Todd Akin

Mo. Governor/US Senate races
7:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau endorses Spence for Governor, Akin for US Senate

Dave Spence (R), addresses Mo. Farm Bureau members Aug. 10, 2012. Spence was endorsed by the Farm Bureau's regional FARM-PAC's for Mo. Governor.
Missouri Farm Bureau

Dave Spence, the Republican nominee for Governor, has been endorsed by the Missouri Farm Bureau’s regional political action committees.

Both Spence and Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon spoke to Farm Bureau members from across the state at a forum in Jefferson City today.  Spence told them that his business background will translate well in handling agricultural issues.

“If you want an advocate to stand up to the (Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources) and the (Environmental Protection Agency) and all the crazy regulations that come out of DC by bureaucrats who have no idea what’s going on in the real world, I’ve got your back," Spence said.

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McCaskill on money
5:17 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

McCaskill expects to get outspent in November

Claire McCaskill at a campaign event on Aug. 10, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 9, 2012

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McCaskill gears up for campaign against Akin

Senator Claire McCaskill stopped at a sheet metal shop in Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday morning to kick off her campaign for the general election.

The Democratic incumbent criticized her newly anointed Republican challenger Todd Akin as being out of the mainstream on Medicare, student loans, and the minimum wage.

McCaskill said she will better represent the middle class.

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Mo. GOP Senate Primary
6:45 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Three main candidates race to the right in Mo. GOP Senate primary

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin
(via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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Morning Round-Up
7:05 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Heat wave death toll rises

The death toll from the recent heat wave in St. Louis is up to 14.

The city announced yesterday that four more individuals- three men and a woman- had succumbed to the triple-digit temperatures. The exact circumstances of their deaths were not provided.

The rising death toll has prompted Mayor Francis Slay to create a coordinated severe weather response program that will include the city's health, human services, public safety and building departments.

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Election 2012/GOP Primary
6:32 am
Tue June 12, 2012

GOP Senate debate sticks close to party themes

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin announces his Senate candidacy on May 17, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The three Republicans vying for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November didn't stray far from the party's script at a debate in St. Charles last night.

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Election 2012
10:48 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Senate hopefuls Akin, Steelman debate

Former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (left) and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) (right) faced off in a debate Tuesday.
(Steelman photo: file photo, Akin photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 1 p.m. with comments from the debate.

Two Missouri Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate spent more time criticizing the Democratic incumbent than each other during a debate on Tuesday.

Congressman Todd Akin and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman kept their fire mostly trained on Sen. Claire McCaskill and President Obama during the hour-long forum, which was sponsored by KTRS Radio and the St. Louis Beacon. A third candidate, businessman John Brunner, did not attend.

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Election 2012 / Todd Akin / Claire McCaskill
4:22 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Mo. Rep. Akin adds real estate to federal reports

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

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is revising a decade of federal ethics reports to note his stake in some family real estate matters.

The House Republican, who's running for U.S. Senate, is amending his personal financial disclosure reports for 2001 through 2010 to show his stake in property owned by family partnerships in the St. Louis area and Cape Cod, Mass.

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Election 2012 / Todd Akin
12:19 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Akin hires former "Swift Boater" as consultant for Senate campaign

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) announces he will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat in 2012 on May 17, 2011. Akin's campaign named a new consultant to their team today, Chris LaCivita.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The team behind Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's campaign for U.S. Senate announced the addition of a new member today, Chris LaCivita. LaCivita was  "chief strategist for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and co-producer of their award winning ads," according to a release from Akin's team.

"Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" was the group involved in disputing the military record of former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in the 2004 election.

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Todd Akin / Religion
1:38 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Faith leaders deliver letter to Akin over "hatred for God" comments

Rev. Kevin Cameron, senior pastor at Parkway United Church of Christ, delivers a letter to Steve Taylor, press secretary for Congressman Todd Akin.
(Johanna Mayer/St. Louis Public Radio)

Several pastors and ministers are dismissing an apology from Missouri Congressman Todd Akin for his statement last week in an interview that "at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God."

The clergy from the Republican Congressman's district delivered a letter to his office this morning Wednesday asking him to reconsider his words.

Akin made the comments while discussing a TV clip of the Pledge of Allegiance that omitted the phrase "under God" during NBC's broadcast of the U.S. Open golf tournament.

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