Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Issues Forum Recording now Available!

For those who missed the issues forum earlier this month, you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Ballot Issues Forum - October 6th

Not only will we have a number of local and national candidates on the November ballot, but there will be 5 proposed Amendments to the Missouri State Constitution and 2 additional propositions to change existing tax laws to consider.

Here's your chance to learn more about these proposed amendments and make informed choices at the polls.  Please attend our Issues Forum:

     Date - Thursday, October 6, 2016
     Time - 6:30pm
     Location - Carpenter Branch Library - Basement, 3309 Grand Blvd., 63118

Speakers will be allotted 5 minutes to present their case for or against each ballot measure, followed by brief Q&A from the audience. We will update this page as speakers are confirmed.

In a nutshell, the Amendments are focused on the following:

*Amendment 1 - Continuing sales/use tax used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites

*Amendment 2 - Campaign finance reform

*Amendment 3 - An increase in cigarette taxes and fees to be deposited into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund. The tax increase will be each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also creates a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes.

*Amendment 4 - Prohibits a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction. This amendment only applies to any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015.

*Amendment 6 - Voter ID required at polls. Voters may be required by law to verify their identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification.

*Proposition A - An increase in cigarette taxes to be used exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects. Tax increases will be in 2017, 2019, and 2021, at which point this additional tax will total 23 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also increases the tax paid by sellers on other tobacco products by 5 percent of manufacturer’s invoice price.

*Proposition S - An increase in property taxes of $0.05 per $100 of assessed valuation for the purpose of providing services to persons sixty years of age and older.

Further details regarding the 2016 Ballot Measures can be found at:

Monday, September 19, 2016

September Monthly Membership Meeting

(Please imagine a fanfare of trumpets here.) Our September meeting is the culmination of why the 15th Ward Democrats exist. Please be sure to attend our Volunteer Fair for working to elect Hillary Clinton as our next President; Jason Kander as our next Senator; and Chris Koster as our next Governor this Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 PM at a new location for us. Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill at 3503 Roger Place will host us as we welcome our guests from the campaign offices of our biggest races this fall. Bring your sign-up pens with plenty of ink and your calendars with plenty of open dates.

Our goal is to put everyone to work for this last month and a half building toward a sweep on November 8. If you have kids, bring 'em. If you are sick, bring Kleenex. If you are in school, skip class. If you are scheduled to work, make up an excuse. Bring your neighbors, bring your friends, bring your relatives. None of us wants to wake up Wednesday, Nov. 9th to read about President Trump or Governor Greitens or Senator Blunt.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Now Accepting Online Payments!

15th Ward Democrats get on board with 2016

We're happy to announce that the 15th Ward Democrats now accepts online payment for membership dues and fundraising activities.  If you haven't paid your dues for 2016, or want to make sure you're set for 2017, follow the link below to get started!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Please note: NEW location for tonight's meeting

It has come to our attention that our normal meeting place, Mekong, is currently closed for some repairs. We'll be moving our meeting tonight from Mekong to Mokabes, located just a block north on Grand. We're going to keep the same time of 7pm. Again, we are meeting at Mokabes at the intersection of Grand and Arsenal Street. Apologies for the last-minute switch.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 25th - General Membership Meeting

Please join us!  The next 15th Ward Democrats general membership meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, August 25th at Mekong Restaurant (3131 S. Grand Blvd.). Come early, order dinner and support a local business!

Agenda items include: update from Alderwoman Green, legislative update (in preparation for veto session), Central Committee update from our new Committeewoman Torrey Park, call for volunteers for our South Grand Fall Fest voter registration tent, an announcement of upcoming officer elections in October, an announcement about our upcoming issues forum, and a discussion about recruitment of members and volunteers.  As always, the floor will will also be open to announcements from members and discussion.

We have a lot of work to do as we head into the fall, electing Democrats up and down the ticket.  Let's roll up our sleeves and busy (busier, actually)!

You do not need to be a member of the ward organization to attend the meeting. See you there!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Call for Volunteers!

Dear neighbors -

As we move into the high gear for the election in November, we're going to need your help in the numerous activities coming up.  Please join us August 25th at Mekong Restaurant on Grand, 7pm.  The event details can be found on our facebook page here.  As we start the planning process, I'd encourage those of you who might be asking "How can I get involved?" to consider signup up using our online form - which you can find here.  Don't worry - it's free to sign up, and our meeting are open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you at Mekong on August 25th!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ward by ward results - great turnout in the 15th Ward!

The ward by ward results from Tuesday's election have been posted (link below). All 14 candidates endorsed by the 15th Ward Democrats carried the 15th ward including those who won the citywide vote (Jason Kander, Chris Koster for Governor, Russ Carnahan, Robin SmithPat ContrerasLacy Clay, Vernon Betts for Sheriff, Tishaura O. Jones), those who lost the citywide vote (Jake Zimmerman, Patrick Hamacher) and non-citywides endorsed by the 15th Ward Democrats (Jamilah Nasheed, Peter Merideth, Tod A. Martin - Democratic Committeeman, 15th Ward, Torrey Park for 15th Ward Committeewoman). Great work by our members with literature drops, social media, speaking with neighbors and supporting our endorsed candidates! Thank you everyone. And, congratulations to all of the candidates who stepped up and ran for office!

In terms of turnout percentage, we came in 5th highest of the 28 wards, just behind perennial heavyweight wards 16th Ward Democrats8th Ward Dems STL, 28th Ward Regular Democrats, and St Louis 23rd Ward news. That's a big improvement from when we used to fall in the middle of the pack. While it was driven in part due to the focus on specific races in our ward, it follows a trend we have seen over the past 10 years of increasing turnout in the 15th Ward. We were 5 percentage points above the citywide turnout number. We're 9th highest in terms of registered voters and clearly have some additional room for improvement there.

Now, we're on to November and working to elect as many Democrats as possible up and down the ballot, especially at the national and statewide level!



Friday, July 29, 2016

August 2nd Primary Election - 15th Ward Dems Sample Ballot

I have received a number of calls and emails today from 15th Ward voters expressing confusion over a mailing they received that included a sample ballot. The mailing includes a letter of support for a candidate for State Representative.

Voters expressed confusion over whether the sample ballot included with the mailing is the one they normally receive from the 15th Ward Democrats -- our open, democratic ward organization. It is not.

The 15th Ward Democrats will be delivering voter guides (which include the list of candidates endorsed by the 15th Ward Democrats) to doors this weekend and will distribute sample ballots - as is our normal tradition - on Election Day at the polls. For clarification, I have included a picture (below) of the official sample ballot listing the endorsements made by the full, eligible voting membership of the 15th Ward Democrats.

For additional information about the 15th Ward Democrats or to read the candidate questionnaires submitted by all democratic candidates on the ballot, please visit us at www.15thward.org.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming meetings!! We list meetings on our website as well our Facebook page and welcome any and all democrats in the 15th Ward to join us. Trying to incorporate aspects of policy, politics and a little fun, we have a number of different kinds of events throughout the year -- from parties to membership meetings, candidate forums and more. There's something for everyone, and we always welcome new people to join our active and engaged membership.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me: tod@todamartin.com; 314-771-6292

-Tod A. Martin
15th Ward Democratic Committeeman