Hello Indivisibles of KC,
First of all, our most heartfelt thanks to all of you who contributed money to Indivisible KC on our shiny new fundraising link! We deeply appreciate your support and trust.
This week, as always, we are offering up a wide array of ways to be involved. Whether you donate money, contact your elected officials, attend a meeting or a lobby day, make phone calls, send letters, or just talk to your friends about what's going on, you make a difference!
We encourage you to take these opportunities to try something just outside your comfort zone... if you've submitted forms or signed petitions, try calling your Member of Congress' office or writing a Letter to the Editor. If you've enjoyed an organization's newsletter, decide to attend an event. If you're already deeply engaged, bring along a friend or two that isn't as much. Like any new habit, discomfort is where change happens.
So, let's dive in!
On the Missouri side of the state line, corruption issues are again swirling around our newest senator, Josh Hawley. Hawley hired Washington, DC PR consultants to help advance him up the political ladder, and they did their job very thoroughly. As the KC Star reported, the consultants "gave direct guidance and tasks to his taxpayer-funded staff and led meetings during work hours in the state Supreme Court building," meaning they were directing the action of the Attorney General's office and staff (Hawley's job) with the purpose of making Hawley look better as a candidate for higher office.
In response, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and State Auditor Nicole Galloway, launched an investigation into whether Hawley broke the law. Early reports reveal that Hawley's staff may indeed have violated Sunshine Laws. The AG staff used private email to discuss public business and denied having records of those emails when the records were requested.
Meanwhile, in Kansas, Senate President Susan Wagle's also angling for higher office and created a second Senate tax committee (which she nominated herself to chair) to push through tax legislation decoupling KS from the Federal returns. The Kansas Center for Economic Growth explains that that SB22 is a fraught experiment, rewarding mainly businesses with $25m in profits and wealthy individuals, potentially sending KS back to Brownback-like stagnant economic output and risking further underfunding of vital services.
Write to your state senator today and ask them to oppose SB22.
As usual, don't miss Loud Light's Week 3 Recap (3:31)
Several more Democratic presidential hopefuls jumped into the race this week. Get caught up -- and stay informed -- here (NPR) or here (NY Times). There's still plenty of time ~ no need to pick a favorite ~ but it's never too early to start learning what these candidates value and where they would place their priorities.
We Indivisibles are excited about H.R.1 ~ the new Congress's For The People Act. This is a sweeping bill introduced in the House, with hearings begun this past week. Check out NPR's full explainer on it, but briefly, it adds provisions that
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