Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill
2:35 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Report: McCaskill spent less on travel than others

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newspaper's review of travel records has found that U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill spent far less for four years of flights on her private plane than two former Missouri senators spent for travel over similar time spans.

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Federal Government Shutdown
5:48 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Blunt, McCaskill sound-off on possible government shutdown

Missouri's U.S. senators, Republican Roy Blunt (L) and Democrat Claire McCaskill.
(UPI/St. Louis Public Radio)

Congressional budget talks appear headed in a positive direction today, but conservative spending cuts remain obstacles as Congress seeks to avert a government shutdown this weekend.

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt continued to heap blame on Democrats for not passing a budget last year.

"They could have resolved them any way they wanted to last year,” Blunt said. “So their negotiating position is dramatically impacted by their unwillingness to deal with these issues when they were totally in control of everything."

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Arlington oversight
1:34 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

McCaskill wants Arlington update after new revelations of burial mistakes

Sen .Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wants the Army to provide information about what it's doing to correct burial mistakes at Arlington National Cemetery.
(via Flickr/Rob Crawley)

A new report in TIME Magazine has spurred Sen. Claire McCaskill to demand an early accounting of the Army's efforts to clean up problems at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Missouri's Senators on Libya
1:27 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Missouri's U.S. Senators weigh-in on Libya

Missouri's Senators, Republican Roy Blunt (L) and Democrat Claire McCaskill.
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

Via two conference calls today, Missouri's Senators shared their opinions on the continuing situation in Libya.

Democrat Claire McCaskill says she's concerned about conditions in Libya.

While the Senator is awaiting briefings from military officials, she says it appears there has been a reversal over the last 24 hours.

McCaskill says the U.S. effort must have a clear timeline.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, March 28, 2011

Former Missouri Senator Kit Bond.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)

Plane Carrying Bond and Wainwright Makes Slippery Landing at Lambert

Former Missouri Senator Kit Bond and Cardinals star pitcher Adam Wainwright were on board a flight that had to make a slippery landing at Lambert Airport this weekend. The two were among about 140 passengers on a Delta Air Lines jet that slid off the runway while landing in a snowstorm Saturday afternoon.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 24, 2011

St. Louis officials had hoped that 2010 census figures were wrong. They now say they are accurate. (SLPRnews)
  • St. Louis officials were hoping to find that census figures showing the city lost about 8 percent of its population over the past 10 years were wrong. They now concede it is probably accurate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that city officials at first thought the census had listed about 5,000 fewer housing units than did city assessor data. That could have meant about 12,000 St. Louisans were not counted. And they suspected other errors. The Post-Dispatch reports that those errors now look like technological glitches that have no real bearing on the population total. Nearly 200 federal programs use census figures to determine how to distribute federal money.

  • The suspect in the January shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona has been transferred to a specialized facility in Missouri to undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation. Defense lawyers for 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner say in a court filing that he was moved from Tucson to a federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility in Springfield yesterday. Loughner's lawyers want an appeals court to order him returned. Loughner will be given tests to determine if he understands the nature and consequences of the charges he faces and can assist in his defense. He has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Congresswoman. Gabrielle Giffords. She remains at a rehabilitation center in Houston as she recovers from a bullet wound to the brain.

  • Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is releasing a report Thursday examining the state's use of federal economic stimulus money. The auditor's office compiles a report each year tracking the state's use of federal money. The latest report, covering 2010, will include a sizable amount of stimulus dollars in addition to money Missouri normally receives for such things as Medicaid and welfare payments. Schweich, a Republican, took office as auditor in January. As a candidate, he had pledged to act as a "fiscal hawk" over the state's share of federal stimulus money.

  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches. McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday the county determined McCaskill's bill to be $319,541. That amount is still pending confirmation by the State Tax Commission.

Claire McCaskill
4:23 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

McCaskill may owe $320K for plane property taxes

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

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches.

McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money.

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Claire McCaskill
5:32 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Republicans call on McCaskill to release tax records for airplane

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011 as she outlined her quality of care survey for VA hospitals. The Missouri Republican Party has asked McCaskill to release tax records associated with her controversial personal airplane.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republicans are attacking Senator Claire McCaskill for failing to own up to her own rhetoric about openness and accountability.

The state Republican Party is calling on McCaskill to release tax records associated with a controversial airplane at the center of a tax and accounting scandal.

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Claire McCaskill
4:50 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

McCaskill admits failure to pay taxes on personal plane

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

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill admitted today that she has failed to pay up approximately $287,000 in back taxes on a personal airplane.

Problems with McCaskill's plane surfaced several weeks ago amid reports that her office improperly billed the government for travel to a political event.

McCaskill took responsibility for that mistake, but she admits that the perception of dodging taxes could hurt her chances for re-election in 2012.

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Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant
12:57 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

U.S. should re-evaluate nuclear energy risks, McCaskill says

In the wake of the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says the United States should re-evaluate the risks of nuclear energy and make smart decisions going forward.

Workers in Japan are trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown by cooling overheating reactors damaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

McCaskill says Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant is safer because it's a "pressurized water reactor", not a "boiling water reactor" like the one in Japan.

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