Join us at Let Them Eat Cake: A St. Louis ProVote fundraiser!

             

         Worried that your voice is being drowned out by the money of the 1%? You are not alone. This year, more than ever, Missouri’s richest citizens have worked against the common good, pushing laws that limit rights of workers, women, public school children, and their teachers. Just like France’s Queen Marie Antoinette, they are telling us that our needs don’t matter. However, we have valiant champions of progressive politics here in our state, and fighting for a better Missouri.

Join us as we celebrate our champions, Marie Antoinette style with cake and adult beverages!

Featuring comments by Jill Schupp, Tracy McCreery, and Deb Lavender!

Wednesday, August 27 from 6-8 PM     Painters Hall 2501 59th Street   St. Louis, Missouri

Tickets: $25/person, $40/couple, $75/ family 

Bring along your friends, allies, and organization members and sponsor a table!

Sponsorship Levels:

$500 Rex Sinquefield's Devil's Food Cake

$400 Fudge Brownies

$250 Sweet Potato Pie

$150 Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

If you are unable to come and celebrate with us, we invite you to give a gift of $50 to help us elect and train more progressive candidate this year. Please give here.

RSVP to Alice Floros at alice@missouriprovote.org or 314-600-1890

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Pride at Work

ProVote is excited to announce that labor activists in Missouri are organizing a state chapter of Pride at Work (P@W) and we are asking for your help in making sure their inaugural meeting is a success.  If you are in a union, please let your members know that this organizing effort is underway.  MO P@W will hold their first meeting on Sunday, March 30 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City in conjunction with the Joint Missouri Political and Legislative Conference. 

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Wake Up Missouri!

Wake up Missouri! Do you know what your Republican controlled House and Senate legislators are up to? Instead of concentrating on important issues like education, jobs, health care expansion, worker rights, infrastructure and safety, they are continuing their extremist agenda to undermine those important issues.

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ProVote working with St. Louis BWorks

It is with our great pleasure to announce ProVote’s new integrated community partnership with St. Louis BWorks. The deal is founded in St. Louis’ need for transportation, as well as, health and wellness of the community. It will also further build ProVote’s relationships with other community organizations.

St. Louis BWorks is built on the idea that everyone deserves the chance to be more and to gain the skills they need to pursue their dreams. They believe that “at-risk” children — or any young people for that matter — can thrive when they have the opportunity to challenge their abilities in a safe, supportive environment.

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Happy Filing Day

Tuesday will be one the biggest days on the election calendar as the filing period begins for candidates wanting to appear on the August Primary ballot. Tuesday is like Christmas morning those of us who follow Missouri Politics. Tomorrow we will begin to see how each party did during the recruiting process and what races to keep an eye on.

 

While off-year elections have held some excitement in the past (who can forget Sen. Claire McCaskill’s big win in 2006), this year does not have big names and fireworks heading in. Neither of Missouri’s US Senate races are up, and five of the six statewide offices are decided on the presidential election years. What we do have on the ballot are the eight congressional seats, the State Auditor, half of the State Senate (17 seats) and all 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives.

 

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It’s Not Who You Are, It’s Who You Know

There were some interesting twists and turns on what are becoming the two biggest issues this legislative session, Medicaid expansion and so-called Right-to-Work (for less and less) legislation. As we know the Republicans has huge majority in each body of the General Assembly, so getting in front of lawmakers and making the argument for or against an issue will require different tactics than normal lobbying from our side of the aisle dictates.

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Stop Fast Track of TPP!

Twenty years ago this month, a massive trade agreement went into effect in North America after being rushed through Congress through an end-run around the democratic process. That trade deal was NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), and because of it we have lost more than 700,000 jobs to Mexico in the last two decades.

In 2010, President Clinton spoke about his administrations trade deals. “It was a mistake,” he said of his agribusiness-backed initiatives forcing impoverished countries to eliminate tariffs. “It was a mistake that I was a party to … I had to live every day with the consequences of the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people because of what I did.”

Clinton didn’t stop there. In a subsequent ABC News interview, he said that when it came to 1990s-era financial deregulation that so harmed today’s economy, “I think [my advisors] were wrong, and I think I was wrong.”[1]

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They Can't Control Themselves

No, we are not talking about what Mike Huckabee thinks of a woman’s ability to control her libido. What we are talking about is the Missouri GOP’s wrongheaded plans to give big tax breaks for the wealthy while continuing to ignore the funding problems the state is experiencing in healthcare and education. When it comes to giving big breaks to their friends they just can’t seem to stop.

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Gov Nixon's State of the State

Gov. Jay Nixon last night challenged the Republican-controlled legislature to invest in Missouri’s public schools rather than give big tax cuts to those who need it least (Missouri is the sixth lowest state in terms of state taxes paid). In his annual State of the State address for an increase of nearly $300 million in elementary and secondary education. He also challenged the General Assembly to fully fund the school funding formula that has gone almost a decade since its passage without being funded at 100 percent. Gov. Nixon also went after Republicans for once again trying to cut teacher’s pay and retirement and health benefits – a plan pushed by billionaire GOP donor Rex Sinquefield – and do away with tenure.

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1st week of the General Assembly-Roundup!

If you followed the press coverage coming out of the Jefferson City for the past couple of days, we pretty much hit the nail on the head as to what the GOP’s plans are for the upcoming session. Over and over again we read about tax cuts and right-to-work (for less and less) legislation. You would think that with the national beating Republicans are taking over their defense of wealth stratification and tapping down workers’ rights, they would, going into an election year, change course and work on things that have meaning to the average citizen like Medicaid expansion and creating jobs with a living wage.
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Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition
Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition (ProVote) is a statewide coalition of labor unions and community groups that work to promote progressive policies through electoral engagement. We believe grassroots groups can be more effective by working together.