(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden closely aligned himself Monday with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, saying he's a "strong, strong ally" of the first-term senator.
"She knows who she is and what she believes in, and she's willing to take risks to fight for what she believes in," Biden said at a private fund-raising event in Kansas City, according to a pool reporter in the room.
(CNN) - One of President Barack Obama's biggest supporters will not be attending this summer's Democratic National Convention.
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters Tuesday that she has never gone to conventions when she's had contested elections, and that the Washington press reaction to the news is "silly." Earlier Tuesday an aide to McCaskill confirmed to CNN that the senator will not go to the convention, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina during the first week of September.
(CNN) - There was Obamacare, Romneycare, Obamneycare - and now, Obama-Claire.
The conservative group Crossroads GPS looks to tie Sen. Claire McCaskill to the health care reform law and broader agenda of President Barack Obama in a new ad released Thursday morning, citing a study showing the Missouri Democrat cast nine out of 10 votes with the president.
(CNN) - A leading national tea party group is jumping into the Republican Senate nomination battle in Missouri.
The Tea Party Express, in an email release Thursday morning, announced they will endorse former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, kicking off a two-day roll out in St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City.
Washington (CNN) – A year after Congress voluntarily agreed to give up earmarks - pork barrel spending projects critics say cost too much and may have an outsized influence on some lawmakers - the special-interest provisions have crept slowly back into legislation, two senators warned on Wednesday.
"There is an effort under way to go back to earmarking as usual, as it used to be," said Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. "I think that would be a disaster for our country and our congress and we intend to do our very best to prevent that."
(CNN) - Crossroads GPS isn't wasting time in its ad offensive against Democrats. The conservative advocacy group released ads in five states one day after announcing it would spend $2.6 million on a campaign bashing the incumbent president.
The new round of ads will run for two weeks in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Virginia, and Nebraska - sites of critical Senate contests in 2012.
(CNN) - The independent GOP group American Crossroads put up two billboard ads this week, slamming Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri for a private jet scandal earlier this year.
Posted outside airports in St. Louis and Springfield, the signs read: "Sky-high airfares got you down? Senator Claire McCaskill: Flies in her own jet – and you pay for it!"
(CNN)-The League of Women Voters launched an ad attack without party boundaries Friday as they singled out Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, whom they accuse of supporting "polluters," not people. In scathing ads released for television in Boston, St. Louis, and Jefferson City as well as online, the nonpartisan advocacy group calls out both senators for voting to block air pollution standards.
"Senator McCaskill voted to block EPA's implementation of the Clean Air Act and allow big companies to continue pumping unlimited amounts of carbon dioxide pollution into the air for at least another two years," states one, while the other declares, "Sen. Brown voted for legislation that would stop the EPA from making badly-needed updates to clean air safeguards to protect public health from carbon pollution."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, acknowledged Monday that she failed to pay nearly $300,000 in personal property taxes owed over the last four years for the partial ownership she and her husband have in a private plane.
McCaskill, a vocal supporter of reform and transparency in the Senate, described the failure to pay taxes as unintentional and said she will sell the plane.
(CNN) - Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will write a hefty check to the U.S. Treasury Department soon, as payback for using taxpayer money to fly her family's plane around the state.
McCaskill's office confirms that she will repay $88,000 including $76,000 to charter the plane owned by a holding company registered to her husband and $12,000 in pilot fees.