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5:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Cut Off From Party's Purse Strings, Rep. Akin Plans Next Move

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., says Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP vice presidential candidate, asked him to end his Senate bid after recent comments he made referring to "legitimate rape."
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:59 pm

Republican Rep. Todd Akin's decision to stay in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri is likely to leave him with support from the state's evangelical community, but not much more, says a political scientist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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Religion/Law
5:50 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

New Mo. law on disturbing worship challenged with ACLU lawsuit

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Under a new Missouri law, it is a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt a house of worship. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the law.
(via Flickr/kat93117)

A federal lawsuit is seeking to block a new Missouri law making it a crime to disturb a worship service.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union claims the law is illegally vague and will infringe on free-speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.

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Mo. ACT score
5:31 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Missouri's ACT score holds steady, national ranking inches up

A student taking the ACT exam.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Missouri’s average American College Test (ACT) score remains unchanged for the eighth year in a row, according to figures released today by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The average ACT score for Missouri high school students is 21.6, a half a point higher than the national average of 21.1.  Despite having the same average score as last year, Missouri’s ranking among the 50 states edged up slightly from 27th to 26th.  The highest possible score is 36 and the lowest is one.

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Todd Akin
4:07 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

The day after Todd Akin didn't leave the race for US Senate

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

Updtated at 5:52 p.m. with comments from Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill

Congressman Todd Akin didn't drop out of the race for US Senate yesterday before the legal deadline, despite significant local and national pressure otherwise. He would now need a court order to leave the race.

Here's how the day after the deadline has looked so far:

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Election 2012
2:24 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Deadline passes, Akin stays in race for US Senate

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).

Will be updated.

Updated 10:46 p.m. Palin suggests a third party candidate

Sarah Palin, who backed Sarah Steelman during the heated GOP Senate primary, is suggesting a third party candidate to run against Akin.

Speaking to Fox News Palin said: "Bless his heart, I don't want to pile on Todd Akin." 

But, she then said that it's time for Akin to step aside.

"Missouri is a must-win state," Palin said.  "The way we do that is to have someone like Sarah Steelman be able to run, even if it's as a third-party candidate, to be able to run and take this back."

Updated 5:00 p.m. with deadline passing, Akin remaining in the race

Updated 4:36 p.m. with additional reporting. A full list of earlier updates can be found at the end of the post. Original story posted Aug. 21 12.33 p.m.

Despite tremendous pressure on him to act otherwise, Todd Akin will stay in the race against Claire McCaskill for US Senate. 

The deadline for Akin to remove himself from the race was 5 p.m. CT today. He will need a court order by Sept. 25 if he wants to drop out beyond this point.

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November ballot initiatives
12:02 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Court upholds language on local control measure

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that language used to summarize a ballot proposal giving St. Louis city  control of its police department is fair.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am

  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.

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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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Congressman Todd Akin
3:03 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Akin apologizes for 'legitimate rape' comments, says he will not quit

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

Will be updated.

Updated 2:46 p.m.

Todd Akin may be losing a chunk of funding, to the tune of $5 million.

A National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee official tells The Associated Press that the group's head, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, called Rep. Todd Akin on Monday. The official says that Cornyn told Akin that $5 million in advertising the committee had set aside for the Missouri race would be spent elsewhere.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the conversation was private.

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Politics
9:37 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Akin faces criticism for comments on 'legitimate' rape

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis.

Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing a wave of criticism for comments he made during an interview about pregnancies caused by rape.

Akin is a six-term congressman and a Tea Party favorite challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Speaking during an interview on Fox2’s Jaco Report Akin was asked if he would support abortion in cases when a woman was raped.

Akin replied that pregnancies caused by rape are rare and that women have some kind of biological defense to prevent pregnancy in these situations.

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