Firefighter Sherwood Smith, a candidate for the Jackson County Legislature, has picked up the endorsement of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
The move continues a run of endorsements for Smith that also includes Mayor Sly James, state lawmakers, a host of City Council members and the woman he hopes to succeed — outgoing Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz.
Smith is running against former Royals second baseman Frank White in the August primary.
Said McCaskill in her endorsement:
“Fighting to keep our neighborhoods safe and expanding job opportunities for working families aren’t anything new for Sherwood Smith.
Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are at war once again. But this time, they’re fighting for the same thing.
It’s been less than two months since the Senate passed McCaskill’s bill over Gillibrand’s on improving how the military handles sexual assault. But with concern over campus sexual violence now approaching fever pitch in Washington, McCaskill and Gillibrand are ready to work on the issue — as partners.
“Sen. Gillibrand and I are doing this together,” McCaskill said in an interview, adding that she has spoken with her New York counterpart a half-dozen times about a forthcoming bill addressing campus sexual assault.
The pair shared an umbrella Tuesday as they exited a White House event where new recommendations on addressing and preventing campus sexual violence were unveiled. McCaskill tweeted a picture using the hashtag “together.”
It appears to be a new era of cooperation, at least for now: Both senators applauded the new White House recommendations. On April 4, they co-wrote a letter signed by several Senate colleagues on the issue. Both have been actively researching what policy changes may make the most sense. And the two are lining up behind some common priorities, such as mandating annual student surveys on sexual assault and changing the federal government’s options for enforcing Title IX violations, advocates say.
Washington Post via Johncombest:
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has joined the long list of people condemning Los Angels Clippers owner Donald Sterling for the racist comments he supposedly made.
On the CBS News program ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday’, McCaskill said “In our country, we have a First Amendment which allows ignorant racists to say whatever they want to say. “However, I hope the NBA takes swift action against this man.” McCaskill said. “I can’t imagine how it must feel to be one of the African Americans playing on his team, how they must feel today, knowing that the owner of the team is obviously such an ignorant racist.”
The Senate on Thursday rejected legislation that would have stripped military commanders of the power to prosecute sexual assaults and other major crimes.
The bill, proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., had the support of 55 of the chamber’s 100 members, including 10 Republicans. But it was blocked by fellow Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, who used procedural tactics to prevent an up-or-down vote on the measure.
The Senate instead moved unanimously toward approval of an alternative bill championed by McCaskill that would preserve commanders’ authority to convene courts-martial but give victims a formal say in whether their cases go before military or civilian courts. That version awaits final passage next week.
“I know this has been tough for everyone,” said McCaskill, a former prosecutor, as two hours of tense debate drew to a close Thursday. “But I stand here with years of experience of holding hands and crying with victims, knowing that what we have done is the right thing for victims and the right thing for our military.”
The hard-fought policy battle between two influential female senators came down to just a handful of votes, with Gillibrand’s bill falling five short of the necessary 60-vote threshold.
Although she lost this round to a technicality, Gillibrand demonstrated she has the support she needs to keep her vision for change alive, said Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School.
“It’s outrageous that a member of the same party would basically threaten a filibuster,” Fidell said of McCaskill.
“I think Senator Gillibrand has the high moral ground, and I believe she will have the high political ground before you know it,” he said. “In practical terms, this bill will live to fight another day.”
Gillibrand and her allies argued during debate Thursday that the only way to restore trust in the military justice system was to allow independent prosecutors _ not commanders _ to decide whether a case should go to trial.
“It is like being raped by your brother and having your father decide the case,” Gillibrand said. “That is the perception of the victims.”
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