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US: Missouri (News/Activism)

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  • Some in G.O.P. Choose to Return to Akin’s Corner

    10/07/2012 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 98 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/6/12 | John Elgion
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For establishment Republicans, it is decision time in the Missouri Senate race. Should they return to Representative Todd Akin’s corner? Many quickly withdrew their support for Mr. Akin weeks ago after his controversial comments about abortion and belief that victims of “legitimate rape” have a biological mechanism to fight off pregnancy, hoping to force him aside so another Republican candidate could battle the Democratic incumbent, Senator Claire McCaskill. But Mr. Akin called their bluff. He stayed in the race, reckoning that election math would oblige them to stick with him. Now, with Mr. Akin’s name legally...
  • Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

    10/06/2012 12:22:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    AP via The Boston Globe ^ | October 5, 2012 | Lauran Neergaard
    Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concludes. The findings were eagerly anticipated and come as a bitterly contested Obama administration policy is poised to offer similar coverage. The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost — from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant.
  • Obama 348, Romney 190: UAH astrophysicist, who got it right twice before, predicts electoral results

    10/03/2012 5:10:05 PM PDT · by Condor 63 · 66 replies
    The Huntsville Times ^ | Tuesday, October 02, 2012 | Challen Stephens
    There is little suspense left in our presidential horse race, even in most of the so-called swing states, says astrophysicist and statistician Wes Colley. The way he measures the poll data and his deceptively simple median method, which have correctly predicted the last two presidential elections, show President Obama has locked up Ohio and Virginia and cemented a small, but stable lead in Florida. Bottom line: Obama is well on his way to re-election. "I think the operative word is disaster if you're a Republican," said Colley on Monday. "I think the operative word is confidence if you're a Democrat."...
  • Todd Akin failed to report state pension income

    10/04/2012 3:12:04 PM PDT · by Rio · 28 replies
    Associated Press via OregonLive ^ | 10/04/2012 | Unknown
    Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin on Thursday released a decade's worth of federal financial reports he has updated with nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received, but failed to disclose, over that time.
  • Missouri's Akin, left for dead, on comeback trail

    10/03/2012 12:36:40 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/03/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, thrown under the bus by Karl Rove and the Washington GOP establishment for his "legitimate rape" comment, is making a strong comeback in the polls and is now better-liked than incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Five weeks after making the comments that at the time seemed career-ending, Rasmussen Reports has Akin six points behind McCaskill, 51 percent to 45 percent. That result shows an improvement over past polls, some that had him behind by 10 points. And among those "certain to vote," he trails McCaskill by just four points, said Rasmussen. More surprising is that...
  • Swallow Hard and Vote for Todd Akin: It’s Important

    10/03/2012 10:19:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/03/2012 | Kurt Schlichter
    At the end of the day, I’ll support the conservative who makes a lousy gynecologist over the liberal who makes a lousy senator. The deadline has passed and Todd Akin has failed to take the advice of pretty much everyone else in the conservative movement and drop out of the Missouri senate race. He’s the candidate going into the election against Claire McCaskill, a liberal Democrat who provided Obama’s winning Obamacare vote and has been there every step of the way in the progressive quest to turn this country into a crony-capitalist, welfare state nightmare. Easy call. I’ll back the...
  • Missouri voters to decide on tobacco tax increase in November

    10/02/2012 6:08:46 PM PDT · by Drango · 28 replies
    Southeast Missourian ^ | October 2, 2012 | Keith Lewis
    Missouri voters to decide on tobacco tax increase in November The tax on a pack of cigarettes in Missouri is the lowest in the nation, but that may change if a ballot initiative is approved by voters in November. The initiative, titled Proposition B, seeks to raise the tax on cigarettes sold in Missouri from its current level of 17 cents per pack to 90 cents. It also seeks a new tax for roll-your-own tobacco to be set at 25 percent of the manufacturer's invoice price and a rate of 15 percent for cigars and other tobacco products. Supporters of...
  • The 60th Vote Regrets

    10/02/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/2/12 | Staff
    One of the tragedies of the Obama Administration is the historic political accident that it had 60 Senate Democratic votes in 2009. The ability to break a filibuster without Republican votes empowered the left to think it could pass anything, and so it steamrolled ahead with ObamaCare, which needed every one of those 60 votes to pass. Now a couple of those Senators are expressing regrets about those votes after the fact. In our pages last week, former Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh rehearsed the looming economic damage from ObamaCare's medical-device tax. He described, as some of us predicted in 2009...
  • Contraception Mandate Suit Dismissed in Missouri

    10/01/2012 8:27:06 PM PDT · by Qbert · 19 replies
    AP via CBS St. Louis ^ | October 1, 2012 | AP
    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law, one of nearly three dozen similar lawsuits filed across the country. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O’Brien and his company, O’Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, challenges the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O’Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement that workplace health plans cover birth control infringes on his religious beliefs. U.S. District Judge Carole Jackson, in a ruling late Friday, disagreed. “This Court rejects the proposition...
  • Ex-Sens. Bond, Talent now backing Akin Senate bid

    10/01/2012 2:32:01 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 63 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10/1/12 | Associated Press
    Two of Mitt Romney's senior advisers say they are backing Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican Senate candidate they once shunned.
  • Is Sen. Claire McCaskill a moderate? (WaPo spin fails miserably)

    09/30/2012 8:20:47 PM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2012 | Diana Reese
    [Snip] Meanwhile, McCaskill has tried to make Missourians aware of her moderate stance. Most people wouldn’t brag about being ranked No. 50 for anything, but she has. She’s parlayed that number as proof that she’s truly a political moderate in her quest for reelection. The number comes from the National Journal’s annual lists ranking U.S. Senators from most liberal to most conservative and vice versa, based on their voting records. McCaskill has always fallen in the middle 10; this year she’s at No. 50 on the liberal list and No. 51 for conservatives. Her rankings have been consistent, too: Every...
  • GOP Candidates Feeling Pressure From NRSC's Flirtation With Akin (Barf Alert)

    09/27/2012 2:31:35 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 7 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 27, 2012 | George Zornick
    Yesterday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced in a statement that it might yet fund the candidacy of Representative Todd Akin as he tries to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri. “As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead,” said NRSC executive director Rob Jesner. (In August, the NRSC claimed that “if [Akin] continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”) Will the NRSC actually go through with this, and thus likely bring American...
  • Conservatives Fund endorses Akin in Mo. Senate bid (It just keeps on coming)

    09/27/2012 2:20:14 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 38 replies
    msnbc ^ | 9/27/12 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A conservative fundraising group endorsed embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin on Thursday and said its membership had pledged $290,000 to help replenish the Republican's financially strapped campaign against Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
  • Todd Akin: Claire McCaskill was more ‘ladylike’ in 2006

    09/27/2012 12:41:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 144 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 27 September 2012 | Rachel Weiner
    Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) reminds Republicans why they were hoping he would drop out of the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D). “I think we have a very clear path to victory, and, apparently, Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin told the Kansas City Star on Thursday. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike [in 2006], but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”
  • Tea Party activists continue quest to change America

    09/27/2012 11:20:23 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 21 replies
    STLToday (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | September 25, 2012 | Brian Flinchpaugh
    For a group of Tea Party activists, their mission to change the direction of the United States continues every Saturday at highways K and N in O'Fallon. Since 2009, members of the K&N Patriots have waved signs from 10 a.m to noon at the busy intersection, usually along the east side of Highway K. The often hand-made signs usually touch on familiar conservative themes — repeal "Obamacare" and President Barack Obama, restore liberty, protect the right to bear arms, cut government spending and remember veterans. The signs were much the same on Sept. 15 — "Repeal Obama,” “Stop Spending”...
  • National Republicans re-open door to spending money on Akin

    09/26/2012 5:31:13 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/26/12 | Aaron Blake
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement Wednesday clarifying its support for Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race and suggesting it might spend money to help elect him, after saying a month ago that it would not do so. “There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein-in the role of government in people’s lives, and finally focus on growing jobs in this country, that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer said. “As with every Republican...
  • Jim DeMint endorses Todd Akin

    09/26/2012 9:38:14 AM PDT · by BAW · 18 replies
    Facebook ^ | September 26, 2012 | Jim DeMint
    Friends, I just released this joint statement with Rick Santorum on our support for Todd Akin in Missouri. Please share! This seat is critical to winning control of the Senate. "If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama's liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Her support of President Obama's job-killing, big-spending policies are sending o ur country into an economic abyss. And her passionate support of ObamaCare is ensuring healthcare costs go up while quality of care goes down. Simply put, we cannot afford six more years of Senator McCaskill. "Todd Akin...
  • Some Conservatives Lend Support to Akin As Dropout Deadline Passes (No establishment support)

    09/26/2012 9:41:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/26/2012 | John Fund
    St. Louis, Mo. — Yesterday marked the final deadline for Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race and be replaced by another candidate. Akin marked the occasion by holding a news conference with religious leaders saying he was staying in the race and embarking on a statewide bus tour. Akin believes voters have processed his absurd comments last month on a Missouri television station that “legitimate rape” rarely resulted in pregnancy and are ready to move on to other issues. The challenge he faces is that a horde of Republican-oriented groups quickly withdrew their financial support from...
  • Santorum endorses Akin

    09/26/2012 8:30:31 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 39 replies
    early returns ^ | 9/26/2012 | Tim McNully
    Verona, PA -- U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and former U.S. Senator and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following joint statement regarding their support of Todd Akin for the U.S. Senate in Missouri:
  • Blunt pledges to work for Akin's election

    09/26/2012 9:24:35 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 26 replies ^ | 9/26/12 | Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A month after calling on Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of Missouri's U.S. Senate race, the state's incumbent Republican senator now says he'll work for Akin's election.
  • Jim DeMint Statement in Support of Todd Akin

    09/26/2012 7:54:35 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 27 replies
    JD's Facebook feed | 26 Sep 2012 | Jim DeMint
    Friends, I just released this joint statement with Rick Santorum on our support for Todd Akin in Missouri. Please share! This seat is critical to winning control of the Senate. "If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama's liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Her support of President Obama's job-killing, big-spending policies are sending o...ur country into an economic abyss. And her passionate support of ObamaCare is ensuring healthcare costs go up while quality of care goes down. Simply put, we cannot afford six more years of Senator McCaskill. "Todd Akin is...
  • Breaking: Publicist Confirms Andy Williams has Died

    09/26/2012 6:31:12 AM PDT · by John W · 52 replies ^ | September 26, 2012 | KOLR10 News
    BRANSON, Mo. -- Legendary crooner Andy Williams, has died, his publicist confirmed this morning. Williams had been battling bladder cancer. He died at his home in Branson. Paul Shefrin issued this statement: Legendary singer Andy Williams passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Missouri following a year long battle with bladder cancer, it was announced by his family. Williams, 84, who also had a residence in La Quinta, California, is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer...
  • Akin Refuse to Drop Out Of Senate Race

    09/25/2012 6:44:47 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 122 replies
    Fox2Now ^ | 9/25/2012 | Betsey Bruce
    Akin told a crowd of supporters, ” In August I was given a trust , a trust to replace a senator that had not represented Missouri or our best interests.” He added, ” I have one purpose going into November and that’s replacing Claire McCaskill.” As the deadline to withdraw from the November general election ballot passed, Missouri’s Republican party issued a statement saying it will support Akin along with all the other Republican nominees on the ballot.
  • Todd Akin staying in Senate race on last day to drop out

    09/25/2012 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    The Global Post ^ | September 25, 2012 | Sarah Wolfe
    On the final day he could drop out, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin reaffirmed Tuesday that he's staying in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin had until the end of the day to withdraw his name from the November ballot. But he made it clear in yet another press conference that he’s going to keep on keeping on, the Washington Post reported.
  • Let the GOP know how you feel about them withholding funds for Todd Akin

    09/25/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 76 replies
    RNC ^ | 9/25/12 | Self
    Now that we ALL know Todd Akin is NOT dropping out of the U.S. Senate race, we have an opportunity to let the GOP know how we feel about them holding back funding for him. With your help, we can send a message from not only Missourians but all other states that will get the GOP's attention between now and the election. When you click on the below url, you will be directed to an official RNC email form asking for your inputs. Please fill this out and send it to them. I have already sent one and intend to...
  • Final deadline passes: Todd Akin now officially on the ballot in Missouri

    09/25/2012 5:13:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/25/2012 | AllahPundit
    August 21 was the deadline for him to drop out and be replaced by another candidate without needing court approval. He passed. Today was the deadline to drop out with court approval, before the ballots are printed, which makes it effectively the last chance. Another pass.If you want McCaskill out, this is now the only game in town: With the deadline for him to exit the race just hours away, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) reaffirmed his commitment to staying in the race, saying that he has "one purpose going into November, and that's replacing Claire McCaskill."Akin said he'd be staying...
  • Conservative PAC May Decide to Fund Todd Akin's Missouri Senate Race

    09/25/2012 12:58:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    abcnews ^ | 9/26/12 | CHRIS GOOD
    A powerful conservative PAC said today that "circumstances have changed" and it is reconsidering its decision to withhold funds for Todd Akin's bid for a Missouri Senate seat, and Akin's campaign said today they expect other groups will also resume spending. The statement by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC led by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, comes as the 5 p.m. CT deadline for Akin to quit the race looms. The campaign remains adamant that Akin will stay in the race, despite urging from the GOP hierarchy, including Mitt Romney. "In the words of Churchill, Todd will never, never,...
  • For the last time, Todd Akin is staying in

    09/25/2012 12:53:26 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/25/2012
    On the last day Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) could withdraw from the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), he made clear in a press conference that he’s going to keep on keeping on. Akin compared himself to Harry Truman, who he said was “pitched overboard” by the “Democrat Party” in his 1940 Senate reelection campaign. Truman made history, he said, and “we’re going to do it again.”
  • St. Louis native stuck in Dubai over gun smuggling case

    09/25/2012 8:21:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | Joel Currier
    ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis native stuck in Dubai for months awaiting trial on gun smuggling charges said he was acquitted today on all counts. Steve Dolan, 57, a Dubai-based vice president for international shipping firm APL, said he faced up to 50 years behind bars after authorities told him they found some 30,000 knock-off pistols in a shipping container last fall. The container, which also held liquid soap, was apparently switching ships in Dubai while en route from Turkey to Djibouti.
  • Newt Gingrich Stands By Akin At Missouri Fundraiser (A tsunami of money/support coming for Akin)

    09/25/2012 3:14:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 69 replies
    The National Memo ^ | 9/24/12 | Axel Tonconogy
    Appearing today at a fundraiser in Kirkwood, Missouri for Senate candidate Todd Akin, former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich offered the support and encouragement that few others in his party have dared give. Abandoned by the GOP after his infamous “legitimate rape” comments, and crucified by the liberal and conservative media alike, Akin vowed to remain in the Senate race for the “long haul” and emerge victorious. After sharing his toxic views on women’s health, Akin’s conservative donors and supporters pulled out in droves, denouncing the candidate’s statements. This despite the fact that in 2011 Akin had co-authored a bill...
  • Last Words of Murdered Man Came Through Text Messages

    09/24/2012 9:05:01 PM PDT · by Huntress · 18 replies
    Fox 4 Kansas City ^ | 9/24/2012 | Unattributed
    <p>GLADSTONE, Mo. — AT&T worker Kevin Mashburn, 58, was found murdered early Wednesday morning inside his AT&T Utility truck parked in a yard in the 2700 block of 57th Terrace . He had been severely beaten in the head, apparently with a crow bar.</p>
  • Democrats likely to retain Senate as four critical races shift in their favor

    09/24/2012 7:06:24 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 45 replies
    Yahoo News | The Signal ^ | 9/24/2012 | David Rothschild
    After weeks in which the fate of the Senate simmered at nearly even odds of flipping for Republicans or remaining in Democrats' control, the outlook has shifted dramatically in the Democrats' favor. The incumbent party now has an 80 percent chance of retaining its majority, according to the Signal's prediction model. The break is largely due to critical races in Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Virginia, all of which have favored the Republican at some point in the past month and now favor the Democratic candidate. ...
  • Lee poll: Rehberg leads Tester in U.S. Senate race

    09/24/2012 4:01:00 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 24 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 9/23/12 | MIKE DENNISON
    HELENA – Republican challenger Denny Rehberg holds a slight edge over Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in the state’s most expensive and hotly contested campaign this year, a poll by Lee Newspapers shows. Rehberg, the state’s sole congressman, is favored by 48 percent of those polled earlier this week, while Tester had the support of 45 percent. Only 6 percent were undecided and 1 percent said they would vote for Libertarian Dan Cox of Hamilton. “Usually, if an incumbent is trailing, that’s a problem,” said pollster Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the poll for Lee Newspapers...
  • Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs

    09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May
    Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal. A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to...
  • Akin Rebuilding Mo. Senate Bid After Rape Remark

    09/23/2012 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 34 replies ^ | 9/23/12 | DAVID A. LIEB/AP
    Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape. Now Akin is approaching a critical week that could determine whether his re-emerging campaign can gain enough momentum to put Missouri back in the battleground column as Republicans attempt to win control of the Senate from Democrats. Tuesday is the deadline for Akin to get a court order to drop his challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But Akin says he won't do so. Instead, Akin plans to...
  • (FULL VIDEO) of Akin, McCaskill Debate In Columbia, Mo

    09/22/2012 6:23:34 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 20 replies
    Fox2Now ^ | 9/22/12 | Self
    This is a little difficult but, hopefully, will work. When you see the two frozen video screens, scroll down to the second one titled "See the full debate here". When you click on the arrow in the center of the screen, the video will start but will not have sound. You must force the red bar to move right until you get to the 1.06 hour spot. By forcing the red bar to the right will turn on the sound. The 1.06 time will start the Senate debate. If you want to see all of the debates, starting with the...
  • Akin, McCaskill trade barbs in first debate

    09/21/2012 7:29:19 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/21/12 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Besides attacking each other over Medicare, school lunches and the Iraq war, Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and GOP challenger Rep. Todd Akin spent their first debate Friday blaming each other for the gridlock in Congress that has stalled crucial pieces of legislation over the last two years. And after initially mentioning the damaging comments on rape and pregnancy that have dogged her Republican opponent over the last month, Mrs. McCaskill didn’t bring them up again. Instead, both candidates talked mainly about their sharp policy differences, with Mr. Akin trying to paint Mrs. McCaskill as an Obama liberal while she...
  • Newt Gingrich: Akin won ballot spot in `fair fight,' GOP should back him

    09/21/2012 10:16:02 AM PDT · by Fred · 44 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 091912 | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS • Newt Gingrich is coming to St. Louis Monday for a Todd Akin fundraiser because he wants “to tell the people of Missouri” that they have the right to stand by the Republican Senate candidate of their choice, regardless of what the party's leaders tell them. In a phone interview today with the Post-Dispatch, Gingrich, the former House Speaker and presidential candidate, said the controversy surrounding Akin isn't the point. “The people of Missouri picked him to be their nominee in a fair fight.” He also warned what others have said: That for the GOP to throw in...
  • DeMint might throw Akin a lifeline

    09/21/2012 6:16:21 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/21/2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says he will consider throwing his weighty financial support behind Rep. Todd Akin (R), the Missouri Senate candidate who has been shunned by party leaders in Washington.
  • McCaskill and Akin will square off in first debate for U.S. Senate (TODAY -LIVE STREAMING)

    09/21/2012 4:41:20 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 94 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9/21/12 | Cathy Lenny
    The nation is closely watching the U.S. Senate race in Missouri that pits Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill against her Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. The two will face off for their first debate today (Sept. 21) at 10:45 a.m. in Columbia, Mo. McCaskill, 59, is seeking her second six-year term in the Senate after previously serving as state auditor. Akin, 65, is challenging McCaskill, rather than seek re-election to the 2nd Congressional District in St. Louis, to which he first won election in 2000. View slideshow: McCaskill and Akin will square off in first debate The race shot into...
  • GOP gives up on trying to push Akin out (Funding may be restored)

    09/21/2012 2:10:33 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/20/12 | Aaron Blake
    In about 28 hours, the Republican Party will be, for all intents and purposes, stuck with Todd Akin. The Missouri Senate candidate has shown no signs of bowing to pressure from the national party to get out of the race after his controversial comment about “legitimate rape” turned the race on its head. And though the party initially held out hope that Akin would change his mind at some point over the past month, it now appears that ship has sailed. The technical deadline for being able to replace Akin on the ballot, if he dropped out, is Tuesday. But...
  • Akin And McCaskill To Debate Friday In Columbia

    09/18/2012 6:00:46 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 31 replies
    Fox2Now ^ | 9/17/12 | Staff
    (KTVI) – Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and U.S. Representative Todd Akin will be squaring off in a debate Friday morning in Columbia at 10:45 am. Immediately before that, Governor Jay Nixon will face republican challenger Dave Spence in a debate. Both debates will also include libertarian candidates, Jonathan Dine for the senate, and Jim Higgins for governor. The debates are sponsored by the Missouri Press Association and will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo. Friday, September 22nd. Executive Center-Columbia Mall 2200 I-70 Drive S.W Columbia , Missouri 65203
  • Missouri college challenges federal health care law

    09/17/2012 3:57:47 PM PDT · by what's up · 3 replies
    Sept 17, 2012 ^ | Elizabeth Crisp
    JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri’s College of the Ozarks has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a provision of the Affordable Care Act that would require its employee health plan to cover abortion services and certain types of contraception, including the morning-after pill. Leaders of the Presbyterian liberal arts college located near Branson say the mandate violates the school’s institutional religious beliefs. “The mandate chills the college's religious exercise by exposing the college to substantial fines for its religious beliefs and exercise of those beliefs,” the lawsuit states. “The mandate's required provision of insurance coverage for education and counseling concerning elective abortions...
  • College of the Ozarks celebrates Constitution Day. Sues US Government

    09/17/2012 12:22:52 PM PDT · by fungoking · 11 replies
    College of the Ozarks ^ | 9/17/12 | staff
    College of the Ozarks Standing Up For Religious Freedom On September 17, 2012, the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, College of the Ozarks sought to enforce its Constitutional rights by suing those federal agencies (Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury) tasked with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”). Here are the College’s concerns, which will be brought before a federal court. The College believes that the Contraceptive Mandate contained in the Affordable Health Care Act violates its sincerely-held religious beliefs by requiring that the College’s health insurance plan...
  • Todd Akin’s Wife Compares GOP Abandonment to Rape, Tyranny

    Rep. Todd Akin’s wife, Lulli Akin, says the Republican Party’s attempts to push her husband out of the Missouri Senate race — over his false assertion that women who are raped rarely get pregnant — are like rape itself. RELATED: Akin TV Ad Buy Canceled — For Failure To Pay Station She also believes the GOP’s abandonment is on par with the tyranny that launched the American Revolution. Akin’s wife isn’t the first one to compare Akin’s explosive rape comments, and the ensuing fallout, to rape: Bryan Fischer said the party’s treatment of the embattled candidate had made Akin “a...
  • BREAKING NEWS: KC Federal Building Bomb Threat

    09/14/2012 11:54:51 AM PDT · by Dysart · 67 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 12-14-12
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A bomb-sniffing dog has detected the presence of some sort of explosives inside the vehicle of a man who walked into the Kansas City federal building and told authorities he was a terrorist. The man entered the Richard Bolling Federal Building, 600 E. 12th Street around noon Friday
  • Citizens United Poll Shows Akin leading in Missouri

    09/13/2012 8:33:27 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/13/2012 | Maggie Haberman
    A poll commissioned by Citizens United's political arm shows Todd Akin leading Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri. The poll by the CU political victory fund and conducted by Wenzel Strategies, shows Akin ahead by almost 5 points. Mitt Romney leads President Obama by 20 points.
  • Election 2012: Missouri Senate

    09/12/2012 4:50:56 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 12, 2012 | unknown
    The fallout appears to linger in the Missouri Senate race, with incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill still holding a six-point lead over Republican challenger Todd Akin. But the race is tightening. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds McCaskill will 49% support to Akin’s 43%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate in the contest, and another four percent (4%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Missouri Senate: McCaskill (D) 49%, Akin (R) 43%

    09/12/2012 9:18:54 AM PDT · by WILLIALAL · 127 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The fallout appears to linger in the Missouri Senate race, with incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill still holding a six-point lead over Republican challenger Todd Akin. But the race is tightening.
  • Senate Races 2012 (UPDATE--GOOD NEWS FOR AKIN--NRSC REVERSES BAN ON AKIN) Thanks to FReepers

    09/11/2012 4:12:32 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 59 replies
    Current Republican Seat Current Democrat Seat Current Independent Seat No Senate election in 2012