GOTV in Nodaway County

IMG_5670Nodaway County Democrats are getting out the vote, encouraging residents to vote in the Nov. 6 primary election.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, Missouri Democratic Party Chair Steven Weber joined a group of canvassers at the Nodaway County office of the MDP, providing helpful tips and information for canvassers to share with residents.

The Nodaway MDP office is open in full force during the primary season. Volunteer to help! How? You can post in our Facebook group, email us, or just visit the offices — we’re in the old John Deere building on Hwy 71, north side of Maryville, Mo.


Petitions we endorse

You may bump into members of the Nodaway County Democrats who discuss one of the several ballot initiatives we are supporting. Here’s a short summary of each petition, prepared by political action committee, Government by the People.


Twenty-four states give citizens the power to propose and pass laws and amendments to state constitutions directly, without the involvement or approval of the state legislature or governor. This video summarizes each ballot initiative:

Four ballot initiatives to reform our elections:

  1. Proportional representation in the General Assembly. The most significant reform we can make to our political system is to replace the current system (“winner-take-all from single-member districts) with an ordered-list form of proportional representation — which provides for each party (or political faction) to be represented in a legislature in proportion to the percentage of the vote won by that party or faction.

2. At-large election of Missouri’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, also using an “ordered list form of proportional representation, which eliminates gerrymandering and shifts the focus of our elections to a serious discussion of the issues. Experience in the 94 countries that have some form of proportional representation has clearly demonstrated that it results in the election of governments that are more genuinely representative of the will of the people.

3. A public financing option for candidates would provide matching funds to candidates who voluntarily agree to raise at least 50% of the funding for their campaign from contributions totaling no more than $100 per contributor; not to accept contributions of more than $1,000; and to accept no contributions from corporations, or PACs that accept corporate contributions.

4. A proposal to use rank-choice voting in elections for state-wide offices (U.S., Senator, Governor, etc.). RCV allows voters to vote for multiple candidates, ranking their choices in order of preference. With RCV there are no “wasted votes” and “spoiler candidates.”

Two initiatives to address urgent problems:

  1. A Green New Deal will modernize our infrastructure, incorporating clean, renewable energy and create tens of thousands of socially useful, good-paying jobs throughout Missouri in the process.

2. A market-oriented pubic option for health insurance. The Missouri Health Insurance Cooperative (MHIC) would be formed to offer a truly affordable, revenue-neutral plan with both premiums and out-of-pocket maximums based on percentages of a member’s income. Members would be free to see any health care provider for preventative and medically necessary care, pay the provider directly, and be reimbursed for expenses that exceed the out-of-pocket maximum.

On initiative to protect the others:

  1. An amendment to the Missouri Constitution requiring that if the General Assembly repeals or amends a law passed through the initiative, that repeal or amendment will not take effect unless and until it is also approved by voters.


–> These amendments cannot be signed online

Our petitions are legal documents. Signatures must be witnessed by the person circulating the petition. Please come to our meeting or our events to sign your name!

Locals attend Women’s March

screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-10-37-03-amThe following is a letter to the editor of the Maryville Daily Forum, published Jan. 31, 2017, written by Nina Dewhirst.

On January 21, I was privileged to be part of the Women’s March in Kansas City. Well, it wasn’t really a march. It was a rally. But it was one of the most inspiring events of my life. First, let me say, I am a Democrat — both with a small “d” and a capital one. I am conservative in my own lifestyle but am liberal about the lifestyles of others. On January 21, I accompanied six other members of the new “Nodaway County Democrats” to Kansas City. That rally was truly “democracy in action.” What I saw on Saturday was not whining or complaining — but a “let’s get to work” attitude. Women, children, and men (yes, lots of them) were present. Their signs showed concern for issues like The Affordable Care Act, the rights of immigrants, raising the minimum wage, and voting rights. One rabbi speaker even volunteered to register as a Muslim if there were a national Muslim registry. Perhaps those who are Jewish have a special “inside track” about discrimination. The mood of the crowd was uplifting, joyous, and hopeful. It was uplifting to know I wasn’t alone in my concerns for others. It was joyous because of kindness shown through the words and actions of speakers and audience members. And it was hopeful because I felt empowered to change the future. All in all, the weather was beautiful, the company was wonderful, the speakers were inspiring. The rally reminded me, again, why I am so proud to be an American.

— Nina Dewhirst

Nodaway County Democrats
Michael Baumli holds the Nodaway County Democrats banner at the Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March in Kansas City. Nina Dewhirst, left, and several other NCD members also participated in the rally.