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Sheriff’s Race heats up

On July 9, 2015, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, Uncategorized, by Christian County Democrats

KenLovellforSheriffWant to hear from the Democratic candidate for Christian County Sheriff? There will be two candidate forums in July. The first one has been organized by concerned citizens and will take place on July 16, 6pm, at the NAPA meeting room in Nixa (west of Hwy 160 and Wasson Road, at 407 N. Old Wilderness Road).  The second forum will be on July 21, 6:30pm, at the O.C. in Ozark (located at 1530 W Jackson St, just east of HWY 65 on the South side of W Jackson between Ozark and Empire banks). All candidates (Republican Brad Cole, Democrat Ken Lovell, and Independents Ralph Phillips and Keith Mills) will be attending. We hope you will support our candidate, Ken Lovell, by attending!

For more information, see CCHeadliner article.

 

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April Election Coming Up!

On March 10, 2015, in Announcement, Candidates, Election, Get Involved, by Christian County Democrats

Blue vote button On Tuesday, April 7, you will be able to elect candidates and weigh in on community initiatives.

There will be 51 different ballots in this election, so it will depend where you live as to what you are able to vote on. But all cities will have candidate elections, with Highlandville and Sparta also having issues on the ballot. School ballot issues will be voted on in Billings, Fordland, Bradleyville, and Ozark school districts. The Selmore Special Road District is requesting a levy increase and Ozark and Logan-Rogersville Fire Districts will have board member elections. The Chadwick Fire District is requesting a levy increase. Some districts will have no ballots, according to County Clerk, Kay Brown.

To see what you will be voting on, check your voter registration card for your precinct, then look at your sample ballot. The County Clerk’s Office will help with absentee ballots.

“Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy…It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me.”  —Nancy Neuman

Are you registered to vote??

On July 7, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Thoughts, by Christian County Democrats

Voting boxJuly 9th is the last day to register to vote for the August 5th Primary. AND YOU NEED TO VOTE! Click here to register online.

If you will be out-of-town or incapacitated for the August 5th election, get an absentee ballot.

You will have a choice of ballots: Democrat or Republican. You will have Republicans running on the Republican ballot, and Democrats running on the Democrat ballot. Sample ballots are available online.

Democrat ballots will have Jim Billedo running for the 140th Missouri District unopposed. And there are two Democratic candidates running against Billy Long for the 7th US District (Jim Evans and Genevieve Williams). And if you live Union Chapel Township, two candidates are running for committee man for the Christian County Democratic Central Committee. Here are some of your Republican ballot choices:

  •   The Republican ballot will have two names running for US Representative and the Democrat ballot will have two names. This is the seat Billy Long currently holds, so you have a chance to unseat him!.
  •  For those of you living in the 139th Missouri District (includes Nixa, Clever, Highlandville, and Spokane) the Republican ballot will have 3 choices to replace Kevin Elmer. No Democrat on the Democrat ballot.
  • On the Republican ballot there will be 3 candidates running for Associate Judge for Division II. No Democrat on the Democrat ballot.
  • Also only on the Republican ballot there are 5 candidates running for Presiding Commissioner of Christian County, and 2 candidates running for county auditor.
  • All voters will have the opportunity to say yea or nay to 5 Missouri Constitutional Amendments:

Amendment 1 (Right to Farm): Many believe this would give special protections to large agribusiness over small family farms. Other concerns include food safety, environmental stands, property rights, and animal welfare. [The Humane Society, Missouri Farmers Union, and Food for America are all opposed to this amendment.] If approved, it is likely to be challenged in court because of its vague language.

Amendment 5 (Right to Bear Arms): The right of Missourians to keep and bear arms is already granted in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and in state law. So what will this amendment do? It may make it harder to regulate guns and hinder law enforcement from protecting the public. Since there are already court challenges, it would also mean tax dollars spent fighting court cases.

Amendment 7 (Sales tax for Transportation): This would be the largest tax increase in state history and would fall heavily on the poor and working class. It would make transportation a higher priority than education and mean out-of-state drivers get a free ride through our state. Shouldn’t those using our highways the most pay for improvements?

Amendment 8 (Veteran Lottery Tickets): This proposes a lottery ticket be sold with proceeds going to a Veterans Trust Fund. Some people are questioning how this would affect the funding of education (right now receiving 24 cents of every lottery dollar). The question seems to be whether the welfare of our veterans should have to depend on a lottery?

Amendment 9 (Electronic Data Protection): This amendment would give electronic data the same privacy protections as the possessions inside your home. The U.S. Supreme Court is studying two cases now concerning electronic privacy. Because of the vague language, the consequences of this law are unknown.

WHATEVER YOU DECIDE ON THESE ISSUES, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE ON AUGUST 5TH!
(The opinions expressed are those of Polly C. Dross, President of the Democrat Club of Christian County.)

 

Jackson Day: Turning Greene County Blue

On March 11, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Event, Get Involved, by Christian County Democrats
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Senator McCaskill in 2013 at Jackson Days

Jackson Day, a celebration of the Democratic Party sponsored by the Greene County Democratic Central Committee, will be held on April 4 & 5. This annual event brings together Democrats from across Missouri for entertainment, inspiration, education, and fun. This year the event will be held at The Old Glass Place (521 E St Louis Street, Springfield, MO). Christian County Democrats are encouraged to attend and stop by our booth.

FREE “Nibble and Network” Friday evening, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Browse information booths of political and community organizations, and enjoy complimentary food and drink, socializing with fellow Democrats. There will also be a silent auction from 5:00-8:30pm Friday night. Bid on hundreds of fun and unusual items, including jewelry, home decor, political campaign collectibles, posters, photos, books, toys, and much more!

Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. the Democratic Alliance Breakfast will be at the Tower Club (901 E St Louis Street, 21st floor). Secretary of State Jason Kander, State Senator Paul LaVota, and State Representative John Wright will be speakers. Tickets for this event are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at http://goo.gl/FLnefB.

Saturday evening (6:30 p.m.) is the Jackson Day Banquet (The Old Glass Place). Revel in “elect”rifying speeches by national, state and local Democratic leaders and candidates! Bid on exciting celebrity and political memorabilia, fine art, performing arts tickets, gourmet gift baskets and other speical surprises to be auctioned live! Main Speaker will be Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver! Tickets for this event are $60 per person. Purchase tickets online at http://goo.gl/FLnefB.

Order your 2014 Jackson Day tickets today! Call 417-886-8980 or visit http://goo.gl/FLnefB.

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State Rep Lynn MorrisState Rep. Lynn Morris, R-Ozark, wants to have a meeting with other lawmakers, board of education members, school administrators, teachers and parents on education issues.

Representative Morris wants to talk about the legislature passed bill (HB253) which would drastically cut business income tax in Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon, who vetoed the bill, called the bill “an ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment” that would jeopardize funding for education and other services. Click here for Gov. Nixon’s veto letter. Representative Morris has stated he is in favor of the income tax cut bill.

Another item to be discussed is Common Core Standards, a set of criteria that the National Governors Association introduced in 2010. The standards are designed to set a target for mathematics and language arts instruction in public schools across the country. Here is the link to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) web page on Common Core Stands in Missouri:  http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/Common_Core.html

Representative Morris says: “I’ve had people ask me about Common Core, I’ve had people ask me about other things. We can talk about the tax cut bill, whatever you want to talk about, we can talk about those things.”

Schedule

Wednesday, July 24, 2013; 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Auditorium at Ozark High School

We believe it is very important that people show up that may disagree with the Republican agenda and talking points. Rep. Morris needs to know that there are other viewpoints other than his party leadership.

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