Claire McCaskill

Election 2012 / Todd Akin / Claire McCaskill
4:22 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Mo. Rep. Akin adds real estate to federal reports

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is revising a decade of federal ethics reports to note his stake in some family real estate matters.

The House Republican, who's running for U.S. Senate, is amending his personal financial disclosure reports for 2001 through 2010 to show his stake in property owned by family partnerships in the St. Louis area and Cape Cod, Mass.

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Morning round-up
8:43 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced he will lead a trade delegation to China later this year.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to lead trade delegation to China

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to lead a trade delegation to China later this year. The governor's office on Wednesday confirmed a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the trade mission.

No date has been set.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:17 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

McCaskill: "Gang of Six" plan makes sense

Sen. Claire McCaskill says the "Gang of Six" plan to solve the looming deficit crisis makes sense.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says the bipartisan “Gang of Six” plan to steer the government away from a first-ever default on its financial obligations makes sense because it helps the deficit and lowers corporate and personal tax rates.

The democratic Senator attended the meeting on Capitol Hill Tues. where some 50 senators from both parties were briefed on the plan. McCaskill says most of the senators are excited about the compromise that was presented.

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Claire McCaskill
12:01 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

McCaskill accusing GOP of playing politics

Senator Claire McCaskill is accusing GOP leadership of playing politics during budget negotiations with the president.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

As budget talks continue in Washington, Sen. Claire McCaskill is accusing GOP leadership of playing politics during negotiations with the president.

 Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, is proposing to give President Obama sweeping power to, in effect, unilaterally increase the nation’s debt limit to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. obligations.

 McCaskill, a Democrat, says McConnell’s plan is purely political.

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Missouri River - flooding
5:00 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Senators seek to improve flood control on Missouri River

Water from the Missouri River overtops a levee in Atchison County, Mo., on June 19.
(flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo)

The Missouri River Working Group is holding its first meeting on Wednesday to come up with a policy on flood control.

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill launched the group with senators from North Dakota to look for ways to improve flood control along the Missouri River and keep this year’s flooding from happening again.

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Missouri River Floods
12:19 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

McCaskill and Blunt to meet with Senators to discuss flood control

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo

The Missouri River Working Group will hold its first meeting next week to discuss issues related to flood control.

Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, along with senators from states along the Missouri River, launched the group to examine the best ways to protect people and property. They’ll also discuss ways to avoid floods, like this summer’s, from happening in the future.

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Missouri River flooding
5:50 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Army Corps of Engineers criticized for timing of letters to flood-besieged farmers

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/By Carlos J. Lazo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is catching flak for sending out letters to farmers along the flooded Missouri River.

The letters in question are an attempt to gauge farmers' interest in selling their lands to the federal government for wildlife habitat restoration.  Farmers in Missouri and Iowa have been receiving the letters.

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Claire McCaskill
12:30 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

McCaskill seeking answers from Army Corps of Engineers

Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to make sure the Army Corps of Engineers' priorities are not being distorted by considerations other than protections of life and property.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

As volunteers and residents in Holt and Atchison counties in northwest Missouri continue sandbagging to keep the rising Missouri River at bay, Sen. Claire McCaskill is looking for answers from the Army Corps of Engineers.

 McCaskill says she feels the frustration and anger of residents living in the small communities that have been ordered to evacuate, and wants the Army Corps of Engineers to explain the motivating factor for releasing water from reservoirs upriver when they did.

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Claire McCaskill
12:01 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

McCaskill continues to embrace Twitter

McCaskill will continue to embrace social networking sites. In the wake of "Weiner-gate" she says, "The problem was not with Twitter. The problem was with the Twit."
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In the wake of “Weiner-gate,” in which Congressman Anthony Weiner has acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive messages and photos through Twitter, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says the scandal will not change the way she uses social media.

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Frankie Freeman
5:52 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

St. Louis attorney, activist Freeman honored on Senate floor, to receive top NAACP award

Frankie Freeman, long-time St. Louis attorney and civil rights activist.
(via NAACP Release)

A long-time St. Louis attorney and civil rights activist is this year's recipient of the top award from the NAACP.

Frankie Freeman will receive the 96th Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in July.

She was honored Wednesday on the floor by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who called the medal an appropriate recognition of Freeman's 60-plus years of civil  rights activism.

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