Todd Akin Went On TV To Talk About Rape Again. It Did Not Go Well.

Todd Akin has made several legitimate mistakes over the course of his flaccid political career. Appearing on MSNBC today to say more stupid shit about rape was among them, and judging by his apparent dogged wrongness in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it won't be the last. » 7/17/14 2:00pm 7/17/14 2:00pm

Missouri Governor Vetoes Awful 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Bill

Yesterday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have extended the amount of time women are required to wait before getting an abortion to 72 hours, which is very obviously a batshit, restrictive and deeply harmful measure. In a wonderfully scathing statement, he called the bill "extreme and… » 7/03/14 5:00pm 7/03/14 5:00pm

Daisy Coleman's Family to Start a Rehab Center for Trauma Victims

In an essay published on xoJane Monday by Melinda Coleman, the mother of the girl at the center of the closed Maryville rape case reveals further details about her daughter Daisy's recent suicide attempt, the harassment the family has experienced and their plans to open a rehabilitation center for young people who… » 1/20/14 1:30pm 1/20/14 1:30pm

Man Charged with Trying to Burn Down Planned Parenthood Clinic (Twice)

Another day, another irrational, poorly-planned attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that also doesn’t actually perform abortions. A man twice-accused of trying to immolate a Planned Parenthood clinic in Joplin, Missouri has been charged with attempted arson, according to federal authorities, after tossing items… » 10/19/13 12:00pm 10/19/13 12:00pm

Maryville Mom Says More Girls Came Forward With Tales of Assault

Fresh off the internet uproar surrounding the Kansas City Star article about their family, mother Melinda Coleman and her daughter Daisy went on CNN's Erin Burnett Out Front Monday evening. Daisy slowly and carefully retold some of the graphic details of her alleged assault by the hands of Matthew Barnett, then a… » 10/15/13 10:00am 10/15/13 10:00am

Republican Sues to Keep Wife & Daughters From Accessing Birth Control

A (male, Republican, natch) Missouri state representative is suing the federal government for a personal family exemption from the Obamacare birth control mandate on the grounds that it violates his religious liberty. Since we can assume that this male Republican is not worried about blocking his own access to a… » 8/15/13 11:10am 8/15/13 11:10am

Finally, Some Good News from Missouri! Judge Blocks State Law to Deny…

Under what circumstances do you think you'd be induced to cheer (in a restrained way, no doubt) for the insidious insurance company that Roy Scheider runs in The Rainmaker? A federal judge may have (indirectly) answered that very tangential question for you on Friday by allaying certain insurance providers' fears and… » 12/22/12 2:00pm 12/22/12 2:00pm

Todd Akin Concerned That Somehow Non-Pregnant Women Are Getting…

Women's health expert and Senate candidate Todd Akin has said some pretty impressive dumb shit this election season. But did you know that the Missouri Congressman has been saying stupid crap about women for years now? In 2008, he gave a speech about how dastardly abortion doctors were performing abortions on "women… » 10/03/12 1:05pm 10/03/12 1:05pm

Insurance Company Fined Over $1 Million for Covering Missourians'…

Leave it to anti-choice politicians to make the impossible happen: a story in which a gargantuan insurance company comes off as the good guy. The Missouri Department of Insurance is charging Aetna Life Insurance Co $1.5 million — its largest fine in state history — for, among other things, providing coverage for… » 9/27/12 4:15pm 9/27/12 4:15pm

Today's the Last Day Todd Akin Can Legitimately Drop Out of the Senate…

How much do you want to bet that Claire McCaskill is crossing all of her crossable phalanges right now? Her Missouri Senate opponent is Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, and Akin has until the end of the day to legally remove his name from the November ballot. If he doesn't, the best hope the Republican party has to retake… » 9/25/12 2:30pm 9/25/12 2:30pm

Pulled 'Women for Akin' Ad Somehow Manages to Make Todd Akin Seem Even…

Not since a barrage of sexual misconduct accusations prompted the creation of Women for Herman Cain has a candidate's woman-centric outreach been more ill-advised. But, here we are, on Day 1 of Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin's WOMEN FOR AKIN initiative, which positions Akin as a nice guy who is friends with plenty of… » 9/18/12 4:10pm 9/18/12 4:10pm

Republican Groups Still Supporting Todd Akin, All Secret-Like

Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin may be a quivering slime mold with a side part of a human being, and the Republican establishment may have publicly distanced itself from him, but that doesn't mean they don't still kind of want him to win. And now that the media spotlight is shining its… » 9/10/12 12:30pm 9/10/12 12:30pm

Claire McCaskill Mysteriously Pulls Ahead of Todd Akin in Polls

In the days after letting it slip that he believes that rape victims shouldn't be allowed to have abortions because if it's a "legitimate rape," the female body has ways to "shut that whole thing down," Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin bragged that even though he's pretty much a human-shaped bag of biohazardous… » 8/23/12 3:20pm 8/23/12 3:20pm

Todd Akin Was Probably Going to Win the Missouri Senate Race Before He…

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill probably helped Rep. Todd Akin achieve greater political prominence when she decided that it'd be better to face a six-term congressman in the looming Missouri Senate race than an opponent who didn't have a previous voting record to criticize. With tea-party fervor strong in… » 8/20/12 10:25pm 8/20/12 10:25pm