This November, let’s send a message that we will defend our rights, demand economic and social justice and elect candidates who will stand with us.
Claire McCaskill for US Senate
A former Prosecutor and Drug Court Pioneer, Claire McCaskill is the incumbent US Senator for State of Missouri running for re-election this November. This is a critical race, as McCaskill – though a moderate Democrat – is a reliable voter and vocal advocate for healthcare access and reproductive rights. McCaskill is in a vulnerable position as she is a Democratic Senator in an overwhelmingly red state that voted in sweeping support of Trump during the last presidential election. McCaskill’s campaign strategy has been to appeal to republican voters, therefore speaking on issues pertinent to Black communities – such as policing, mass incarceration, and immigration – have not been among her talking points. McCaskill has a voting record of being on the side of immigrants and DACA recipients, but has had to be held accountable for her position (or lack thereof) and support of Black and Brown communities. McCaskill is a safe vote, especially in light of her far-right opposition. But just as local community organizers and activists from Saint Louis and Kansas City have been doing, McCaskill will have to be pushed and challenged to remain committed to the grassroots.
Learn more about these ballot measures.
VOTE Yes on Proposition B
The measure gradually increases the state’s minimum per year up to $12 per hour in 2023. The minimum wage would then increase or decrease each year based on the consumer price index. Government employers are exempt. The current minimum wage in Missouri is $7.85
VOTE NO on Proposition D
This measure has three components: it increases the tax on gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and propane by 10 cents per gallon. It phases in the gas tax for gasoline and diesel over the span of four years. The increase for natural gas, the tax takes effect after December 31, 2025. Revenue is dedicated to the state highway patrol. The measure also exempts from state income taxation any prizes won at the Special Olympics, Paralympics, or Olympics. The measure also creates the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund with money allocated from the general fund that would be invested and managed by the state treasurer, with funds to be used on road infrastructure criteria.
Vote NO on Amendment #3
The measure legalizes marijuana for medical purposes and enacts a 15 percent tax on it. The tax revenue would be allocated to the Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute. It is estimated to generate $24 million in revenue and cost $7 million in annual costs.
Vote NO on Proposition C
The measure legalizes marijuana for medical purposes and enacts a 2 percent tax on it. The tax revenue would be allocated to veteran health care, early childhood education, drug treatment, and public safety. It is estimated to generate $10 million in revenue.
Yes on Amendment #2
The measure legalizes marijuana for medical purposes and enacts a 4 percent tax on it. The tax revenue would be allocated to veteran healthcare. It is estimated to generate $66 million in revenue and cost $500,000 in annual costs.
VOTE YES on Amendment #1
The measure reforms lobbying, campaign finance, redistricting, and public records. Lobbying: legislators and legislative employees have to wait two years before becoming a paid lobbyist, and both could not accept gifts above $5 in value. Campaign finance: establishes cash contribution limits for legislative candidates and candidate committees for each election cycle, prohibits disguising who contributions are from, and prohibits fundraising on public property. Redistricting: governs legislative redistricting by creating a non-partisan state demographer position who would be selected through a special process and draw maps to present to the legislature. Partisan fairness and competitiveness would be two of the criteria. Public records: legislative records are considered public records.