The Missouri Democratic Party’s state convention is this weekend in Sedalia. Hundreds of Democrats are expected to attend the convention being held at the state fairgrounds.
Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis) hopes the party’s proposed platform will include strengthening of gun laws.
“We know that we’re up against a powerful lobby and yet even from the filibuster this week in the U.S. Senate, we are seeing Republicans stand up and say this is enough. I would love to see that our own state party adopt common sense even without spelling out specific policy proposals,” said Newman.
She also wants the platform to include protection of voting and abortion rights.
Newman says Democrats are more unified than Republicans are this presidential election cycle.
“In terms of the unification on both sides, you’re seeing even Speaker Ryan kind of trying to back pedal as much as he can from association with the presumptive nominee. There’s no comparison, I think, on the Democratic side,” said Newman.
Missouri has 34 delegates bound to vote for Hillary Clinton and 34 bound to vote for Bernie Sanders at the national convention.