September Cass Dems Meeting


2020 Cass Democrats Headquarters

We currently have a Campaign Headquarters at 549 N. Scott in Belton, MO thru November 3rd. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7 pm and on Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm, you can reach us by phone at 816-425-5026.  We have Biden for President signs for a $5.00 donation! Other candidate signs will be in the office as available. 

Masks and social distancing required when inside the building. All coming inside will be asked to provide a name, phone number, and address for the purpose of contact tracing if that should become necessary. If you'd like to give us a call before you come, we'll be sure and get your signs ready for you. 


August Cass Dems Meeting

The Clean Missouri Amendment passed by an almost 2-to-1 margin in 2018. Over 60% of the voters in Cass County passed this Amendment!

But now Jefferson City politicians have a dirty new plan they’re sending to the ballot — to overturn the fair map rules put into law by voters, and to replace the good policy in our constitution now with a radical gerrymandering scheme. We are joined this month by the Campaign to Vote NO on Amendment 3, Dirty Missouri.

In addition, we'll be handing out call-lists to committee people and discussing other voter outreach and meat bundle fundraiser.

We'll be sending out a Zoom message link via email later this week. Be sure and Join Us on our website to get on our email list.
https://www.casscountydemocrats.com/join

See you Thursday night!


August 18, 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of The 19th Amendment.

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Today, August 18, 2020, marks the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of The 19th Amendment.

The Tennessee General Assembly voted to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote and shifted the national political landscape as thoroughly as any earthquake, tornado, and tidal wave combined.

By Aug. 18, 1920, more than a year had passed since the United States Congress voted to approve the amendment. Thirty-five of the necessary 36 states had already voted for ratification, but there the women’s suffrage effort had stalled. Tennessee was ratification’s last viable hope before the 1920 election, and possibly for the foreseeable future.

In a story that is legendary here, the final vote came down to the conscience of one man: Harry T. Burn, a state representative from McMinn County, who was all of 24 years old. Mr. Burn supported women’s suffrage personally, but his most vocal constituents did not and 1920 was an election year. When the governor called a special session of the legislature to consider a motion to ratify the amendment, Mr. Burn headed to Nashville hoping to avoid a vote altogether.

In the sweltering month of August, in an overdressed age without air-conditioning, the Tennessee Senate passed the motion to ratify with a comfortable margin, but legislators in the House engineered one delay after another. As the hot days wore on, lobbying from both sides intensified. In what became known as the War of the Roses, supporters of suffrage wore yellow roses in their lapels; anti-suffragists wore red. Bribes were proffered, whiskey flowed, and previously stalwart supporters defected — legislators who wore a yellow flower on one day might be found wearing a red one the next.

On the 10th day of the special session, Mr. Burn received a letter from his mother, Febb Burn, a widow back home in Niota, Tenn. Mrs. Burn urged her son to “be a good boy” and vote for ratification

That morning Mr. Burn, a red rose in his lapel, twice voted to table the motion, but each of those votes ended in a tie. A tie in the actual vote on ratification would consign the motion to defeat, so Tennessee’s anti-suffragist Speaker of the House finally put the motion to ratify up for a vote. And that’s when Mr. Burn, with his mother’s letter in his pocket, switched sides. When the clerk reached his name in the roll-call vote, he responded with a quiet “Aye.”.

There”s a little more to this story published by The New York Times but it was that dramatic. If Mr. Burn hadn’t listened to his mother, who knows how much longer women would have had to wait and fight for the vote.


Seneca Falls Convention

We are celebrating the 100th anniversary (1920-2020) of Women gaining the Right to Vote. Posts throughout the month will honor and tell some of the stories of events and the women who fought so long and so hard for women’s suffrage.

The Seneca Falls Convention (July 19, 1848)
72 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The Seneca Falls Convention billed as the first American women’s rights convention convened on July 19, 1848. The two-day event, held in Seneca Falls, NY was advertised on July 11, 1848, in the Seneca County Courier.

Despite minimal publicity, there were an estimated 300 attendees. Many attendees lived locally, as there were many abolitionists living in the area. Many women and men working in the anti-slavery movement eventually became a part of the struggle to obtain equal rights for women.

The convention was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Jane Hunt, Mary Ann M’Clintock, and Martha Coffin Wright. The meeting included a lecture on law, a humorous presentation, and multiple discussions about the role of women in society. Stanton and the other organizers presented the Declaration of Sentiments and a list of resolutions, to be debated and modified before being put forward for signatures.

A heated debate sprang up regarding women's right to vote, with many – including Lucretia Mott – urging for its removal, but Frederick Douglass, who was the convention's sole African American attendee, argued for its inclusion, and the suffrage resolution was kept.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, opened the convention with a speech on the convention’s goals and purpose: “We are assembled to protest against a form of government, existing without the consent of the governed—to declare our right to be free as man is free, to be represented in the government which we are taxed to support, to have such disgraceful laws as give man the power to chastise and imprison his wife, to take the wages which she earns, the property which she inherits, and, in case of separation, the children of her love…”

When preparing for our Back to Blue event A Celebration of Women's Suffrage, Barb Davis did a great deal of research on the women and men in the women's suffrage movement. We wanted to share the stories and thank Barb for her research, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  


Celebrating 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

We are celebrating the 100th anniversary (1920-2020) of Women gaining the Right to Vote. Posts throughout the month will honor and tell some of the stories of events and the women who fought so long and so hard for women’s suffrage.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

Susan B Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17.

In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong friend and co-worker in social reform activities, primarily in the field of women's rights.

In 1863, they founded the Women's Loyal National League and conducted the largest petition drive in US history to that time, collecting nearly 400,000 signatures in support of the abolition of slavery.

In 1866, they initiated the American Equal Rights Association, which campaigned for equal rights for both women and African Americans.

In 1868, they began publishing a women's rights newspaper called The Revolution and in 1869, they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association.

In 1872, Anthony was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. She refused to pay the fine.

In 1878, Anthony & Stanton arranged for Congress to be presented with an amendment giving women the right to vote. Often called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, it was ratified the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920.

When first campaigning for women's rights, Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Public perception of her changed radically during her lifetime. Her 80th birthday was celebrated in the White House and she became the first female citizen depicted on U.S. coinage when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin. Women’s suffrage was her life’s work. She died 14 years before the 19th Amendment passed.

When preparing for our Back to Blue event, which was eventually canceled, Barb Davis did a great deal of research on the women and men in the women's suffrage movement. We wanted to share the stories and thank Barb for her research, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. 


July Monthly Meeting

We are really excited to welcome Attorney General candidate Elad Gross For Missouri as our special guest this month. Elad is a constitutional attorney. He served as an Assistant Attorney General until the end of 2016 and represented Missourians in courts throughout the state.

Since then, Elad has fought for better government in Missouri by investigating and suing a corrupt dark money organization trying to buy Missouri’s government. He won a landmark Sunshine Law decision against the current Attorney General and Governor to stop the government from hiding public records.

In addition, we'll talk about our plans for providing notary services the next several weeks, our new headquarters, the August 4th Primary and more.

See you Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00 pm, if you aren't on our mailing list, you can get the link by sending us a message from this page. 


ENDORSEMENT ALERT

The Cass County Democratic Central Committee voted unanimously to endorse Amendment 2 on the August 4, ballot.

Passing Amendment 2 will bring our tax dollars home that currently go to other states. "By bringing our tax dollars home, we can protect thousands of frontline healthcare jobs, help keep rural hospitals open, and deliver healthcare to Missourians who earn less than $18,000 a year. That includes thousands of veterans and their families, those nearing retirement, working women who don’t have access to preventive care, and other hardworking Missourians whose jobs don’t provide health insurance."

To learn more you can visit www.yeson2.org


August 4th Primary

PULL A DEMOCRATIC PARTY BALLOT
Check your voter registration - https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/

Help with registering to vote - Contact Cass County Democratic Party at cassdemocrats at gmail dot com or DM this page.

Request a mail-in or absentee ballot - https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#mail

Find a notary for your absentee or mail-in ballot in Cass County - contact the Cass County Democratic Party at cassdemocrats at gmail dot com or DM this page

If you decide to vote in person

Find your polling location - https://www.casscounty.com/2210/County-ClerkElection-Authority

Acceptable forms of ID - https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#forms

 


Neal Barnes for House District 56

Meet Neal

I was raised in Belton and graduated from Belton High School. My wife JoAnne and I have been married for 39 years and raised our three children in Belton. I spent many years coaching my children's baseball and softball teams in the Belton Athletic Association. After our children graduated and moved out we built a new house on our farm just north of Drexel. I spent 36 years in the construction industry as a union Ironworker in Local 10 during which time I worked as a superintendent running multi-million dollar projects such as The Federal Reserve, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Sprint World Headquarters, The USDA, and The Church of the Resurrection among others. After retirement, I spend my time raising cattle on my farm and have been helping my mother take care of the family cattle farm since my father's passing.
I began my service to my community when I was appointed to the Belton Pool Board. I lived by Memorial Park and watched as the pool ran into disrepair. After a bond issue to build a new pool failed I inquired as to what options were available to fix the existing pool. The Mayor at the time then asked me to serve on the Belton Pool Board to help oversee the reopening of the pool. I served there for a short time and was then nominated to serve on the City Planning and Zoning Commission where I served for another 8 years. I then ran for Alderman and was elected twice to the SW ward where I served all 6 years. During my time on the Planning and Zoning commission and Board of Alderman, we initiated the TIF district and hired an Economic Development Director which brought in new business and drove the Belton economy forward creating new jobs and revenue. We were also able to improve the city by building a new Fire Station, Police Station, Community Center, and renovating and widening North Scott and 58 Hwy. Through this experience, I have learned how the legislative process works and how to work together with differing viewpoints to reach a common goal. I believe this experience gives me a unique skill set to help repair the crumbling infrastructure of Missouri and to end the divisiveness in our state's political process.