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My First Lesson in Politics: How to Avoid Being Treated Like a Sex Object

(23) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 3:40 PM

In January 1983 I was one of 163 members sworn in to the Missouri House.

How I was treated then had a lot to do with how I looked. It took a while, but I would overcome the "ditzy blonde" stereotype as the only female lawyer, though not the...

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The Military's Report Card

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:36 AM

This week, one year after historic reforms were signed into law, we find out if more survivors of sexual assault are coming forward and if the number of assaults is going down.

One year ago, a sexual assault survivor in the U.S. military faced a daunting landscape.


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Targeting Sexual Assaults on Campuses -- Starting With the Facts on the Ground

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 10:03 AM

It's just as much a rape to take advantage of a classmate who's incapacitated in a dorm room as it is to assault a stranger at gunpoint.

I fear that too many students at our colleges and universities think there's a difference -- that if they had too much...

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Extending Breastfeeding Services to Our Military Moms and Spouses

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 12:15 PM

When I was a single, working mom with a newborn, I learned just how vital it is to have comprehensive, affordable health care. Being a new mother was a joyful, and sometimes overwhelming experience -- and as the first Missouri female state legislator to have a baby while in office,...

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Sexual Assaults in the Military -- The Policy Matters

(21) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 1:05 PM


A lot has to happen between now and then -- but when President Obama signs this year's annual defense bill, I'm confident that it will be a watershed moment for justice in America's Armed Forces. We're on...

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Their Day in Court

(23) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 11:29 AM

Originally published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

When I was a prosecutor in Kansas City, my job was to fight for justice and safety for all citizens in my community. Equal access to justice under the law is an American value embedded in the fabric of our legal...

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It's Time for the NRA to Come to the Table

(454) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 3:54 PM

I was stunned and sick to my stomach -- and as a mother, I was horrified -- when I learned about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

It's appropriate that while we grieve for the students, faculty, and their families, that we've also begun a long-overdue...

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Move the Money Home

(12) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 1:52 PM

Today, I introduced a measure in the Senate to shift funds from large-scale construction projects in Afghanistan to the construction of roads and bridges right here at home.

The spending on infrastructure in Afghanistan simply isn't working.

The majority of the money we spend in Afghanistan is used to support...

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A Missouri Value

(239) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 4:45 PM

I never need to go far if I need a reminder of how important Medicare and Social Security are to Missouri's seniors. My mom, Betty Anne, is one of millions for whom these services provide a reliable safety net.

Across the country, these protections are an integral...

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A Scary Number: 3,000 Military Sexual Assaults

(135) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 12:28 PM

Here's a scary number: last year nearly 3,000 incidents of sexual assault were reported throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. Scarier yet, the Pentagon estimates that only 13 percent of sexual crimes were actually reported, so the real number of assaults is probably significantly higher. Although both male and female service...

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Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Big Oil

(136) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 2:13 PM

You and your fellow Americans have seen what it's like to pay oil companies more than $4 per gallon at the pump this spring.

But imagine paying them another $2,000,000,000 on top of those sky-high pump prices. What would that be like?

You actually know what that's like too,...

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Our Brave Women

(26) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Every day, members of our armed forces demonstrate their courage by bravely defending this great nation. But thousands of these servicemembers are also survivors of sexual assault from within their own ranks and are left to face down their attackers through a patchwork of military regulations.

Now, Secretary Gates...

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One Senate Rule That Has to Pass

(159) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 11:17 PM

A few months ago, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and I wrote a post about what we saw as one of the biggest threats to Senate progress: Secret holds that allow a single senator to torpedo any piece of legislation, without giving a reason or even identifying him or herself. At the...

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One Way to Fix Congress

(82) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 11:09 AM

Right now we are facing one of the biggest threats to Senate progress, and, frankly, to democratic senate elections we've ever faced: Secrecy.

As early as next week, the McCaskill/Wyden/Grassley bill to stop secret holds is going to the floor for a vote. And, as you can imagine, there...

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The Best Disinfectant: Putting an End to Secret Holds

(178) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 7:35 PM

Since I arrived in Washington, I've been repeatedly astonished by the way business is sometimes done around here. A great example of this is the so-called secret hold. Along with my colleagues Mark Warner and Sheldon Whitehouse, I have been working to end the process of secret holds, which is...

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