Claire McCaskill

Violence Against Women
9:57 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Bipartisan Support Builds For Fighting Sexual Assault On College Campuses

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., addresses reporters on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.
Credit Jim Howard | St. Louis Public Radio

A bipartisan group of senators -- including Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. -- and several victims of sexual violence presented at a press conference on Wednesday their arguments for legislation they say is long overdue and necessary to push colleges and universities into doing more to protect students and rid their campuses of sexual predators.

“This bill represents a rare thing in Washington — a truly collaborative, bipartisan effort—and that bodes well for our shared fight to turn the tide against sexual violence on our campuses,” McCaskill said.

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Politically Speaking
11:41 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Politically Speaking: Money Matters, McCaskill's Big Gift And St. Louis' Big Races

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week the trio discusses the last-minute money surge to the state’s primary candidates, as well as key races in St. Louis. 

The Politically Speaking crew also talked about U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s big donation to the state Democratic Party and what it means for state legislative contests in the fall.

On the show:

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VA Reform
8:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Changes To Veterans Affairs Department Passes First Hurdle

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., explain the compromise to their efforts to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit Jim Howard/St. Louis Public Radio

Imagine two schoolboys scrambling to their feet after tussling in the dirt, both trying to convince a teacher that their fight wasn’t all that bad, and each vouching for the other that they really do get along just fine. That image may give you an idea of how hard-fought negotiations over a compromise bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, turned into the kind of jovial news conference conducted Monday by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

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Primary Election 2014
11:59 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Big Money Flows To Stream, Dooley, Democratic Party From Unexpected Sources

Credit dleafy | sxc.hu

(Updated 11:30 a.m., Mon., July 28)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has underscored her influence within the Missouri Democratic Party by writing a check for $240,000 – making her the new top donor for the party.

And wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield has donated another hefty sum to one of his favorite officeholders, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

But Sinquefield gave even more Monday to a Republican rival for Dooley's job, state Rep. Rick Stream.

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Defense
9:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Durbin, McCaskill Call For Tougher Actions Against Russia In Wake of Airliner Crash

Dick Durbin
Credit File photo

For U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, more sanctions against Russia aren’t enough to demonstrate the United States’ fury over Thursday’s crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

The plane is believed to have been hit by a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

Durbin and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., both believe that the bulk of the blame lies with “Putin’s effort to destabilize the Ukraine,’’ as Durbin put it.

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Senate Confirmation
4:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Ronnie White Confirmed To Federal Bench 17 Years Later

Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White was confirmed to the federal bench of Eastern Missouri on July 16, 2014.
Credit via the Missouri Courts website

Updated Thursday, July 17 to include a statement from Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Seventeen years after his first nomination, former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White has been approved for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Missouri.

The U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to confirm his appointment Wednesday.

It was a long journey that began in 1997 when President Bill Clinton nominated White for a seat on the Eastern District Court of Missouri. At the time he was the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Congress
5:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book

Todd Akin
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

(Updated 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15)

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.”

But most Republicans, nationally and in Missouri, are continuing to ignore his book – and him.

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.”

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Campus Sexual Assault
10:14 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Survey Of College Campuses Shows Many Do Not Investigate Sexual Assault

Claire McCaskill
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says a staff survey of 440 colleges and universities regarding campus sexual assaults has found that 41 percent of those responding “have not conducted a single investigation in five years” despite allegations by possible victims.

That finding is disturbing, McCaskill told reporters Wednesday because it means those colleges "are saying there are zero instances of sexual assault, which is hard to believe."

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St. Louis on the Air
4:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Senator McCaskill On Dr. Oz, Weight-Loss Scams And Obesity In America

Credit Claire McCaskill's Flickr Page

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., received a lot of attention last week for her pointed questioning of TV celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz during a hearing on weight-loss scams. She spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today about that hearing, and her concerns about obesity in America.

“I think it is irresponsible for a doctor of medicine who understands science-based research to tout anything as a miracle pill for weight loss,” said McCaskill, explaining that she thought Dr. Oz “sometimes blurs the line between entertainer and doctor.”

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On The Trail
12:24 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings

Judge Ronnie White
Credit Missouri Supreme Court

Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor. The committee's 10-7 affirmative vote makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.

Here's the original story about White's nomination from April:

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