In the 2016 General Election, Missouri went to Trump at 60% to 39%. Missouri has had it’s share of bad leaders in their state including Missouri 2016 Superdelegate Melba Curls who told a Bernie Sanders Delegate to “fall in line or else” barking orders at someone she was supposed to represent and not demand they fall in line. It is the delegates and unpledged delegates like Melba Curls to vote in favor of the people you are to represent.
Missouri is known for what has been dubbed “Missouri Bellwether” predicting the President based on political trends. They however failed in voting for the winner of the 2008 and 2012 winner, Barrack Obama and in 1956 when Missouri voted for Adlai Stevenson.
The Superdelegates influence in politics has even affected the party and disenfranchised many in every state in 2016. Candidates like Melba Curls who used her vote worth 10,000 votes to vote for a candidate that had no chance of beating Donald Trump in the general election. The general consensus was more people would rather vote for Bernie Sanders than Hillary Clinton in the General Election against Donald Trump. This would prove to be a self fulfilling prophecy and the tipping point for the disenfranchised voters who participated or tried to participate in 2016’s Democratic Primary.
“I submitted a resolution to the DNC in February calling for doing away with all “super delegates.” It was referred to the Unity Reform Commission, but as I came to find out, they were instructed to recommend keeping some by the resolution that formed the commission. I intend to offer an amendment to their recommendation doing away with the remaining “super delegates.”
Gary Winston Apple (Candidate for 6th District Congressional Race)
Gary Winston Apple, a teacher and concerned citizen with an ethical progressive platform, has stepped up to address the issues, become the voice of the voiceless Democratic voters and offer solutions for the intentionally rigged democracy we have:
- Proportional representation in the General Assembly to end gerrymandering and make our government more genuinely democratic.
- Ranked-choice voting for executive offices (governor, lt. governor, etc.).
- Provide a public financing option for candidates for public office. \
- Create a “Renewable Energy Project” to create good-paying jobs for workers in Missouri.
- Repeal the law that prohibits cities, towns, villages, and counties from raising the local minimum wage above the state or federal level.
- Promote the right of every worker to join a union by voting for an “Employee Free Choice Act.”
- Expand Medicaid in Missouri.
- Provide a public option for health insurance, so that all Missourians will have access to truly affordable health insurance.
When asked about who he supported in 2016 and where the Democratic Party is heading for 2020, he replied,“I supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries in 2016 and Hillary Clinton in the general election. I am focused on 2018 right now. I am working on doing the follow-up to a resolution I submitted, which was passed by the DNC at our last meeting. The resolution “encourages current Democratic members of Congress who are not already cosponsors of legislation drawn from our platform to cosponsor the legislation and to work diligently to move the legislation through Congress to the greatest extent possible, even if our chances of immediate success are hampered by our minority status; and encourages every non-incumbent Democratic candidate for Congress to pledge support for specific legislation drawn from our platform.” I am putting a Democratic Platform Fulfillment Project in place. It is intended to provide a framework that will make the “encouragement” more tangible by giving voters a means of determining which Democratic members of Congress and Democratic candidates for Congress actively support legislation called for in the Democratic Party platform, and which do not.”
The Democratic Party in many states is getting a make over and adapting to the platform issues Apple stands for. Election Reform is a key part of this platform candidates like Apple want the Democratic Party to adapt and the removal of Superdelegates is an essential and vital part in re-establishing the voters voice in the party. Apple’s platform is a platform that works for the people of Missouri and the American people and expanding Medicare and standing up for the working class that suffers under the weight of the ruling class.
Apple left me with a final thought on his campaign on General Assembly.
“Since I am seeking election to Congress, as opposed to the General Assembly, the changes I would like to make to our nation might be more relevant (although they are related). The national changes I would like to see are: Democrats, we promise that if we are elected (or re-elected) to seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate, we will vote in favor of the following legislation:
- A “Full Employment Act” that guarantees every worker in America a socially-useful job that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity with a sense of purpose.
- The “Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act [H. R. 3671] and the “100 by ’50 Act” [S.987] because we believe “Americans deserve the jobs and security that come from our country becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century”.
- An “Employee Free Choice Act” to promote the “Right to Unite” — the right of every worker to join a union. • “Medicare for All” [H. R. 676 and S. 1804].
- “The Government by the People Act” [H. R. 20], which provides a public financing option for candidates (and voters).
- The “Fair Representation Act” [H. R. 3057] to end gerrymandering and make our government more genuinely democratic.
- A constitutional amendment that replaces the Electoral College with direct election of the president and vice-president [H. J. Res 19].
- A “Corporations are not People Amendment” to the Constitution of the United States [S. J. Res 20 and H. J. Res 48, 88 or 377] making it clear that corporations are not people and are subject to regulation by the governments of the United States and of the states.
- “America’s College Promise Act of 2017” [H. R. 3709].
- Paying a Fair Share Act of 2017” [S. 955 and H. R. 2159]. To make sure corporations and the wealthiest among us pay their fair share of taxes. I am encouraging my fellow Democratic candidates for Congress to support this legislation through a “Contract with America” type document: “Our Promise to America.”