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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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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Politics
5:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Politically Speaking: An Accidental Medicine Tax And Missouri's 8th Congressional Race

Courtesy of both campaigns.

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: we recap the new finding in the income tax cut bill, which inadvertently would cause a sales tax increase. Then we discuss the chances of an upset in the 8th Congressional race. We finally close it out with a discussion about Democrat Jill Schupp announcing her run for Senator John Lamping's seat.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Illinois Congressmen Call On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline Expansion

Congressmen John Shimkus (left) and Rodney Davis (right)
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Illinois Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis renewed their calls Friday for President Obama to approve an expansion to the Keystone Pipeline.

The two Republicans touted legislation passed this month that they hope will put pressure on the president to sign off on the portion of the pipeline that crosses the US and Canada border.

“The bottom line is: bigger pipe, more crude oil, access to our markets and our refineries," Shimkus said. "If you understand supply and demand – the more supply and demand stays the same, then prices go down and everyone benefits.”

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Politics
3:18 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Emails Show Nixon Administration Involvement In Accidental Medicine Tax

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon on Aug. 26th, 2009.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Updated 5:02 p.m. May 31

Newly released emails show that Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and legislative bill drafters each had a role in crafting an apparently inadvertent tax increase on prescription medications.

The prescription tax hike is included in a bill passed by the Legislature that cuts the state's income tax. Nixon has indicated he may veto the bill.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Lopsided Funding In Nearing 8th District Special Election

Republican Jason Smith (left) and Democrat Steve Hodges (right).
Courtesy of both campaigns.

Update 5/28/13 1:40 with information on third party candidates.

The race to replace Missouri Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s district has been relatively low-key.

The district is seen as reliably conservative. With just eight days left before the 8th Congressional District’s special election in southeast Missouri, the fundraising battle is heavily lopsided in favor of Republican candidate Jason Smith. Smith has raised twice as much as his Democratic opponent, and his Communications Director, Justin Gibbs, says that’s for a reason.

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