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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Mayoral Race
9:18 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mayoral Debate Contentious In Downtown Forum

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At a mayoral debate showcasing the three Democrats vying for the position in the March 5 primary, challenger and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed wasted no time before going after his opponent.

Crime was by far the most contentious issue in the forum that filled two overflow rooms and was standing room only. Several times at the debate, Reed interrupted incumbent Mayor Francis Slay when he was talking about the city's lowering crime rate.

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Campaign Finance
12:25 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Infographic: How Are The Mayoral Candidates Spending Their Money?

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Last week, St. Louis Public Radio took a look at how much money the mayoral candidates have amassed, and where that money is coming from. Today we're looking at how that money is being spent.

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Campaign Finance
9:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Reed Faces Steep Fundraising Disadvantage In Mayoral Race

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Updated 3:43 with Mayor Slay's more recent ad (that is televised).

A little more than a month away from the Democratic primary, challenger Lewis Reed is losing the fundraising battle miserably.

According to Tuesday's campaign finance filings, incumbent Mayor Francis Slay spent nearly a million dollars in the month of January in his campaign to be re-elected.

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Politically Speaking
6:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

Jason Rosenbaum is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: the special elections bill that's speeding through the statehouse, the early morning voter ID committee and the $6 million plane.

Editor's note: after the recording, the voter ID committee was pushed back to 8 a.m.

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Armed Services
6:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Blunt: Women On Front Lines "Inevitable"

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri praised the Pentagon’s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat.

The changes, announced Thursday, will not happen overnight. All services branches are supposed to come up with plans by mid-May for integrating women into combat positions.

Blunt, a Republican, called the decision “inevitable.”

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Politics
5:49 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

McCaskill, Blunt Call On President To Approve Keystone Pipeline Expansion

via flickr/shannonpatrick17

One of the major holdups in the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline was Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s apprehension. But after Nebraska state officials approved a revised route this week, both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators are calling on the president to sign off on the expansion.

The Keystone Pipeline already runs through Missouri. What the Keystone Pipeline XL would do is expand the pipeline – adding routes from Alberta to Kansas and Oklahoma to Texas.

It would also enlarge the size of the pipes’ diameter by 6 inches.

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Mayoral Race
5:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Reed Accuses Slay Of Campaigning To City Employees, Slay Says He's Just Doing His Job

(via City of St. Louis websites)

St. Louis Mayoral candidate Lewis Reed is accusing Mayor Francis Slay of campaigning at the expense of taxpayers.

Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen, alleges Slay is holding meetings with city employees to campaign for votes while they are on the clock. Glenn Burleigh, Reed’s campaign manager, claims it’s a coordinated effort aimed at multiple departments.

“Telling folks on taxpayer dime: that’s what’s important here," Burleigh said. "These are trash collectors, that instead of picking up trash, were listening to the mayor.”

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8th Congressional District
12:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Emerson Resigns, Special Election Date Announced

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
(Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

Reporting by Jacob McClelland and Chris McDaniel.

Updated at 2:28 with announcement of the date of the special election.

As expected, U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson submitted her letter of resignation to Governor Jay Nixon and House speaker John Boehner on Tuesday. Emerson is leaving to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Now, Nixon must call for a special election to fill out the remainder of Emerson’s term.

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Crime
4:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Money Stolen From Former Mo. Gov. Holden In St. Louis

(via Flickr/HoldenForum)

Former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden says his money was stolen while walking to lunch in downtown St. Louis.

Radio station KMOX reports that Holden says he was approached Wednesday by a man holding a gas can and asking for help. The former governor says he pulled out his money clip, and the man grabbed it and ran.

St. Louis police say no arrest has been made. It's not known how much cash the thief took.

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Politically Speaking
6:11 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

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 look at the substantive mayoral race that's gone largely unnoticed until now, the festivities and frigidness of Missouri's inauguration, and the bill that would change how special elections are conducted in Missouri. Don't worry, we also talk about the color scheme of the new Secretary of State's website.

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