Missouri Senate

Missouri Senate
2:48 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Faces Of Mo. Senate Leadership Announced

The chambers of the Missouri Senate in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate will be led by new people when it convenes for the 2013 session.

Majority party Republicans on Thursday nominated Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, to serve as president pro tem - the top position in the chamber. Dempsey still must be elected by the full Senate when it convenes in January, but that is expected to be a mere formality.

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Politics
1:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin In Senate Race

Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.

McCaskill won with about 54-percent of the vote in the election. She told supporters in St. Louis' Central West End Tuesday night that the victory means more to her because many pundits had predicted she would lose her seat.

"They all said 'it's over, it's done, it's too red, it's just too red, there is no way that Claire McCaskill can survive.' Well, you know what happened? You proved 'em wrong," McCaskill said.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:17 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant

Congressman Todd Akin
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
  • Interview with Congressman Todd Akin, candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri.

The U.S. Senate race in Missouri has drawn national attention with Republican Congressman Todd Akin vying to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Most recently, Akin garnered national ire for saying McCaskill is like a dog that fetches taxes and regulations from D.C. and brings them back to Missouri.

Akin defended that analogy on Monday.

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Jane Cunningham
6:35 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Exit interview: Jane Cunningham on where she's been, and what's next

State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield).
Jane Cunningham official website


A long-time St. Louis County lawmaker is leaving office this year because her Senate district was moved to the Kansas City area.  Republican Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield has spent eight years in the Missouri House and four in the Senate, making a name for herself as an outspoken social conservative. 


During her last visit to the Capitol as an elected official last week, she sat down with St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin to talk about her record in office and where she goes from here.

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Mo. Senate Race
5:43 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Akin pledges to keep ads on TV in Mo. Senate race

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) talks with reporters after announcing he will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat in 2012, in Creve Coeur, Mo. on May 17.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republican Rep. Todd Akin says Missouri TV viewers should expect to see his U.S. Senate ads all the way until Election Day.

One of the biggest questions surrounding Akin's campaign has been whether he will be able to raise enough money to spread his message. Some big-dollar donors dropped their support because of his remarks last month about rape and abortion.

Politics
6:11 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

GOP brass calls on Akin to withdraw, Democrat McCaskill says he should stay in

Democrat Claire McCaskill speaking at a VFW hall in Festus, Mo. on Aug. 20, 2012.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

Embattled Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he plans to stay in the race for U.S. Senate.

The fallout from Akin’s comments about pregnancies caused by “legitimate rape” has prompted a storm of criticism, including fellow Republicans, many of whom say Akin should withdraw his candidacy for Senate immediately.  

The conservative PAC Crossroads GPS is pulling its ads from the Missouri race.  The group had originally booked a new round of ads to start Wednesday but opted instead to cancel them.

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Anti contraceptive mandate
1:28 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

Thousands email Nixon about Mo. contraception bill

Gov. Jay Nixon

Thousands of emails and letters are flooding the Missouri governor's office as he decides whether to sign health insurance legislation.

The Republican-led Legislature approved a measure stating no employer or health plan provider can be compelled to provide coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization if those items run contrary to their religious or moral convictions.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has until mid-July to veto the bill, or it will take effect.

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Anti contraceptive mandate rally
5:28 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Rally against president's contraceptive mandate held at Mo. Capitol

Bishop John Gaydos addresses the crowd at a rally on June 8th, 2012, opposing President Obama's contraceptive mandate.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Around 200 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today against President Obama’s mandate that employers provide coverage for contraceptive services.

Churches are exempt from the mandate, but religious non-profit organizations, such as schools and hospitals, are not.  John Gaydos is bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City.

“Religious freedom is not merely about our ability to attend church on Sunday," Gaydos said.  "It is impossible to exercise that religious freedom and at the same time compromise the faith that inspires us to action.”

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Contraception
10:45 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Mo. lawmakers face contraception issue on last day

(via Flickr/brains the head)

Missouri senators have passed legislation specifically allowing employers to refuse, on religious ground, to provide health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization or abortion.

The Senate's 28-6 vote Friday moved the bill to the Missouri House, where it was passed during mid-afternoon.

Sen. Jane Cunningham
7:51 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. Senator taken to hospital from Capitol

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

Updated 5-17-2012, 2:31 p.m.

Missouri Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) has been released from a Jefferson City hospital and is resting at her Capital-area residence.

She left the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon after becoming light-headed during debate on an education bill.  Her Chief of Staff, Kit Crancer, did not disclose the nature of her illness.  He described it as a serious but non-life threatening situation.

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