak Statistics – August 4, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

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The most recent statistics on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak for Missouri from the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Cases in Missouri: 54,080
Total Deaths: 1266
Number of cases in the last 24 hours: 1,193
7 Day Percent Positive of PCR Tested Individuals: 9.1%
Number of New Deaths Reported in the Last 24 Hours: 11

Johnson County
Confirmed cases: 473
Cases per 100K Population: 881.61

Cass County
Confirmed cases: 673
Cases per 100K Population: 630.05

Pettis County
Confirmed cases: 450
Cases per 100K Population: 1,043.67

Henry County
Confirmed cases: 73
Cases per 100K Population: 330.40

Saline County
Confirmed cases: 416
Cases per 100K Population: 1,816.99

Lafayette County
Confirmed cases: 164
Cases per 100K Population: 500.03

Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve