Monthly Archives: April 2014

MO Dems announce new exec director and director of campaigns

I am excited to be working with these women!


JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple today announced the appointment of Crystal Brinkley as the new executive director and Kristen Self as director of campaigns. Both will take over their new positions effective April 28.

“We are pleased to announce Crystal Brinkley as the Party’s new executive director and Kristen Self as the new director of campaigns,” Chairman Temple said. “I am thrilled to be building our team’s capacity with two talented professionals who are committed to the Democratic Party’s mission of improving the lives of Missouri families.”

Brinkley brings a unique skill set to the executive director position. She previously served as volunteer coordinator on Congressman Dick Gephardt’s Presidential Campaign, traveled to various states on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign, and managed then State Representative Rachel Storch’s reelection campaign, demonstrating knowledge and experience in both statewide and local grassroots activities. Brinkley also served in Governor Nixon’s administration. Most recently, she was the finance director at the Missouri Democratic Party.

“Crystal has shown a tireless work ethic and strong leadership skills both as finance director at the Party and in previous positions,” Chairman Temple said. “She’ll continue to advance our Party’s priorities on all levels.”

Kristen Self comes to the Party with deep campaign experience. Self served as finance director for the Indiana House Democratic Caucus for eight years where she was responsible for all fundraising activities for the Caucus, the Speaker of the House, Democratic Leadership, and many Democratic members and candidates for the Indiana House of Representatives. In August of 2009, she was promoted to campaign director where she managed the day-to-day campaign operations for Democratic candidates for state representative, developed strategy and messaging for campaigns across the state and provided strategic guidance to candidates from the launch of their campaigns through Election Day.

“Kristen’s talents and experience are exactly what our Party needs to execute a successful 2014 election cycle and beyond,” Chairman Temple said. “She will bring strong leadership and guidance to our joint legislative operations, and we are thrilled she is joining the team.”

Salameh’s Market under contract to City’s LRA

via Alderman Steve Conway:

We have received a a signed contract for the City to Purchase Salameh’s Market. This purchase had been a key element of the vision to redevelop the Shaw Neighborhood for the past 30 years. I would like to thank Mayor Slay’s administration, Laura Costello the Director of LRA, the past CDA Director Jill Taggert and the SNIA members and Housing Corporation members that have dedicated their time and resources over the past years to help make this happen. This building has had a debilitating impact on our housing values, created negative perceptions of our neighborhood and has impacted the quality of life in Shaw. There are no immediate plans for this building or site. I am now comfortable knowing that we will involve the Housing Corporation and Neighborhood Association in seeking requests for proposal to redevelop this site. Closing is set for May. Progress is never easy,

Chancellor Wrighton Says “No” to Demands of Wash U Students Against Peabody

Contact: Madeleine Balchan,, 937-360-6246
Chancellor Wrighton Says “No” to Demands of Wash U Students Against Peabody
Students Immediately Escalate Fight by Organizing ‘Alumni Against Peabody’
Five student representatives from Students Against Peabody met with Chancellor Wrighton this morning to begin negotiations on the students’ demands. The students are demanding: 1. Remove CEO Greg Boyce and Peabody from the Board of Trustees, and 2. The Chancellor must attend community-organized tours of Peabody extraction zones and issue a public statement about his experience.
The student representatives, Julia Ho, Jamal Sadrud-Din , Georgia McCandlish, Emily Alves, and Megan Odenthal, met with the Chancellor for about half an hour before walking out of the meeting. When asked if he has the power to take a stand on the University’s relationship with Peabody, Chancellor Wrighton said, “I could, but I won’t.”
“This meeting has shown us that the Chancellor has decided to side with Peabody Coal instead of the students of Washington University,“ said Julia Ho, a member of the negotiating team. “We know where he stands, and we know what we have to do to change his mind.”
Immediately after the negotiating team walked out of the meeting, Students Against Peabody began heightened pressure on Chancellor Wrighton. Mobilizing quickly, a group of 40 supporters walked to the Chancellor’s office in Brookings and delivered a letter from students and community members urging the Chancellor to honor student demands.
Local community supporters today included PJ Wilson, Director of Renew Missouri. Wilson said, “Standing with these students makes me proud to be a Missourian. Renew Missouri has been pro-renewable energy and anti-nothing. Until today. We have to stand up to fossil fuel companies.”
In addition, Students Against Peabody then commenced organizing alumni, many of whom are on campus this weekend for Alumni Weekend. Alumni are being urged to calling the Alumni Annual Fund office and state that they refuse to donate to Washington University until the demands of Students Against Peabody are met.
Students Against Peabody is in the fifth day of a sustained sit-in outside of Brookings Hall, the main administration building on Washington University’s campus. The students cite numerous reasons why the University should ends its relationship with Peabody, including Peabody’s contribution to global carbon emissions, participation in ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), marginalization of indigenous and rural communities in places including Black Mesa, Arizona and Rocky Branch, Illinois, and interference in democratic processes through their lawsuit against the local Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative.
Photos are attached.
Students are available to comment throughout the day.

Recent Votes – US House and Senate

Recent Senate Votes

Unemployment Benefits – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (61-35, 4 Not Voting)

Senators voted to invoke cloture on an amended bill that would extended eligibility for long-term unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

Sen. Roy Blunt voted NO

Sen. Claire McCaskill voted YES

Recent House Votes

Ukraine Aid – Passage – Vote Passed (378-34, 19 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House agreed to concur with a Senate amendment and pass a package of $150 million in aid and loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government. The vote required a two-thirds majority under the suspension of House rules. President Obama signed the bill into law on April 3.

Rep. William Lacy Clay voted YES

Employee Hours Rules – Passage – Vote Passed (248-179, 4 Not Voting)

House members voted on Thursday to change the number of hours employees must work to qualify for mandatory employer coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law would define full-time employees as those working 40 hours a week, ten more hours than as defined under current law.

Rep. William Lacy Clay voted NO