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4:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress

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Congress has given final approval to new oversight requirements for wartime contracting that had been sought by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

McCaskill urges NRA to help stop future mass shootings

Claire McCaskill
Kristofor Husted KBIA

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is circulating an online petition urging the National Rifle Association to "make their voice a part of the solution" to prevent future mass killings like the one last week in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Three MU grads are now part of U.S. Senate

Three US Senate spots filled by MU grads
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The University of Missouri will have three graduates in the U.S. Senate for at least the next six years.

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Business
8:06 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Missouri's two US Senators divided on 'fiscal cliff'

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With a looming so-called fiscal cliff and a split of control in Congress, President Barack Obama and federal legislators are under pressure to come to a quick solution. But Missouri’s senators have taken sides over a tax hike in the President’s plan.

When it comes to solving the fiscal cliff problem, the biggest disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress deals with raising the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans. Missouri’s two senators have fallen in line with their parties and sit in opposite corners on the issue.

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Politics
10:28 am
Thu November 15, 2012

What we learned about Mo. voters from the Akin/McCaskill race

Rep. Akin, left, lost a large chunk of votes to Sen. McCaskill in Missouri's U.S. Senate race thanks in large part to women and young people backing McCaskill.
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With the election in the rearview mirror, the national parties have spent the last week poring through the results and voter demographic data. Turns out women, young people and Latino voters matter a lot in a presidential race.

Here in Missouri, the results for the U.S. Senate race displayed some similarities.

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Politics
8:37 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Commentary: Owning up to election predictions

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Time to check my election predictions.  Even though they were a group project – three good and knowledgeable friends helped – I take full responsibility.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

McCaskill, Blunt take opposing stances on taxes

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Missouri's two U.S. senators are taking opposite positions on whether to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff facing the economy.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that she supports President Barack Obama's insistence that top income-earners should face higher tax rates. But Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he opposes increasing the tax rates for anyone.

The divide between Missouri's senators is emblematic of the stalemate in Washington.

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Politics
7:27 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Libertarian Mo. senate candidate garners 6 percent of the vote

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Jonathan Dine, the Libertarian candidate for Missouri senator, took 6 percent of the vote in his race against Democratic Sen.  Claire McCaskill and Republican congressman Todd Akin.

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Politics
7:19 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Rape remark defined Akin's campaign, McCaskill win

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Missouri congressman Todd Akin called it his "six-second mistake." But his brief remark about "legitimate rape" was more than enough to sink his U.S. Senate campaign.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated her Republican challenger with nearly 55 percent of the vote to Akin's 39 percent in Tuesday's election. It was the largest margin of victory in a Missouri Senate race since 1994.

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Politics
1:53 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:48 am

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Mid-Missouri Live Blog

Politics
3:08 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I'm in the middle, Akin is on fringe'

Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is in the middle of the political spectrum (and of this photo).
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Listen to Sen. Claire McCaskill chat about her bid to keep her Senate seat.

KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is challenging Rep. Todd Akin to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate in the November 6 election.

In the interview (which took place before McCaskill’s mother died), the senator talks about the difference between her and Akin when it comes to women’s issues including equal pay for women and access to emergency contraception. She talks about what she would say to women who have backed Akin after his controversial comment on pregnancy and rape. McCaskill also discusses her plan to make sure small business continues to grow in the state and her stance on keeping federal loans and grants available to students who depend on them.

Politics
8:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

McCaskill resumes campaign following mother's death

Kristofor Husted KBIA

McCaskill spoke outside a St. Louis County grade school Wednesday about the importance of the school lunch program, noting that Republican opponent Todd Akin was one of just five lawmakers to oppose funding. But she also used the time to talk about her mother, who passed away earlier this week.

It was Claire McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill.

In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.

Claire McCaskill said it’s been a “tumultuous time.”

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Politics
5:54 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Sen. McCaskill's mother dies at 84

Betty McCaskill with President Barack Obama
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According to a press release, Senator Claire McCaskill’s mother died of natural causes in St. Louis this afternoon. In a statement released, McCaskill stated that “people all over the state have asked about her mother, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated.”

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Politics
5:23 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Congressman Todd Akin defends "dog" analogy

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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