Friday, March 1, 2013
University City High School students shared their inauguration experiences with the Board of Education Thursday.
A high school trip to a presidential inauguration is a once in a lifetime opportunity. On Thursday, University City High School students attended the School District of University City board of education meeting to share that experience with the board. Twenty-six UCHS juniors and seniors attended President Barack Obama's second inaugural celebration in January. Sen. Claire McCaskill provided the tickets to the event and community supporters raised the $30,000 needed to fund the trip. "We have to thank the sponsors," student Ethan Farber said. Farber said the jam-packed trip, which included visits to Arlington National Cemetary, the National Mall and many monuments, was a learning experience. "We had a great talk from Mr. Maclin at the MLK…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
More than 130 women have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, including First Lieutenant Roslyn L. Schulte of Ladue.
Defense Sec. Leon Panetta announced Thursday that the Pentagon would be lifting the ban on women serving in frontline combat roles. According to The New York Times, the "decision overturns a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from artillery, armor, infantry and other such combat roles, even though in reality women have frequently found themselves in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, where more than 20,000 have served. As of last year, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two wars and more than 130 had died." The Times story noted that several high profile lawsuits have increased pressure on Pentagon offiicials. Quoting from the Times: In November 2012 the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Tune in at 1 p.m. to see the University City High School students in Washington D.C. for the presidential inauguration.
4 p.m. Update: The broadcast was pushed back to 5:30 p.m. The University City High School contingent enjoying the festivities this weekend in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's second inauguration will be featured on CNN today. The first segment ran at 6 a.m. and the second is scheduled as part of a one-hour program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The tickets to the inauguration for the 26 students and eight staff members are courtesy of Sen. Claire McCaskill's office. The entire cost of the trip, estimated at near $30,000, is being covered through donations. Donations to cover the costs of the airfare, hotel stay, meals and other expenses came from Herff Jones, Dynamic Vending, Pi Pizzeria, Leo and Kay Drey and anonymous donors. …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sen. Claire McCaskill is the projected winner of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, defeating Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has defeated Republican challenger Todd Akin in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. With 55 percent of the precincts counted on the Missouri Secretary of State's website, unofficial results show McCaskill currently winning by more than 138,000 votes as of 10:10 p.m. Ballots are still being counted in Missouri. McCaskill delivered her victory speech to a cheering crowd of supporters at the Chase Park Plaza at 10 p.m. "With a stubborn determination, tenacity and refusal to give up, we showed the country what Missouri is made of," McCaskill said. McCaskill thanked her supporters during her speech, and went on to mention her mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, who died in the final days of the campaign on Oct. 29. "There…
Monday, October 29, 2012
The campaign hasn't announced when Sen. McCaskill will resume campaigning.
Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, 84, died today from natural causes, surrounded by her family at her home in St. Louis, according to the McCaskill campaign. Senator Claire McCaskill released the following statement: I am very sad to announce today the passing of my mother, Betty Anne McCaskill. For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest. People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated. Mom never met a stranger and lived life with enthusiasm that none of us could match. We were incredibly lucky to have a mother like her, a woman of great intellect and strength, who loved and nurtured, challenged and pushed, and was always there …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Both campaigns are in full swing as Nov. 6 approaches. Sen. Claire McCaskill remains in St. Louis with her critically ill mother.
With only 12 days to go before Election Day, the campaigns of Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Todd Akin continue to duke it out for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat. Today, McCaskill's campaign released three new ads highlighting the difference between the two candidates on Medicare, minimum wage and the middle class. To view the ads, click on the links below. Meanwhile, Akin's camp released a statement blasting McCaskill for focusing on alcohol abuse and bar brawls in Afghanistan instead of investigating the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Quoting Rick Tyler, a senior advisor to the Akin campaign, the release state: Claire McCaskill claims to believe in 'oversight' and 'transparency' but apparently doesn't think those should be required…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
McCaskill spoke about veterans issues at two VFW halls Wednesday.
Sen. Claire McCaskill sidestepped reporters’ questions Wednesday about whether Congressman Todd Akin should stay in the race following his comments about legitimate rape. “Missourians who voted in the Republican primary have nominated Todd Akin,” she said. “I think this election will provide very stark contrast between Todd Akin and me,” she told reporters. "I look forward to showing Missourians how we differ on many issues. Today the issue that I’m showing those differences on how we take care of our veterans and how we prioritize taking care of our veterans.” When asked again about it, McCaskill repeated her answer that Republicans have nominated Todd Akin, in effect saying that Akin should stay in the race. McCaskill spoke to two …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The candidate for Missouri Senate issues ad Monday.
Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November, issued an apology ad. The ad was first reported by Politico early Tuesday. The apology comes on the heels of comments he made Sunday on Fox2 about "legitimate rape." The backlash over the comments went viral Monday, with the story heading up national news broadcasts and leading national Republican groups to withdraw support. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney both condemned Akin's comments. The L.A. Times reports that conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS, founded by former Karl Rove, is pulling its ads from the Missouri Senate race. Crossroads had been spending money on ads against McCaskill. “The act speaks for …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The publication reported Tuesday that the U.S. Senate candidate's company was late paying taxes on an aircraft.
Until now, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) had been the source of controversy this election cycle over well-documented problems with paying taxes on an aircraft. But Tuesday, citing information provided by a "Democratic operative" the website Politico reported that John Brunner (R-Frontenac) was late paying property taxes for a plane owned by his company, Vi-Jon Services. Check out Politico reporter David Catanese's reporting on the issue, including response from the Brunner campaign. Does this disclosure change your opinion of the race at all? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will affect University City and St. Louis County.
As we close in on the August primary and look ahead to November’s elections, University City Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. In addition to our own coverage, we will be inviting candidates in every race to upload information about their campaigns directly to this site. You will definitely want to bookmark this page for updates. U.S. Senate Claire McCaskill's bid for re-election will be closely watched by the entire nation in part because of her close ties to President Obama's 2008 campaign. The fiercely-fought GOP primary willf see U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), former State Treasurer Sarah …