Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill / Oil Company Tax Breaks
11:42 am
Wed May 18, 2011

McCaskill disappointed about blocked oil company tax break bill

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Rachel Lippmann/ St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed the U.S Senate blocked a bill that would have repealed $2 billion per year in tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies.

Republicans and some Democrats opposed the tax increase for fear it would hurt domestic drilling while doing nothing to reduce gas prices.

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Missouri Congressional race
5:46 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Cunningham still mum on political future

Mo. Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield)
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (R) tossing his hat in the ring for next year’s U.S. Senate race, one of his potential successors is keeping mum about whether she’ll join the growing field vying to replace him.

Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) currently represents part of St. Louis County in the Missouri Senate, and has made no secret of her interest in running for Congress.

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Refiner Price Fixing
11:58 am
Tue May 17, 2011

McCaskill writes FTC, urges price fixing probe of U.S. oil refiners

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (l) signed on to a letter drafted by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (r) to the Federal Trade Commission. The letter calls for an investigation of U.S. oil refiners in relation to price fixing.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has drafted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking that an investigation be launched into recent allegations of price fixing of gasoline by U.S. oil refiners.

The letter, a release states, comes after a report in the Kansas City Star "analyzed the ballooning profit margin by oil refiners in recent months."

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Akin Expected to Announce Challenge to McCaskill Today

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin may soon be joining the Republican race to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill next year. Akin is expected to announce his Senate candidacy today at a news conference in Creve Coeur.

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Company Tax Breaks
3:12 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

McCaskill on bill repealing tax breaks for oil companies

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is co-sponsoring legislation that would end tax breaks for the five largest oil companies in the U.S.

The Democrat-backed measure would cut off Shell, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Philips, BP and Chevron from $2 billion per year in subsidies. McCaskill says the savings would go to pay off the country’s spiraling deficit.

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Spring Flooding/Claire McCaskill
1:55 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

McCaskill: farmers' lawsuit against levee blast will be difficult to win

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says that while she sympathizes with southeast Missouri farmers whose land has been swamped by the Birds Point levee breach, a lawsuit filed on their behalf against the federal government will be difficult to win.

The lawsuit claims the government violated the farmers' rights by taking their land without adequate compensation.

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Bin Laden death
2:26 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Local politicians react to death of Osama Bin Laden

Updated 2:15 p.m. May 2 with information from conference call with Sen. Blunt

From Senator Roy Blunt:

"Osama bin Laden's death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden's death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations he financed."

In a Monday conference call, Blunt praised the president for sending Special Forces into bin Laden's Pakistani compound, rather than conducting a bombing raid.

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Spring Flooding
12:29 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Lawmakers weigh-in on pending decision on levee from Army Corps of Engineers

Mo. State Highway Patrol's Roger Shikles keeps watch while passing a mailbox in Butler County, Mo. on April 26, 2011. A levee had breached in the area. A decision to intentionally break a levee in another flood-threatened area, Cairo, Ill. is pending.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 12:29 p.m. April 29:

Via the Associated Press:

Missouri officials are appealing a federal judge's ruling that says the Army Corps of Engineers can break a levee and flood Missouri farmland if necessary to spare an Illinois town upstream.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. ruled Friday that the corps' plan to breach the Birds Point levee is appropriate to ensure flood-control along the Mississippi. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis a short time later.

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Tornado Cleanup
5:41 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

FEMA teams in St. Louis to assess damage from tornadoes

Resident Ron Henderson walks away from his home, totally destroyed, three days after a tornado devastated this area of Bridgeton, Missouri on April 25, 2011. Teams from FEMA are now in the St. Louis area to assess damage from last week's tornadoes.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are on the ground in St. Louis to assess the damage from last week's tornadoes. Their findings will be part of Missouri's request for Federal assistance.

FEMA investigators are gathering data on a variety of factors-including the number of displaced people, effects on the local economy, and how much property was uninsured.

Josh DeBerg is a spokesperson for FEMA. He says the main criteria for federal aid boils down to a question of resources.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Missouri Capitol Building. State lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of Missourians.
Flickr/David_Shane

Missouri Lawmakers Give Final Approval to Federally Funded Jobless Payments

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of people who lost their benefits because of a protest against federal spending by several Republican state senators. The House voted 138-13 Tuesday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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