Chris McDaniel


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.


11:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

McCaskill: There Is No 'War On Men'

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Missouri's Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, wrote a response to a series of Wall Street Journal columns alleging she was "criminalizing male sexuality" in her efforts to restrict sexual assault in the military.
After Air Force Capt. Matthew Herrera was court-martialed and convicted of the aggravated sexual assault of a female second lieutenant, his conviction was reduced by Lieutenant General Susan Helms to an indecent act. Helms- who did not watch the trial-was reportedly urged by her own legal adviser to reject the request to dismiss the sexual assault verdict.
11:08 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Lamping On His Filibuster, Tax Credits And Ethics Reform

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 episode: Missouri Senator John Lamping (R) joins as a guest, and discusses how he got into politics (and went to college with Michelle Obama). Lamping also discusses his filibuster against the transportation sales tax, his plans for ethics reform next session, and the prospect of him running for his seat again.

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2:21 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'Sagging Pants Bill' Supporters Say The Style Has Medical Repercussions

(via Flickr/tobyotter)

Members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen debated a bill that would place a fine on sagging your pants in public.

The Public Safety Committee spent about an hour and a half debating the much-publicized bill's merits. A big focus was on sagging’s supposed impact on health.

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MO Statehouse
1:57 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Nixon Vetoes So-Called 'Paycheck Protection' Bill Concerning Public Employees

Legislation that would bar the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate has passed the Missouri House.
(via Flickr/bigburpsx3)

Updated at 9:08 p.m. with comments from State Rep. Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), SB29's House handler.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced his veto of SB29, the so-called "paycheck protection" bill.

The bill would have required unions to get annual permission to withhold fees and dues from public employee paychecks. 

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12:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

US House Approves Compromise For New Mississippi River Bridge Name

This bridge could soon be designated as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."
via MoDOT's Flickr

Illinois representatives wanted a veterans memorial bridge. Missouri representatives wanted a bridge named after Cardinals legend Stan Musial. The compromise would likely seem obvious to anyone outside of a gridlocked Washington: combine the two.

Illinois Representative Rodney Davis (R) sponsored a bill to name the new I-70 bridge the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge." The name compromise passed the House Tuesday evening with overwhelming support.

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1:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

$100 Fine For Sagging Pants? Yes, Under Proposed St. Louis Bill

Credit (via Flickr/tobyotter)

A St. Louis alderwoman wants to keep people from sagging their pants in public. Marlene Davis introduced a bill Friday that would impose a fine of at least $100 for a violation. 

A violation is described as wearing pants below the waist, exposing the skin or undergarments which is quote “likely to cause affront or alarm.”

The topic may sound funny, but not all the aldermen are laughing. Alderman Antonio French says the bill inordinately targets young black men.

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4:56 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

McCaskill Says Security Clearance System Is Rife With Fraud

via Senate livestream.

The contracting firm that handled the background check of a now-famous NSA leaker is under active criminal investigation. On Thursday, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) held a hearing on how security clearances are granted.

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5:03 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Nasheed On Campaign Finance, Medicaid And More

Mary Edwards, 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 episode: Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) joins as a guest, and makes an announcement on campaign finance. Then we turn to school accreditation in Missouri, as well as the prospects for Medicaid expansion in upcoming years.

Next week, Republican Senator John Lamping will join the program.

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2:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

McCaskill Endorses Clinton's Potential Presidential Campaign...Again?

Wikimedia Commons/Frank Plitt for Clinton’s image & Senator McCaskill’s Official Flickr account.

If you're having a sense of déjà vu after reading national headlines about Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill endorsing Hillary Clinton's potential run for president, you're not crazy. The Democratic Senator actually endorsed Clinton when she stepped down as Secretary of State in February.

Back then, McCaskill wrote, "I know that Hillary will succeed in whatever comes next for her—and if her future plans include seeking the Presidency, which I hope they do, then I look forward to being on her team and working my heart out to see her elected.”

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West Lake Landfill
6:16 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmaker: Remove Radioactive Waste From Landfill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

A suburban St. Louis lawmaker is calling for the removal of nuclear waste from a landfill near Lambert Airport.

Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill has created a foul odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued the landfill owner, Republic Services.

Bridgeton Landfill is part of the larger West Lake Landfill. Another area of West Lake contains nuclear waste from the Cold War era.

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