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Hosted by the Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

My name is Brendan Fahey and I am a staff member for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, on behalf of the Senator, I will be hosting a “Kitchen Table Talk” in Franklin County at the Scenic Regional Library, Union Branch (308 Hawthorne Dr.) from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to you, to listen to your thoughts and ideas about federal policies and legislation and to take them back to the Senator.

These “Kitchen Table Talks” also serve, in part, to inform you of the services that are available through Senator McCaskill’s regional offices. The Senator’s staff throughout the state are able to assist you on a range of federal government issues. If you are currently having an issue with a federal agency, I will be happy to discuss that with you and put you in touch with the member of the Senator’s staff best suited to help with your issue.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at Brendan_Fahey@mccaskill.senate.gov or by calling (314) 367-1364. I hope you will be able to join me in Union on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Sincerely,

Brendan Fahey
Field Representative
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Late last night, the U.S. Senate achieved a major victory for justice in America’s Armed Forces.
The annual defense bill, which we passed and sent to the President for his signature, includes the most historic, substantial reforms to the military justice system in decades – designed to curb sexual assaults in the ranks. The legislation contains bipartisan reforms to the “Article 32″ pre-trial process, as well as a long list of historic provisions, including:
  • Stripping military commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions
  • Requiring civilian review if a commander declines to prosecute a case
  • Assigning victims their own independent legal counsel to protect their rights and fight for their interests
  • Mandating dishonorable discharge for anyone convicted of sexual assault
  • Criminalizing retaliation against victims who report a sexual assault
  • Eliminating the statute of limitations in rape and sexual assault cases
For me, this year has been largely defined by my fight for victims of military sexual assault – and I know that’s also the case for many of my colleagues. We all recognized the crisis that sexual crimes represent to our servicemembers, and we pursued reforms that would encourage survivors to report these assaults, lead to more prosecutions, and put these perpetrators behind bars.
The overwhelming majority of these reforms were met with near-consensus, but there were also areas of spirited disagreement – areas that often received a big share of the spotlight. What received less attention was the incredible dedication and tenacity with which Congress approached this work. Washington is often characterized as “broken,” and too often that characterization is true. But this issue should give us all optimism that we can work together to find serious solutions to tough problems.
Today represents a huge win for victims of sexual assault, and for justice in America’s armed forces, but this is no finish line. In the months and years ahead, vigilance will be required to ensure that these historic reforms are implemented forcefully and effectively. Given the incredible advocacy and passion displayed by so many on this issue, I know we are finally, belatedly, headed in the right direction.
All the best,

P.S. Read more about my fight to curb sexual assaults in the military at www.McCaskill.senate.gov/MilitaryJustice.

BE in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. TODAY!  PLEASE…see below, original email

invitation at end of this post:

 

I think it would be a good follow up to the June 29 PSC hearing and to keep

Claire’s feet to the fire. She has to have MO contacts to help stop the Labadie travesty

IF she chose.

 

[ a little jingle I've fantasized about any McCaskill demo we might stage some day:

Claire, Claire

We want clean air.

We won't get out of your hair

Until we get what's fair. ]

 

 

Begin forwarded message:

 

From: “Brendan Fahey – St. Louis Office of Senator Claire McCaskill” <senator@mccaskill.senate.gov>

Subject: “Kitchen Table Talk” in Franklin County Hosted by the Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Date: June 24, 2013 3:00:20 PM CDT

To: lloydk@klinedinst.com

Return-Path: <senator@mccaskill.senate.gov>

Dear Mr. Klinedinst,

My name is Brendan Fahey and I am a staff member for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, on behalf of the Senator, I will be hosting a “Kitchen Table Talk” in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to you, to listen to your thoughts and ideas about federal policies and legislation and to take them back to the Senator.

These “Kitchen Table Talks” also serve, in part, to inform you of the services that are available through Senator McCaskill’s regional offices. The Senator’s staff throughout the state are able to assist you on a range of federal government issues. If you are currently having an issue with a federal agency, I will be happy to discuss that with you and put you in touch with the member of the Senator’s staff best suited to help with your issue.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at Brendan_Fahey@mccaskill.senate.govor by calling (314) 367-1364. I hope you will be able to join me in Union on July 2nd.

Sincerely,

Brendan Fahey

Field Representative

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

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Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss chose to forget the lessons of Todd Akin and made his own uninformed  statement about rape during a hearing on Capitol Hill regarding sexual assault in the military. 

There was an important conversation on Capitol Hill between the nation’s top military officials, the Senate Armed Services committee, and a bunch of other men today — the senior senator from Georgia among them — but Saxby Chambliss, in what was surely the most astonishing moment of a hearing on the sexual assault crisis in the armed forces, essentially blamed military rapes on “the hormone level created by nature.” Here’s the full quote:

The young folks coming in to each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So we’ve got to be very careful how we address it on our side.

Compare that to the outstanding work being done by Missouri’s Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill as seem in this video segment of Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Of course, Andy Borowitz points out that nature may also be responsible for Sen. Chambliss declining brain function…

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) sought today to explain his controversial remarks about sexual assaults in the military, telling reporters that his comments were the result of “declining levels of brain function created by nature.”

“There are old men sitting in the United States Senate who are seventy or seventy-five or eighty,” he said. “Gee whiz, the declining levels of brain function created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur.”

While acknowledging the controversy that his remarks created, Mr. Chambliss made no apology for them, saying, “It’s always a good thing when a Republican brings up a more nuanced view of rape.”

“If my memory serves, that’s been a winning issue for us in the past,” he said.

 

 

I must admit to reading with glee the account of Senator McCaskill’s encounter with Tom Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of (foreign) Commerce in a Fortune article entitled Battle Ready.130318172710-fir08-claire-mccaskill-620xa

Last summer U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue, arguably the nation’s most powerful business lobbyist, had signed off on $3 million worth of ads against McCaskill. Donohue’s group dropped its campaign when her Republican challenger, Todd Akin, made his infamous rape comments. McCaskill viewed Donohue’s incursion as more than an attack — it was a troubling rightward lurch by the Chamber of Commerce. Now, having secured reelection as a red-state Democrat, she spoke up: “I said to him, ‘You know, I’d love to have some time with your board to talk about ROI and the importance of moderation around here,’” she recalls, referencing the roughly $31 million in federally reported funds that the Chamber spent in the 2012 election, only 7% of which went to successful candidates. McCaskill isn’t holding her breath for that meeting. Under Donohue’s stewardship, she says, the 101-year-old group has become a partisan outfit, and is in fact undermining the very business interests it is meant to protect by preserving government-crippling polarization.

The U.S. Chamber of (foreign) Commerce a partisan outfit?  Only if you consider an organization that has morphed from lobbying for American business into a spokesman for transnatiional corporations at the expense of small businesses all over the country as being a partisan activity. 

With recent activities such as spying on progressive groups, committing tax fraud, becoming the poster child for big money influencing elections or traditional acts of diminishing American life such as opposing the minimum wage or pushing every free trade agreement proposed the Chamber speaks for the biggest of the big at the expense of small business and workers.  Check out USChamberWatch for more information on how far this group has strayed from it’s original mission.

Hats off in tribute to Senator McCaskill for standing up and smacking down this lobbying outfit.  Poease accept this Your Paycheck salute in the form of Tom Petty’s Here Comes My Girl or This girl is on fire by Alicia Keys.

Pretty darn crazy. Todd Akin, the guy who thinks women have magic lady parts that secrete a chemical toxin that kills off rape sperm whenever there has been a, ahem, “legitimate rape,” drew nearly 46 percent of the county vote. Akin would have handily bested Sen. Claire McCaskill’s 47 percent if not for one Jonathan Dine, the anti-government Libertarian candidate who got almost 7 percent of the vote.

So who is Jonathan Dine? Well, let’s start with the giant marijuana leaf he likes to draw on his chest with a Sharpie. His most recent felony conviction is for growing pot in his apartment. He was convicted of identity theft in 2005, and has about a dozen traffic violations, mostly DWI convictions in 2011. Seven percent of Franklin Countians thought this guy would make a better U.S. Senator than McCaskill. Classy, eh?

I don’t know which is saddest about our county, the fact that 46 percent of voters voted for an anti-science screw ball like Akin over a relatively harmless stoner like Dine (Dine is somehow the radical here), or the fact that nearly 53 percent voted against McCaskill, the only sane one of the bunch.

Seriously, what’s the matter with Franklin County? People here are nuts. Thank goodness the rest of the state came to its senses and voted to reelect McCaskill by a margin of 15 points.

Congratulations to Clyde and Becky Voelkerding who make a cameo appearance in Claire McCaskill’s latest TV commercial at about the 25 second mark …

As cool as that is don’t let it distract you from the heart of the message: Boatloads of money are being funneled into Missouri to influence the outcome of the US Senate race with dishonest and negative ads funded by big oil and private insurers. McCaskill says she’ll fight them.

These are the GOP knuckleheads who want to replace Claire McCaskill this fall. More out-of-touch, 1 percenters who can’t even tell you what the Federal minimum wage is …

Notice how they all fall back to the GOP’s default position on “government control of the marketplace,” while avoiding the question and hoping to God radio host Charlie Brennan doesn’t further expose their out-of-touchery. Even former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman guessed wrong and she’s a numbers gal.

So none of them know anything about the minimum wage but they’re against it anyway. Face, meet palm.

I’m no big fan of Sen. Claire McCaskill. Too conservative for my taste. But I will say this about her, she’s unafraid to walk into hostile territory and face her adversaries.

Remember back in 2010 when the frothing teabaggers were showing up in droves at town hall meetings and generally making it impossible for anyone to have a rational discussion about anything? McCaskill didn’t run away. She attended those meetings and held her own quite well. That’s admirable and is part of the job.

But as one the three GOP candidates who wishes to replace her this fall, John Brunner sounds like a total wimp by comparison. After calling for a series of debates in December, Brunner now appears afraid to even face his own GOP brothers and sisters in independent media debates, preferring instead a more scripted forum hosted by the Missouri Republican Party.

Brunner posted a page on his website back in November, encouraging Missourians to “Ask Me Anything,” promising a response within days. Since then, he has been unavailable to voters or the media and has been essentially hiding behind TV ads and expensive consultants.

So here’s my question for John should he ever come out of hiding: Why won’t you man up?

Terrific:

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill admitted Monday that she had failed to pay about $287,000 in back taxes and will sell a private plane that has created considerable controversy as she prepares to run for a second term in 2012.

“I have convinced my husband to sell the damn plane,” McCaskill told reporters on a conference call Monday afternoon. “I will not be setting foot on the plane ever again.”

My first thought was, that must be one hell of a plane to owe that much in personal property taxes over a three-year period. My second thought was, this explains why her answer to balancing the nation’s fiscal problems involve cutting social programs instead of raising taxes on the rich.

McCaskill was in for a tough reelection fight before this. It just got that much tougher.

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