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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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PM Newscasts
7:46 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Newscast for August 21, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Five senior Missouri Republicans call on Akin to end his campaign
  • Akin lets Mo. Senate withdrawal deadline pass
  • Columbia to lose its commercial airline service to Memphis
  • Court vacates EPA cross-state pollution rule
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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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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9:41 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Poll numbers suggest Akin's campaign is still viable

Lead in text: 
According to figures from Public Policy Polling, 79% of Missouri voters disagree with Todd Akin's comments last weekend. As you might expect, Akin's image has taken a beating but his overall poll numbers are still kicking. Public Policy Polling is showing that if Akin were to run today, he'd eke out a victory with 1 percentage point over his rival.
A poll conducted and released on Monday found that U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, who's under fire for his comments about "legitimate rape," still has an edge over Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in Missouri's Senate race. Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina-based Democratic polling firm, has Akin leading McCaskill by one point, 44 percent to 43 [...]
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

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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11:11 am
Mon August 20, 2012

"Legitimate rape"

Lead in text: 
The Atlantic is publishing some of the best writing on this whole Todd Akin, "Legitimate Rape" controversy. Here, writer Garance Franke-Ruta takes a serious look at what Akin and like-minded public figures are trying to get at. Just what is "legitimate rape" and why do so many believe it can't cause pregnancy?
Here we go again. Trotting out the contemporary equivalent of the early American belief that only witches float, Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican challenger to Democratic U.S."First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV that caused a furor online Sunday afternoon after being posted on TPM. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
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
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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PM Newscasts
6:20 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Newscast for August 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Akin and Spence
  • Gov. Nixon appoints Charlie Shields to the State Board of Education
  • New environmental concerns over an area north of St. Louis County
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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