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  • Missouri conservatives rally to Akin, blast Republican "establishment"

    08/23/2012 11:00:59 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 193 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 24 2012 | Nick Carey
    ST CHARLES, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri conservatives say they are rallying around U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin despite his controversial comments about rape because they are outraged that "establishment" Republican Party leaders tried to railroad him out of the race. A backlash has set in here in Akin's suburban St. Louis congressional district, where supporters said the national party had no right to attempt to force out a duly-elected candidate. Backers described Akin as the "real deal," a politician fiercely committed to their social causes such as opposition to abortion, and to the Tea Party drive to downsize government.
  • McCaskill Relishes Akin Flap

    08/23/2012 5:56:51 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/23/12 | Douglas Belkin and Natalie Bendavid
    ST. ROBERT, Mo.—Claire McCaskill began a sparsely attended campaign event here Thursday with this quip: "I don't know if you noticed, but my campaign has been really boring lately." The ironic line was one of the few references the Democratic senator made to the political firestorm that erupted after her opponent, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, used the term "legitimate rape" during a TV interview Sunday. Rather than beat Mr. Akin over the head, Ms. McCaskill appears to have decided to let the wrecking ball he set in motion swing all by itself. And unlike the Republican establishment, which has called...
  • Establishment and grassroots conservatives start rallying around Ann Wagner to replace Akin

    08/23/2012 2:16:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2012 | Kerry Picket
    Could Missouri Republican Ann Wagner be the answer that GOP'ers are looking for? Although the first deadline passed for embattled Congressman Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, to withdraw from his U.S. Senate race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, without a court order and a fine, grassroots and Washington D.C. establishment conservatives I have spoken to are beginning to rally behind Ann Wagner. She is currently running for Mr. Akin's 2nd Congressional district seat and is said to have supporters asking her to run against McCaskill should Akin leave the Missouri Senate race before the next September deadline passes. According...
  • Poll shows Akin down, sneaky Sen. McCaskill tries Jedi Mind Trick, ‘No, you’re fine’; Fails

    08/23/2012 12:47:25 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 23, 2012
    Rasmussen poll made me laugh out loud. If anyone believes that, I just turned 29. Sneaky stuff. bit.ly/SscVZf— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) August 23, 2012Oh, good grief. Sneaky, heal thyself. Senator McCaskill’s attempt at reverse psychology is incredibly lame; is she trying for yet another terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day? What Rasmussen poll is the Democrat Missouri senator trying, and failing, to discredit? Oh, only the one that has her now up by ten over Rep. Akin. In her desperate attempt to bitterly cling to her senate seat, she is trying a pitiful Jedi Mind Trick: “You’re fine, Akin....
  • Rasmussen Missouri Senate: McCaskill 48%, Akin 38%

    08/23/2012 8:44:23 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 152 replies
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | August 23, 2012 | Staff
    What a difference one TV interview can make. Embattled Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill has now jumped to a 10-point lead over her Republican challenger, Congressman Todd Akin, in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race. Most Missouri Republicans want Akin to quit the race while most Missouri Democrats want him to stay. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Show Me State finds McCaskill earning 48% support to Akin’s 38%. Nine percent (9%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
  • Now is the time for courage (Akin, abortion)

    08/23/2012 9:36:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 192 replies
    WND ^ | August 22, 2012 | Janet Porter
    Exclusive: Janet Porter joins pro-life leaders as they stand with Rep. Todd Akin Want to know why the Republican Party is in such trouble? I believe it comes down to one word: courage. When Democrats misspeak, we make them vice president. When Republicans misspeak, Republicans are the first in line to throw them under the bus. When Rep. Todd Akin stood for protecting all innocent human life in a recent interview, he used a word with more than one meaning. He used the word “legitimate” before the word “rape” to mean “real,” “forcible,” a tragic event that “really took place.”...
  • Akin and His Critics (He was wrong about the facts, but his mistaken belief wasn’t outlandish)

    08/23/2012 7:57:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/23/2012 | Mona Charen
    Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words “legitimate” and “rape” in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of women undergoing abortions report that they were raped, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. One percent is not zero. That much having been said, I must offer a mild dissent to the widespread view expressed by both Republicans and Democrats that what Akin said was...
  • Republicans hang Akin out to dry

    08/23/2012 8:42:36 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 68 replies
    WND ^ | August 21, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – So, let me get this straight. A worthy Republican challenger to Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri made one dumb comment to an interviewer and the entire Republican establishment is pulling the rug out from under him, essentially conceding the race to a very vulnerable Democrat. Here’s the entirety of Rep. Todd Akin’s comment defending his pro-life position that has caused such a massive furor: “From what I understand from doctors, that’s (conception as a result of rape) really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But...
  • BREAKING: McCaskill up 10 pts over Akin in Missouri Poll

    08/23/2012 7:07:50 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 427 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 08/23/2012 | CAC
    Rasmussen will be releasing a poll this morning showing Akin costing us dearly in Missouri: McCaskill 48% Akin 38%. Time to pack it up and stop screwing us, big guy.
  • DFU PRESENTS: Hitler Rants about Todd Akin and the GOP

    08/22/2012 1:43:20 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 8-2012 | dfu
    HITLER RANTS ABOUT TODD AKIN AND THE GOP
  • Sarah Palin Calls For 3rd Party Run In MO

    08/21/2012 7:36:25 PM PDT · by PhxTM06 · 96 replies
    Live on Greta. "We cannot quash this opportunity in Missouri!" She's more fired up than I've seen her in awhile, looks like she's ready to get up and start throwing stuff around the studio.
  • McCaskill wants Akin to stay in the race (Missouri update)

    08/21/2012 4:15:07 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would prefer for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to remain her reelection opponent. "Elections are sacred, there was an election, so I think the voters of Missouri should be respected [and] not have some big wig fancy people from Washington come in here and threaten him that he's got to drop out," McCaskill said, according to St. Louis television station KTVS. Akin was the Republican primary contender that McCaskill and the Democrats were hoping for, prior to his controversial statements on rape that have prompted GOP calls for him to quit. That his remarks might have injured...
  • NRSC: Akin to get no help for 'misguided' campaign

    08/21/2012 12:07:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 21, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spokesman for Senate Republicans' campaign arm says Rep. Todd Akin is putting issues he cares about at risk by staying in the Missouri Senate race and says Akin's "misguided" campaign will get no support from the group. Akin has come under intense pressure to exit the race after saying women could prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." But he reiterated plans Tuesday to continue his bid.
  • Dem. Sen. McCaskill puts politics ahead of rape victims

    08/21/2012 6:47:02 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8/20/12 | Sean Higgins
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, where she declined to weigh in on whether GOP Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin should drop out in the wake of his controversial comments that “legitimate” rape can’t lead to pregnancy. “It’s not my place to decide,” said McCaskill. “I really think that for the national party to try to come in here and dictate to the Republican primary voters that they’re going to invalidate their decision, that would be pretty radical. I think there could be a backlash for the Republicans if they did that.”
  • PPP’s Sample in Missouri Suddenly Becomes More Heavily GOP

    08/21/2012 4:59:12 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 27 replies
    NRO ^ | August 21, 2012 | Jim Geraghty
    This morning, Public Policy Polling races to tell us that “Missouri voters strongly disagree with the comments Todd Akin made about abortion over the weekend, but it hasn’t moved the numbers a whole lot in the Senate race. Akin leads Claire McCaskill by a single point, 44-43. That’s basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin ahead by a 45-44 spread.” Boy, that’s surprising. Why, that might be the sort of thing that would persuade Akin he can still win this and that he should stay in the race. Let’s take a look...
  • AKIN WILL WITHDRAW: WHAT HAPPENS NOW? (return of Sarah Steelman?)

    08/20/2012 8:56:24 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 174 replies
    Breitbart/Big Government ^ | 8-20-2012 | Mike Flynn
    August 20, 2012 AKIN WILL WITHDRAW: WHAT HAPPENS NOW? Mike Flynn ........ At some point before 5pm CDT tomorrow, Akin will file papers to formally withdraw his name from the ballot. I realize today Akin was defiant and said he wasn't a "quitter." His supporters claim he will stay in the race because he views his candidacy as "providential", but this is just the bluster before the end. Everyone is entitled to 24 hours to try to right their ship, but Akin did nothing today to cauterize the wound. When Reince Priebus, Ann Coulter, NRSC and Tea Party Express are...
  • G.O.P. Trying to Oust Akin From Race for Rape Remarks

    08/20/2012 8:36:45 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 20, 2012 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and JOHN ELIGON
    WASHINGTON — Fearing that a seat crucial to winning a Senate majority could slip away, the national Republican establishment on Monday unleashed a furious campaign to drive Representative Todd Akin, the party’s newly selected nominee, out of the race against Missouri’s Democratic senator.Amid an uproar over provocative comments on rape and abortion that Mr. Akin made in an interview broadcast on Sunday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee declared that it would withdraw financial and organizational support for Mr. Akin, including $5 million in advertising already reserved for the fall. ...Crossroads GPS, a Republican advocacy group that had already spent more...
  • Poll shows Todd Akin with one-point lead as GOP pressure grows for him to quit

    08/20/2012 8:18:32 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 62 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Nick Pistor
    U.S. Rep. Todd Akin stood firm against mounting GOP pressure for him to quit Missouri's Senate race on Monday afternoon, tweeting: "I am in this race to win." A telephone poll conducted on Monday by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling showed Akin still leading incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill by one-point, 44 to 43 percent, despite the growing controversy over his remarks that women can somehow avoid pregnancy after forced sex. PPP said it would release more details on the poll later this evening. The Democrat-affiliated firm said it shows little change from its previous poll before the controversy, which...
  • Akin's Rape Remark Draws Tea Party Pressure for Him to Quit

    08/20/2012 3:37:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2012 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN and COLLEEN CURRY
    Pressure mounted on Rep.Todd Akin to quit his Missouri Senate race today despite his repeated refusals to step down over his incendiary comments about rape. Earlier in the day, moderate Republicans campaigning in bitterly contested battle ground states called on Akin to exit the race. By late in the afternoon, conservative elements of the party, including an influential super PAC and the Tea Party Express called on him to terminate his race for the good of the party. Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said Akin's remarks that women rarely became pregnant from "legitimate rape" were "unfortunate and inappropriate" and...
  • Republican Source: Akin Moving To Withdraw

    08/20/2012 1:48:44 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 120 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 8/20/12 | Ben Smith
    Missouri Republican Todd Akin has begun moving toward ending his candidacy after his remarks on rape and abortion provoked a firestorm, a top Republican said. "Akin is taking concrete steps to withdraw by tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.," a senior Republican told BuzzFeed, adding that Akin could still change his mind. But a Republican close to Akin said his position hasn't changed: He's still in the race. Tomorrow afternoon is an important deadline: If he files papers to end his candidacy in Jefferson City tomorrow he can end his candidacy unilaterally; after that, he would have to file an application in...
  • Akin Says He Has No Plans to Quit Missouri Senate Race

    08/20/2012 12:24:53 PM PDT · by Blackyce · 144 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 20, 2012 | Chris Good
    Akin said he has no plans to withdraw.“I don’t know that I’m the only person in public office who’s suffered from foot-in-mouth disease here, and this was a very, very serious error. On the other hand, there are so many good people in Missouri who nominated me, and they understood my heart,” Akin said.... Akin said no Republicans have called him and asked him to withdraw from the race.“No one has called me and said, ‘Todd, I think you should drop out,’” Akin said. “No one has said that. But I gather people are saying that in the media, but they didn’t specifically call...
  • Romney: Akin’s ‘Inexcusable’ Comment

    In a phone interview this morning, Mitt Romney told National Review Online that Representative Todd Akin’s recent remarks on rape are “inexcusable.” “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.” Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, controversially claimed on Sunday that a woman’s body can block an unwanted pregnancy. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV. “I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What...
  • Breaking- If Akin Remains In, NRSC Will Spend Nothing on MO Senate Race

    08/20/2012 11:37:35 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 120 replies
    The Corner at NRO ^ | August 20, 2012 | Katrina Trinko
    An NRSC source just confirmed to me what various outlets have been reporting: if Todd Akin remains the senate candidate, NRSC will invest no financial resources into the Missouri senate race. Previously, NRSC had planned to spend $5 million. And Crossroads has already taken some TV ads off the air, reports Politico. If Akin does remain in the race, he’s going to be relying, it appears, virtually exclusively on whatever his campaign raises, without any financial help from outside groups.
  • Why can't Steelman pull a Murkowski in MO?? A Conservative Write-in Campaign

    08/20/2012 10:59:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    Just asking? McCaskill still isn't liked. If Akin doesn't step down, have a conservative rally the electorate to marginalize him.
  • They've pulled the 'RAPE' card; now Akin should stick to his guns (vanity)

    08/20/2012 8:19:56 AM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 121 replies
    the leftist attack media | 8/20/2012 | me
    The mainstream media have gleefully pulled the "RAPE" card. We conservatives should recognize this for what this is:There is no real issue, no real "outrage" over what Akin said. In fact, what Akin said is generally true, albeit inartfully said.No, what is really going on here is the Left's campaign of distraction. Dangle a shiny object, blanket the airwaves and other media with non-stop "discussion" of this "controversy," and distract voters from real issues.Here is what Akin should do: 1. Call a news conference. Have a pro-life ob/gyn/physiologist stand up and answer questions on this topic. I.e., tell the world...
  • Akin Tries To Explain “Legitimate Rape” Comment, Speak With KMOX’s Charlie Brennan (9:20 Central)

    08/20/2012 7:07:41 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 182 replies
    KMOX ^ | August 19, 2012
    Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, sparked a furor and earned a rebuke from Mitt Romney’s campaign after saying in an interview broadcast Sunday that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in “a legitimate rape” and that conception is rare in such cases. Akin, a six-term congressman running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in an interview on St. Louis television station KTVI if he would support abortions for women who have been raped. “It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said. “If...
  • Say goodnight, Todd Akin

    08/19/2012 8:01:18 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 309 replies
    No wonder Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill wanted to run against Rep. Todd Akin, even investing in his GOP primary victory two weeks ago by spending $2 million on ads that described him as “too conservative.’’ Missouri Republicans saw that as a plus, just as she’d hoped. But after his Sunday comment that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancy, even some in the GOP are calling for him to step aside. The Republican lawmaker was trying to explain why he opposes abortion in cases of rape, but instead marched straight into the tar pits, where he will hopefully serve as a...
  • Tea Party-backed Rep. Akin wins Missouri GOP Senate primary to take on McCaskill

    08/08/2012 4:31:48 AM PDT · by Milagros · 81 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug. 8, 2012
    CBS News Tea Party-backed Rep. Akin wins Missouri GOP Senate primary to take on McCaskill JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Rep. Todd Akin, who played up his tea party credentials and conservative appeal, broke out from a three-way Missouri Republican primary on Tuesday to earn the right to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, setting up one of ...
  • Missouri Election Results Live Thread 8/7/12

    08/07/2012 5:28:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 226 replies
    U. S. Senator (4 of 3,428 Precincts Reported) Claire McCaskill DEM 598 38.9% Todd Akin REP 232 15.1% Jerry Beck REP 16 1.0% Sarah Steelman REP 343 22.3% John G. Brunner REP 300 19.5%
  • Tea party focused on coming GOP Senate primaries

    08/06/2012 5:47:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    AP via Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2012
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sarah Palin is mounting an aggressive campaign in Missouri — in television and radio ads, in automated telephone calls, even serving barbecued pork sandwiches at a rural political picnic. She's urging residents to vote for Sarah — Sarah Steelman, one of three Republicans in a prickly U.S. Senate primary. Fresh off a resounding Republican runoff victory by Ted Cruz in Texas, Palin and the tea party movement now are trying to capitalize in primaries this month in Missouri, Wisconsin and Arizona. But they may pose a more difficult test than in Texas, where the charismatic...
  • Palin hopes to extend winning streak with Missouri endorsement

    08/03/2012 11:22:09 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2 Aug 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Paul Kane
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin — though derided on the left and recently dismissed by former vice president Dick Cheney as a poor pick in 2008 — is nevertheless proving her enduring power within the Republican Party in the most concrete of ways: She keeps picking winners. Each of five candidates she has endorsed this year who have faced primaries or other campaigns have won, including former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz, who Tuesday beat the state’s well-connected lieutenant governor for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. In Palin’s biggest test yet as a kingmaker, she heads Friday to...
  • Uh Oh: McCaskill Trails All 3 Republican Challengers in New Poll

    07/28/2012 9:51:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Is this the beginning of the end for Senator Claire McCaskill? National Journal reports: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) trails all three of her potential Republican rivals, according to a new survey conducted for two Missouri news outlets, cementing her status as this cycle's most vulnerable incumbent. Businessman John Brunner (R) holds the largest advantage over McCaskill, leading by a 52 perent to 41 percent margin. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) leads by a 49 percent to 41 percent margin. And Rep. Todd Akin (R) leads by a 49 percent to 44 percent margin. McCaskill's big problems come among independent...
  • Claire McCaskill to Missouri Farmers: You Didn’t Build That

    07/27/2012 9:43:13 AM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-07-26 | Paul Blair
    Yesterday, Senate Democrats dropped President Obama’s proposal to raise the death tax in favor of their own. Their plan included stripping all death tax provisions out of S. 3412. By purposefully dropping the death tax provision, at the end of the year the tax is set to revert to pre-2001 tax cut levels, a rate that is higher than the President’s initial proposal. With her AYE vote on S. 3412, Senator McCaskill voted to subject Missouri small businesses, farms, and ranches to millions of dollars in additional taxes on earned assets. In 2006, McCaskill said that she supported “extending the...
  • Obama To Claire McCaskill: You're On Your Own (bye-bye Clair Bear!!!)

    07/24/2012 5:35:29 PM PDT · by ak267 · 8 replies
    Brietbart TV and YouTube ^ | 7-24-2012 | Missouri GOP
    Despite her request, President Obama hasn't campaigned with Claire McCaskill-- so we thought we'd remind her of all the good times she and Obama have had at the expense of Missourians. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL8oQy-zwFI&feature=player_embedded
  • "Evangelical Environmental Network" running ads on Rush's show for Claire McCaskill. Soros group?

    07/05/2012 11:37:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The ads are really obnoxious about how "big corporations" oppose limits on mercury and how Claire McCaskill "stood tall" against them. And, I kid you not, they ended with "For the Children." I am absolutely certain this is not a legitimate religious group, but a bunch of Lefties running a false-flag operation. Does anybody know anything about these goons?
  • Missouri Dem. Senator 'Hiding' from Reporters After Obamacare

    06/30/2012 9:23:51 AM PDT · by Qbert · 69 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | JUN 29, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Missouri Democratic senator Claire McCaskill is "hiding" from reporters after the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision yesterday, according to a local news report:  VIDEO McCaskill won't say where she stands on Obamacare, though she voted for it. And she won't make her self available to members of the press curious to hear her thoughts.  "There's only ever been one goal for Claire. Affordable, accessible health care for Missouri," a spokesman for the senator told the local news outlet.  The Missouri senator is in the middle of a close reelection battle. Her past support of Obamacare is thought to pose a great...
  • Sen. McCaskill skipping Democratic National Convention

    06/26/2012 1:14:17 PM PDT · by OriginalChristian · 17 replies
    STL Today (STL Post Dispatch Web Site) ^ | 26 JUN 2012 | Kevin McDermott
    BY KEVIN McDERMOTT > kmcdermott@post-dispatch.com > 314-952-9667 stltoday.com | Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:21 pm Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is confirming that she will not attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. A statement from her office says it's standard practice for her when she's running for election. But one Republican official is calling it "a pathetic attempt to distance herself from Barack Obama." In an emailed statement attributed to an unnamed aide, McCaskill's office said she is declining to attend because she's is running for office herself.
  • Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthy (reelection problems)

    06/19/2012 2:52:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/19/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthyBy Alexander Bolton - 06/19/12 05:00 AM ET A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year. That gives Senate Republicans a chance to push a temporary extension...
  • Missouri Sen : McCaskill down to all 3 GOP challengers. Steelman by 12.

    06/08/2012 8:20:19 AM PDT · by sunmars · 94 replies
    Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill’s three leading Republican challengers all now earn 50% or more of the vote in matchups with her. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters shows former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman with the widest lead. She’s ahead of McCaskill by 12 points, 51% to 39%
  • Which Democrats Will Pay a Price for Siding with the NLRB’s Big Labor Agenda?

    05/23/2012 9:09:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo
    PJ Tatler ^ | May 23, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    The Democrats have picked a curious and potentially very costly fight this election year. President Obama came into office promising Big Labor that its agenda is his agenda, and he wasted little time using the National Labor Relations Board to make good on that promise. That board is supposed to be a fair arbiter of labor disputes, but the president packed the NLRB with Big Labor activists, and the board tried to ram a union-favoring “ambush rule” through to implementation. The rule would slash the amount of time employees and employers have to consider unionization in non-unionized work places from...
  • Claire McCaskill: Why don’t we give Republicans the pipeline? (Watch Video)

    12/14/2011 2:48:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/14/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s not a bad question, especially since it’s become clear that at least a few Senate Democrats want to claim some credit for job creation. Unfortunately for Claire McCaskill, who has more need than most to build some moderate credibility with her constituents, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is more interesting in being “combative all the time,” and says she will press for a compromise that meets House Republicans somewhere in the middle:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR VIDEO Democratic Sen. McCaskill accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of using divisive rhetoric during the payroll tax cut extension debate raging in...
  • McCaskill asks for investigation into Obama administration’s sole-source vaccine contract

    11/24/2011 3:33:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/11 | Will Rahn
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, has asked The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Obama administration’s award of a $443 million sole-source contract to a company owned by a major Democratic donor. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the Obama administration has taken unusual steps to procure an experimental smallpox vaccine from a company owned by a major Democratic donor despite concerns from some experts that such a drug was unnecessary and would not be effective. Citing “serious questions” about the contract, the Los Angeles Times reported that McCaskill has asked the...
  • Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill sells private plane

    11/06/2011 5:03:31 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | Oct 26, 2011 | HENRY C. JACKSON
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has sold a private plane she co-owns with her husband, months after her use of it for official business and failure to pay back taxes created a political headache... First she repaid the government $88,000 after she was criticized for reimbursing herself for use of the plane on official and political travel. Then she paid $287,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest to St. Louis County. ... McCaskill, seeking re-election in 2012, faces a tough race in a state she narrowly won in 2006. Republicans have pounded McCaskill on the plane, dubbing it "Air Claire" .
  • Lies Claire McCaskill tells about Project Gunrunner

    10/17/2011 7:13:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Email ^ | October 17, 2011 | Claire McCaskill
    I just got this email. The brazen lies have me livid. Claire has got to go.
  • McCaskill won't be in Missouri Tuesday for President Obama visit

    10/03/2011 11:13:20 AM PDT · by Baladas · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/03/11 | Josh Lederman
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) won't join President Obama when he visits St. Louis on Tuesday, prompting claims by Republicans that she is avoiding an appearance with the president, whose poll numbers are under water in Missouri. An aide to McCaskill told The Hill she had hoped to be there, but that competing events scheduled for the senator and likely votes in Senate on Tuesday precluded her from returning to Missouri. The aide added that McCaskill hopes the timing will work out better in the future. But Missouri Republicans have pointed to a more cynical reason for the first-term senator to...
  • Claire McCaskill Amends her FEC Filings (Failed to Account for $277K In Contributions)

    07/19/2011 4:14:39 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 07/19/11 | Scott Wong
    A few months after Sen. Claire McCaskill was entwined in a scandal over the use of her personal plane for campaign travel, the Missouri Democrat has released amended campaign finance reports dating back to 2006. According to the new filings with the Federal Elections Commission, McCaskill’s campaign committee had failed to account for 143 contributions in the ‘06 cycle, totaling nearly $277,000. The committee also missed about $277,000 in disbursements. During that cycle, McCaskill raised $11.5 million. Continue Reading Text Size -+reset Listen AUDIO: McCaskill 'embarrassed' over plane pay - Mar. '11 Latest on POLITICO Waters threatens to sue Ethics...
  • Claire McCaskill amends FEC filings

    07/19/2011 11:26:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | July 19, 2011 | Scott Wong
    A few months after Sen. Claire McCaskill was entwined in a scandal over the use of her personal plane for campaign travel, the Missouri Democrat has released amended campaign finance reports dating back to 2006.According to the new filings with the Federal Elections Commission, McCaskill’s campaign committee had failed to account for 143 contributions in the ‘06 cycle, totaling nearly $277,000. The committee also missed about $277,000 in disbursements. During that cycle, McCaskill raised $11.5 million.The discrepancies, her campaign said, could be attributed to the fact that donations were coming in at a furious clip at the end of the...
  • Democrat Seeking ‘Price-Fixing’ Probe of Oil Refineries Not Sure How Many Are Run by ‘Big Oil’

    05/20/2011 10:50:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2011 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) - Senate Democrats are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible price-fixing of gasoline by U.S. refineries because “recent reports,” according to the senators, suggest the refiners are trimming supply to keep prices high. But a federal report from November shows that refinery stockpiles started to decline in 2008, if not earlier. At a press conference on Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that they had sent a letter that day to the FTC, “to request the Commission begin an investigation into potential price fixing of gasoline by U.S. refiners.” “Recent...
  • Akin's challenge to McCaskill sets up scramble for his House seat

    05/17/2011 8:26:13 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 25 replies
    St Louis Post Disgrace ^ | May 17, 2011 | Jake Wagman
    Congressman Todd Akin is set to kick-start the 2012 campaign, announcing today his entry into the race for U.S. Senate in a move that will set off a cascade of maneuvering among those trying to replace the Wildwood Republican in the House. Akin's decision to leave his relatively safe perch in Congress — he hasn't had a competitive race in over a decade — to challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill underscores the belief among many Republicans that the incumbent Democrat is vulnerable. McCaskill's close relationship with the White House, along with the recent disclosure she failed to pay taxes on...
  • McCaskill urges end to oil company tax breaks

    05/13/2011 3:39:05 PM PDT · by MissouriConservative · 27 replies
    The Kansas City (Red) Star ^ | May 13, 2011 | Unknown
    Sen. Claire McCaskill says a proposal to take $2 billion in tax subsidies away from the five biggest oil companies should be the easiest bill Congress ever passed.