todd akin

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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Politics
6:23 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Rep. Akin: My position on 'earmarks' hasn't changed

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin spoke to Republican supporters in Columbia Thursday as part of his "Common Sense" campaign bus tour.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

While the tables may be turning for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin as he regains some GOP support in his race for the U.S. Senate, the Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against the congressman.  At Thursday's campaign stop in Columbia, the congressman remained positive about his campaign but vague about his definition of earmarks.

The complaints -- filed Wednesday -- allege Akin reversed his stance on earmarks to receive money from a Super PAC. Akin says he has never changed his position.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Senate Conservatives Fund supporting Akin in Missouri

Andrew Yost KBIA

A conservative fundraising group has endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and is pledging to direct $290,000 to the Republican's campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Full tilt: Political endorsements stream once again to Akin

todayonthetrail.today.com

Political endorsements and the promise of PAC dollars have come streaming back to Rep. Todd Akin, who’s challenging incumbent Senator Clair McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

Republican leaders stampeded away from Akin this summer after he said that so-called “legitimate rape” rarely caused pregnancy. They demanded he step aside. Now that the deadline for Akin doing that has passed, the tide has changed.

All of the sudden, this race has gone full tilt.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin in Mo. Senate race

File Photo KBIA

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has won two high-profile Republican endorsements a day after guaranteeing his candidacy would continue.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Dropout deadline passes, and Akin's still in

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican congressman Todd Akin has made good on his promise to stay in the Missouri Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Tuesday's final deadline for Missouri candidates to remove their names from the ballot came and went at 5 p.m. as Akin continued a bus tour across the state. It's a final confirmation that he's resisting calls from within his own party to drop his bid.

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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PM Newscasts
5:54 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Newscast for September 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Employment on the rise at Lake Regional Health System
  • Missouri SAT scores fall amongst high school graduates
  • Conservative group considers returning support to Akin
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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Politics
12:12 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Gingrich to raise money for Akin's Senate campaign

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Former presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich is coming to Missouri to raise money for Todd Akin's U.S. Senate campaign.

Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler, who is a former Gingrich aide, says Gingrich will be in the St. Louis area Monday for a series of events with the Republican congressman.

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Politics
7:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

New women's group defends Akin in Mo. Senate race

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is gaining support from some women who believe he has been unfairly judged.

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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
8:16 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Missouri Farm Bureau reconsiders Akin endorsement

One of Republican U-S Senate nominee Todd Akin’s key endorsements is now in jeopardy.

The Missouri Farm Bureau’s political action committee overwhelmingly endorsed Akin over Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, but that was before he made his controversial statement that a woman’s body can prevent pregnancy in cases of, quote, “legitimate rape.”  Chris Fennewald, who edits publications for the Missouri Farm Bureau, confirms that the Bureau’s county leaders are rethinking their endorsement of Akin.

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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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AM Newscasts
9:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Newscast for August 31, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Koster won't file appeal for Carnahan on health ins. exchange ballot language
  • Akin runs, rides in rural NW Missouri parade
  • Soil may be a source of antibiotic resistance
Politics
9:46 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Akin runs, rides in rural NW Missouri parade

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican Congressman Todd Akin has returned to public campaigning for the U.S. Senate with an appearance in rural northwest Missouri.

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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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PM Newscasts
6:22 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Newscast for August 24, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Akin holds sudden press conference, says he's still in the race
  • Schweich releases letter to Gov. Nixon on Maplewood fee office
  • Planned Parenthood bus holds rally in Columbia
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
8:51 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Obama mocks Akin, Missouri GOP candidates remain quiet

Official portrait of Barack Obama
Wikimedia Commons wikimedia commons

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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