McCaskill Questions LeVota’s Ability to Continue in Office
July 24, 2015

Missouri’s Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is one of the latest to question the political future of Independence State Senator Paul LeVota.
Two former interns say LeVota, a married man, made unwanted advances toward them and sent them unwanted suggestive messages.
McCaskill issued a brief statement Thursday evening:
““Two young women have come forward with serious allegations against Senator Paul LeVota, some of which have been corroborated by evidence of text messages. I believe Senator LeVota needs to seriously consider whether he can continue to serve.”
Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is also questioning LeVita’s ability to continue to serve.
LeVota says he has done nothing wrong.

McCaskill Ending Cuban Embargo Is Part of Path to Reform
February 24, 2015

Missouri senator Claire McCaskill says lifting ther US trade embargo with Cuba would be the best way to pressure Cuba to reform its government.
McCaskill spoke to KMBC TV Tuesday about her trip to Cuba two weekend ago.
It will be up to Congress to lift the embargo.
”The Cuban government is using this embargo as an excuse, as to why they cannot provide prosperity to the people of Cuba. We need to rip away that excuse. Then the people will be in a better position to hold their government accountable,” she said in the interview.
McCaskill admitted lifting the 53-year old embargo “will not happen overnight,”.
But she’s optimistic that a bipartisan group of lawmakers will eventually end the embargo.
McCaskill says Missouri’s agricultural economy has a lot to offer Cuba. At one time,Missouri exported considerable rice to Cuba.
She says restoring trade will be good for the Missouri economy.
She noted the US has no difficulty trading with other repressive governments around the world..
Mccaskill also noted that there are some small business in Cuba that do function on their own.
“We saw a young woman who had bought one sewing machine, and then another sewing machine and then another. And was making and selling baby clothes. Not working for the state, working for herself,” McCaskill remembered.
The Missouri push to Cuba continues next week when Governor Jay Nixon joins another trade Mission to the island.

McCaskill Supports End to Embargo
February 23, 2015

(AP) – Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she supports legislation to end the trade embargo with Cuba.
The Democrat affirmed her support of opening trade on Monday following a recent trip to the country.
American trade with Cuba has been restricted for more than half a century because of strained relations with the communist country.
President Barack Obama announced in December that he would soften the restrictions, but only Congress has the power to fully lift the embargo.
McCaskill says trade with Cuba could help Missouri farmers compete to export goods, particularly rice.
McCaskill returned from a trip to Cuba last week, and other Missouri Democrats such as Gov. Jay Nixon are planning to visit the island.

Missouri Hopes to Woo ” That Imprisoned Island”
February 13, 2015

Missouri’s bid to get in on the ground floor of the new relationship with Cuba is beginning now.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill leaves this weekend for a check of the trade prospects with Cuba.
The United States is moving towards restoring diplomatic relations. The 53-year old trade embargo, however, remains in effect; at least for now.
McCaskill’s office says she hopes to meet not just with Cuba’s leaders of agriculture but others as well, including Cuba’s diplomats.
McCaskill met with leaders of the state’s leading agriculture organizations in preparations for the trip.
Her office also says she met with Jose Ramon, Chief of Mission Cuban Interests Section.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s office says he will be the first US Governor to visit Cuba early next month.
Nixon will be part of a trip to Cuba March 1-4 ewith with the US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC).
Nixon met with state agriculture leaders Friday at a Stoddard County rice warehouse in preparation for the trip.
Nixon says US was the leading exporter of rice to Cuba before the 1962 trade embargo.
The US resumed rice sales with Cuba in 200, shipping more than 635,000 cubic metric tons between 2002-06.
That tonnage increased in 2008 when more trade restrictions were relaxed.

Regional SOTU Reactions
January 21, 2015

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill:
“The President outlined some commonsense ideas and opportunities for bipartisan cooperation, tonight, including tax cuts aimed at bolstering our middle class. We’ve made a great deal of progress for working families in the past few years—with a growing number of folks back to work at millions of more jobs, a much smaller deficit, and plunging energy costs—but there’s still more work to do. And I’m eager to roll up my sleeves with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to keep strengthening our middle class.”

Kansas Representative a Lynn Jenkins:
“President Obama used this evening to appease his political base and focused on dividing our Nation and using bureaucratic control to run our country with top-down Washington-centered solutions. I believe the key to growing a healthy economy begins by strengthening the paycheck of hard working Americans, putting more money into Kansans pockets, and growing our economy from the bottom-up. ”

Missouri Representative Sam Graves:
“The American people spoke loud and clear this past November in opposition to President Obama’s failed policies of the last six years,” said Rep. Graves. “The American people sent us here to forge a new direction in finding solutions to the problems facing our nation,” he continued. “Tonight, the President has once again shown that he plans to ignore the will of the people in order to push his big government agenda.”

Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler:
“t is disappointing that President Obama has rejected an opportunity to reach out to and cooperate with Congress, preferring instead to outline an ill-conceived vision that continues to expand the reach, size, and scope of the federal government. The simple fact is that our country cannot tax and spend itself into prosperity. Government must get out of the way and allow the American people to pursue their dreams.”

Jackson. County Democratic Chairman Tom Wyrsch:
“We thank the President for his leadership in rebuilding our economy over the past six years. Our economy is now working better for the middle class than it ever was during the previous Republican administration. Our economy is growing again and industry is picking up, much due to the leadership of our President, the policies of the Democratic Party, and the continuing hard work and vigor of the American people.”

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