Claire McCaskill

Morning News Roundup
10:35 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Morning Headlines: Freezing rain, St. Clair Police layoffs, START treaty

Sheriff's deputies in St. Clair county anticipate layoffs as a result of a rejected county proposal to increase wages by 1 percent, a margin not deemed competitive enough to surrounding municipalities.
(Flickr Creative Commons User conner395)
  • If you thought your neighborhood was like a skating rink this morning, you certainly were not alone. Freezing rain coated the St. Louis area with a nasty glaze of ice, causing trouble on the roads. It was worse in rural areas and the Missouri Department of Transportation continues to treat streets with salt, and, believe it or not, beet juice.
  • Sheriff's deputies in St. Clair county got some bad news on Tuesday - 13 of the 46 deputies will be losing their jobs effective Jan. 15. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that this comes after the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police union rejected a proposal by the county to increase their wages by 1 percent, a margin deemed too small by the union compared to similar-sized departments in Illinois, including Madison County the paper reports. Also in St. Clair county,  the East St. Louis city council is scheduled to vote on Friday on a proposal to layoff 26 city employees, including 19 police officers effective Jan. 1.  Laying off 19 police officers means that the police department will be left with 43 police officers -- the department had more than 70 officers just a few years ago. With a reduced force it will be tougher to police an area that, so far, has seen 25 homicides this year.
  • The U.S. Senate is debating President Obama's top foreign policy priority, a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty. Democrats prevailed in a test vote Wednesday after Republicans threatened to delay work on the pact, known as the START treaty. Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill emphasized that the treaty with Russia is vital for the success of American troops fighting in Afghanistan:

"It is a very important treaty for our troops in Afghanistan because the supply lines for our troops in Afghanistan go through Russia and our relationship with Russia is very, very important, especially as you look at our plans on missile defense." - Claire McCaskill

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Bond farewell
3:42 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Bond bids Senate farewell

St. Louis Public Radio photo

"There's nothing like being eulogized while you're still breathing," Sen. Kit Bond said Tuesday as he stepped to a podium in the U.S.

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Health Care Law
9:54 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Mo. politicians react to ruling on federal health care law

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, accused by the Missouri GOP of ducking the issue of healthcare.
(Flickr Creative Commons User aflcio)

Republicans in Missouri are praising Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared portions of the new federal health care law unconstitutional.

The Missouri Republican Party released a statement criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill for supporting the bill.

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Amending the Arch
5:51 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Salazar, LaHood, McCaskill talk funding for Arch revamp

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (L) looks on as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood explains plans for improving and expanding the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial where the Gateway Arch sits, during a press conference across the Mississippi.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the Transportation Secretary were in East St. Louis today to talk about improvements to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a.k.a. the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

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National Tax Bill
5:07 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Mo. Senators Bond, McCaskill on voting Obama tax package

U.S. Senators for Missouri Kit Bond, at left, and Claire McCaskill.
St. Louis Public Radio

Often tax legislation is a little bit muddled. We try to break down Obama's latest for you and let you know what your U.S. Senators, Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill, think as they go to vote on the bill.

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Arlington Cemetery
5:03 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

McCaskill wants Sat. vote on Arlington legislation

Graves at Arlington National Cemetery
Flickr Creative Commons user Tony the Misfit

Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill says the Sente needs to vote - and soon - on her measure that would increase oversight at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Election 2012
9:21 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Steelman challenging McCaskill in 2012

Sarah Steelman, as pictured on her website.

As reported by Jake Wagman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and POLITICO's David Catanese, Republican Sarah Steelman has officially announced her bid to challenge incumbent Claire McCaskill in 2012.

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