Chris McDaniel http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-hot-august-primary-and-hot-or-not-prospects-nixon-mccaskill-2016 <p>Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo&nbsp;Mannies&nbsp;and Jason&nbsp;Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.&nbsp; This week the trio discusses the two hottest issues on the Aug. 5 ballot – the contest for St. Louis County executive and the proposed sales tax hike for transportation.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:41:26 +0000 Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel & Jason Rosenbaum 37854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016 Gov. Nixon Named Among Most Secretive Officials In U.S. With ‘Award’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-named-among-most-secretive-officials-us-award <p>Missouri is one of several states that are buying their execution drugs in secret. This week, the issue is getting some national attention.</p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been recognized as one of the “most secretive publicly funded agencies or people in the United States.” He’s “won” the <a href="http://ire.org/awards/golden-padlock/" style="line-height: 1.15;">Golden Padlock Award</a> from Investigative Reporters and Editors. (He was also invited to accept the award in person, but declined).</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:46:14 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Kelsey Proud 37505 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon Named Among Most Secretive Officials In U.S. With ‘Award’ Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-becomes-second-state-carry-out-execution-after-oklahomas-botched-affair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. It was the state's fifth this year, and the nation's second since Oklahoma botched an execution in April.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people — &nbsp;</span>Arthea<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.</span></p><p>According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:31:47 +0000 Chris McDaniel 37291 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-four-months-year-lobbyists-showered-missouri-legislators-half-million-gifts <p>Lobbyists spend nearly $1 million each year on gifts for Missouri lawmakers. The types of gifts vary greatly -- from expensive meals and drinks to tickets for sporting events to small things like stamps and books.</p><p></p><p>Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. And, in partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a website (<a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" target="_blank">LobbyingMissouri.org</a>) that keeps track of it all.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:36:47 +0000 Chris McDaniel 37258 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts Politically Speaking: Jeff Roe Recounts Best Ways To Sell Campaign, Predicts GOP Success This Fall http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-jeff-roe-recounts-best-ways-sell-campaign-predicts-gop-success-fall <p>This week, the Politically Speaking podcast&nbsp; brings prominent GOP consultant Jeff Roe to the show. He joins St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel and Jason Rosenbaum.</p><p>Based in Kansas City, Roe is among the top Republican consultants in the Midwest – and is headed toward a national reputation.&nbsp; Only in his early 40s, he operates the fourth-largest GOP direct-mail firm in the country. He's expected to land at least one Republican presidential candidate in 2016.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:36:12 +0000 Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel & Jason Rosenbaum 37264 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Jeff Roe Recounts Best Ways To Sell Campaign, Predicts GOP Success This Fall Federal Judge Stays Missouri Execution Over Concerns That State Obstructed Clemency Process http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-stays-missouri-execution-over-concerns-state-obstructed-clemency-process <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge has stayed Missouri's upcoming execution over concerns that the Department of Corrections obstructed the clemency process.</span></p><p>Inmate John Winfield was scheduled to be put to death on June 18 for killing two people in St. Louis County. Before an execution can occur in Missouri, the governor must first make a decision on clemency -- whether or not the inmate's life should be spared.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:01:37 +0000 Chris McDaniel 36934 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Judge Stays Missouri Execution Over Concerns That State Obstructed Clemency Process With Injunction Denied, Death-Row Inmate Faces Execution Before His Sunshine Law Case Is Heard http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/injunction-denied-death-row-inmate-faces-execution-his-sunshine-law-case-heard <p>On Friday, a Cole County judge denied a death row inmate's request to order the state to turn over records on the lethal drugs that will be injected into him.</p><p>Inmate John Winfield attempted to speed up the legal process with a preliminary injunction because his execution is scheduled for June 18.</p><p>His lawyer, Joe Luby, argued that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating the sunshine law by keeping secret the identity of the supplier of the execution drug.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:31:37 +0000 Chris McDaniel 36779 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Injunction Denied, Death-Row Inmate Faces Execution Before His Sunshine Law Case Is Heard Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-hears-arguments-over-missouri-execution-secrecy <p>In a court hearing Wednesday, the Missouri attorney general's office defended the secrecy that just last week Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concerns over.</p><p>Inmate John Winfield is scheduled to be executed on June 18 for murdering two people in St. Louis County in 1996. His lawyer, Joe Luby, argued in the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating the sunshine law by keeping secret the identity of the supplier of the execution drug.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:02:33 +0000 Chris McDaniel 36717 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy Expressing Concern Over Execution Secrecy, Koster Calls On State To Make Lethal Injection Drugs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/expressing-concern-over-execution-secrecy-koster-calls-state-make-lethal-injection-drugs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a speech Thursday, Missouri Attorney General Chris </span>Koster<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expressed concern over the execution secrecy that his office has previously fought hard to defend.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat is calling on the state to create a state-run laboratory to produce the lethal injection drugs itself.</span></p><p>Koster says the expanding secrecy surrounding Missouri’s lethal injection methods should "concern all of us deeply.”</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:26 +0000 Chris McDaniel 36567 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Expressing Concern Over Execution Secrecy, Koster Calls On State To Make Lethal Injection Drugs U.S. Supreme Court Orders Missouri Halt Execution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-orders-missouri-halt-execution <p><em>Updated 5/21/14 6:35 pm</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri had hoped to carry out the nation's first execution since Oklahoma botched one, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the state to halt its plans.</span></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court was asked to step in after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals removed a stay that it originally put in place.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:38:36 +0000 Chris McDaniel 36287 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Supreme Court Orders Missouri Halt Execution