March 25th, 2011 at 11:15 am
This Week’s Liberty Update
March 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm
At the rate Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) is having to write checks to cover her growing tax fraud scandal, it may be time for her supporters to organize a fundraiser or two for the rainy days ahead.
Only days after announcing she owed $287,000 in back property taxes for a private plane she owns with her husband, McCaskill now says she really owes $320,000.
It’s amazing to see such a quick escalation.
Less than a week ago McCaskill went from one contested $1,200 political flight to refunding the U.S. Treasury for $88,000 in suspect trips. Now the hit on her bank account is over $400,000 with seemingly no end in sight.
March 21st, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Missouri GOP Holding ‘Air Claire’ McCaskill’s Feet to the Fire
Forget all the media salivating for the 2012 presidential campaign. The Missouri Republican Party is launching its first attack on Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill’s liberal use of taxpayer money.
Over the weekend, the Missouri GOP printed a full-page ad in the Springfield, MO News Leader demanding that McCaskill explain why she paid the U.S. Treasury $88,000 for flights on one of her husband’s private jets. McCaskill continues to claim that only one of the flights was for a purely political reason (and thus ineligible for taxpayer reimbursement), yet her check covers 89 trips.
Since McCaskill’s seat is seen as a great pickup opportunity for Republicans, don’t expect the Missouri GOP to let the self-styled accountability watchdog off the leash easy.
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December 9th, 2010 at 5:30 pm
As 2012 Race Begins, Keep Your Eyes on Missouri
Yes, the Show-Me State is virtually always an important bellwether of which way the presidential election is headed. But in 2012, it may say a lot about the future of the senate as well.
Freshman Democrat Claire McCaskill will be standing for reelection in 2012. She’s a canny political operator and a fairweather moderate — both of which are necessary in this most swinging of swing states.
The Missouri GOP looks to have a full bench — Jim Talent, the mainstream Republican who McCaskill defeated in 2006 is said to be mulling a comeback attempt. Yet the most interesting development may be that South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint — the conservative senate leader who is apparently not content to let any grass grow under his feet — is already feeling out an alternative candidate.
That candidate is Sarah Steelman, the former Missouri State Treasurer who was nearly the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2008. Steelman is smart, articulate, accomplished, attractive and (best of all) an erstwhile economics professor. If you start to hear her name more often, it’s a good leading indicator that 2012 may follow the 2010 trend and bring another class of exceptional Tea Party candidates to the upper chamber.