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.


4:51 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

McCaskill Touts Legislation To Combat Sexual Assaults In Military

Senator Claire McCaskill next to Senator Susan Collins, a Republican co-sponsor of the bill.
Senator McCaskill's Flickr

The Pentagon estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in the military last year. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced new legislation Thursday in response.

There have also been several high profile cases of a member of the military being convicted of sexual assault by a jury, only to have it overturned by a superior officer. McCaskill’s hopes her bill would change that.

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3:59 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mo. Infrastructure Gets C- Grade, Speaker Jones Says It Shows Need For Sales Tax Bill

House Speaker Tim Jones speaks at ASCE event.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

In a new report Wednesday, Missouri received a lackluster grade on its infrastructure. Citing “pressing issues,” the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Missouri as a C- overall.

Missouri’s Speaker of the House, Republican Tim Jones of Eureka, said it proves several goals of the just-ended legislative session were worth focusing on.

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Politically Speaking
10:14 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Politically Speaking Live: 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up

Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio.

In our first Politically Speaking before a live audience, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon join St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin and Chris McDaniel to discuss everything Missouri legislature related.

In part one of our show, we discuss our key takeaways from the 2013 session, and what we predict will be contentious issues come September's veto-session.

And in part two, we open it up to audience questions, discussing everything from education committee reassignments to energy to ethics changes.

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4:30 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think

Credit (via Flickr/Tax Credits)

Nice restaurants in Jefferson City should be sad to see the Missouri Legislative session end. They’ve received tens of thousands of dollars worth of business from lobbyists courting Missouri’s legislators over dinners and drinks.

Who were the legislators taken out for expensive meals? Well, in many cases, we don’t really know.

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3:47 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Nixon Criticizes Tax Cut Bill, But Stops Short Of Committing Veto

Nixon and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley take part in ceremonial groundbreaking at a new building.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon took part in a groundbreaking ceremony in Chesterfield Monday, where Reinsurance Group of America announced it is bringing 300 new jobs the area.

Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly passed a bill this year that would cut income taxes – aimed at attracting more businesses and competing with nearby states like Kansas.

Nixon will now have to decide whether to sign or veto the bill. But he told reporters afterward that drastic changes like the tax cut are bad for business.

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Politically Speaking
3:33 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Politically Speaking: Final Week In The Missouri Legislature, And The IRS Scandal

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Note: Next week, we will be having a live recording of the podcast to wrap-up the legislative session, and to take questions from listeners. If you're interested in attending, you can find more information about the event here.

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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Campaign Finance
3:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

McCaskill: IRS Officials Should Be Fired For Targeting Conservative Groups

(Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

Last week, the IRS apologized for targeting conservative groups in audits for tax exempt status. In response, Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, is calling for high-ranking officials to be fired.   

501(c)(4)s are tax exempt organizations that are supposed to be “social welfare” groups. But in reality, many are Political Action Committees that do not have to disclose donors. A couple of prominent examples are Americans For Prosperity and Crossroads GPS on the conservative end, and Priorities USA on the liberal side.

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4:50 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Former Senior Advisor To Obama, David Axelrod Calls Out 'Snipers' For Not Implementing ACA

Credit flickr/Talk Radio News Service

David Axelrod, the former senior advisor to President Obama spoke at Webster University Friday, speaking on a variety of topics, including the Affordable Care Act.

Axelrod was a key advisor to the president during the passage of the Affordable Care Act.Axelrod used his time to take a swipe at states (like Missouri) doing their best to not implement parts of the law.

“There are still many snipers on rooftops trying to make it not work, in the form of Governors and Congressmen," Axelrod said. "But I think it’s important for the country that it succeeds.”

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Politically Speaking
3:26 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Politically Speaking: DMV Layoffs, Tax Cuts, and Fast Food Strikes

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

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: Jason reports from Jefferson City about possible layoffs at the DMV, the Governor's press statement, the possibility of a veto-override of tax cuts, and fast food strikes in St. Louis.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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5:01 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Enyart Looking To Give 'Boot To The Posterior’ Of The VA

War veterans salute as an American flag passes by during Memorial Day services at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis on May 30, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the wait time for veterans to receive benefits has skyrocketed from 116 days in 2009 to 330 days now. In response, US Representative Bill Enyart is sponsoring legislation to try to reduce that wait.

What the bill would do is pay partial, provisional benefits for veterans whose cases aren't handled within 125 days after they are submitted. Currently, that would apply to more than half a million veterans.

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