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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Politics
2:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Touring Committee Seeks Ways To Downsize Missouri State Government

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

An interim committee kicked off its statewide tour in St. Louis County on Tuesday, gathering small business owners and other citizens to voice their ideas for ways to shrink Missouri's government.

The "Missouri House Committee on Downsizing State Government" is chaired by Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Franklin County).

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Governor Quinn Visits Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

Ill. Governor Pat Quinn visits the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis July 15, 2013. The bridge is scheduled to open March 2014.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn paid a visit to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis.

Quinn said the bridge will reduce congestion and pollution and praised the jobs the project has created. He also hopes the project nurtures a positive relationship between Missouri and Illinois.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Nixon Makes Decision On Prevailing Wage, Abortion Bills And More

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs a bill into law in his State Capitol office.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

With just a couple days left before the deadline, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon announced his decision on the few bills he had left. We've compiled those decisions below.

Without his signature, Nixon has allowed legislation that will require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

Nixon announced Friday he would not sign the bill that effectively prohibits the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortions in Missouri. Without the signature, the bill becomes law.

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Francis Howell/Normandy Busing
12:17 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Francis Howell Parents Express Outrage Over Incoming Normandy Students

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The Francis Howell School district is scrambling to accommodate St. Louis County's Normandy School students after a recent State Supreme Court ruling that students from unaccredited schools can be bussed to accredited schools in the same or adjacent counties.

Nearly three thousand parents attended a Francis Howell forum Thursday night to voice their concerns.

For almost three hours, parents raised a variety of issues - how it'll be paid for, how it will impact test scores and accreditation - but there was one concern that dwarfed all the others: security.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal On Education, Guns, And Sinquefield's $1.3 Million Push

Erin Williams, St. Louis Public Radio.

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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Politics
1:29 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In front of dozens of doctors and child advocates, the Democratic governor signed a bill that he said will close a loophole for child abuse reporting.

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Gun Laws
11:28 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Bill That Blocked Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws, Jones Says He'll Vote To Override

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have blocked the enforcement of federal gun laws in Missouri.
(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have blocked Missouri officials from enforcing federal gun laws, saying it would violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Politics
4:30 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Politically Speaking: Nixon's Budget Witholding And Vetos, Dooley's Donations

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

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 4th of July show: the gang discusses Governor Nixon's move to hold $400 million from the budget, his numerous vetoes, the Department of Revenue document scanning developments, and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's six-figure donation from libertarian Rex Sinquefield.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
2:51 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Mo. Legislators Took $730,000 In Gifts From Lobbyists During Session

(via Flickr/brianandjaclyn)

With May's lobbying numbers in, and Missouri's legislative session completely behind us, we now have a complete picture of Missouri's lobbying system.

With the final tally, legislators took in $731,000 from lobbyists hoping to gain influence. All of this took place in just five months.

May's Findings

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Politics
3:13 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

US Education Secretary In St. Louis, Discusses Student Loans Doubling, Early Childhood Education

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Federal student loan interest rates will double in the next few days, unless Congress can agree on a solution.

Republicans are adamant that the rate be linked to the financial markets, while Democrats would like Congress to set the rates. The prospect of a last-minute compromise seems unlikely.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in St. Louis Thursday, and told reporters that lawmakers are working on a compromise.

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