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Politics
8:42 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Akin claims McCaskill benefited from stimulus

File Photo KBIA

Republican challenger Todd Akin is going on the offensive against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill by claiming her husband's businesses profited from the federal stimulus act.

Akin began running a TV ad Monday claiming "the stimulus made McCaskill rich." In an interview with The Associated Press, Akin noted that the 2009 stimulus law funded a federal program for low-income housing that directed about $1 million to corporations affiliated with McCaskill's husband.

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Politics
9:07 am
Mon October 1, 2012

McCaskill, Akin differ on health care policy

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Few issues have generated as much passion and attention recently as health care. Like many Democrats and Republicans around the nation, Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates are on opposites sides of the issue.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill supports and defends the health care law signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. Her Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin, wants to repeal it.

But there may be at least some middle ground.

Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Todd Akin, God and being American

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Remember those old sayings about not talking religion and politics? Well, this week's faith and values update has both. We’re looking at the faith angle of Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s campaign.

Akin has been criticized since he made a comment about what he called “legitimate rape,” which he later apologized for. He recently made the news again for saying his opponent in the Senate race, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, was more “ladylike” in a previous campaign.

But he still has support from several conservative Christian leaders and organizations.   

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Talking Politics
6:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Talking Politics: Akin in Senate race for good, more from Senate and Governor debates

Rep. Todd Akin
Andrew Yost KBIA

All eyes were on Columbia as the candidates for Governor and the US Senate squared off in the first debate of this election cycle on Friday. This week on the show we have more in-depth reporting on what happened at the debates.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Conservative group considers supporting Akin

Akin at previous event.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

A group supporting conservative Senate candidates is considering whether to toss a last-minute life preserver to Missouri congressman Todd Akin.

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Politics
10:01 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Akin approaches critical campaign week

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican congressman Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign in Missouri after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

McCaskill, Akin and Dine face off in first Mo. Senate debate

US Senator Claire McCaskill and US Representative Todd Akin and Jonathan Dine debated Friday morning
Andrew Yost KBIA

KBIA ran live coverage of today’s Senatorial debate between incumbent US Senator Claire McCaskill and US Representative Todd Akin from 10:45AM to noon. 

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Politics
4:11 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Representative Todd Akin calls for U.S. suspension of aid to Egypt

File Photo KBIA

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin says the U.S. should suspend aid to Egypt because of the attack on the U.S. embassy and the repeated burning of American flags by Egyptians.

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PM Newscasts
6:29 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Newscast for September 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Upcoming debates on Friday for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor
  • Columbia Parks and Recreation push for Grindstone Creek Trail
  • Jefferson City funeral home ordered to stay away from pre-arranged funeral contracts
Politics
4:54 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

U.S. Senate and Missouri governor debates on Friday

Candidates running for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor will debate Friday in Columbia.
File Photo KBIA

A couple of back-to-back debates are planned this week for candidates running for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau PAC reaffirms Akin endorsement

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 4:45 pm

Will be updated.

The Missouri Farm Bureau political action committee announced that it's sticking by its endorsement of Congressman Todd Akin as he faces incumbent Claire McCaskill in the race for US Senate.

In a release to the media, FARM-PAC, made up of trustees from the farm bureaus in every Missouri county, say that they again "overwhelmingly" voted to support Akin.

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PM Newscasts
6:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Newscast for September 4, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • West Nile Virus strikes Mo. again
  • Sen. McCaskill visits MU to talk student loans
  • MU invests $2.5 million in online education

Politics
6:26 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Sen. McCaskill: Rep. Akin will eliminate student loans

Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke to students at the University of Columbia Tuesday about the differences between herself and Rep. Todd Akin when it comes to students loans.
Gina Cook

Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke on the University of Missouri Columbia campus Tuesday to kick off her “On Our Campus, On Our Side” tour.

The Democratic incumbent told students it’s important to keep Pell Grants and federal student loans available to sustain education. McCaskill says her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin,  wants to eliminate student loans and that would hurt the middle class.

Politics
11:48 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau reconsidering Akin endorsement

Missouri Farm Bureau

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:21 pm

Missouri Farm Bureau members are reconsidering their endorsement of Republican Todd Akin for U.S. Senate


The Bureau’s FARM-PAC met earlier this month and endorsed Akin after hearing presentations from both he and Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.  Chris Fennewald, an editor for Missouri Farm Bureau publications, says the Bureau’s county leaders were polled this week, and the majority said that their endorsement of Akin should be reconsidered.

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11:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

TV ad-buys ramping up

Lead in text: 
There's a ton of political advertising on TV these days and it's only going to get worse (or better, if you're into that kind of thing). Our colleagues at Project Open Vault keep track of these things and they know who's buying what and when:
Susan B. Anthony List runs ads against Obama's stance on abortion; Still, Martin buy time for future Every week Project Open Vault receives new political ad buy contracts from three mid-Missouri TV stations, updating our ad spending database as soon as possible. Below is a brief look at the past week's ad buys: The Susan B.
Politics
5:34 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Commentary: Harry Truman's seat

The desk Harry Truman used while in the U.S. Senate
USGOV

The contemporary history of U.S. Senate elections in Missouri is fascinating.  It is filled with twists and turns, tragedy and farce.  It is extraordinary how rich its arc is and how fabulous the alternative histories that emerge from it are.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Akin holds sudden St. Louis press conference, again, says he's still in race

Rep. Todd Akin (file photo)
Kris Husted KBIA

Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin held a brief press conference this afternoon in St. Louis, where he again re-iterated his intention to stay in the race for the U-S Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Rasmussen poll shows McCaskill up 10 points on Akin

Sen. Claire McCaskill (file photo)
Kris Husted KBIA

Rasmussen Reports has released a poll of 500 Missouri voters that shows US Representative Todd Akin is now trailing his Democratic opponent in the US Senate race by 10 points.

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Politics
8:32 am
Thu August 23, 2012

McCaskill on Akin: The voters have spoken

At a campaign stop in St. Louis, McCaskill fielded question after question about calls for Akin to step aside. And each time she gave the same answer, McCaskill said the voters of Missouri have spoken.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Hartzler says Akin should drop out

Rep. Vicky Hartzler
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Just before 6:00pm Wednesday, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) issued this statement via email:

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Politics
5:26 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Akin powers forward, Mo. Republicans and McCaskill navigate wake

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is highlighting his Christian faith while asking for help in reviving his Senate campaign.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Republican calls for Akin to bow out intensify

There have been a flurry of statements issued Tuesday afternoon calling for Republican US Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.

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Talking Politics
11:42 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Talking Politics: Akin seeing what support he can get as deadline approaches

Rep. Todd Akin - KBIA file photo
Kris Husted KBIA

For KBIA’s Talking Politics, Ryan Famuliner sat down with Terry Smith, a regular contributor to the show, to talk about the fallout from Rep. Todd Akin’s comments regarding abortion and rape.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue August 21, 2012

As Akin remains embattled, McCaskill calls her opponent 'sincere'

Todd Akin today has issued a new campaign ad, entitled "Forgiveness." His opponent in the US Senate campaign, incumbent Claire McCaskill, calls him "sincere."
Kris Husted KBIA

Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin today remains embattled but suggests that he plans to stay in the race for U.S. Senate.

The political firestorm caused by Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape,” pregnancy and abortion have prompted calls by Republicans for the Senate candidate to step down.

In statements and broadcasts yesterday, candidates lines up against Akin. But the incumbent Democratic Senator from Missouri – Claire McCaskill - wasn’t one of them.

Akin’s opponent, Democrat Claire McCaskill has sought to brand Akin as a fringe conservative.

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PM Newscasts
6:29 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Newscast for August 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Apologetic Rep. Todd Akin chastised for "legitimate rape" comment
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill: Akin should be allowed to stay in race
  • MU enrollment numbers are up

Agriculture
4:22 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Elected officials talk farm policy on the campaign trail

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill made a campaign stop at a massive granary and fertilizer distributor on the banks of the Missouri River as part of her six-day "Fighting for our Farmers" tour.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Thirty-five farmers and agricultural workers applauded at the site of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s big blue RV pulling up to the back of AGRI Services on Wednesday. The campaign stop at the massive granary and fertilizer distributor on the banks of the Missouri River in Brunswick, Mo. is part of the Democratic incumbent senator’s "Fighting for our Farmers" project.

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Politics
7:59 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Akin's school-lunch funding comment draws controversy

The annual Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair brings out politicians and their messages.
Abbie Fentress Swanson KBIA/Harvest Public Media

Every year, politicians descend on the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia to attend the Governor’s Ham Breakfast and woo voters – and almost every year someone says something controversial. And this year was no exception.

Congressman Todd Akin, the GOP nominee for the U-S Senate, was talking with reporters about his opposition to spending hikes for food stamps and other programs in the federal Farm Bill when he was asked what he thought about school lunch programs:

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Politics
5:27 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

McCaskill blames Tea Party, Todd Akin for holding up drought aid

Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 5:20 pm

In the high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seizing on this year’s drought to win support among rural voters. 

Speaking at the historic Soulard Farmers Market, Senator McCaskill laid in to her opponent in the November election—Republican Congressman Todd Akin—for his opposition the Senate version of the federal farm bill, which includes disaster assistance for farmers reeling from this year’s record drought.

Were it not for Republicans like Todd Akin, McCaskill says that relief would be on its way to farmers and ranchers.

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Politics
6:09 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Akin

U.S. House of Representatives

Missouri’s two main US Senate hopefuls made pitches Friday to members of the Missouri Farm Bureau in Jefferson City. 

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Politics
8:59 am
Fri August 10, 2012

McCaskill expects to get outspent in November

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 5:17 pm

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.

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