Missouri Democrats focus on labor in hopes of 2018 rebound

After taking a number of lopsided losses at the polls in 2016, Missouri Democrats are looking to bounce back in 2018. As they do so, appealing to organized labor — a focus for the party in 2016 — remains a priority.

The party hopes to keep U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, in Washington for another term. Democrats also want to secure another term for Auditor Nicole Galloway, Missouri’s lone Democrat in statewide office, and win back seats in the Republican-dominated Missouri House and Senate.

Fighting against Missouri’s so-called “right-to-work” law is a key piece of the Democrats’ effort. Last week, McCaskill visited the state Capitol and delivered a speech voicing her opposition for the law, which forbids mandatory collection of union dues in unionized workplaces.

Democrats also are defending the state’s prevailing wage law, which establishes uniform wages for workers on public construction projects across the state.

Importantly, the party is seeking to run candidates in far more races for the State Legislature. Democrats are contesting 145 seats in the 163-member Missouri House in 2018, up from just 97 in 2016. They will also run candidates in every State Senate race this year.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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