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  • Trump foes Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester vulnerable in pivotal Senate races, poll shows

    09/17/2018 1:55:51 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 16, 2018
    Two incumbent red-state Democratic senators who have been the targets of some of President Trump's ire are facing increasingly tough odds to win re-election in November, a new poll shows, underscoring the challenges Democrats face in their bid to retake the Senate in November -- as well as Trump's continuing presence in key battleground states. Montana Sen. Jon Tester and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill are locked in dead heats with their Republican challengers, according to the CBS News poll, with Tester leading Matt Rosendale by only two percentage points and McCaskill tied with Josh Hawley at 45 percent. Both results...
  • Trump tariffs put Missouri Senate candidate Hawley in a bind

    09/15/2018 9:01:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    Missourian ^ | 9/13/2018 | Summer Ballentine
    Mid Continent Nail Corporation says it could shutter its Poplar Bluff plant, which employs about 335 workers, as early as this month without an exemption to tariffs, the site’s operations general manager, Chris Pratt, told reporters in early September. The company previously had said that it might not survive through Labor Day but stayed open. After Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on imported steel, the company in June cut 60 of 500 positions at the plant in rural Butler County, where the unemployment rate is above the national average and the company is the area’s second-largest employer. Pratt said...
  • Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley spar in first Senate debate

    09/15/2018 8:01:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | September 14, 2018
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican opponent Josh Hawley faced off in their first debate Friday afternoon. The two spent much of the debate attacking each other, with Hawley finishing several answers by calling McCaskill a "Washington liberal" out of touch with Missouri values. Both candidates emphasized their relationships with President Trump, with Hawley embracing Trump talking points on immigration and other issues, and McCaskill trying to assert her independence from both the president and the Democrats. "I'm the only candidate in this race that has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments," McCaskill said. "What Missourians want is a...
  • The corruption of the social justice movement

    09/13/2018 7:45:23 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 32 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 09/14/2018 | Blake Ashby
    Everything wrong with the social justice movement is currently on display in Ferguson. Four years after Michael Brown’s death, a group of protesters are trying to shut down the store Brown visited just before he was killed. They blockaded the store until the police finally made them stop and continue to protest the store and verbally harass anyone who tries to shop there. My wife and I were present at a City Council meeting observing the protesters. Some threatened to burn the store down and to harm the owners, an Indian-American family. Others added a dose of racism, calling the...
  • Fox News Poll: McCaskill up in Missouri Senate race by a whisker

    09/12/2018 4:18:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 12, 2018
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a two-term incumbent, tops her Republican challenger Josh Hawley by a narrow 44-41 percent margin, according to a Fox News poll of Missouri likely voters. Her three-point edge is within the poll’s margin of sampling error. Third-party candidates get six percent. While women back McCaskill by nine, the candidates are tied among white women. Men go for Hawley by four points. Suburban women support McCaskill by 14 points, while white evangelical Christians prefer Hawley by 34.
  • Kavanaugh Fight Has Red State Dems Ducking for Cover

    09/12/2018 9:48:18 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Sept 12, 2018 | Sally Persons
    Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has prompted one of the most contentious battles on Capitol Hill since Donald Trump became president. ... Chuck Schumer and the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee threw every punch at Kavanaugh they could muster, not to mention a few knees in the groin. The party’s progressive wing demanded no less -- a failure to engage in this fight would have made them targets from an array of liberal groups and activists. But Senate Democrats faced another dilemma, too: The prospective justice’s confirmation process is occurring in the heat of a hotly...
  • Nailed by Steel Tariffs: Trump protectionism is driving a Missouri company to the brink.

    09/10/2018 8:36:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 97 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 9, 2018
    When President Trump promised to make America great again, the employees at Mid Continent Nail in Missouri probably didn’t expect he would put them out of work. But the steel tariffs imposed in June have the company hanging by a thread. Mid Continent is the largest nail manufacturer in the U.S. and has been in Missouri for more than 25 years. It had 500 employees at its Popular Bluff plant and was the second largest employer in the small town before the Trump tariffs hit. The trouble for Mid Continent is that foreign producers making nails abroad use low-price steel...
  • How One of U.S.'s Most Conservative Colleges Bloomed in Liberal Denver

    09/10/2018 6:31:47 AM PDT · by cutty · 5 replies
    Westword ^ | September 10, 2018 | Michael Roberts
    Denver is widely regarded to be among the more liberal major cities in the United States. But it's also home to Colorado Christian University, which the research website Niche just ranked the seventh-most-conservative American college — and it's among the fastest-growing, too. "We've had nine years of record enrollment at Colorado Christian University," says Jeff Hunt, CCU's vice president of public policy and director of the Centennial Institute, the branch that puts on the annual Western Conservative Summit. "And a lot of that has to do with the fact that we're unapologetically Christian and conservative. People know exactly what they're...
  • Missouri college volleyball team replaces its Nike uniforms

    09/09/2018 7:07:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    A women’s college volleyball team in Missouri played in gray T-shirts after the college dropped Nike uniforms over the company’s decision to select Colin Kaepernick as the face of its new advertising campaign. The College of the Ozarks volleyball team wore t-shirts during Friday’s match instead of the maroon long-sleeved jerseys that contained the Nike swoosh, The Springfield News-Leader reported. The new attire came days after the College of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis said in a statement that the school would “choose its country over company” and remove Nike’s logo from its athletic uniforms. The decision came after Nike...
  • Judge rules against MU professor who wants to bring his gun to campus

    09/07/2018 7:09:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 07 Sep 2018 | Mará Rose Williams
    Circuit Court Judge Jeff Harris this week ruled against University of Missouri law professor Royce Barondes, who challenged the school’s rule prohibiting concealed guns on campus — even if they’re locked in a personal car. {snip} Barondes, who has worked at MU since 2002 and teaches a course on firearms law, sued the university in 2015, challenging its gun prohibition. He sought no monetary payment. {snip} But Wednesday’s ruling only represents a partial victory for the university. The judge also has been asked to consider whether the MU gun policy is constitutional, a completely different question than whether it violates...
  • Missouri college drops Nike over Kaepernick ad

    09/07/2018 6:42:52 PM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 07 Sep 2018 | Lindsey Ellefson
    (CNN)Some Nike fans protested the brand's move to feature Colin Kaepernick its latest ad campaign by burning their sports gear. One Missouri college responded by burning a metaphorical bridge. College of the Ozarks announced that it is choosing "country over company" and is dropping Nike over the sportswear company's use of the former NFL player to promote the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" ad campaign. "College of the Ozarks plans to remove all athletic uniforms ...
  • SCOTUS Fight: It Seems Red State Democrats Are Totally And Utterly Screwed

    09/06/2018 5:22:01 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 06, 2018 8:30 AM | Matt Vespa
    For liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, it’s an easy choice regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Both sides have made up their minds weeks before these hearings, which have devolved into total clown shows, started this week. With former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl being tapped to serve the remainder of the late John McCain’s term, we have a decisive vote locked up. Kyl is probably going to vote for Kavanaugh. I’m betting McCain would have a “yea” vote as well if he were healthy. The point is the game is over. We have won. The votes are...
  • Poll Shows Missouri Senate Race Dead Even

    09/04/2018 12:57:26 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 33 replies
    KMOX Radio ^ | Sept 4, 2018
    The NBC/Marist poll of likely voters shows both U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley with 47 percent of the vote, with 5 percent undecided. Registered voters give Hawley a 47-46 advantage.
  • Boeing awarded $805 million contract for MQ-25 refueling drone.

    09/04/2018 12:23:33 PM PDT · by MCF · 37 replies
    KMOV.com ^ | Sept. 4, 2018 | Rachel Sudduth
    “The US Navy awarded Boeing on Thursday an $850 million contract to design and build the MQ-25A Stingray, the Navy's first carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft.”
  • THE HIDDEN KEY TO THE MIDTERMS: THE POLICE VOTE

    08/30/2018 7:40:54 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    Ozy ^ | June 18, 2018 | Daniel Malloy
    Popular “What happened?” diagnoses include then–FBI Director James Comey’s letter, the Russians or a lack of visits to Wisconsin. But Jeff Roorda says the turning point of 2016 came on night two of the Democratic National Convention. “The minute that Michael Brown’s mother walked out on stage, Hillary Clinton lost that election.” Wearing an orange polo shirt and slacks, 53-year-old Roorda leans back in an office chair at the Saint Louis Police Officers Association. His title is “business manager,” but he’s unofficially a lightning rod — for his aggressive critique of Ferguson protesters and defense of local cops such as...
  • Planning a Trip to SW Missouri and NW Arkansas - Travel Tips Needed VANITY POST

    08/29/2018 2:51:51 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 53 replies
    8/29/18 | MplsSteve
    The wife and I are planning a trip down to southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas in late September/early October. We're planning on hitting some national parks along the way - Fort Scott NHS, George Washington Carver NM, Wilson's Creek NB, etc. It's gonna be a leisurely "We'll leave from Kansas City and start driving and see where we end up" kind of trip. There's no set itinerary other than we'll be down that way for about 5 days or so. I've requested the usual travel guides - state of Arkansas, state of Missouri, Springfield Mo CVB, etc. But I'm looking...
  • Protesters continue to target Ferguson convenience store in the name of Michael Brown

    08/28/2018 3:28:33 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    Protesters have been gathering outside of Ferguson Market and Liquor since Aug. 9 — the fourth anniversary of the police shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. — calling on the convenience store to take more ownership of its role in the saga and submit to a list of requests. Brown had just left the store before the fatal skirmish with then-Officer Darren Wilson in the street near Canfield Green apartments in 2014. After the shooting, Ferguson police released a surveillance clip from the store indicating that Brown had stolen cigarillos and shoved a store clerk. Protesters believe that the surveillance...
  • She fatally shot an unarmed black man. Now she’s teaching other police officers how to ...

    08/28/2018 8:09:10 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/28/18 | saac Stanley-Becker
    She fatally shot an unarmed black man. Now she’s teaching other police officers how to ‘survive’ such incidents. She calls it “The Ferguson Effect.” Two years after she fatally shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Betty Jo Shelby, now a police officer in an adjacent county, is teaching a course on how to “survive such events” — legally, emotionally and physically. The course, as she explained it to a local ABC affiliate, equips officers to withstand the effect — named for the Missouri city convulsed by the 2014 shooting of a black teenager — “when a police officer is...
  • Independent U.S Senate candidate will appear on ballot in Missouri

    08/28/2018 3:35:02 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 27 replies
    KC Star ^ | 8/28/18 | Jason Hancock
    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O’Dear announced Monday that his name will appear on the November general election ballot, after the Missouri Secretary of State’s office certified that he turned in enough signatures to qualify. The secretary of state certified just under 15,000 valid signatures, O’Dear said. Only 10,000 were required. O’Dear has previously said he was encouraged to run by Greg Orman, a businessman mounting an independent bid for governor in Kansas. He will compete for votes this fall with incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, in one of the...
  • Protesters continue to target Ferguson convenience store in the name of Michael Brown

    08/26/2018 9:33:59 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 78 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 08/25/18 | Jesse Bogan
    Protesters have been gathering outside of Ferguson Market and Liquor since Aug. 9 — the fourth anniversary of the police shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. — calling on the convenience store to take more ownership of its role in the saga and submit to a list of requests. Brown had just left the store before the fatal skirmish with then-Officer Darren Wilson in the street near Canfield Green apartments in 2014. After the shooting, Ferguson police released a surveillance clip from the store indicating that Brown had stolen cigarillos and shoved a store clerk. Protesters believe that the...