Claire McCaskill

Keystone XL pipeline
4:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

McCaskill calls for quick approval of Keystone XL oil pipeline

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill D-MO.
(via Flickr/ Senator McCaskill)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is bucking most of her party in calling for quick approval of a new oil pipeline from Canada.

The Democrat sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging the Secretary to approve the Keystone XL project. Clinton's approval is needed because the pipeline crosses international borders.

In a phone call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said she believes that the company behind the pipeline, Trans-Canada, has made changes to satisfy the concerns of environmentalists in Nebraska.

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Ag disaster
12:24 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

McCaskill, Blunt ask for agriculture disaster declaration

A farmer in Boone County, Mo. demonstrates how big an ear of corn should be by June 25. Sens. McCaskill and Blunt have sent a letter asking for an agriculture disaster declaration.
Malory Ensor/KOMU News - via Flickr

Both of Missouri’s Senators have signed a letter asking agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to declare almost all of the state a disaster area due to drought conditions.

The federal Farm Service Agency recently found that every county except St. Louis city met the requirements for that declaration. It would open up emergency loans and expand the places where ranchers can graze their cattle.

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Claire McCaskill / Health Care
6:10 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

McCaskill hails Supreme Court health care ruling

US Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. outside the St. Charles Coordinated Campaign office on July 5, 2012.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

US Senator Claire McCaskill is speaking out for the first time in the St. Louis area on the Supreme Court's health care ruling

The Missouri Democrat told supporters today at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be a burden to seniors.

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Morning round-up
6:55 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, June 29, 2012

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Beer giant A-B InBev gets bigger

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it will buy the remaining 50 percent of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo for $20.1 billion.

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4:59 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

McCaskill among 12 'major' Democrats to skip national convention

As we've reported, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is skipping this year's Democratic National Convention. Here's a look from NPR this evening about the 11 other "major Democrats" skipping "Obama's renomination party."
This year's Democratic National Convention has already shrunk by a day. Now it appears the attendance for the event is shrinking, too. At least a dozen prominent Democrats say they won't be able to make it. All are facing tough election campaigns in places where President Obama's popularity lags.
Morning round-up
5:54 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Hot forecast brings heat advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area.

The advisory is in effect starting at noon on Thursday, and extending to at least 7 p.m. on Saturday. And the forecast from the National Weather Service shows why.

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Air Pollution Standards
5:54 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

US Senate upholds limits on power plant air pollution

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Missouri, ranks 2nd highest in mercury emissions nationwide, according to a Nov. 2011 report by the advocacy group Environment Missouri.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:50 p.m. to add comments from Senator Roy Blunt.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill that would have done away with new federal limits on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants.

The resolution introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe would have eliminated the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in December.

Missouri’s senators were divided on the issue.

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McCaskill/Micro-Unions
3:24 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

McCaskill asked to reveal position on micro-unions

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

A group billing itself as non-partisan is calling on U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D, Missouri) to reveal where she stands on micro-unions.

Micro-unions are smaller groups of workers within an officially-sanctioned labor union.  The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) issued a ruling last year that allowed the creation of micro-unions.  Jason Klindt with the Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs says micro-unions are a threat to small businesses.

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Election 2012/GOP Primary
6:32 am
Tue June 12, 2012

GOP Senate debate sticks close to party themes

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin announces his Senate candidacy on May 17, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The three Republicans vying for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November didn't stray far from the party's script at a debate in St. Charles last night.

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Paycheck Fairness Act
5:51 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Blunt, McCaskill sharply split on Paycheck Fairness Act

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo (l) and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Combined photos - both by UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which proponents say would strengthen women's ability to get equal pay in the workplace, failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Just like yesterday's vote, Missouri's senators are sharply split along party lines.

Missouri's Republican senator Roy Bunt says the bill doesn't have much to do with "fair pay" and a whole lot to do with litigation.

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