Chris McDaniel

Reporter

Chris McDaniel started at St. Louis Public Radio as a political reporter, predominantly covering the race between Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Todd Akin. Before coming to St. Louis, Chris worked at NPR stations in Louisville, Kentucky and Columbia, Missouri, and his work has been broadcast on NPR’s national newscasts. He is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, where he studied journalism and political science. He is also the winner of the 2011 PAX East Super Smash Bros. Tournament. Chris enjoys dogs, anything by Cormac McCarthy, and listeners like you.

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Politically Speaking
11:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  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.

We also talk about an article in the nonpartisan National Journal that considers two major Missouri Democrats as potential presidential alternatives to Hillary Clinton.

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Death Penalty
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gov. Nixon Named Among Most Secretive Officials In U.S. With ‘Award’

The Golden Padlock Award.
Credit (Courtesy of Investigative Reporters And Editors)

Missouri is one of several states that are buying their execution drugs in secret. This week, the issue is getting some national attention.

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 Golden Padlock Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. (He was also invited to accept the award in person, but declined).

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Death Penalty
6:31 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair

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.

Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people —  Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.

According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

The execution took place in spite of concerns over the state's secret drug supplier, as well as the state's likely  intimidation of a correctional officer that supported clemency for the inmate.

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Ethics
2:36 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts

Credit (via Flickr/401K)

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.

Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. And, in partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a website (LobbyingMissouri.org) that keeps track of it all.

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Politically Speaking
9:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: Jeff Roe Recounts Best Ways To Sell Campaign, Predicts GOP Success This Fall

Jeff Roe
Credit Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast  brings prominent GOP consultant Jeff Roe to the show. He joins St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel and Jason Rosenbaum.

Based in Kansas City, Roe is among the top Republican consultants in the Midwest – and is headed toward a national reputation.  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.

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Death Penalty
11:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Federal Judge Stays Missouri Execution Over Concerns That State Obstructed Clemency Process

A federal judge has stayed Missouri's upcoming execution over concerns that the Department of Corrections obstructed the clemency process.

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.

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Death Penalty
12:31 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

With Injunction Denied, Death-Row Inmate Faces Execution Before His Sunshine Law Case Is Heard

Credit (via Flickr/s_falkow)

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.

Inmate John Winfield attempted to speed up the legal process with a preliminary injunction because his execution is scheduled for June 18.

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.

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Death Penalty
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

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.

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.

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Death Penalty
3:27 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Expressing Concern Over Execution Secrecy, Koster Calls On State To Make Lethal Injection Drugs

Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

In a speech Thursday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concern over the execution secrecy that his office has previously fought hard to defend. The Democrat is calling on the state to create a state-run laboratory to produce the lethal injection drugs itself.

Koster says the expanding secrecy surrounding Missouri’s lethal injection methods should "concern all of us deeply.”

The announcement comes at a time when there are few willing suppliers, which Koster admitted in his speech.

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Death Penalty
4:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Orders Missouri Halt Execution

Credit California Department of Corrections

Updated 5/21/14 6:35 pm

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.

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.

Russell Bucklew had been scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. It would have been the state's seventh execution in as many months — equaling the number of executions the state has carried out in the preceding nine years.

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