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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MO Statehouse
2:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Governor Koster? Mo. Atty. General 'Making Preparations' To Run For State's Top Job

Mo. Atty. General Chris Koster says he's "making preparations" for a run for governor in 2016.
(Mo. Atty. General's Office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he is making preparations to run for governor in 2016.

Koster, a Democrat, has served as attorney general since 2009 and previously was a state senator and local prosecutor.  He has the potential to move up because Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election again.

Asked Tuesday by The Associated Press whether he will run for governor in 2016, Koster replied: "We are making the necessary preparations and building consensus around the state toward that end."

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Religious Discrimination
5:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

St. Louis Taxi Drivers Protest For Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Taxi cab drivers protest outside of City Hall.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

About two dozen taxi drivers protested outside of City Hall in St. Louis on Monday, denouncing a Muslim cab driver's arrest for wearing his religious clothing while on the job.

Raja Naeem jokes that his attorney calls him "the Muslim Rosa Parks."

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission warned him that he couldn't wear his religious clothing while picking up customers from Lambert airport, and that he would be arrested if he did.

He wore it anyway, and says his Kufi - his hat - was thrown on the ground, which he says is a great insult.

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Politics
11:26 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Business Leaders, Public Officials Talk Transportation Funding

via Flickr/TeamSaintLouis (Army Corps of Engineers)

Updated: 4/1/13 at 4:12, after the meeting took place.

Transportation advocates say that by 2018, 1 out of every 3 miles of roads in Illinois will be of unacceptable condition, unless there are new sources of revenue. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition held a meeting with business leaders and state lawmakers in O’Fallon Monday to discuss what can be done.

Cars are becoming more fuel efficient – it’s good for drivers, who get to save more money, and it’s better for the environment. What it isn’t good for, however, is transportation funding.

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Politics
4:30 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Political Heavyweights Cunningham, McNary Clash In Race For... Monarch Fire Board?

Missouri Senate Official Website (Cunningham) and Flickr/KOMU News (McNary)

On Tuesday, two political heavyweights will go head to head after a hard-fought campaign in which tens of thousands of dollars have been spent. The office they’re attacking each other over? A seat on the Monarch Fire Protection District Board in West St. Louis County.

You might remember Cole McNary from his failed bid for state treasurer a few months ago – or from his father, former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary. You might remember Jane Cunningham for her reputation as being one of the most conservative members of the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Politically Speaking: McCaskill's 'Evolution' On Same-Sex Marriage and Tuesday's Election

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill
(Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

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 discuss Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's tumblr announcement, Proposition P, and the nonexistent St. Louis mayoral race.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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"Arch Tax"
4:30 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Breaking Down The 'Arch Tax'

The planned changes to the Arch, creating a "park over the highway."
Courtesy CityArchRiver

Next Tuesday, you’ll have a chance to decide on Proposition P: a 3/16th of a cent sales tax increase which amounts to about two cents on a $10 purchase. The measure is often referred to as “the Arch Tax,” but the nickname doesn’t tell the whole story.

“Between 1995 and 2005, the Arch had about 3.3 million visitors a year," Ryan McClure with the CityArchRiver project told me as he walked me through the Arch grounds."Right now they’re averaging about 2.3.”

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Medicaid Expansion
5:30 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Nixon Focuses On Medicaid, Holds Comments On Same-Sex Marriage

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (at right) speaks with Paraquad CEO Aimee Wehmeier in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 26, 2013. Nixon was in Kirkwood speaking to community leaders about expansion of Medicaid.

A GOP plan for Medicaid expansion in the Missouri House would add fewer adults to the plan than the one Governor Jay Nixon has proposed. But during a stop in Kirkwood Tuesday, the Democrat praised the progress in the Republican-controlled House.

Under the Affordable Care Act, states have to expand the Medicaid requirement to 138 percent of the poverty line in order to accept the federal funds that go with it.

Currently in Missouri, those making an income of less than $4,5000 a year for a family of four qualify.

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Politically Speaking
3:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Politically Speaking: Prop P, MOSIRA, and McCaskill's Book

(Courtesy CityArchRiver)

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 discuss the conservatives on both sides of Prop. P, the court rulings while the Missouri legislature is on vacation, and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's new book.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Mississippi River Bridge
4:46 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Standards For Minority, Female Worker Participation Set In IDOT, Union Agreement

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and labor unions have signed off on an agreement that sets requirements for state-funded bridge and road projects.

Union and church leaders met with Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider at the new Mississippi River Bridge Wednesday, celebrating the new Project Labor Agreement that will set standards for minority and female participation.

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Patriot Coal
4:59 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Union President Criticizes Bankrupt Patriot Coal For Seeking Executive Bonuses

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

On Monday, the top official with a national miners' union says bankrupt Patriot Coal's bid to cut retiree health care benefits, while seeking millions of dollars for executive bonuses, is immoral.

Patriot Coal spun off from St. Louis-based Peabody in 2007, taking with it an enormous amount of the larger company’s health care obligations. Now that Patriot has declared bankruptcy, the company is looking to cut health care coverage for retired miners.

At a press conference in St. Louis, United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said Patriot was designed to fail.

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