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
10:11 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Politically Speaking: Schmitt Discusses Municipal Courts -- And His Political Ambitions

Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking podcast team this week welcomed back state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale.  He was the podcast’s first political guest back in June 2013.

Now, he’s ending his second term in the state Senate and already has launched a bid for state treasurer in 2016.

Schmitt also has the distinction of being the Missouri General Assembly’s tallest member.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

St. Louis County Decides To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses. Will Other Counties Follow Now?

Lilly Leyh, left, and Sadie Pierce were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in St. Louis after the court decision came down.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

After Wednesday's ruling that Missouri's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, offices in St. Louis and St. Louis County have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

But so far, other counties in Missouri have expressed reluctance at issuing their own.

The Recorders' Association of Missouri, an organization that all recorders of deeds are part of, has advised recorders outside of the city of St. Louis not to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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2014 General Election
5:23 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Stenger In-Depth Interview: 'We Need To Move Forward Together ... Now'

Steve Stenger celebrates his victory in his race for St. Louis County executive..
Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

A day after his narrow victory, St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger says he’s “certainly willing to extend an olive branch’’ to those fellow Democrats who had opposed his election.

But that said, Stenger made clear Wednesday that he expects those critics — many of whom were African-American officials in north St. Louis County — to do their part as well.

“We saw political motivations of all sorts, and we need to set them aside,’’ Stenger said during a wide-ranging interview on St. Louis Public Radio's Politically Speaking podcast.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Judge Rules Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional; Couples Step Up In St. Louis

A group of women hug at the St. Louis Recorder of Deeds office after a judge struck down Missouri's ban on same sex marriage.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A judge in St. Louis has ruled Wednesday that Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Almost immediately, several same-sex couples made their way to City Hall to get their marriage licenses.

"The court recognizes that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right and liberty deeply rooted in the history of the United States," St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in his ruling Wednesday. He heard arguments in the case on Sept. 29.

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Politically Speaking
3:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Politically Speaking: County Executive-Elect Stenger On His Close Win

Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

A day after his election, St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger joins the Politically Speaking podcast to discuss the results.

Stenger, currently a county councilman, will take the post in January.

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

During the podcast, Stenger said:

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2014 General Election
12:45 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Stenger Edges Out Stream In Expensive Nail-Biter For County Executive

Steve Stenger celebrates a victory.
Credit Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

Democrat Steve Stenger eked out a narrow victory Tuesday for St. Louis County executive, becoming one of the few major Democratic wins – regionally or nationally.

After trailing for much of the vote-counting, Stenger ended up with an edge of 1,768 votes over Republican Rick Stream. That amounted to less than 1 percent of the roughly 294,000 votes cast.

"I want to say 'thank you' to the voters of St. Louis County who have placed their confidence in me to turn their county around, and to move our county forward and upward,'' Stenger said in a brief victory speech.

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2014 General Election
2:35 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Video Voters Guide To Jefferson County State Senate Race

It's one of the few hotly contested races on the ballot the year: the 22nd District state Senate race in Jefferson County.

Both Republican Paul Wieland and Democrat Jeff Roorda joined us on the podcast a couple months ago, so we took the time afterward to ask them a few questions on video. You can see their answers by clicking on the questions below.

What's the biggest issue facing Jefferson County? What would you do to fix it?

What is the difference between you and your opponent?

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Politically Speaking
1:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Politically Speaking: Handicapping The 2014 Election -- And Looking Ahead To 2016

We're getting close to Election Day, and that means St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum are returning to the show's "classic" format to preview the main races in St. Louis and throughout the Show Me State.

By Missouri standards, Tuesday's election is relatively quiet, especially because the only statewide race for state auditor is essentially uncontested. And Republicans aren't expected to lose their firm hold on the Missouri House or Senate.

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2014 General Election
10:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Video Voters Guide To St. Louis County Executive Race

Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Here's your chance to see the two major-party candidates for St. Louis county executive in action. Before the August primary, we videotaped the candidates answering questions about some of the key issues facing the county. (This was before the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.) Here is what Democrat Steve Stenger and Republican had to say. You can see their answers by clicking on the questions below.

What’s your strongest achievement while in office?

How would you improve the St. Louis County parks system?

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Death Penalty
2:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Execution Postponed After Supreme Court Intervention

Just hours before it was scheduled to begin, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed Missouri inmate Mark Christeson's execution. He was set to be put to death for killing a southern Missouri woman and her two children in 1998.

The Supreme Court granted a temporary stay over concerns that Christeson's case had no federal review. Justices will consider whether there should be oral arguments in the case.

If the high court were to remove its stay, the Missouri Supreme Court would have to set a new execution date. December would be the earliest date that it could be set.

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