Todd Akin

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

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

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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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system. The National Guard is working to hold back the swollen river. This is aerial footage over the St. Joseph, Mo. area.
(Screen capture via YouTube/139thAirliftWing)

Nixon seeks federal emergency declaration due to flooding

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.

The governor made the request yesterday in a letter to President Barack Obama. Nixon notes that the Missouri has already caused extensive flooding and is expected to threaten 25 counties in all, from the far northwest to St. Louis. He says flash floods have also affected Clark and Lewis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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Akin voting investigation
10:18 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Democratic state Rep. requests investigation into Akin residency

A Democratic state Representative has asked for an investigation into reports that Senate candidate Todd Akin, pictured here, voted 10 times from the wrong address.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Democratic state Representative from the St. Louis area has officially asked Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to investigate whether Congressman Todd Akin broke any rules by voting in Town and Country despite having an official residence in Wildwood.

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Todd Akin
10:47 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Akin changes voter registration to Wildwood

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)

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin has amended his voter registration to the St. Louis suburb of Wildwood.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last month that the five-term Republican has been voting from the address of his old family homestead in another suburb, Town and Country, despite moving to Wildwood more than three years ago.

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