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
4:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Eric Schmitt Joins To Discuss Tax Bill And More

Sen. Schmitt in studio.
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 episode: Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) joins as a guest to have a "free-wheeling and fun conversation" on the income tax bill the governor vetoed. Then we run through some news: the auditor's finding on the Hancock Amendment, as well as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Next week, Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed will join the program.

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Politics
11:55 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Former Mo. Republican Speaker Donates To Democratic Gov. Candidate

File photo

Former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, a Republican, donated $7,500 to Democrat Chris Koster last night. Koster has made very clear his interest in the Governor's office.

What's more, the donation comes just a few days after Koster pledged to give $400,000 to Democrats running for legislative seats in the next four years.

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Startups
8:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Update: Investments In St. Louis Tech Startups Nearly Doubled In 2012

Flickr: Randy Pertiet

Updated 6/13 4:56 with news of entrepreneur fund.

Business leaders and St. Louis City and County officials met today (Thursday) to announce a new effort to support entrepreneurs in the area.

The goal is to raise $100 million over the next five years.

The announcement comes on the tail of a recent report that found last year was a record-breaking year for St. Louis tech startups, which brought in $30 million dollars in investments.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said the $100 million goal is bold, but doable.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Nixon Tours Flood Damage, Discusses Aid With Local Officials

Nixon gets an update on West Alton flooding from local officials.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Governor Jay Nixon received a briefing Friday on the flooding situation in West Alton, Mo. Although the small town is still battling floods, a big question now is how to cope with the cleanup costs.

Local officials stressed that the flooding is still at a critical stage, and that the Mississippi is still well over flood level.

But the question of how to handle the costs will have to be answered in the coming weeks. St. Charles County has spent about $1.4 million, but said keeping track of receipts has not been a priority for the past few days.

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Natural Gas
4:11 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lambert Upgrading Vehicle Fleet To Run On Natural Gas

Groundbreaking for a new CNG station at Lambert Airport.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Lambert St. Louis Airport is upgrading the way it fuels its fleet of vehicles. Monday the Laclede Group and Siemens held a groundbreaking for a new natural gas fueling station at the airport.

The station will serve 160 fleet vehicles that run on compressed natural gas - a fuel that's considerably cheaper than gasoline.

Laclede Group CEO Suzanne Sitherwood says the station will also be available for the public to use.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Politically Speaking: Two Vetoes And Missouri's 8th Race

Nixon vetoes SB 267 in St. Louis.
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: a "feisty" Governor Jay Nixon vetoes two pieces of legislation, and we discuss the chances of an override. Then we turn to the Eighth district to sum up the recently concluded election, and what the future holds for newly-elected Congressman Jason Smith.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Mapped: How Did Jason Smith Win Tuesday's Special Election?

Courtesy of Jason Smith's campaign.

Reporting by KRCU's Jacob McCleland contributed to this piece.

Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the US House of Representatives.

It was a strong night for Smith, as the 32-year old Missouri House speaker pro tem cruised past Democratic rival Steve Hodges 67 percent to 27 percent.

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Politics
5:07 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000

Flickr: stevendepolo

April was a good month for legislators hoping to receive freebies from lobbyists, showing a sharp uptick from the previous month in gifts, according to the most recent lobbyist disclosures.

The grand total for gifts so far is $619,157. Once again, the vast majority (75%) of the gifts for this month were to groups and committees instead of individual legislators. As we've detailed before, it's a practice that hides the true recipient of the gift.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Nieves' So-Called 'Sharia-law Bill'

Republican Mo. Senator Brian Nieves.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that was aimed at curtailing foreign laws in Missouri. Although the bill didn’t explicitly say the word in its pages, detractors commonly referred to it as the “anti-Sharia law bill.”

Speaking in St. Louis at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, the Democratic governor referred to it as pointless “demagoguery.”

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Politics
4:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon Emphatically Denies Administration's Role In Accidental Medicine Tax Language

Nixon in St. Louis at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) strongly denied allegations Monday that his administration had a role in the language of a bill that would inadvertently cause a sales tax hike on prescription drugs in Missouri.

Last week, Nixon sent out a press release condemning an income tax bill passed by Republicans that would have accidentally caused a sales tax increase due to an accidental bracket.

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