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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 post-gazette.com ^ | 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
    bnd.com ^ | 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.