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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.

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Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has backed millions of dollars in pet projects in recent years. He even proudly defended one for military armor during a television ad in his Republican Senate primary.

Now Akin has aligned himself with a group that wants to ban home-state spending items known as earmarks. And the membership of the Senate Conservatives Fund has pledged $290,000 to help finance his cash-strapped campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Akin denies that it's a reversal and rejects any assertion of a quid pro quo for campaign cash.

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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.   

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.

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

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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.

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.

Newscast for September 24, 2012

Sep 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
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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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.

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

Sep 21, 2012
Missouri Senate Debate
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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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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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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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U.S. House of Representatives

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

Newscast for September 17, 2012

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

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.

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

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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.


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.

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.

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
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.

TV ad-buys ramping up

Aug 29, 2012

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:

Commentary: Harry Truman's seat

Aug 28, 2012

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.

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
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.

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.