Claire McCaskill

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    December 12, 2013

    This Republican Senator Has a Total Girl Crush on Claire McCaskill

    Given the chance to write an essay on the woman she admires most, Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins, of Maine, pointed to one of the other nineteen women in the senate: Missouri's Claire McCaskill.

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    November 6, 2013

    Limo Company Database Hacked, Credit Card Info and Sex Toy Stories Compromised

    If you've rented a limo in the last few years, you might want to change your credit-card number because a St. Louis-based limo service technology company was hacked, and data for thousands of credit cards for people who wanted to party like a rock star were compromised. According to Krebs on Securi ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Claire McCaskill: Ted Cruz Totally Missed Obamacare Irony of 'Green Eggs and Ham'

    Despite his best efforts, Texas Republican Ted Cruz's 21-hour sort-of-filibuster has ended with the Senate voting 100-0 to keep the government open for business and, probably, to keep Obamacare funded. What a bummer. But Cruz did leave the nation with the incredible moment of him reading Dr. Seuss ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Claire McCaskill On IRS Target of Tea Party, Conservative Groups: "People Should Be Fired"

    One of the biggest national news stories of the week centers on revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups -- scrutinizing organizations with the words "tea party" and "patriot" in their names, for example. And the reports say that the tax agency's focus on conservati ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Answers to the Riverfront Times 2012 News Quiz

    In January Riverfront Times published its annual "News Challenge" -- 78 multiple-choice questions testing how well readers paid attention to current events over the past twelve months. Within a week, more than 100 of you submitted your answers to us. A few weeks later a dozen readers e-mailed a simi ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    "Stan Span" Plan Nearly Law: Musial Bridge Tribute Gets Unanimous Support in U.S. Senate

    U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Roy Blunt, a Republican, don't usually agree on much of anything -- but they can come together for Stan the Man. And thus the rare press release yesterday quoting both Missouri senators, who are championing the unanimous passage this week in the U.S. ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Claire McCaskill Slams Voter ID; Says GOP Scare Tactics Backfire With Black Voters

    There's a silver lining to Republican voter suppression efforts. So says Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who argued at a recent St. Louis press conference that the scare tactics of the GOP had the opposite effect -- inspiring more voters to show up to the polls. "We had a record turnout in N ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Violence Against Women Act: Why Is Senator Roy Blunt Still Opposing? LGBT Protections?

    One of the more heated battles in D.C. this year so far centers around the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a measure that provides protection for victims of domestic violence. Congress failed to extend it last year, but it's now under consideration at the House -- after it passed ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Stan Musial Bridge: Governor Jay Nixon Pressures Pat Quinn With Press Release

    The death of Stan Musial is one of those rare occasions that prompts elected officials from across the state to send out press releases with virtually the same message -- one of praise and gratitude for the late Cardinal and Missouri icon. The latest incarnation of press-releases-honoring-Musial is ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    [PHOTOS] Euphoria and Overpriced Champagne at the Chase: MO Dems Watch Party

    Who was the saddest man at the Chase Park Plaza last night? He was tough to find amid a jubilant crowd 500 strong celebrating big Democratic victories at all levels of government, but tucked in a corner behind shrieking college students and a woman sobbing into her cell phone, we found him. Mark "J ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    RIP Betty Anne McCaskill, Missouri Politician and Advocate for Women

    Betty Anne McCaskill, who is now most famous as one of the chief campaigners for her daughter Claire but who had a long career of her own in Missouri politics, died yesterday at home in St. Louis after a long illness. She was 84. Claire McCaskill, who had last week suspended her campaign for re-ele ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    The Republicans' Response To Betty Anne McCaskill's Death

    A rare individual who happens to subscribe to both the Akin and McCaskill e-mail lists and who also happens to be a friend of Riverfront Times sent us this screenshot of her in-box today:

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    October 2, 2012

    Tea Partiers Hold Flash Mob Outside Peabody Energy; Coal Co Kicks Supporters to the Curb

    If you were downtown yesterday evening you might've caught red-clad Cardinals fans headed to Busch Stadium, an especially brilliant sunset, and maybe a scant group of activists commemorating the one-year anniversary of Occupy St. Louis at Kiener Plaza. Also hard to miss was a surreal and sizable g ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The Convention That Could Have Been: What if STL Had Hosted the DNC?

    If life in St. Louis is better than it was four years ago, it still ain't got nothin' on the summer of 1916--the last time we hosted the Democratic National Convention. You might remember that in 2010, St. Louis was a finalist to host the convention that brought 35,000 people to Charlotte, NC this ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Lefty Pollsters Put Akin Ahead... At Least Until 5pm Today

    A new poll suggests Todd Akin might still have a legitimate chance at Claire McCaskill's Senate seat. Public Policy Polling claims that currently Akin leads McCaskill by 1 point, 44-43 among Missouri voters. "That's basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin a ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Guns Blazin' n' Insults Flyin', GOP Candidates Wrap Up "Victory Tour" in STL County

    We didn't find Abby Wambach amid the stacks of GOP yard signs, but 300 or so STL-area Republicans were on hand to celebrate their slate and revel in partisan glory... however premature.

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    March 6, 2012

    UPDATE: Sculptor Hard at Work on Bust of Rush Limbaugh for Missouri State Capitol

    Update, March 6: More information at the end of the post, including Senator Claire McCaskill's protest and an answer to commenter Mike N's question about whether this wad of bronze is funded by taxpayer money. ------- The eagle-eyed bloggers at Fired Up! Missouri posted the news earlier this after ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    As Obama Attacks Congress, McCaskill Becomes Vulnerable

    An interesting political article in today's New York Times pinpoints incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill as a potential casualty this November if President Obama continues to campaign on an anti-Congress platform. Experts say the oft-deadlocked Congress of last year is a fair target for President Obama ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Net Worth of Missouri Congressional Delegation Tops $47.9 Million

    ​The Center for Responsive Politics recently released its report on the nation's wealthiest U.S. representatives and senators. No one from Missouri makes its Top 10 list, but that doesn't mean we don't have some worthy contenders. Turns out we actually have some of the richest -- and poorest -- po ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Sarah Steelman and the "Clean Super Committee" Petition

    Can Sarah Steelman ride the anti-Washington wave all the way to Capitol Hill?​Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has weak fundraising, subpar name recognition, and a primary opponent who has gained support from the seemingly powerful conservative wing of the party. Her only weapon may be ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Todd Akin is One of Those Republicans Willing to See America Default on Debt

    ​Depending on which prominent economist you talk to, a failure to raise the debt ceiling by 12:00 a.m. (EST) August 2, 2011 would either be "doomsday," "calamitous," "a calamity," "serious, and we probably would be thrown into a recession," "could provoke a renewed financial crisis," or someth ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Claire McCaskill Gives Karl Rove a Wave at St. Louis Airport

    Okay, so we just posted an item about Claire McCaskill. But this is just too good to pass up, and worthy of two McCaskill posts back-to-back. The U.S. Senator from Missouri tweeted at 12:15 p.m. today that she just passed Karl Rove at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Given Rove's work with A ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    The U.S. Government Runs on Free Snacks -- So How Does Missouri Stack Up?

    image viaHow things get done in Congress. (At least in the office of Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, which sports of model of the Capitol building made from boxes of Peeps.)​In any office, no one is more likely to get visitors than the person who keeps a candy jar on his or her de ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Claire McCaskill Asks FTC Chair to Watch for Gas Gouging

    Claire McCaskill: Not too pumped about gas prices.​With Memorial Day around the corner and gas prices flirting with the $4-a-gallon mark, Sen. Claire McCaskill and three colleagues yesterday sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, calling on him to investigate potenti ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Missourians Are Schizophrenic About Earmarks

    Image via​Our state can't get its story straight.  Yesterday, The New York Times' unpacked the debate over earmarks (are they good or evil?) by focusing on the St. Louis experience. Here's a quote from our mayor, Francis Slay, on Senator Kit Bond's love of federal $$$ and how Bond corralled i ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Anti-BP Protest Planned for 10 a.m. Today at Delmar BP

    Where it goes down today.​Activists who favor stricter clean-energy legislation, and oppose the controversial Murkowski resolution, are holding a rally at 10 a.m. today at BP gas station on Delmar.The rally is being organized by Repower America and its Missouri chapter, plus like-minded groups suc ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Claire McCaskill Makes a Boehner Joke on The Colbert Report

    Image viaJohn Boehner not happy about the tanning salon tax in the health care bill​House minority leader John Boehner made himself the butt of many jokes when he proclaimed that the passage of health care reform was "Armageddon" that would "ruin our country," but Missouri senator Claire McCaskill ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Peter Kinder Grandstands on Health Care, Joins Lawsuit to Stop Reform

    Kinder: That's prounounced "KIN-der" not "KIND-er".​Moments after the health care reform bill was signed into law yesterday, Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder announced he would join the attorneys general in 13 other states in signing a lawsuit intended to overturn the legislation. In a statement ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Obama Visits St. Louis, Wishes it Were 2008 All Over Again

    Claiming a burning need to get out of politics-obsessed Washington, President Obama visited St. Louis yesterday for a nice, relaxing chat about health care. After delivering his speech at St. Charles High School, the president dropped in at the Renaissance Grand Hotel downtown for a benefit for his ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    At $50,000 for Seat to Obama's St. Louis Visit, Maybe There is a Way to Pay for Health Care

    Will there be surf at fancy dinner? Will there be turf?​Barack Obama is headed to town next week for a March 10 fundraiser for Senator Claire McCaskill and ticket prices are all over the map to see the president.According to the AP, less affluent supporters can get a standing-room only ticket to a ... More >>

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    February 24, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    Obama Coming To Town in Support of Claire McCaskill

    McCaskill hopes Obama will lure in the money.​President Barack Obama will swing through St. Louis next month. Obama will be in town March 10 for a fundraiser for Sen. Claire McCaskill, reports Jake Wagman on Political Fix. McCaskill isn't up for re-election 'til 2012, yet she's already stock ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Claire McCaskill Goes to Bat for Boeing C-17

    Photo Via BoeingThe Boeing C-17 is slated to be retired, but around 1,000 jobs in St. Louis are tied to the project.​ The Boeing C-17 is on the chopping block. It is supposed to be retired according to the Department of Defense budget for 2011.But Missouri senator Claire McCaskill is among those w ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Claire "The Joker" McCaskill

    Hours before the U.S. Senate vote on health care late last night, Heath Ledger-esque posters of Senator Claire McCaskill went up on telephone poles and lampposts across the metro region. Blogger GatewayPundit is curating sight'ems.​Similar caricatures of President ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Sen. McCaskill Firing Tweets Like Machine Gun, Thanking Missouri Vets on Twitter

    We here at Daily RFT love it that Claire McCaskill is so social-media savvy. At times, though, the Missouri senator can really go overboard. Today is one of those times. McCaskill is tweeting a personal thank you to each and every Missouri veteran suggested by her 34,000 Twitter friends. As anyone w ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    St. Louis Tea Party and MC Hammer: Kindred Spirits

    ​By its own admission, the St. Louis Tea Party has yet to make much impact on the public policy of President Barack Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress. But that's beginning to change, states St. Louis Tea Party organizer Bill Hennessey in a message to his flock. Following his group's ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Local Blogger Hijacks McCaskill's Healthcare Forum Appears on Fox News to Talk About It

    ​Dana Loesch local blogger (Mamalouges), conservative talk show host, and right-wing Tea Party organizer marshaled a group of Teabaggers to turn a public forum on healthcare reform organized by Senator Claire McCaskill 's office into a protest against healthcare reform. I think the forum was actua ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Last Week's Most Popular Daily RFT Posts, July 20-26

    G'morning! If you're just not ready to unclench the weekend from your grip, rewind with these highlights from last week on the Daily RFT, the top-ten most-read postsJoker Bites His Wife's Face, Tells Cops He's BatmanThomas Byrd of Granite City, Ass Clown of the Week nominee, was sentenced to 24 year ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Getting to the Bottom of that Puzzling Claire McCaskill Tweet

    Earlier today Daily RFT blogger Bill Streeter posted a quizzical "tweet" made yesterday on Senator Claire McCaskill's Twitter feed. Curious as to what McCaskill was discussing in this post, I just conducted a grueling two minutes of Internet research to arrive at the bottom of the matter.Not surpris ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    A Waitress-cum-Senator do a Supreme Court Justice Make?

    A former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush has floated the name of -- nay, endorsed -- Missouri's freshman senator for the soon-to-be-open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Writing in her blog on U.S. News & World Report, Mary Kate Cary says three liberals with degrees in law and working motherhoo ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    View Kit Bond's Federal Earmarks

    You've heard the news. The bank bailouts, free-falling economy and global financial panic haven't stopped a few legislators from earmarking massive pork projects for their home states. Chief among those free-spending law makers is Christopher "Kit" Bond. The senior senator from Missouri ranks sixth ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    McCaskill: "I'm home from work. Time to focus."

    Hats off to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, who shows us again that she's one of us, "our Claire" even, this time via Twitter:One thing though, now that McCaskill's home from "work" (a.k.a. the U.S. Capitol), only now is she going to focus? The devotion to college basketball for alumni is especia ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008

    Colbert to Claire: 'You Are a Woman, Right?'

    Missouri freshman senator Claire McCaskill has made numerous national headlines lately for supporting fellow U.S. senator Barack Obama for president, rather than a fellow *female* senator. Last night, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, took a cheerful McCaskill to tas ... More >>

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    January 29, 2008

    Barack's Star Turn Snub

    Man, you gotta love the New York Times. When we're taking time out from thinking about how we're dying from eating sushi and not having our lives saved by Lipitor, Unreal can now ponder whether Barack Obama's non-acknowledgment of fellow presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at last night's State o ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    To Pork or Not to Pork?

    www.ukagriculture.comMy post yesterday, which linked to a study by that put Senator Claire McCaskill in a tie for the third-worst when it comes to voting for pork-barrel reform, created a bit of a stir. McCaskill spokeswoman Adrianne Marsh e-mailed this morning to refute the claim, ... More >>

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    July 11, 2007

    Missouri Senators Bring Home the Bacon, a blog that covers transparency in government spending, recently released the Earmark Reform Index, which ranks U.S. senators on their propensity to support wasteful government spending (or "pork," as it's commonly known). To compile the data, the group looked at 12 house votes betw ... More >>

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    November 7, 2006

    And Oh, Yeah...

    So far, anyway, the Post hasn't reprinted this New York Daily News story. It's about how NYC's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, has loaned out five of his aides to volunteer in Democrat Claire McCaskill's effort to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Jim Talent. As far as Unreal can gather, this ... More >>

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    October 12, 2006


    from Neither one of these people is Unreal Unreal is nothing if not polite, and that's why we've politely asked Claire McCaskill's press secretaries to stop sending us e-mails with subject lines in all-caps. They are so BLEEPING ANNOYING. "MISSOURI VETS ANGRY ABOUT TALENT ATT ... More >>

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    May 3, 2006

    Pay Up!

    Metro wants Claire McCaskill to foot the auditing bill

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    November 28, 2001

    The Wright Stuff

    Mayor Adrian Wright knows what's right for Pine Lawn. If folks don't like it, that's just tough.

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