Election 2012

Politics
11:05 am
Mon September 17, 2012

As deadline to drop out nears, McCaskill steps up attacks on Akin

(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

After weeks of focusing on her image as a moderate Democrat who isn't afraid of compromise, Senator Claire McCaskill stepped up the attack on her opponent in November's Election, Congressman Todd Akin.

In a speech to Democrats in Callaway County, the Senator touched on a variety of issues to incite Democratic voters. One topic that garnered the most applause (and laughter) from the audience was student loans.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Super PAC bringing bus tour to Missouri

Americans for Prosperity is bringing its "Obama's Failing Agenda" bus tour to Missouri.
Kirk Siegler/KUNC

A prominent conservative Super PAC plans to host several events in Missouri over the next few days.  The national group - Americans for Prosperity - will bring its bus tour to tailgate parties before the Mizzou football game on Saturday, the Rams game on Sunday and the Cardinals game on Tuesday. 

The group says this is a way to reach out to a large audience that’s already there – an audience that isn’t necessarily the political rally type.  

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Politics
3:59 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Mo. police, firefighters unions endorse Senator McCaskill

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

One day after the Missouri Farm Bureau reaffirmed its support for Congressman Akin, Senator Claire McCaskill announced endorsements from the Missouri chapters of the firefighters and police unions.  During a conference call, the incumbent Democrat praised the two groups.

"You know, none of the people who go into this line of work do it for the money," McCaskill said. "What they're looking for is a way to serve and give back and have a salary for their families."

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Politics
2:39 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau PAC reaffirms Akin endorsement

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

Will be updated.

The Missouri Farm Bureau political action committee announced that it's sticking by its endorsement of Congressman Todd Akin as he faces incumbent Claire McCaskill in the race for US Senate.

In a release to the media, FARM-PAC, made up of trustees from the farm bureaus in every Missouri county, say that they again "overwhelmingly" voted to support Akin.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

McCaskill backs cigarette tax increase, even if it costs her supporters

Senator McCaskill fields questions from reporters before the RCGA meeting.
Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill is throwing her support behind the November ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax in Missouri. If approved, the initiative would increase the current cigarette tax from the lowest in the nation at 17 cents, to 90 cents.

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Campaign finance
11:27 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Federal court upholds Ill. campaign spending disclosure law

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A federal appeals court has upheld the Illinois law that requires disclosure of most campaign spending by groups in excess of $3,000.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

McCaskill attacks Akin for comments on student loans

Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill (right) and Congressman Todd Akin (left).
(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has been on the attack against her Republican opponent, criticizing Congressman Akin for controversial comments he’s made. But the comments she's attacking are not related to abortion.

So far, McCaskill has avoided attacking Congressman Akin for his comments on “legitimate rape,” which would force her to discuss her stance on the touchy issue of abortion.  Instead, she’s attacking him for his comments on student loans.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

McCaskill attempts to paint herself in the political center, Akin disagrees

Senator McCaskill (D-Missouri) speaks to reporters before a speech.
Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill  doubled her efforts to portray herself as a political centrist.  She released a new ad Friday titled "Fifty," referring to the National Journal's ranking of senators from most liberal to conservative. McCaskill was ranked in the middle at 50.  

But she also doesn't deny she has stood by the President -- a president who will have a tough time winning the state of Missouri.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Akin dismisses claims he hasn't paid for TV ads

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

Republican US Senate candidate Todd Akin dismissed claims that his campaign hasn’t paid for TV ads that were set to be run.  KOMU-TV in Columbia reported Thursday that the station only received half the payment for a full week of Akin’s ads. 

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It's All Politics
7:21 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Five takeaways from the last night of the Democratic National Convention

President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:25 am

If you missed the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

But if you want a quick review, we've compiled five things that struck us about the night:

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