Claire McCaskill

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2:31 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill On Sexual Assault In The Military, Affordable Care Act

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill visits Kansas City on Wednesday and Thursday as part of her 'McCaskill on Main Street' tour.  

She’s fresh off a big legislative win in the Senate where her version of a bill dealing with sexual assault in the military won out over a competing measure.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Sen. McCaskill about sexual assault in the military and her opinions on progress made as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
5:36 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Blunt, McCaskill Step Up Concerns About Proposed National Guard Cuts

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 11:18 am

Missouri’s two U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – are joining forces as they raise concerns about the Defense Department’s proposed cuts in spending for the National Guard.

The trims would have a $34 million economic impact on Missouri through 2016, Blunt told reporters Thursday. The reduced spending would primarily affect Guard operations in Springfield, Warrensburg and St. Joseph, he said.

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Government
1:26 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Federal Belt Tightening May Threaten Missouri Disaster Relief

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City won’t be getting the volume of federal funding it’s been accustomed to  for preparation against terrorist attacks and natural disasters, said Sen. Claire McCaskill, meeting with Kansas City reporters.

The Senator said the mood toward smaller government will work against paying for disaster aid the way it has been since Sept. 11.

Kansas City has been excluded from a list of to 25 cities to get  public safety and disaster aid. 

McCaskill doubts funding will return for what many consider municipal responsibilities.

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Up to Date
10:27 am
Tue December 17, 2013

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill On The Budget, Sexual Assault In The Military

Sen. Claire McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to talk about the latest legislative issues.
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  We’re nearing the end of this year’s legislative session in Washington, but things aren’t cooling off quite yet.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to discuss the future of the farm bill, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the recent House budget deal and what’s going on with John Boehner after his speech about the Tea Party to Republican lawmakers.

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Up to Date
11:18 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Sen. Claire McCaskill On The Government Shutdown

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, speaks to gasoline prices outside a K.C. Shell station.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has spoken out against Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster opposing a healthcare reform bill. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to talk about Sen. Cruz's filibuster, the latest developments on the government shutdown and its effects on Missouri voters. 

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Government
4:28 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

McCaskill Will Wait For Pitch Before Deciding KCI Swing

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill awaits firm proposal before picking sides in KCI Airport squabble.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Senator Claire McCaskill feels it’s too early to say how she would lean toward federal funding of renovations at KCI Airport.

The Missouri  Democrat  says she understands the single-terminal “A” concept stirs passions.

The Senator was waiting amid the noise of Gates Barbecue in Independence  when she talked with a pair of reporters, saying it’s too soon for serious conversation  about the airport since there isn’t even a proposal for change.

The Mayor has  appointed an ad hoc commission to recommend changes to the  airport.

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Government
3:39 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

MO Democratic Chair Will Step Down

Mike Sanders to leave helm of Missouri Democratic Party .
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Democrats will  be picking a new state party chair when they meet in late August.

Current Chairman Mike Sanders  is stepping down from the post.

The incumbent Jackson County Executive is in his second term as Missouri Democratic Chairman. 

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Government
9:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

McCaskill Denounces Missouri Lawmakers Failure To Pass Transportation Bill

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, criticized state lawmakers Tuesday for failing to pass a transportation bill, while previewing federal legislation to improve the nation’s infrastructure. 

McCaskill called the state’s $600 million construction budget to oversee 33,000 miles of roadways a “recipe for disaster.”

“We cannot have a strong economy in Missouri if we do not have an ongoing commitment to investing in our highways, our bridges, and even our lochs and dams, and projects on our great rivers,” McCaskill said.

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Government
2:17 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

McCaskill Hopes For Compromise On 'Fiscal Cliff'

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, says that falling over the so-called fiscal cliff, the deep program cuts, and big tax increases set to hit January 1st wouldn’t be as dramatic as some people imagine.

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Government
5:42 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Blunt, McCaskill Take Opposing Views On Senate Rule Changes

The U.S. Capitol.
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Averting big, abrupt tax increases and spending cuts isn’t the only issue pressing in Washington this week.

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Government
4:14 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Missouri Senators Disagree About Gun Control

Mo. Senator Roy Blunt has said he does not think stricter gun control laws will help prevent violence.

After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are now looking to Congress and the President to enact legislation that will curb gun violence. But Missouri’s Senators don’t agree on what that response should be.

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Government
9:32 am
Thu November 29, 2012

McCaskill Frustrated Over Farm Bill, Health Exchanges

Claire McCaskill
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she’s frustrated with the House of Representatives for not taking up three pieces of legislation that she calls “bipartisan” and “vitally important.”

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Tue November 20, 2012

McCaskill On Winning The Election, Fiscal Cliff & Wartime Contracting

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, speaks to gasoline prices outside a K.C. Shell station.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

When Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin a few weeks ago, everyone was surprised by the 16-point margin of victory. 

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Election 2012
7:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Beats Akin In Race That Was Not Even Close

Senator Claire McCaskill's victory speech last night in St. Louis.
Frank Morris KCUR

Senator Claire McCaskill did something few thought possible last night - she won a decisive re-election victory over Representative Todd Akin in one of the most closely watched Congressional races in the country.

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Election 2012
5:43 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Battle Comes To An End In US Senate Race

Suburban Missouri has been a battleground in the U.S. Senate race. KCUR’s Frank Morris was in Chesterfield, outside St. Louis, with the Akin campaign, before he conceded to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

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Election 2012
5:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Predicting Results In Missouri, Clay County As Bellwether

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It's Election Day, and the polls close at 7 p.m. in Kansas and in Missouri.

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Government
4:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Campaign Accelerators Pressed In Missouri Senate Campaigns

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Leading into weekend campaigning, supporters of the two leading candidates for the U.S. Senate race in Missouri show no sign of slackening efforts.

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Election 2012
9:22 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

McCaskill Looks To GOP Votes

Senator Claire McCaskill, flanked by 5th District Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, says she expects some Republican votes. Both are seeking re-election.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Seeking re-election, Mo. Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said she expects crossover support from Republicans who will vote for Mitt Romney for President and are displeased with her opponent, Todd Akin.

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Election 2012
12:02 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Gingrich Boosts Akin In Missouri

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigning for Senate candidate Todd Akin in Kansas City.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called the Missouri Senate race unique among other contests in the country.

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Government
5:13 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

McCaskill's Mother, A Stalwart Missouri Democrat, Dies At 84

An announcement from the campaign staff of Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said the Senator's mother has died.

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Government
4:49 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Family Illness Sidelines McCaskill, Akin To Tout Newt

Joyce Johnson fears agenda of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill continues to let surrogates campaign for her reelection bid.

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Government
4:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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Government
8:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

McCaskill And Akin Face Each Other In Final Debate

Incumbent Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off in their final debate of the campaign Thursday night. Those hoping for a slugfest were probably disappointed.

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Government
4:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Ad Watch: Missouri Senate Race

Claire McCaskill in a campaign ad.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill will lock horns with Rep. Todd Akin in the second and final debate tonight.

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Election 2012
4:28 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin Defends 'Unladylike' Comment

Rep. Todd Akin defended his characterization of his opponent as "unladylike."
Frank Morris KCUR

Representative Todd Akin, the Republican challenging Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill in this election, was on the defensive again today in Kansas City.

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Election 2012
6:33 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Republican Support Returns For Akin

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin faces incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November election.

Political endorsements and the promise of PAC dollars have come streaming back to Representative Todd Akin, who’s challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. 

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It's All Politics
3:12 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Todd Akin Bets He Still Has A Chance

Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin is joined by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at an Akin campaign event Monday in Kirkwood, Mo.
Whitney Curtis Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 3:22 pm

Say what you want about Rep. Todd Akin, he's no quitter.

Tuesday is the last day Akin can remove his name from the Missouri ballot as the Republican nominee for Senate. As the deadline approached, he made it clear he has no intention of dropping out.

"For about the hundredth time or so, I am in this race," Akin said at a news conference Monday at the Amtrak station in Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis. "The people of Missouri chose me to do a job."

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Government
2:42 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

McCaskill, Akin Distance Themselves During First Debate

Todd Akin fields a question in Friday's debate.
Chris Prewitt KCUR

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin sparred about budgets, Medicare and other big issues in their first face-to-face debate earlier today.

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Up To Date
4:42 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

U.S. Senate Candidates McCaskill & Akin Debate For First Time

The candidates: Todd Akin, Claire McCaskill & Jonathan Dine.
Chris Prewitt KCUR

Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates sparred face-to-face for the first time Friday morning.

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Government
6:13 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

McCaskill On Akin: Missouri Voters Have Spoken

Claire McCaskill.

The day after GOP leaders called for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to withdrawal, his opponent, Claire McCaskill, didn't have much to say on the topic.

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