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Politics & Issues
10:44 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Area Lawmakers Make Mark On Budget, Policy Bills -- Growler Funding, Sexual Assault Prosecution

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, a Republican, and Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore; McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Were area members of Congress to sum up this session in a single word, that word would most likely be “Growler.”  The funding for 15 of Boeing’s high-tech E/A 18G Growlers, which are built in St. Louis, is included in the $1.1 trillion government funding package approved by the Senate over the weekend.

Support for the Growler is the one thing most frequently mentioned by Missouri lawmakers.  That bipartisan support helped secure nearly $1.5 billion to keep the Growler going through the end of 2017.

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Congress
2:31 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Blunt, McCaskill Split Sharply Over CIA Torture Report

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill
Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore; McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Missouri’s U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – hold starkly different views on the release of the congressional report into the CIA’s actions in the detention and torture of some prisoners in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Grand jury decision
12:53 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Leaders Respond To Grand Jury's Non-Indictment

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks Monday at a news conference before the grand jury announcement.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Within minutes after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that the grand jury did not recommend that Darren Wilson face indictment for the shooting death of Michael Brown, reactions from area politicians came quickly. 

Before and after the grand jury’s decision was made public, area officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.

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Immigration
11:41 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Reaction To Obama's Immigration Orders Mostly Follows Partisan Split

Claire McCaskill
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

With a notable exception, congressional reaction to President Barack Obama's decision to issue an executive order on immigration divided predictably along partisan lines.

Republicans universally panned Obama’s action as “lawless” and unconstitutional while Democrats, for the most part, praised and defended his decision to act where Congress has failed.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., issued a statement that managed to criticize both congressional inaction and the reliance on executive orders to address such an important and contentious issue.

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Missouri's Senators
10:36 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Ferguson, Immigration Top Concerns of McCaskill, Blunt

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill talked to the president on Tuesday about Ferguson.
Credit Sen. McCaskill's Flickr page

The president and his administration are maintaining regular contact with Missouri officials ahead of an announcement by the grand jury investigating the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters this week that she spoke with President Barack Obama on Tuesday for what she described as a “full and complete discussion about a lot of issues surrounding Ferguson.”  She added that “I’m in contact with the Department of Justice every few days, encouraging them to continue their independent and complete investigation.”

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Congress
11:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

McCaskill Votes 'No' On Reid; Blunt, Wagner, Durbin Re-Elected To Leadership

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Credit Sen. McCaskill's Flickr page

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., joined a handful of other centrists-Democrats in voting against Nevada Sen. Harry Reid to be the caucus’ minority leader for the 114th Congress beginning in January. McCaskill said she made her decision in the wake of last week's election, which she said showed that Missouri voters want change.

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U.S. Congress
7:43 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Legislators Still Have To-Do List For Lame-Duck Session

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Senate Democrats return to Washington Wednesday morning knowing that their time in the majority will expire in just a few weeks. 

The lame duck session starts Wednesday and ends before Christmas, with a Thanksgiving holiday in between. The new Congress, with its Senate Republican majority of 52 seats, starts shortly after the New Year. The House remains firmly in Republican hands.

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National Politics
11:55 am
Thu November 6, 2014

GOP Control Over Senate Brings Blunt To New Prominence

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

When the Republican majority takes over the U.S. Senate in January, Missouri will still have influential friends in high places, but St. Louis and urban interests may lack strong champions.

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2016 Election
1:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Sinquefield Hosting Election-Night Event For Blunt

Rex Sinquefield
Credit Courtesy of Rex Sinquefield's web site

Shortly before the polls close on Nov. 4,  wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield and his wife, Jeanne, will already have moved on to the 2016 elections.

The couple is hosting an early-evening fundraiser – billed as an “Election Night Reception”  -- on Nov. 4 at their St. Louis home.  The reception is scheduled to end when polls close at 7 p.m.

The beneficiary is U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. The senator is expected to seek re-election in 2016.

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Health Policy
1:15 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Blunt Calls For Ban On Travel From Ebola-Stricken Countries

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is calling for a travel ban in response to the Ebola outbreak.

Speaking Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Missouri’s Republican senator said that the U.S. should temporarily suspend the visas of people traveling from the West African countries battling the disease.

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