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US: Missouri (News/Activism)

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  • 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.
  • Todd Akin reaffirms he's staying in the Senate race

    08/24/2012 2:53:44 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 339 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 8/24/2012 | NICHOLAS J.C. PISTOR
    Embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin just told reporters in Chesterfield that he is staying in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin repeated the kinds of statements he'd made previously to national media, asserting that he's never had the support of the Republican party establishment anyway. [...]
  • FLASHBACK: McCaskill in 2006: 'I don't want my daughter near Bill Clinton' (Video)

    08/24/2012 3:40:08 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 7 replies
    Reagan Coalition ^ | 8-23-12 | NA
    "I think he's been a great leader but I don't want my daughter near him." McCaskill said this a few years ago while in a hotly contested senate race against Republican Jim Talent. In light of the recent discussion on rape, does the Senator feel the same way today, and will she be in attendance cheering on an accused rapist at the DNC?
  • The Akin Panic

    08/24/2012 2:33:43 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 119 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | August 24, 2012 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Whittaker Chambers said that "the great failing of American conservatives is they do not retrieve their wounded." He had it right, as Todd Akin can testify. In an interview that aired last Sunday, Akin, the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, was asked whether he opposed abortions for women who had been raped. Akin's reply: "From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. ... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down ... . "But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be...
  • Rep. Todd Akin will hold news conference (Akin staying in the race)

    08/24/2012 1:15:31 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 238 replies
    KCTV5 ^ | 8-24-2012 | DeAnn Smith
    August 24, 2012 Rep. Todd Akin will hold news conference Friday afternoon ST. LOUIS, MO (KCTV) - U.S. Rep. Todd Akin will hold a news conference at 4:15 p.m. Friday. The event will be in St. Louis County. KCTV5.com will livestream the news conference and KCTV5 News at 4 p.m. will carry it...
  • DRUDGE: FLASH: AKIN TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE... DEVELOPING...

    08/24/2012 1:00:39 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 268 replies
    Drudge ^ | 08/24/2012 | Self
    is this the end?
  • Pro-family, Tea Party leaders coalesce around Todd Akin

    08/24/2012 4:51:36 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 262 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:39 EST | Ben Johnson
    ST. LOUIS, August 23, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Now that Todd Akin has said he will be staying in the race for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat, senior pro-life and conservative leaders including Phyllis Schlafly, Gary Bauer, and others are telling the Republican Party establishment to back off its “over-the-top” campaign to have him step aside. Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum founder, supports Todd Akin. Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum founder, supports Todd Akin. Phyllis Schlafly, who emerged on the conservative scene with her 1964 book A Choice Not an Echo, rapped party elites for disenfranchising their own voters. “I don’t think people like...
  • Rasmussen: Romney loses MO lead after Akin controversy

    08/24/2012 11:47:41 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 23, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    While Missouri is always a tough state for both parties in presidential elections, until recently Mitt Romney didn’t have much to worry about. Rasmussen’s series of polls gave him a significant-if-not-quite-comfortable six-point margin in the Show Me State … at least until Todd Akin shared his views on the legitimacy of rape claims from pregnant victims. In today’s Rasmussen poll, Romney now slightly trails Obama, 47/46: As the controversy over Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment continues, Mitt Romney’s lead in Missouri has vanished. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters finds President Obama with...
  • Akin Fall-Out: Missouri Men Flee from Romney

    08/24/2012 11:26:19 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 82 replies
    Poll indicates alarming movement in the Obama/Romney horse race resulting from MO's GOP senate nominee Todd Akin's controversial remarks. Clearly, there has been collateral damage...
  • Why Todd Akin Could Still Win Missouri (Seriously) (Leftist Atlantic Wants Akin to Stay)

    08/24/2012 9:39:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 24, 2012 | Molly Ball
    When Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin went on television last weekend and uttered the words "legitimate rape," veterans of the Sharron Angle campaign had a collective flashback, PTSD-style. Angle, the Republican Senate candidate who ran against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010, is best remembered for out-there statements like suggesting that "Second Amendment remedies" might be necessary to restore liberty. Her loss to Reid helped ensure that the GOP would fall short of the Senate majority in the midterm elections. Angle's candidacy is a case study in the ability of a deeply flawed candidate to squander an otherwise winnable...
  • Rasmussen: Missouri - Obama 47 Romney 46

    08/24/2012 6:43:31 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 344 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 8/23/2012 | Rasmussen
    As the controversy over Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment continues, Mitt Romney’s lead in Missouri has vanished. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters finds President Obama with 47% support to Romney’s 46%. Three percent (3%) favor some other candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • SOURCES: AKIN IN TO STAY

    08/24/2012 5:46:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 138 replies
    Breitbart: Big Government ^ | August 23, 2012 | Dana Loesch
    Sources say that GOP candidate Rep. Todd Akin will leave the Council for National Policy conference confident about his decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race. The conference hosts top conservatives annually, many of whom have encouraged Akin to continue in his bid against incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. Not all have been supportive of the Congressman's bid, with several prominent attendees said to have privately encouraged him to step aside.
  • Todd Akin: That Rasmussen poll showing me down by 10 points is great news

    08/23/2012 3:24:25 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 115 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 23, 2012 | Doug Brady
    August 23, 2012 Todd Akin: That Rasmussen poll showing me down by 10 points is great news Doug Brady I’m beyond speechless. What is this guy drinking? Stacy Drake, one of my fellow C4P editors, summed it up best in an email: Who knew Baghdad Bob moved to Missouri? With that, via Jim Hoft, anyone who goes to Todd Akin’s website will have the privilege of reading the following pearl of wisdom: St. Louis, MO: The following statement was released by Perry Akin, Campaign Manager for Todd Akin for Senate, in response to the Rasmussen poll released this morning: “The...
  • Todd Akin to Claire McCaskill: You Should Drop Out

    08/23/2012 2:38:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 178 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Aug 23, 2012
    After days of ignoring Republican pleas to abandon his U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin today received an even more damning message: A new Rasmussen poll shows that Akin, who held a tidy lead before making his controversial comments about rape and pregnancy, is now down 10 percentage points (48-38 percent) to incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Never fazed, the Akin campaign shot back with an unlikely proposal. “The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48 percent after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is,” Akin spokesman Perry...
  • 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...
  • MISSOURI: THE 'SHOW ME ANOTHER G.O.P. CANDIDATE' STATE

    08/23/2012 12:59:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 122 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Akin was not even the clear choice of conservatives. In the primary, John Brunner was endorsed by both Missouri Right to Life and the National Right to Life. Sarah Steelman was endorsed by Sarah Palin. Akin was endorsed by the Democratic Party. The Democrats carefully nurtured Akin with millions of dollars in campaign money because he was the candidate they most wanted to run against. (Akin thinks all those Democrats voting for him in the primary merely shows that he's got tremendous crossover appeal!) There's no rehabilitating this guy. It's a waste of money. His comments are going to cost...
  • Missouri Senate: McCaskill (D) 48%, Akin (R) 38%

    08/23/2012 12:52:08 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 54 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 23, 2012
    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.
  • 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....
  • Huckabee digs in behind Akin

    08/23/2012 11:55:47 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 304 replies
    Politico ^ | // | Alexander Burns
    Todd Akin hasn't had many high-profile supporters with him in the trenches this week, but Mike Huckabee became an important and emphatic exception Thursday afternoon, sending a message to his own supporters accusing Republican elites of trying to drum a good man out of a winnable Senate race. Here's what Huckabee said in an email to his list this afternoon: Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren't rational, left [Akin] behind on the political battlefield, wounded and bleeding, a casualty of his self-inflicted, but not intentional wound.
  • 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.”...
  • 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.
  • Trapping Season

    08/23/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    It's trapping season. The targets are Republicans, whom the Democratic-friendly media (the trappers) hunt in order to smear -- especially the Romney-Ryan ticket -- forcing them off message. The bait in the latest case is the issue of abortion in cases of rape. The hunter's target was Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican, who is running for the Senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Thirty-nine years after Roe v. Wade and subsequent Supreme Court rulings legalizing abortion, one might think a pro-lifer like Todd Akin would be able to see he was walking into a trap when a St. Louis...
  • 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.
  • Vanity: Please pray for Missouri…

    08/23/2012 4:08:11 AM PDT · by hawaiianninja · 17 replies
    HawaiianNinja
    I am writing this in the middle of the night, because, unfortunately I’ve had too much caffeine. So now, instead of sleeping and dreaming sweet dreams, my body is buzzed and my mind is in “artistic mode.” So if I rant a bit too much or my sentences are disjointed, I apologize. I write this post to implore to all Freepers to please, PLEASE, pray for Missouri (and of course, the Country). Not only to pray for Missouri, but specifically to pray that Claire McCaskill loses. After being inundated with all the negative (and some positive) comments about Todd Akins...
  • Victory for Akin Seen as Difficult, but Still Possible

    08/22/2012 10:19:19 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 97 replies
    nyt ^ | August 22, 2012 | JOHN ELIGON and MONICA DAVEY
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the end, Representative Todd Akin’s fate will depend not on what happens in Washington or Tampa, Fla., or on a talk radio show, but on the voters of Missouri. A number of voters and strategists here believe it is not a foregone conclusion that Mr. Akin faces the certain defeat predicted by establishment Republican leaders calling on him to abandon his Senate bid after he made controversial comments about rape and abortion. A pile of factors, they say, could make the situation survivable: local backlash against all the national party meddling, an intensely grass-roots fund-raising...
  • Why Todd Akin Refuses To Listen To GOP Leaders

    08/22/2012 9:18:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 62 replies
    kplr11.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | Betsey Bruce
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– Congressman Todd Akin is trying to go it alone after major political donors told him they would no longer support his U.S. Senate campaign. Wednesday Akin reached out to grassroots supporters asking for contributions in an effort to raise $100,000 by midnight. His comments on FOX2′s Jaco Report Sunday drew a storm of protests from Republican leaders as well as Democrats. Akin apologized for using the term “legitimate rape,” saying he misspoke. Some critics have questioned his ability to handle the demands of a Senator. Supporters insist he should not be “thrown under the bus” for...
  • I say Akin was right; and AIN'T I A WOMAN?**

    08/22/2012 3:20:19 PM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 378 replies
    the conservative circular firing squad | August 22, 2012 | me
    First, I'm a woman. (Seems to be an important qualification if one is to be allowed to have an opinion on "womens' bodies.")I'm used to being attacked by the harridans of the Left, who claim that if you're a pro-life, then you're NOT A WOMAN.But I'm not used to hearing conservatives knee-jerk to the idea that something is "idiotic" just because it's politically incorrect ... according to those same rabid harridans of the Left.I think, like Akin did, that a woman's endocrine system CAN sometimes "shut down" the process of conception, or implantation, as a result of traumatic stress suffered...
  • Akin vs Establishment GOP round 1: Akin

    08/22/2012 2:23:25 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 100 replies
    St. Louis Conservative Examiner ^ | August 22, 2012 | Doug Edelman
    Has the Establishment GOP painted themselves into an embarassing corner? As 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug 21 came and passed, no stars fell from the skies. There was no hail of fire and no swarms of locusts; but a quiet cataclysm of epic proportions was in fact taking place. The deadline for Todd Akin to drop out of the senate race without triggering involvement of the courts came and passed, and Akin announced he’s still ‘in-it-to-win-it.’ Within hours of Akin’s ill-fated interview on the St Louis Fox affiliate station, where his poorly phrased comments on rape and abortion ignited a...
  • Jo Ann Emerson Floated as Akin Replacement

    08/22/2012 10:44:10 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 179 replies
    NRO ^ | Katrina Trinko | Katrina Trinko
    Another Missouri Republican consultant suggests that Representative Jo Ann Emerson, the Republican who has represented Missouri’s eighth district since 1996, could be a top contender to replace Todd Akin if he quits. Her name has been making the rounds among party insiders, thanks in part to the fact that she’s currently the longest-serving House member in Missouri. Missouri GOP executive director Lloyd Smith used to be her chief-of-staff. UPDATE: A colleague points out that Emerson is a member of the moderate-leaning Republican Main Street partnership, and generally less rightward than the three — Akin, Sarah Steelman, and John Brunner —...
  • Sources: Akin may not really be in race for good

    08/22/2012 9:10:29 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 99 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | August 22, 2012
    (CBS/AP) Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans Tuesday and forged ahead with his besieged Senate bid, declaring the party was overreacting to his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape" and by insisting he abandon his campaign. Akin pledged to carry on with his quest to unseat Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. But his bid faced tall obstacles: a lack of money, a lack of party support and no assurance that his apologies would be enough to heal a self-inflicted political wound. --snip-- But, says Andrews, "Two sources tell CBS News Aken's...
  • Confusion Over Debit Card Offer At Church Prompts BBB Alert On Advanced Marketing and Promotions

    08/22/2012 8:31:40 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    BBB ^ | Aug 17, 2012 | news center
    St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 17, 2012 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging caution to anyone considering doing business with representatives of Advanced Marketing & Promotions (AMP), an Alabama-based business managed locally by Dean Stanley. The warning comes in the aftermath of an event near St. Louis Power House Church this week in which St. Louis area residents were offered $500 worth of food vouchers in return for signing up for a prepaid debit card. Police were called to the 4000 block of West Florissant Avenue on Tuesday after hundreds of people jammed an area near the church to...
  • Akin: The “liberal elitist media” is trying to push me out of the race

    08/22/2012 5:22:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 21, 2012 | Allahpundit
    The liberal media? Like Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin? I apologized but the liberal media is trying to make me drop out. Please stand w/ me tonight by signing my petition at akin.org/still-standing — Todd Akin (@ToddAkin) August 22, 2012 BuzzFeed notices that he has the same thing posted on his campaign website.
  • Palin Suggests Third Party Candidate To Stop Akin In Missouri

    08/22/2012 5:17:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 21, 2012 | Ian Schwartz
    "Bless his heart, I don't want to pile on Todd Akin, because in some respects I understand what he's trying to say here, and standing on principle, that he doesn't want to be perceived as a quitter. But you got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them," fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin said on FOX News today.
  • Which Babies Should Get the Death Sentence?

    08/22/2012 3:36:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey
    Americans witnessed a remarkable drama this week when some of our most exalted politicians frantically scrambled to reassure voters that they, too, believed that the United States ought to permit the deliberate killing of at least some innocent human beings. They apparently did so to persuade the public they are caring, compassionate and -- above all -- reasonable people. The drama started when Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, expressed his view that no innocent human being ought to be deliberately killed. However, that was not the only thing Akin expressed. "What about...
  • If you were trying to impress a person, would you use the term, "legitimate rape"?

    08/21/2012 10:47:31 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 53 replies
    Todd Akin | 8/22/12
    Hubris cuts both ways, be it democrat or GOP, which will be the first to finally cut down hubris. It looks like the GOP, which took the brave stand, to stand up to the hubristic Todd Akin, and say that verbal hubristics do have consequences.
  • The Star’s editorial | GOP can’t avoid Todd Akin — or abortion

    08/21/2012 8:14:12 PM PDT · by randita · 92 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 8/21/12 | Editorial Staff
    They phoned. They wrote. They rebuked him publicly from coast to coast. They cut off funding and support. Yet Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin didn’t cave. He refused to withdraw by the initial 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline, sticking with his November race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. His choice means women’s health and abortion remain top issues, causing a debate the GOP had hoped to avoid. Akin, who says he misspoke when he said “legitimate rape” victims can prevent pregnancy, has a long voting record against abortion in any circumstance. Akin also is in line with U.S. Rep. Paul...
  • Akin Blames “Lib Media” For Trying to Make Him Drop Out …(Is Mitt Romney Lib Media?)

    08/21/2012 7:50:31 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 77 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-21-2012 | Jim Hoft
    August 21, 2012 Akin Blames “Lib Media” For Trying to Make Him Drop Out …(Is Mitt Romney Lib Media?) Jim Hoft Oh dear. This is seriously crazy. Todd Akin blamed the liberal media tonight for trying to make him drop out of the race.Are Mitt Romney, John Ashcroft, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin the liberal media?
  • Callers Weigh in on Akin Decision

    08/21/2012 6:32:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 21, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Cliff in Camdenton, Missouri, great to have you on the program. Welcome, sir. CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush, it's a pleasure to speak with you. RUSH: Thank you very much. CALLER: I am the founder of the Camdenton Tea Party. We're almost about 800 to 1,000 strong. I also founded the Lake Erie conservative club out here, and I take a little different view on Mr. Akin. He has spoken at a few of our Tea Parties. We have met with him privately over issues in Washington. And I find him to be an absolutely wonderful, caring, thoughtful...
  • For Those Wondering About Missouri Write-In Bids…

    08/21/2012 4:32:46 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 54 replies
    National Review ^ | 8-21-2012 | Jim Geraghty
    For Those Wondering About Missouri Write-In Bids… By Jim Geraghty August 21, 2012 7:05 P.M. For Republicans who find the rambling, excuse-making, increasingly incoherent Todd Akin unacceptable as a Senate candidate, here are the rules on a write-in bid:  ”write-in candidate” is a person:whose name is not printed on the ballot (see 115.453(4,5,6) RSMo); and who has filed a declaration of intent  to be a write-in candidate for election to office with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day. It is not necessary to file a declaration of intent if there are no candidates on...
  • Todd Akin: When Dumb Talk Is Inevitable

    08/21/2012 4:25:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 76 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 21, 2012 | Debra Saunders
    There are two sides within the anti-abortion movement. On one side, stand men and women who care deeply about human life and fear that abortion devalues society by creating a caste of disposable people. On the other side, lurk crabbed adults who think women should be punished for having extramarital sex and that pregnancy is fit punishment that (luck of the draw) spares men and falls instead on women and girls. I think we all know which corner hosts Rep. Todd Akin.
  • 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...
  • G.O.P. Approves Strict Anti-Abortion Language in Party Platform

    08/21/2012 2:15:26 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    New York times ^ | August 21, 2012 | Michel Cooper
    Even as the Republican establishment continued to call for Representative Todd Akin of Missouri to drop out of his Senate race because of his comments on rape and abortion, Republicans approved platform language on Tuesday calling for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion with no explicit exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The anti-abortion plank, approved by the Republican platform committee Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla., was similar to the planks Republicans have included in their recent party platforms, which also called for a constitutional ban on abortions. The full convention is set to vote on the party's platform on...
  • Akin Tells Hannity That Romney Exploited Rape Statement Controversy For Political Gain

    08/21/2012 3:34:31 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 136 replies
    Mediate ^ | Tuesday August 21, 2012
    Appearing on Sean Hannity’s radio program for the second time in as many days, Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin attacked the GOP’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, for joining a chorus of Republicans asking him to withdraw from the race. Akin said that Romney had blown the controversy out of proportion and implied that he had done so for his own political gain. Hannity asked Akin, given the number of prominent Republican politicians asking Akin to drop out including Romney, if he is even pausing to consider leaving the Senate race in Missouri. “Let me ask you this,” Akin began....
  • Mo. Governor's Blackface Gets a New Showing (Akin Double-Standard?)

    08/21/2012 1:53:08 PM PDT · by Gothmog · 5 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 10/25/99 | Associated Press
    "Missouri Republicans, upset over charges of racism against Sen. John D. Ashcroft (R-Mo.), are circulating a 1960 photograph of Gov. Mel Carnahan (D) in blackface makeup performing a Kiwanis minstrel show." "Arvarh Strickland, the University of Missouri's first black professor, said Carnahan should be judged on his public service. 'It's not what he was doing or saying in 1960, but his record as governor of Missouri. . . . When you look at his record, you certainly would not expect to see Gov. Carnahan in blackface.'"
  • Akin's Remark was Stupid and Untrue -- Now He Must Put the Nation's Future First

    08/21/2012 2:17:58 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 48 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8/21/12 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Snerdley is yelling at me: "Are you gonna get rid of Akin now?" Before I give my two cents on all this, folks, let me first say I have two natural tendencies. One is to avoid the pack, to avoid the conventional wisdom. When everybody seems to be uttering, voicing, doing the same thing, that's when I put on the brakes and say, "Do I want to join this mob?" And I also have, as you well know, a tendency to want to support conservatives who come under fire. It doesn't happen enough. You know, the Democrats...
  • Akin releases new ad apologizing for ‘legitimate rape’ comments

    08/21/2012 1:40:18 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 102 replies
    The Globe & Mail ^ | Last updated Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012, 1:47 PM EDT
    Republican Representative Todd Akin resisted pressure to quit the U.S. Senate race in Missouri on Tuesday, releasing a new ad apologizing for his inflammatory remarks about rape that have reinserted controversial abortion politics into the U.S. presidential campaign.In an ad released online, Mr. Akin again apologized for his comments Sunday, when he claimed in a television interview that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape,” even as senior Republicans condemned his remarks and called for him to step aside in the race. “Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that...
  • Cook Political Report Moves MO Senate to Likely Democrat

    08/21/2012 2:07:38 PM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 21, 2012 | Jennifer Duffy
    #MOSen: moved the race to Likely Democrat. As long as Akin is running, it is unwinnable for Republicans. If he exits, it's back to Toss Up.
  • Democrats Spent $1.5 Mil to Help Akin Win GOP Primary

    08/21/2012 12:56:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Call it a wise investment in light of his recent comments: Democrats wanted Missouri Republican congressman Todd Akin to win his state’s hotly contested Senate GOP primary because they believed he gave incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill her best shot at retaining her seat. As the Washington Post reported earlier this month: There’s a reason why Democrats spent over $1.5 million trying to help Akin win his three-way primary. He was the most conservative candidate in the field — and the most unpredictable one. He shook up his campaign staff late last year. He recently released a head-scratching and jumbled campaign...
  • Laws regarding Write-In Candidates in Missouri

    08/21/2012 12:42:32 PM PDT · by Blackyce · 24 replies
    Write-In Candidates A "write-in candidate" is a person: whose name is not printed on the ballot (see 115.453(4,5,6) RSMo); andwho has filed a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election to office with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day. It is not necessary to file a declaration of intent if there are no candidates on the ballot for that office. (see 115.453 (4) RSMo) Frequently asked questions on write-in candidatesCan a write-in candidate be on a primary election ballot? No. (Section 115.453 (5) RSMo) If a...
  • Defiant Akin says he's staying in race

    08/21/2012 11:30:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 103 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/21/2012 | Stephanie Condon
    Republicans are watching the clock as they wait for a defiant Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race following controversial remarks he made about rape and abortion. The six-term conservative congressman insists he's not quitting -- he said on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's radio show Tuesday afternoon that he's staying in the race. "I haven't done anything morally or ethically wrong," Akin told Huckabee, saying the backlash against him "does seem like a little bit of an overreaction." "We are going to continue this race for the U.S. Senate," Akin continued. "We believe taking this stand...