Todd Akin http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-akin-pushes-book-defends-legitimate-rape-comment <p><em>This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.</em></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.</p><p>Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.</p><p>In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:30 +0000 Erica Smith 38243 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment Akin Stands By View Of Rape, Wishes GOP Would Stand By Him http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/akin-stands-view-rape-wishes-gop-would-stand-him <p>Todd Akin’s new book is entitled “Firing Back.’’ But based on the former St. Louis area congressman’s&nbsp; interviews over the past week, an equally descriptive title could be “No Apology.”</p><p>Two years after losing a nationally watched contest for the U.S. Senate, Akin is arguably more passionate than ever as he defends the message <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/26583/akin_rape_081912">that landed him in hot water in 2012.</a></p><p>The immortal phrase in question: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:15:22 +0000 Jo Mannies 38167 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Akin Stands By View Of Rape, Wishes GOP Would Stand By Him For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/republicans-silence-golden-when-it-comes-akins-book <p><em><strong>(Updated 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15)</strong></em></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is continuing this week to make the rounds of the national news outlets as he promotes his new book, “Firing Back.”</p><p>But most Republicans, nationally and in Missouri, are continuing to ignore his book – and him.</p><p>In the book, Akin generally defends his controversial 2012 contention that in cases of “legitimate rape,’’ women rarely get pregnant because “their bodies have ways of shutting the whole thing down.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:15:31 +0000 Jo Mannies 38051 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book Ex-Rep. Akin Doubled Staff Salaries After Defeat http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ex-rep-akin-doubled-staff-salaries-after-defeat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin roughly doubled his office payroll after losing a campaign for U.S. Senate.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salary figures available through the online tracking site Legistorm.com show Akin paid his 14-person staff nearly $400,000 in the final quarter of 2012. That's twice as much as the $200,000 quarterly payroll that Akin averaged through the rest of the year.</span></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:21:17 +0000 The Associated Press 25013 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ex-Rep. Akin Doubled Staff Salaries After Defeat Politically Speaking: Prop P, MOSIRA, and McCaskill's Book http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-prop-p-mosira-and-mccaskills-book <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:13:20 +0000 Chris McDaniel 12647 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Prop P, MOSIRA, and McCaskill's Book ‘Akin’s Name Was All Over The World’ – 2012 Politics Reviewed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/akin-s-name-was-all-over-world-2012-politics-reviewed <p>According to a <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/MO_2012_TOP_STORIES_MOOL-?SITE=MOCAP&amp;SECTION=STATE&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT">survey of Associated Press newspaper editors and broadcast news directors</a> in Missouri, the top news story in the state was Republican Representative Todd Akin’s controversial and unscientific remarks about “legitimate rape.”</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:16:27 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 7742 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org ‘Akin’s Name Was All Over The World’ – 2012 Politics Reviewed This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/weeks-politically-speaking-podcast-11 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week's politics.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:38:41 +0000 Chris McDaniel 7380 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast Akin Owes Nearly $270K From Failed Mo. Senate Bid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/akin-owes-nearly-270k-failed-mo-senate-bid <p>Republican Missouri congressman Todd Akin owes almost $270,000 after his unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.</p><p>A federal finance report available online Thursday shows Akin's committee spent about $6 million on his Senate campaign - less than a third of the $19.3 million spent by McCaskill.</p><p>Akin reported $268,830 of debt as of Nov. 26. McCaskill previously reported that she had $238,010 of debt as of that date. But it's often easer for winners than losers to raise money to pay off their campaign debts.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:13:28 +0000 The Associated Press 7341 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Akin Owes Nearly $270K From Failed Mo. Senate Bid Mo. Congressional Vacancy Avoids Partisan Pitfalls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-congressional-vacancy-avoids-partisan-pitfalls <p>There will be no repeat of the big-dollar, negative primary that plagued Missouri's Republican Senate contest when GOP leaders meet next year to select a replacement candidate for retiring Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.</p><p>That's because there will be no primary election at all - no chance for rank-and-file Republicans or Democrats to cast their votes.</p><p>Nominees will be selected by committees of party officials from southeast Missouri. Only then will one Republican and one Democratic candidate be submitted to voters in a special election.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:04:31 +0000 The Associated Press 7211 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Congressional Vacancy Avoids Partisan Pitfalls Despite Condemning The Candidate, The NRSC Funneled Money To Akin http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-condemning-candidate-nrsc-funneled-money-akin <p><em>Updated at 2:02 with McCaskill's&nbsp;finances.</em></p><p>In spite of repeated assurances that they wouldn't support Congressman Todd Akin's senate bid after his damning comments regarding "legitimate rape," the National Republican Senatorial Committee funneled&nbsp;$756,000 into Akin's campaign during the days before the election.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:28:01 +0000 Chris McDaniel 7140 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Despite Condemning The Candidate, The NRSC Funneled Money To Akin