Friday, October 12, 2018

October Meeting - 10/25/2018

Our October meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, October 25th at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church.

This is our last meeting before the November election that we've been looking forward to all year. So our meeting is all about taking action!

At the meeting you'll have the opportunity to sign up to participate in the 15th Ward Sample Ballot Lit Drop and to work the polls on Election Day! Then make sure you bring your cell phone because we're gonna do some phone banking for Clean Missouri and the minimum raise increase!

It's also the last meeting of the year, so it's time to elect our officers for next year! Several of our current officers may be moving on, so if you are interested in getting more involved in the group, let any of the current officers know and we'll be happy to tell you about the different positions!

This is your chance to be involved in our efforts to make the Blue Wave as strong as possible in Missouri! It's time to Clean up Missouri politics, to raise the wage, and to reelect Senator McCaskill and Auditor Galloway! Let's get it done!

See you on the 25th!

      Date: Thursday, October 25
      Time: 7pm
      Location: Oak Hill Presbyterian Church -  4111 Connecticut St., St. Louis, MO 63116

Dan Kuehnert
15th Ward Democrats, President








Issue Endorsements for the November 6th Ballot

The 15th Ward Democrats endorsements are based on the vote of our eligible members. We are pleased to announce our endorsements for the propositions on the November 6 general election ballot. 

   Amendment 1 SUPPORT (vote "YES")
               (Clean Missouri; Ethics; Redistricting)

   Amendment 2 SUPPORT (vote "YES")
               (Medical Marijuana - New Approach Missouri)

   Amendment 3OPPOSE (vote "NO")
               (Medical Marijuana - Find the Cures; 15% tax )

   Proposition BSUPPORT (vote "YES")
               (Minimum Wage Increase)

   Proposition COPPOSE (vote "NO")
               (Medical Marijuana - MO for Patient Care; statutory only; Sinquefeld)





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

15th Ward Dems meeting -- a focus on the needs of immigrants - 8/23, 7pm

Due the ongoing vilification and mistreatment of immigrants by the Trump administration, we have decided to focus our upcoming monthly meeting on learning about the needs of immigrants in the St. Louis community and about the ways to support immigrants and refugees through political engagement.

We will have two outstanding speakers:

Diego Abente - Vice President of Economic Development Services and President of the International Institute Community Development Corporation

Annie Rice - Immigration Attorney, board member Migrant and Immigrant Community Action project, 8th Ward Alderwoman

Please help us spread the word by inviting your friends and family to this event. As always, children are welcome to attend this event.

Date/Time: Thursday, 8/23/2018 @ 7-8 pm

Location: Oak Hill Presbyterian, 4111 Connecticut St. St. Louis, MO  63116

For more information and updates: www.15thward.org or www.facebook.com/15thwarddems/





Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Primary Election ACTION Meeting - 7/26/2018

This Thursday is the last 15th Ward Democrats meeting before the August primary! Come on down to phone bank for No on Prop A and to sign up to volunteer to help with our sample ballot lit drop and working the polls on Election Day!

Hope to see you there!

7 PM at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church 
4111 Connecticut St.
St. Louis, MO 63116

Bring your phone!





Canvassing Opportunities for Michael Butler for Recorder of Deeds

I've reached out to our endorsed candidates to see if they have canvassing opportunities that we can get involved with, and I'll pass them along to the group as I find out. Previously, I sent some No on Prop A opportunities. Today, I heard from Michael Butler, our endorsed candidate for Recorder of Deeds. He passed along the following info:

"Here are our canvassing hours....
Monday-Friday: 4:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday: 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm
Sunday: 2pm-5pm

We meet at 2306 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 20 minutes before each shift, utilize the MiniVAN app to canvass, and provide snacks and water for all canvassers. We would welcome any 15th Ward Democrat to assist us."


Check it out if you are interested in helping his campaign!

And if you know of any opportunities with any of our endorsed campaigns, let me or another Executive Committee member know! We'd be happy to share it!

Have a great week (and see you at our meeting on Thursday!),

Dan Kuehnert
15th Ward Democrats, President




Sunday, July 01, 2018

Issue Endorsements for the August 7th Ballot

The 15th Ward Democrats endorsements are based on the vote of our eligible members. We are pleased to announce our endorsements for the propositions on the August 7th primary. 

     Proposition A  OPPOSE (vote "NO")
             ("Right to Work")

      Proposition 1  OPPOSE (vote "NO")
             ($50 million city bond issue)






Sunday, June 10, 2018

Candidate Endorsements for the August 7th Democratic Primary

The 15th Ward Democrats endorsements are based on the vote of our eligible members. We are pleased to announce our endorsements for the August 7th primary.  Links to the candidates' responses to the 15th Ward Dems questionnaires and to the candidates' websites are included, so you can learn more about the endorsed candidates.

     US Senate  Claire McCaskill   response ● website

      State Auditor  Nicole Galloway   no response ● website

     US House (CD 1)  Cori Bush   response ● website

     State Representative (Dist. 80)  Peter Merideth   response ● website

     Collector of Revenue  Gregory F.X. Daly   no response ● website

     License Collector  Dana Kelly-Franks   response ● website

     Recorder of Deeds  Michael Butler   response ● website









Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Candidate Questionnaire Responses - August 7, 2018 Primary

The 15th Ward Democrats sent a questionnaire to each Democrat running in the August 7th primary election for U.S. Senate, Missouri State Auditor, U.S. House (Dist 1), Missouri State Rep. (Dist. 80), St. Louis City Collector of Revenue, St. Louis City License Collector, and St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds.  We present here the responses received from the candidates. We hope that this information will assist you as you make your decision in the August 7th Primary.

The 15th Ward Dems will vote on endorsements in each of these races at an endorsement meeting of all eligible voting members.

For United State Senator:
  Carla (Coffee) Wright
  Angelica Earl - Response
  Leonard Joseph Steinman II
  John Hogan
  Travis Gonzalez
  David Faust
  Claire McCaskill - Response

For Missouri State Auditor:
  Nicole Galloway

For United States Representative (MO - Dist. 1):
  Cori Bush - Response
  DeMarco K. Davidson - Response
  Joshua Shipp - Response
  Lacy Clay - Response

For Missouri State Representative (Dist. 80):
  Peter Merideth - Response
  Mariah Vandiver

For St. Louis Collector of Revenue:
  Gregory F.X. Daly

For St. Louis License Collector:
  Mavis "Tessa" Thompson - Response
  Dana Kelly-Franks - Response

For St. Louis Recorder of Deeds:
  Michael Butler - Response
  Sharon Quigley Carpenter - Response
  Jimmie Matthews





15th Ward Democrats Candidates Forum - June 7

Please join us for the 15th Ward Democrats Candidates Forum. Invitations have been extended to all Democratic candidates for the following offices: U.S. Senate, U.S. House (Dist. 1), MO State Auditor, State Representative (Dist. 80), St. Louis License Collector, St. Louis Recorder of Deeds, St. Louis Collector of Revenue.


Response from Angelica Earl, Candidate for United States Senator

1. What do you view as the key role, and/or attributes needed for this position? What experience/attributes do you have that qualify you for this position?

A US Senator needs dignity, integrity, and witt with strong morals and values. Having the willpower to tell corporations and lobbyists that you will not except their bribes proves those attributes. I come from the Health Insurance Marketplace where I’ve seen the unexceptable income inequality and worked with immigrants on qualifying for ACA coverage. I’ve spoken with hundreds of people all across our country about their insurance and livelihoods. I was also told that I was the second largest petition gatherer for Show Me Cannabis in 2010 and have stayed involved with Cannabis reform since.


2. Why do you think you are the best person for this position? What differentiates you from your opponent(s)?

I know we can afford Medicare-For-All and helping our veterans. I know we can have affordable colleges and universities. I’m working for real criminal justice reform and busting up our farming monopolies that are slowly starving our state. I stand strongly behind unions by showing that renewable energy is the future for our country and our labor unions. I also have the attention of nursing unions because I am fighting for Universal Health care. I accept no money from corporations or lobbyists, meaning I work only for the people to secure a happy, healthy, and a successful future for all of us.


3. What do you feel are the most pressing issues currently facing this office and what plans do you have to address these issues? (please be specific)

Money in politics is the greatest issue we are facing as a country. You cannot fix any other problem correctly until money is no longer driving the discussion, and you can’t fix the problem if you are part of the problem. I have signed onto American Promise and Move to Amend, both promising that I will work to pass a constitutional amendment making it illegal to pay politicians. I live this promise by not accepting their help.


4. Describe how you work with, or will work with, others to address your priorities.

I have truth, statistics, facts, and history on my side. I tentatively listen to everyone, but will not bow to misinformation. Standing stern in the face of lies to work towards a better future. Holding listening sessions to get the voice of the people and recruiting local experts and local leaders to help craft policy and craft amendments to bills that make them a bit better for the people is an essential part of my strategy.


5. Who are your 3 largest campaign contributors? Are there donors from whom you will not accept campaign contributions?

I only accept small individual contributions.


6. Since the shooting death of Michael Brown and the national rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, criminal justice reform has become a national topic of conversation, yet few changes have been made on a national level. If elected, will you make criminal justice reform, and racial equity, a priority in Washington? If so, how?

Yes, criminal justice reform is one of our most important platform points. Working to bring the laws in line with the will of the people should also reduce tensions between police and the public and reduce unnecessary and potentially dangerous stops, so taking actions such as descheduling cannabis will go a long way to help.

I will work to end private prisons, which our entire country feels the effects of. I will also work to instate compassion training. This is ongoing training that police officers must be a part of on a monthly or bi-monthly basis that will continually teach our officers how to handle different situations such as mental health issues, physical health issues, and children.

With this ideas and goals, we can help bring communities back together.


7. What do you believe is the biggest danger posed by the Trump administration, and how do you plan to fight it?

Fighting the current administration starts with elected officials being strong enough to stand firm against him and not accept and vote for his goals. Standing against tyranny and oppression, instead of voting for it. Finding ways to reach across the aisle without sacrificing our future.


8. Are there any issues you believe you could work with the Trump administration on? Which ones?

Trump promised he would drain the swamp, balance our trade, and bring new jobs to the country. Legislation on getting money out of politics and reducing the influence of lobbyists and SuperPACs would turn off the tap and help us truly drain the swamp. Instead of these atrocious tariffs, I could work with the president to narrowly and carefully negotiate through the currency exchange abuses, nations like China engage in, that pushes our trade out of balance, without starting damaging trade wars all over the world. And finally, a Federal Jobs Guarantee that will help him fill that campaign promise and help provide good jobs for Americans.


9. If you could ask each of your opponents one question, what would it be? (You may specify a different question for each opponent or the same question for both.)

I have only one question:

Claire McCaskill: If you truly work for the people, will you give back all of the money you’ve accepted from major corporations and work towards spreading the truth about the banking deregulations, that you voted to approve, hurting the working people of Missouri?

Response from Claire McCaskill, Candidate for United States Senator

1. What do you view as the key role, and/or attributes needed for this position? What experience/attributes do you have that qualify you for this position?

My career has never been about checking boxes to be the first or seeking political popularity– it’s been about doing what’s right and fighting on behalf of Missourians. In 2006, I became the first woman elected to the Senate from Missouri. I began my tenure by leading a six-year-long battle to rein in wasteful wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan and addressed tens of billions of wasted taxpayer dollars. I turned the magnifying glass back on Washington by leading a Senate panel to root out waste, fraud and abuse of power in every federal agency. I led the successful effort to oust the failed leadership at Arlington National Cemetery over mismarked and unmarked gravesites for military veterans, and transformed it into a cutting-edge facility. And in 2012, I took down Todd Akin–the extreme right-wing Republican who infamously argued that victims of “legitimate rape” have a way to “shut down” resulting pregnancies. I’ve since continued fighting in the Senate to curb sexual assault in our military and on our college and university campuses. Throughout my career, I’ve fought for and alongside Missourians to deliver real progress. I’m committed to fighting for transparency, fairness and stronger accountability to give Americans more confidence in their federal government. I maintain strong roots in Missouri and return home nearly every weekend to spend time with my husband, Joseph, and our blended family of seven children and eleven wonderful grandchildren.


2. Why do you think you are the best person for this position? What differentiates you from your opponent(s)?

I am a daughter of rural Missouri who has fought and achieved concrete results for my state. I’ve been unafraid to go after anyone or anything to do what's right for Missouri, and to root out waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. I understand that Missourians are my bosses -- and I have showed up in every corner of the state to hear their concerns and ideas, and bring their voices back to Washington. I make it a point to listen to all Missourians. Throughout my time in the Senate, I have delivered several key victories for Missourians: from successfully targeting abuse by credit card companies and fraudulent robocalls, to my work to curb sexual assaults in the military and on college campuses, to the Arla Harrell Act -- the culmination of a two-year battle to deliver decades-overdue relief to veterans intentionally exposed to mustard gas during World War II. I always put Missouri first, and Missourians know they can count on me.


3. What do you feel are the most pressing issues currently facing this office and what plans do you have to address these issues? (please be specific)

I am committed to continuing the work that I’ve started in the Senate—everything from curbing sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, to reducing prescription drug costs, to protecting veterans. At a time when our politics have never seemed more polarized, I am committed to working with members of both parties to make progress and get things done for Missourians. I am not afraid to stand up to anyone – including members of my own party – to put the best interests of the people of Missouri first, and I will continue to work across the aisle to find common ground.


4. Describe how you work with, or will work with, others to address your priorities.

I am willing to work with anyone to get things done on behalf of Missourians. According to Congressional Quarterly, I had the 5th most independent voting record in 2017 and my Republican colleagues consistently praise me for my willingness to reach across the aisle. Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas said, “If you want to pick somebody to work in a bipartisan manner and get something done…You ask Claire McCaskill.” Together with my colleagues, I have successfully worked to get things done on issues like fixing the ACA, protecting seniors, lowering prescription drug costs, rolling back unnecessary regulations, fighting sexual trafficking, and curbing sexual assault in the military.


5. Who are your 3 largest campaign contributors? Are there donors from whom you will not accept campaign contributions?

The campaign does not disclose strategies, plans, or budgets related to our fundraising.


6. Since the shooting death of Michael Brown and the national rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, criminal justice reform has become a national topic of conversation, yet few changes have been made on a national level. If elected, will you make criminal justice reform, and racial equity, a priority in Washington? If so, how?

During my time as Senator, I have made reforming our criminal justice system a priority. I was one of the first statewide elected officials on the ground in Ferguson, and I called for the de-militarization of police response to protesters and de-escalation of tensions. I also joined with Congressman Lacy Clay to introduce legislation to address police accountability in the programs that equip local police departments after Ferguson. I have also worked on legislation to reform the criminal justice system, cosponsoring the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 to reduce mandatory minimums for drug offenses, and have strongly supported a top-to-bottom review of our criminal justice system. I will continue working to make criminal justice reform a priority.


7. What do you believe is the biggest danger posed by the Trump administration, and how do you plan to fight it?

When my feet hit the ground every morning, I’m thinking about how I can make progress for Missourians. And while I don’t believe it’s my job to fight the President – it’s my job to fight for Missouri – nothing will ever stop me from fighting back when President Trump does something that is not in the best interests of Missouri. That’s why I voted against the Republican tax legislation, which was a huge giveaway to drug companies and health insurance companies at the expense of everyday Missourians. I voted against Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And I have spoken out against the President’s tariffs, which would be devastating to Missouri farmers and our economy. I will continue to oppose any Trump Administration’s policies that hurt Missouri families while looking for opportunities to work together with Republicans when possible.


8. Are there any issues you believe you could work with the Trump administration on? Which ones?

Where there are opportunities to work with the Trump administration on priorities that will improve the lives of Missourians, I will do so. One area in which I have said I’m interested in working with the Trump administration is infrastructure. Since he took office, President Trump has also signed over 20 pieces of legislation that I have either helped to draft, sponsored, or co-sponsored. I am willing to put in the work to figure out where there is common ground and how we can get things done together.


9. If you could ask each of your opponents one question, what would it be? (You may specify a different question for each opponent or the same question for both.)

If Hawley isn’t willing to do the hard work of Attorney General or stand up to his biggest donors and allies, how can we expect him to do anything differently in the Senate?