Claire McCaskill

Morning round-up
8:55 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Cochran officials say hospital is safe, McCaskill raises concerns about Chrysler North Plant demolition, Pujols arrives at spring training

Cochran VA officials say despite sterilization concerns, the hospital is safe. Surgeries have been on hold since Feb. 2. (SLPRnews)
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Claire McCaskill
2:19 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

McCaskill: Obama's budget a "starting point" for conversation between Democrats, Republicans

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is calling President Obama's budget a starting point to begin the conversation between Democrats and Republicans.

The Democratic senator says she is anxious to see the Republicans' budget plan in the House. But McCaskill is also criticizing the GOP for focusing on the discretionary domestic budget, which, she says, is only 18 percent of the budget.

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Election 2012
3:12 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

McCaskill pays $4K for website rights

A screen capture of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's 2012 campaign website, ClaireMcCaskill.com. The domain name of the site was purchased from a Columbia, Mo. graphic designer. (Screen Capture of ClaireMcCaskill.com)

Claire McCaskill has a great name for politics - well, at least it's a profitable one for a Columbia, Mo. graphic designer.

The online domain name "ClaireMcCaskill.com" was snatched up by 39-year-old Brennan Hobart in anticipation of McCaskill's 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Cochran VAMC
4:12 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Congressional reaction to new problems at John Cochran VA Medical Center

The director of John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis says surgeries could resume next week at the facility. The center stopped performing surgeries because of concerns over contamination on some operating-room equipment. 

Meanwhile, congressional reaction to the new problems has been harsh.

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Election 2012
11:44 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Steelman raises $200K for U.S. Senate bid

U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman has raised $200,000 for her campaign, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

According to the paper, Steelman raised the sum in about a month.

So where does that put Steelman among her fellow U.S. Senate candidates? The Post-Dispatch lists the candidates' fundraising progress as follows:

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Democratic National Convention
5:20 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

McCaskill disputes reports she worked against St. Louis DNC bid

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Jan. 18, 2011. (St. Louis Public Radio/Rachel Lippmann)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is coming under fire after a report in the New York Times accuses her of working against bringing the Democratic National Convention to the state.

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2011 State of the Union
12:13 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on State of the Union, freeze in spending

President Barack Obama in 2008. Last night during his State of the Union Address, Obama proposed a freeze in spending that Missouri's senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt say doesn't go far enough. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri's Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt agree that the president's proposal to cut the deficit does not go far enough.

President Barack Obama proposed a freeze in spending in his State of the Union speech last night.

McCaskill, a Democrat, says the president's spending cuts don't go far enough:

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Claire McCaskill
6:01 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

McCaskill on secret holds, St. Louis hosting the DNC and spending cap legislation

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at a press conference in St. Louis on Jan. 18, 2011. McCaskill spoke on a variety of topics including secret holds, St. Louis' chances to host the 2012 DNC and spending caps. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill touched on several topics today during a press conference. We have a breakdown of her comments for you:

On St. Louis’ chance of securing the 2012 Democratic National Convention…

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Roy Blunt
5:36 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Blunt sworn in as Missouri's junior U.S. Senator

A photo of now U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's swearing-in ceremony today in Washington, D.C. Pictured above from left: Andy Blunt (Son); Senator Blunt, Charlie Blunt (Son), Abigail Blunt (Wife), Vice President Biden. (via Office of Sen. Roy Blunt)

With the departure of Kit Bond, Missouri has both a new senior senator, Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, and a new junior senator, Republican Roy Blunt. 

Blunt took his oath with vice president Joe Biden today to make it official.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Morning headlines: Several injured in MetroLink crash, Mo and Il Democrats vote for START, St. Louis Archbishop seeks to improve Catholic schools

MetroLink is up and running following a crash in Pagedale Wednesday. (St. Louis Public Radio)
St. Louis Public Radio file photo
  • MetroLink is running regular service this morning across both tracks at the scene of an accident that happened yesterday in Pagedale. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several injuries were reported after a MetroLink light rail train hit a tow truck stalled at a crossing. The eastbound train struck the flatbed truck around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Passengers reported seeing at least five people being taken to hospitals by ambulance. Metro spokeswoman Dianne Williams said she was told the injuries did not appear to be serious. The tow truck was unoccupied. Investigators are trying to figure out why it stalled on the tracks.
  • The new arms control treaty with Russia approved by the Senate Wednesday had the support of Democrats in the Missouri and Illinois delegations, but not the Republicans. The treaty would cap nuclear warheads for both countries and resume on-site inspections that expired a year ago. Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined Dick Durbin of Illinois in voting for the START treaty, which she calls critical to the national security of the United States. Republican Senator Kit Bond of Missouri did not cast a vote on the treaty, while Mark Kirk of Illinois voted no.

"The relationship with Russia is key in terms of us getting the missile defense systems in place that can check Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, if in fact they decide that they will either utilize the nuclear weapons they have, the case in Pakistan, or continue to move towards nuclear capability, in the case of North Korea and Iran." - Sen. Claire McCaskill

  • St. Archbishop Robert Carlson is continuing work on what he has called his top priority - improving Catholic schools in the region. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that for the past year, Carlson has been meeting with parents, teachers, pastors and national experts. The goal is to develop strategies to improve Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese, where enrollment in its 11 counties has been steadily declining for four decades. The newspaper says Carlson is positioning the St. Louis Archdiocese to follow the lead of other large Catholic school systems that have restructured to stop the loss of students.

"We don't have to sit by and let this happen. Let's grow this system again." - Archbishop Robert Carlson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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