Who Will Run 2020 Delegate Selection To Be Decided @ Saturday Meeting

democratic_party_logo2 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018
Missouri Democratic Party 1st Congressional District Committee
Normandy City Hall, 7700 Natural Bridge
Public Transit: #4 Natural Bridge
Open to the Public

This is a committee of all the Democratic Party ward/township committeemen and committeewomen in St. Louis City and St. Louis County with precincts within the 1st Congressional District. The primary function of this committee is to nominate a candidate for special election in the event of a vacancy in the 1st Congressional seat. However, in 2020, the officers will also run Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection at the 1st Congressional District level.

Agenda: This is the statutory Reorganization Meeting held every two years. Election of 2018-2020 Officers will include Chair and Vice-Chair from among Committee Members who live withing the District (one male, one female) and a Secretary and Treasurer from within the District (one male, one female) who may or may not be Committee Members.

It is assumed that Congressmen Lacy Clay’s supporters will run a slate of candidates for the officer positions.

Weighted voting may be used: one vote for each two thousand (2,000) votes or major fraction thereof cast for the Democratic candidate for Governor in the last Gubernatorial election in the Ward or Township within the Congressional District. Every member gets at least one vote.

Applicable State Party By-Laws

Applicable State Laws 

Officers and Committee Members

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What Happens To Prop P Money If City Is Annexed Into County?

yTkejEGTEOur local government taxing authority comes from State law. There are all kinds of taxes that cities, counties, and special districts may ask the voters to adopt. In the case of Proposition P (Board Bill 60), the public safety sales tax increase on the November 7th Special Election ballot, the enabling law is Section 67.547 RSMo.

It’s a county sales tax, not a city sales tax. It’s the same section of State law that St. Louis County used to pass its Proposition P (Ordinance 25678) last April.

In the event that the City of St. Louis passes Proposition P and later is annexed into St. Louis County as a municipality, the City would no longer collect the sales tax for itself. Instead, St. Louis County would collect the tax from us and give some of it back to the City. Distribution of taxes has long been a contentious issue in the County.

Having less funds from the tax, the City would need to raise taxes to make up for the loss or reduce services commensurate with the loss.

The other possibility is that the City is annexed, likely unwillingly, as an unincorporated area or areas served by St. Louis County Police Department and one or more fire districts, as the County does not operate a fire department. Under that scenario, certainly a big pot of money, say from privatizing Lambert Airport, would come in handy to pay outstanding commitments from the former city as a city-county, such as pensions for its former police, firefighter, municipal and county office workforce.

It seems odd that in all the talk and posturing on the City being annexed into the County, usually referred to as a merger or consolidation, that there has been no conversation about taxes and fees. Which taxes and fees currently collected by the City are city revenue and which are county revenue? How much revenue loss would there be for the City? How do we continue to pay for services?

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Who Is Fact Checking The Ferguson Commission?

Edited 12/17/2014 because a new fact, maybe, maybe not, was brought to my attention.

Who is Fact Checking the Ferguson Commission?

Last night, there was this in my Twitter Timeline, a quote from one of the Ferguson Commission panelists.

It was retweeted fifteen times. Problem is, it’s not true.

The Commissioner was only off by 103.

The United Nations has 193 member nations.

St. Louis County has 90 municipalities.

And this is how we came to know that St. Louis County has more municipalities than any county in the country. It, also, is not true. Cook County has 132 municipalities. But somebody with a title said it years ago and then it was repeated and now accepted as true.

And, then, this happened.

Not helpful.

It suggests that a member of the Ferguson Commission has a critical thinking skills deficit.

Comparing the United Nations to a Missouri county. Comparing local elected officials, most unpaid, with international diplomats appointed by heads of state. Really? Seriously?

Not helpful.

–Marie Ceselski

Chappelle-Nadal Pre-files Forced Annexation Proposal For St. Louis City

Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s Senate Joint Resolution 3 is anti-voter, anti-consolidation, anti-home rule, and a full employment act for lawyers to handle decades of lawsuits.

“That at the next general election to be held in the state of Missouri, on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2016, or at a special election to be called by the governor for that purpose, there is hereby submitted to the qualified voters of this state, for adoption or rejection, the following amendment to article VI of the Constitution of the state of Missouri:”

“Section A. Sections 30(a), 30(b), 31, 32(a), 32(b), 32(c), and 33, article VI, Constitution of Missouri, are repealed and one new section adopted in lieu 3 thereof, to be known as section 30, to read as follows:”

“Section 30. The city of St. Louis shall become a part of St. Louis County and thereafter exist as a city within the county in the same manner as any other city in the county of St. Louis.”

And just like that, magically, the voters of Missouri at the next presidential election could force the City of St. Louis to become a municipality in St. Louis County.

This proposal seeks to disenfranchise the voters of St. Louis City and St. Louis County from making this decision on their own. It’s forced annexation. The Missouri Constitution presently gives the voters of St. Louis City and St. Louis County the right to reorganize their governments in concert.

  • Reentry: St. Louis City Gives Up Being A County. St. Louis City and St. Louis County can negotiate a plan for the City to relinquish its county status and revenue to become a municipality only within the County.
  • ConsolidationOne Big St. Louis City. St. Louis City and St. Louis County can negotiate a plan to consolidate the County into the City.
  • St. Louis City Annexes Part of County. St. Louis City and St. Louis County can negotiate a plan for the City to annex territory within County, expand its borders.
  • Merge/Consolidate One or More Services. St. Louis City and St. Louis County can negotiate a plan to combine services by establishing a district to provide said services.
  • Most Any Other Structure of Government We Want. St. Louis City and St. Louis County can negotiate a plan to create one giant county with no municipalities, create a borough system, whatever we think would be best.

We get this authority from current Missouri Constitution Article VI,

“Section 30(a). The people of the city of St. Louis and the 2 people of the county of St. Louis shall have power (1) to consolidate the territories and governments of the city and county into one political subdivision under the municipal government of the city of St. Louis; or, (2) to extend the territorial boundaries of the county so as to embrace the territory within the city and to reorganize and consolidate the county governments of the city and county, and adjust their relations as thus united, and thereafter the city may extend its limits in the manner provided by law for other cities; or, (3) to enlarge the present or future limits of the city by annexing thereto part of the territory of the county, and to confer upon the city exclusive jurisdiction of the territory so annexed to the city; or, (4) to establish a metropolitan district or districts for the functional administration of services common to the area included therein; or, (5) to formulate and adopt any other plan for the partial or complete government of all or any part of the city and the county.”

Senate Joint Resolution 3 proposes to delete the aforementioned section of the Missouri Constitution and remove the possibility of consolidating St. Louis City and St. Louis County into one large municipality or one large county without any municipalities. It also removes the possibility of consolidating services. The City will continue to provides its services or it may contract with the County for services. It may chose to become a dependent but never again will be a partner.

Senate Joint Resolution 3 also eliminates St. Louis City’s Home Rule Charter by getting rid of all of Missouri Constitution Article VI, Section 31:

“… As a city it shall continue for city purposes with its present charter, subject to changes and amendments provided by the constitution or by law, and with the powers, organization, rights and privileges permitted by this constitution or by law…”

That’s the all important Rex Sinquefield Provision. By removing that section from the Constitution, St. Louis is a municipality without a charter, possibly even disincorporated. Without a charter it is no longer a charter city, which is required for the earnings tax. The earnings tax is roughly 1/3 the City’s Budget. It nearly covers the St. Louis Police Department Budget. But then, we will be dependent on the County for everything, so what does it really matter.

Now you’re saying, that’s nuts, that can’t be. Consider, however, that each time the Missouri Constitution has been amended or there’s been an attempt to amend it, with specific regard to the City’s powers -other than proposals such as Chappelle-Nadal’s- that sentence regarding the City’s charter has always been included.

And you’ll notice this constitutional amendment offers no timeline, no reorganization plan, no process whatsoever for how any of this is supposed to work. It’s now the back-up plan in the event the whole getting rid of the earnings tax with a regional police department funded by a sales tax doesn’t work out.