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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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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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.
Politics
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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Politics
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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