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
5:10 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayor Slay On A Gun Court, City Entering County And Northside Regeneration

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

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

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St. Louis on the Air
1:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Prominent Regional, National Conservatives Headed To CPAC St. Louis This Weekend

Rick Perry at CPAC 2012.
(via Flickr/markn3tel)

St. Charles will host numerous prominent conservatives on Saturday, as part of CPAC St. Louis. CPAC is an event for members of the GOP to rally and speak to their base -- and, of course, to posture for presidential and other political aspirations.

2012 Presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Rick Perry will be speaking, as will Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Speaking with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh, Brownback said a GOP candidate that speaks to true conservatives is more likely to win in 2016.

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Politics
10:55 am
Fri September 20, 2013

President Obama Pressures House GOP In Visit To Mo. Ford Plant

From the President's visit to Knox College a couple months ago.
Screenshot from the White House livestream.

 

 Speaking outside of Kansas City Friday, President Barack Obama called out House Republicans for their vote on a plan to avoid a partial government shutdown. Obama was in Ford Motor's new stamping plant in Liberty, which is located near the company's assembly in Claycomo.

The House voted to keep the federal government running beyond the end of the month. The catch? It also defunds the Affordable Care Act.

In Missouri, the vote fell across party lines with all GOP members voting for it.

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Politically Speaking
1:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Politically Speaking: Dempsey On Veto Session And His Consequential Vote On The Gun Bill

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

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

On this week's show, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joins us to give a post-mortem of last week's veto session. The Republican goes into great detail on why he voted against the much-covered gun nullification bill, as well as what we can expect out of next year's session.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Following Legislative Success, Lead Company Doe Run Settles Liability Cases

The Doe Run Company

Arguably the most consequential veto that was overridden last week pertained to southeast Missouri's the Doe Run Company. And just two days after the override, attorneys suing the lead giant reached a settlement.

On Friday, Doe Run settled lawsuits by several families alleging their children suffered health problems from lead contamination in eastern Missouri's St. Francois County.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Southern Illinois Congressman Enyart Looks To Spur Biofuels In Air Force

Rep. Bill Enyart (right) with his agriculture advisor, Mike Campbell.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart is announcing new legislation to support biofuels used in the military.

At a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville research center, the first-term Democrat outlined his legislation, which would incentivize the use of biofuels in the Air Force through competitive research grants.

Speaking next to leaders of farm and ethanol groups, Enyart announced the legislation just a couple miles from Scott Air Force Base.

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Politically Speaking
5:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Politically Speaking: Veto Session Review

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

On this week's show, we take a look at the just concluded veto session, and break down the key bills and votes. We discuss the income tax cut bill's failure, as well as who gets the credit or blame. Then we discuss the nullification bill -- as well as the Doe Run bill and the other nine veto overrides.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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MO Statehouse
11:15 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Live Blog & Round-Up: Missouri Veto Session 2013

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

From gun control to a controversial tax cut, this year's veto session in the Missouri Legislature was one to watch.

We had a live blog during all of the developments, which you can read through still below our summaries. Here are a few things to take away:

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Veto Session
4:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

With Trials Looming, Missouri Lead Giant Hopes Legislature Will Limit Liability

The Doe Run Company

A lead mining company is heading to trial next month, but this week, they’re hoping to hedge their bet.

The Missouri legislature passed a bill earlier this year that would limit the amount of damages the Doe Run Company would have to pay if a jury found the company guilty of negligence. Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, but Republican lawmakers are aiming for an override this week.

Updated 9/13/13 10:33 AM

Doe Run is the largest lead mining company in the western hemisphere, and they operate in southeast Missouri.

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Tax Cuts
5:31 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Educators Make Final Push Against Tax Cut Bill

Amy Blouain stands at podium with supporters of the veto in the background.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

A group of educators criticized a tax cut bill today that could severely hinder schools in Missouri. They maintained that the bill, which Governor Jay Nixon vetoed in June, would cut revenue for the state by $800 million and result in reduced funding for education.

The superintendents from the Northwest, Washington and Hazelwood School Districts argued that the bill would have detrimental effects on their districts. Hazelwood superintendent Grayling Tobias said the bill could cause budget cuts for equipment and extracurricular activities, larger class sizes and fewer teachers.

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