McCaskill Tweets to ‘ Haters’ Don’t Bother Me, I’m Watching Mizzou
December 7, 2013

US News & World Report, via JohnCombest:

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has taken #FridayKitty to a whole new level. The Missouri Democrat took to Twitter Friday to apologize in advance for what’s likely to be a bevvy of spirited tweets as her University of Missouri takes on Auburn University this Saturday.

“OK, haters out there pls ignore me for 48 hours. My Mizzou has big ass game on Sat & I’m obsessed,” she wrote. Additionally, she posted a picture of her couch, covered up almost completely by an enormous stuffed tiger. (Oddly, Auburn’s team is also the tiger as it’s mascot)

McCaskill isn’t the only political type going crazy over this game. Chuck Todd’s SiriusXM show starts Saturday and his first set of guests plan to talk about the game. He’s bringing on former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who grew up in Auburn, Ala., to argue about sports with CBS News’ Major Garrett, who roots for Mizzou.

“The only thing we’re biased about is sports,” Todd told Politico’s Playbook.

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Senate GOP Campaign Backed Off It’s ‘No Money for Akin’ Pledge, Came in at 11th Hour
December 7, 2012

Akin pointsPolitco:
The National Republican Senatorial Committee quietly sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in early November, just as the state GOP was mounting a last-minute TV ad blitz to boost Rep. Todd Akin’s sagging Senate campaign, according to records released Thursday.
The NRSC funds appear to have helped pay for the pro-Akin TV ads as he was struggling to narrow Sen. Claire McCaskill’s lead at the polls. The disclosure is highly significant because the Senate GOP campaign committee promised to abandon Akin after failing to push the conservative congressman out of the race following his August declaration that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancies because female bodies often shut down.
The NRSC declined to comment Thursday night.
When asked in September if the committee would consider reversing course and backing Akin, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the NRSC chairman, flatly told POLITICO, “We’re done.” Akin was thus left without potentially millions of dollars in financial support he would have received from the NRSC in his challenge to McCaskill.
But as November began, Senate Republicans were facing a crisis. The once-bright 2012 landscape had shifted on them. Instead of winning a Senate majority, they were fighting to keep seats. McCaskill, once seen as the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, was leading Akin by a solid margin in the polls.
As as the Missouri Senate race dragged on and Akin made up some ground in the contest, the NRSC was in a quandary: Does it stick to its word and hope Akin could rebound on his own? Or should it flip-flop and send an infusion of cash into the race in a last-ditch bid to save his campaign?
Now it appears to have been the latter, certain to give fodder to Democrats eager to hit Senate Republicans on hypocrisy charges.

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Blunt & McCaskill Offer Post Office Reforms
April 21, 2012

From St. Louis P-D via John
WASHINGTON • When Congress convenes next week, the matter at hand will be more urgent than the usual fare of bills that will never pass: The Senate will consider when and where people will get their mail given the Postal Service’s state of distress.
For many, especially the elderly and those in rural areas, that is a pressing question with the Postal Service nearing the end of a moratorium next month on closing post offices and processing facilities around the country, as many as 167 in Missouri alone. Three post offices in St. Louis neighborhoods are threatened: in Hamilton Heights, in JeffVanderLou; and downtown at the Jefferson Memorial.
The Senate spent much of this week discussing changes and stop-gap initiatives for the struggling Postal Service, including protecting Saturday delivery and offering $11 billion in buyouts to hundreds of thousands of employees.
The obstacle to overcome may well be the filibuster, the archaic rule that could require 60 votes for the Senate to get something done.
“Those of you who are holding up the bill because you don’t like it may not like what the result of having no bill is,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Thursday evening.
Senate leaders have narrowed down a list of proposed amendments to legislation that would reshape the Postal Service amid concerns that the bill could become hopelessly bogged down, a familiar pattern in Congress. The amendments include various proposals that would delay post office closings and delay the move to five-day delivery.
Among nearly 40 amendments scheduled to be taken up next week are separate proposals by Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R).
Blunt and Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, want to give communities facing closure or consolidation a voice in what transpires. Under their relatively modest amendment, a citizen advocate — unpaid — would represent a town or neighborhood in closure proceedings.
Blunt told reporters this week he understands that post offices often are “the last anchor that really creates a sense of community.” He said he will listen to the many amendments but might be averse to a plan “to kick the can two years down the road.”
McCaskill’s proposal is far-reaching. It would prohibit the Postal Service from closing rural post offices for two years. Even then, they could be shuttered only if the Postal Service met strict criteria: communities would not suffer economic losses; seniors who pick up medicine at their local post office would have the same or similar service; and the next nearest post office could be no farther away than ten miles by car.

McCaskill Says Customers Should Help Pay for New Power Plants
January 10, 2012

St. Louis Beacon via
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill made a rare foray into Missouri state issues Monday when she said that she supports doing away with the state’s 35-year-old law that bars utilities from raising customers’ rates to pay for the construction of new facilities before they are in operation.
The senator, D-Mo., said in an interview that the law is “holding back energy choices for Missourians because it makes it impossible for utility companies to make the investments they need to make to keep energy cheap for the long haul.”
Forcing utilities to fully fund projects without any money from customers is “a very difficult business model for utilities to embrace,” she said.
McCaskill’s stance is likely to put her at odds with environmental activists in the state who have opposed efforts by Ameren to persuade the General Assembly to eliminate the law as part of its proposal to construction a new nuclear plant, commonly called Calloway II.
Gov. Jay Nixon, also a Democrat, supports the nuclear plant, but has been circumspect when it comes to the 1976 law, commonly known as a ban on CWIP (construction while in progress) rate hikes
McCaskill’s comments came after she had been joined by Ameren chief executive Dan Cole and more than a dozen other utility and energy executives, and scientists, at an hour-long roundtable on energy held at Washington University. Chancellor Mark Wrighton also participated.

‘Hotline’ Ranks McCaskill’s Seat as 4th Most Likely to Flip in 2012
November 21, 2011

From the National Journal’s Hotline with tip o’ the cap to john combest:

What goes around comes around. After losing virtually every toss-up Senate race in 2006, Republicans find themselves in prime position to pick up the four seats they need to control the Senate. And Democrats’ success five years ago means Republicans have plenty of targets from which to choose.

In this, the first installment of Hotline’s monthly Senate race rankings, we examine the seats most likely to change partisan control in next year’s elections. That is, we see Sen. Kent Conrad’s seat in North Dakota as more likely to wind up in Republican hands than Sen. Ben Nelson’s seat in Nebraska, and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts more likely to lose to a Democrat than Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.

Our complex methodology includes a delicate balance of poll numbers, both public and private; fundraising performance; message resonance; buzz on the trail; and, the key ingredient, our gut feelings. From those five factors, we answer a fundamental question: Which candidate would we rather be? In North Dakota, we’d rather be in Rep. Rick Berg’s position than in former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp’s place, for example.

The ultimate conclusions are subjective, of course, and we promise they endear us to neither side (Our phones will ring off the hooks with loud complaints from both Democrats and Republicans the moment these rankings are published). But they represent months of close scrutiny of each race, and our best conclusions as to where the Senate is headed in the 113th Congress.

The bottom line: It’s a target-rich environment for the GOP, but unlike in 2010, Democrats have opportunities to make life very uncomfortable for at least a few Republicans.


MISSOURI (D, Sen. Claire McCaskill)

If Republicans had been able to find a top-tier challenger, McCaskill would be in more trouble. She faces a lackluster GOP field, but she’s in for the fight of her political life anyway. McCaskill got in trouble earlier this year for reimbursing a company her husband owns for plane flights, a serious flub that could undermine her image as a good-government reformer. But Democrats say the issue hasn’t registered with voters, and they’re confident they have a candidate who can appeal to crossover voters when matched up with an eventual Republican nominee they will paint as a partisan hack.