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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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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Appeal looks unlikely in health care ballot wording case

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster apparently has decided not to appeal a judge's decision rewriting the summary that voters will see for a ballot measure on health insurance exchanges.

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Politics
8:10 am
Thu August 30, 2012

40,000 sign Planned Parenthood petition on Akin

U.S. House of Representatives

Supporters of Planned Parenthood have delivered petitions with 40,000 signatures to the office Republican Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, expressing anger and outrage over comments he made about rape.

About a dozen advocates and supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered at Akin's district congressional office in suburban St. Louis on Wednesday to deliver the petitions. Akin aide Steve Taylor collected them and invited five of the protesters in for a face-to-face meeting.

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Talking Politics
6:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

The strange history of Truman's Senate seat

The desk Harry Truman sat at while serving as a U.S. Senator
USGOV

This week on the show: new laws go into effect in Missouri. Plus, a fascinating look at the history of the U.S. Senate seat Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill are running for this fall.

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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
8:30 am
Fri August 24, 2012

U.S. Capitol Police investigating reported threat on Akin, Huckabee pledges support

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a reported threat against U.S. Representative Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative from Missouri who has been criticized for comments he made recently about rape.

A police spokesperson says there is "an active, open investigation" into a reported threat against the Republican lawmaker. She added that she could not discuss details regarding security of members of Congress.

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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
2:56 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Group of former Mo. Supreme Court judges oppose selection changes

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Defenders of Missouri's method of selecting appellate judges are fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the system.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Obama mocks Akin, Missouri GOP candidates remain quiet

Official portrait of Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama is mocking Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri for his remarks about a woman's body being able to avoid pregnancy during what Akin called a "legitimate rape."

Obama told a group of donors in New York that the Missouri congressman "somehow missed science class" even though he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Among the few Republicans who have remained quiet Akin's comments are the Missouri GOP candidates for top state offices.

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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
8:19 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Akin on Mo. Senate bid: "This is not about my ego"

Todd Akin appeared on the Today Show this morning
todayonthetrail.today.com

Embattled Rep. Todd Akin this morning says he's in the U.S. Senate race to stay. In a nationally broadcast interview Akin has said "this is not about my ego" but about the voters of Missouri who chose him as their nominee.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Akin lets Mo. Senate withdrawal deadline pass

U.S. House of Representatives

The initial deadline for Republican Rep. Todd Akin to quit the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, with no signs that he plans to give up.

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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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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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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am

  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.

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Election 2012
4:20 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Campaign Contribution Totals Reveal Complex Picture

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:01 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A moment ago we heard warnings that Todd Akin will lose financial support if he stays in the race. For a campaign, of course, money is like oxygen, and the presidential campaigns have set out their latest reports on how they're breathing. President Obama and Mitt Romney each have an advantage, depending on which bank account you're looking at. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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First And Main
2:23 am
Tue August 21, 2012

In Wis. Swing County, Voters Criticize 'Handouts'

Patricia and Steven Cumber run the Food Tailor food truck in downtown Oshkosh, Wis. It's their primary source of income after Steven lost his job as a welder.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:01 am

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition is visiting swing counties in swing states for our series First and Main. We're listening to voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year. This week, we're spending time in Winnebago County, Wis.

We began our conversations in the lakeside city of Oshkosh, at a cafe on Main Street. But now, we're heading outside town to the Winnebago County Fair, where I was eager to taste Wisconsin's most famous food: cheese curds.

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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

It's All Politics
4:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Issue Of Abortion Back In Spotlight In Swing States

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 6:15 pm

With women's issues front and center again in the presidential campaign, a bus tour through several swing states kicked off Monday in opposition to President Obama's views on abortion.

At the same time, the Obama campaign launched a new TV ad — aimed at some of the same voters in some of the same key states — criticizing Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, on the issue.

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It's All Politics
2:35 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Todd Akin Fallout Spreads From Missouri To White House Race

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and his wife Lulli, talk with reporters last Thursday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. On Monday, Akin was resisting GOP calls to resign from his Senate race.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 8:28 pm

After Republican Rep. Todd Akin's inflammatory comments over the weekend in which he blithely minimized rape-induced pregnancies, there are at least two inescapable questions:

1) What impact will his remark have on his U.S. Senate race in Missouri against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill?

2) And how much will the shockwaves buffet the presidential contest or other races elsewhere?

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Politics
2:32 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Todd Akin's campaign hit hard by comments on "legitimate rape"

Todd Akin appeared on Fox TV this weekend

Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape and abortion in a weekend interview have prompted a storm of reactions nationwide. 

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Election 2012
1:47 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Medicare And Medicaid: How The Campaigns Differ

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., discusses Medicare, Medicaid and the federal budget last year, in Kenosha, Wis.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 4:07 pm

Since GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, seems all we've been hearing about is Medicare and its future.

No surprise, of course: Ryan is the author of the GOP budget plan that would dramatically remake how the health care insurance program for seniors is managed and funded. He also calls for big changes to Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor, including elderly Americans who have exhausted their means.

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Election 2012
10:29 am
Mon August 20, 2012

State Voter ID Laws Hang In The Balance

Transcript

VIVIANA HURTADO, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Viviana Hurtado. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, a new documentary looks at how well the military is able to take care of women who return from service. That's in a few minutes. But first we turn to the election.

Both candidates are fighting for votes on the campaign trail. There's a battle brewing in several states over who will be able to vote and how, this November. Since 2010, state legislatures around the country pass laws requiring varying forms of identification at the polls.

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Politics
8:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Arguments heard in health care exchange debate on ballot language

Arguments were heard Friday on whether a temporary restraining order should be issued against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over language she approved for a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and Republican lawmakers say the initiative is designed to block the governor from creating an exchange by executive order.

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Politics
8:12 am
Mon August 20, 2012

GOP Senate candidate, Congressmember Todd Akin facing criticism over abortion comments

Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing a wave of criticism for comments he made during an interview about pregnancies caused by rape.

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Politics
3:30 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Weekend Campaign News

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's listen to the words that made Todd Akin a lot more famous over the weekend. The Republican congressman from Missouri is running for United States Senate. He was probably no better known nationally than the average Senate challenger until he gave an interview to St. Louis TV station KTVI. He was asked why he opposes abortion in nearly all cases, including rape.

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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
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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