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9:13 am
Thu August 8, 2013

McCaskill frustrated by farm bill "in limbo"

Credit File Photo / KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she will spend much of the August congressional recess talking about the farm bill, which is hung up in a legislative impasse.

Hopes are dim for compromise on the legislation after the Senate approved a five-year plan regulating farm programs and food stamps, but the House signed off on a bill dealing only with farm programs. McCaskill says Republican efforts to make sharp cuts to the food stamp program are holding up the farm bill, which she says is unfair to farmers in Missouri.

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8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

McCaskill holds hearing on 'Kafkaesque' credit report system

Screenshot from a Senate stream of the hearing.

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 6:36 pm

Millions of consumers have an error on their credit report. In response, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri held a hearing Tuesday on the consumer report industry.

One out of every five consumers has an error on at least one of their major credit reports, according to a study released a few months ago by the Federal Trade Commission. Those errors can cause consumers to pay more or be denied credit or housing.

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9:42 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Akin not ruling out political return after loss

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Todd Akin isn't ruling out a political comeback, nearly six months after losing Missouri's U.S. Senate race amid widespread criticism of his comments about "legitimate rape."

Akin recently spoke to KSDK-TV in his first interview since losing the November election to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. He said he's ready for a comeback, but hasn't decided if that will be in academia, public speaking, or even politics.

4:55 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

US Senate will debate Marketplace Fairness Act

   A new internet sales tax up for debate in the United States Senate could affect Missouri businesses. The Marketplace Fairness Act would allow states to tax online transactions from stores without a physical presence in Missouri.

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8:49 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Blunt, McCaskill take opposing views on Senate rule changes

U.S. Capitol

Averting big, abrupt tax increases and spending cuts isn’t the only issue pressing in Washington this week.

The U.S. Senate may soon move to fundamentally change the way it does business, and Missouri’s two senators are on opposing sides of that debate.

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4:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress

File Photo KBIA

Congress has given final approval to new oversight requirements for wartime contracting that had been sought by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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PM Newscasts
5:46 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Newscast for December 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Funding draft recommendations released for Missouri colleges and universities
  • Three MU grads are now part of U.S. Senate
  • MU House Speaker Tim Jones touring the state
  • Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid stressed importance of airline deal
  • Stephens College selling properties to Hagan Scholarship Foundation
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4:17 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Three MU grads are now part of U.S. Senate

Three US Senate spots filled by MU grads
File Photo KBIA

The University of Missouri will have three graduates in the U.S. Senate for at least the next six years.

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6:46 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Missouri election roundtable

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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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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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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5:34 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Commentary: Harry Truman's seat

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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9:03 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rep. Akin To Challenge Sen. McCaskill In November

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 10:52 am



Yesterday was a day for people in some states to vote in primary elections. Kansas Republicans unseated some of their own lawmakers who were seen as too willing to cooperate with Democrats, and we'll have more on that in a moment.


We'll also report on a primary vote that affects this fall's contest to control the Senate. Democrats hold an advantage in the Senate now. Republicans have many opportunities to gain seats or even win control.

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8:30 am
Fri August 3, 2012

GOP candidates for US Senate race to the right

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin (via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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5:10 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Brunner outspends opponents in Senate primary

The wealth of businessman John Brunner has allowed him to easily outspend his rivals in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

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4:18 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

GOP Senate candidates made late tax payments too

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 3:24 pm

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill garnered some unwanted attention last year when she paid about $320,000 in overdue taxes and penalties on an airplane. As it turns out, her three leading Republican opponents also have paid penalties for late taxes.

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4:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

U.S. Senate passes farm bill, Missouri senators both on board

Wally Gobetz Flikr

The U.S. Senate passed a new half-trillion dollar farm bill today, funding programs from farm subsidies to food stamps for the next five years. Both of Missouri's senators voted yes on the bipartisan bill.

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3:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Schweich looking at US Senate bid

State Auditor Tom Schweich filed paperwork on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, to explore a political campaign for U.S. Senate.
State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has set up a political committee to test the waters for a U.S. Senate campaign.

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