Today in Jackson County, Missouri – evidently walking cross country to get somewhere is just a little too inconvenient:
Someone should probably tell them.
Trudy Busch Valentine (D) is the Democratic Party nominee for the open U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.
Jackson County Democrats held a canvassing event for legislative district candidates and the party ticket starting at 10:00 a.m. at their headquarters in Lee’s Summit today. A large number of volunteers showed up, first to hear candidates speak, including Trudy Busch Valentine (D), then to embark on door-to-door canvassing.
Before the event started Valentine took time to greet and briefly speak with everyone in the room.
She then spoke to the canvassing volunteers:
Valentine then went door-to-door in a nearby neighborhood:
We had a pleasant, brief, conversation as she walked between houses. Trudy Busch Valentine is down-to-earth, centered, kind, empathetic, and sharp as a tack, without appearing frantic. The contrast with Eric Schmitt (r) is jarring.
She’s going to be just fine.
Early this morning:
Many are shocked this morning. I’m not because the pulse of some segments of the community indicated that we were sitting on a powder keg. Discussion and action regarding perceptions and realities of police mistreatment of minorities should be ongoing.
5:23 AM · May 31, 2020
This morning in western Johnson County:
The irony escapes them. All $130,000.00 of it.
Jackson County, Missouri COVID-19 statistics:
The price of gross incompetence.
Cheerleading that incompetence this morning in eastern Jackson County:
Don’t waste your time or your breath.
“…I’ll start off with telling you that I’m mad. I’m not hopeless. The day I become hopeless will be the day I turn over the baton to someone else. Because you deserve leaders who are not hopeless. Because this problem is not hopeless. It’s hard, but it is not hopeless. We must demand more of our leaders [applause]…”
Yesterday evening on the Penn Valley campus of the Metropolitan Community Colleges Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) hosted a town hall of sorts on gun violence. The community event included elected officials, law enforcement officials, and leaders of community groups.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D):
…I want to be specific about what I mean about that. Jefferson City has passed, over about the past fifteen years, a series of law that have greatly impacted my work and my life as a prosecutor. These laws were not initiated, even though they greatly impact my business, they were not enacted by or screaming by prosecutors to have these changes. No prosecutor in the State of Missouri asked for ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. Even though prosecutors must run on a political platform – you’re either a Republican or a Democrat in the State of Missouri when you run for elected office as a prosecutor. But not one of those elected officials went to that capitol building and said, we want ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ in Missouri. So, why do we have it? Why did that happen? [voices: “NRA.”]…
…It’s time for us to move this further. Because gun laws matter. It is one thing, it is one tool. But it does matter. Because if you look at Missouri it is not an accident that we are in this position. It is not an accident. It is because we have deregulated weapons to a point that it is dangerous here. It’s dangerous. You deserve better. You deserve better, you should demand better of those who represent you and those who don’t…
On Gun Violence – Kansas City – August 7, 2019 (August 8, 2019)
A Democrat wins running for an open seat in a legislative district which was previously held by a republican (Gary Cross – term limited out) who was a reliable vote for republican party ideology.
How is that done in a district held by a republican for eight years? Talk to voters. Listen. Knock on doors, a lot of doors. Talk to even more voters. Address their real concerns. Out work the opposition. Repeat. Get out the vote.
It really worked. The results:
State of Missouri – General Election, November 06, 2018
State Representative – District 35
20 of 20 Precincts Reported
Tom Lovell Republican 8,005 46.862%
Keri Ingle Democratic 9,077 53.138%
Total Votes: 17,082
Tom Lovell Republican 7,724
Keri Ingle Democratic 7,965
Tom Lovell Republican 281
Keri Ingle Democratic 1,112
That’s how change happens. District by district.
Keri Ingle (D) – 35th Legislative District – retail politics (August 19, 2018)
On Saturday evening Jackson County Democrats gathered in Kansas City for their annual Truman Gala. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) was the final speaker at the event.
Video by Jerry Schmidt.
A press release from special prosecutor and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker:
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announces decision in Greitens case
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2018
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today that after a diligent review of evidence, she is declining to file further charges in the Eric Greitens case referred to her office last month.
Baker’s office received a file from the Circuit Attorney of St. Louis on May 22, 2018. Since then, she and a team of assistant prosecutors have exhausted potential leads in examining submitted evidence and enlisting the Missouri Highway Patrol to investigate issues in this case.
As of today, with a statute of limitations set to expire this weekend, Baker stated that her office did not have sufficient evidence to consider filing new charges in the Greitens case. Still missing was corroborating evidence for an invasion of privacy case, Baker noted.
There it is.
Jean Peters Baker has also been appointed as a special prosecutor in one of the criminal cases involving Eric Greitens.
A press release this evening:
JCPAO Press Releases
Posted on: May 29, 2018
Media Advisory: Statement issued by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on Greitens case
For Immediate Release
May 29, 2018
From Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor:
In an earlier statement, I said that my office will not comment about the case involving Governor Greitens or its review until our Office’s work had been completed. Given today’s events, however, we believe that a brief statement is needed.
In short, our investigation continues. In the interest of pursing justice to its fullest lengths, we will continue until our work on the case is completed.
Specifically regarding any deals we made with Governor Greitens’ attorneys, no deals were made by my office. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.
My office will not make any further comments on this case.
It’s not over.
Eric Greitens (r) resigns as Governor of Missouri (May 29, 2018)