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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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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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Court plan ballot language
3:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

A Cole County judge has upheld a ballot summary prepared by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) for a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the governor’s role in appointing State Supreme Court judges.


The ballot language for Amendment 3 asks:

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MO Statehouse
12:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Nixon extends state of emergency for drought

Drought- affected corn in Boone County this summer.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

Will be updated.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has extended the state of emergency related to the drought that has gripped the state for most of the summer. 

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MO Statehouse
5:30 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Mo. lawmakers face big decisions in veto overrides

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol and must decide whether to override any of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes.

The Democratic governor vetoed about a dozen bills, but attention for a possible override has focused on measures dealing with health insurance and vehicle taxes. Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday, and a successful veto override requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.

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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It's All Politics
7:17 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Fact Checkers Ding Obama And Biden For Some Spinning

Vice President Biden and President Obama wave to the delegates Thursday night at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:52 am

"We heard some facts being spun" Thursday night when President Obama and Vice President Biden gave their acceptance speeches at the Democratic National Convention, report the watchdogs at FactCheck.org.

They and other independent fact checkers have compiled, just as they did at last week's Republican National Convention, a list of those things said by the two parties' standard bearers that don't quite add up or may give misleading impressions.

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It's All Politics
4:54 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Live Blog: Thursday At The Democratic National Convention

Attendees sing and dance as musician James Taylor performs onstage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 6:02 pm

  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 1
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 2
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 3

Good evening from Charlotte. Tonight during the last day of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will accept his party's nomination.

It will be a star-studded evening with performances from James Taylor and the Foo Fighters and appearences from stars like Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson.

We'll keep tabs on it the whole night. Also, along with NPR's Liz Halloran and Becky Lettenberger, we'll hit the floor and bring you updates on several of the delegations. Make sure to refresh this page to the see the latest.

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