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
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Slay Seeking Unprecedented Fourth Four-Year Term

Slay illustrates a point at a forum put on by St. Louis on the Air.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

If incumbent mayor Francis Slay wins the Democratic primary tomorrow and then goes on to win re-election in April, he will become the longest serving mayor in St. Louis history.

Serving over 12 years in the office, Slay believes there are many reasons he deserves an unprecedented fourth four-year term.

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Mayoral Race
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Mayoral Candidate Matthews On His Opponents, Stalking Horse Allegations, And His Plans

(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Tuesday, St. Louis voters will go to the polls to select their nominee for mayor. But in the Democratic mayoral primary, former Alderman Jimmie Matthews sometimes seems the odd man out. Unlike his two opponents -- incumbent Mayor Francis Slay and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed -- he hasn't solicited any campaign donations, and he hasn't spent much money on the race either. That's led some to speculate that he isn't a serious candidate, that he's only in the race to take votes from Reed.

But from Matthews' perspective, there's no difference between Slay and Reed.

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Politically Speaking
10:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayoral Flyers, Mo. GOP's New Director and VAWA

(via City of St. Louis websites)

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: photo-baum's on mayoral flyers, Shane Schoeller as the new executive director of the Missouri GOP, and the back and forth between Senator Claire McCaskill and newly-elected Congresswoman Ann Wagner on the Violence Against Women Act.

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Campaign Finance
10:17 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Week Out From The Primary, Slay Maintains Spending Spree

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Chart updated at 2:24 to reflect most recent 24 and 48 hour campaign filings.

A week out from the Democratic mayoral primary, incumbent Mayor Francis Slay is maintaining his large financial advantage over challenger and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.

According to campaign finance reports filed Monday evening, in a month long span from Jan. 20 to Feb. 21, Slay spent $479,291. During that same amount of time, Reed spent only a fraction of that at $88,470.

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Sequester
10:34 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Infographic: Sequester Cuts In Missouri and Illinois

_J_D_R_ Flickr

Updated 2/25/13 at 1:25 with Illinois' numbers.

On Sunday, the White House detailed how the sequester would impact each state (and the District of Columbia) in an attempt to pressure Congress to act before the March 1 deadline. Here's what that report says about its impact in Missouri.

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Campaign Finance
7:26 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Infographic: Large Donors In The St. Louis Mayoral Race

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Below is an interactive map of the largest donors to the two frontrunners in the Democratic primary. It will be updated throughout the race.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

McCaskill Pressures House To Quickly Pass Violence Against Women Act

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Standing in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) called out House Republican leadership for failing to renew the Violence Against Women Act -- legislation meant to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Until recently, the act received bipartisan support since its inception in 1994.

House leadership didn't bring the Senate version to floor, allowing the VAWA to expire. Leadership cited problems with LGBT and Native American provisions in the bill. But McCaskill said she doesn’t buy the reasoning, and calls it a “fig leaf.”

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Politically Speaking
12:55 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

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: mayoral shenanigans and talents, Lincoln Days speeches, Nixon's Medicaid tour and legislative trolling.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Medicaid Expansion
5:27 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Nixon Continues Medicaid Expansion Campaign Despite GOP Disinterest

Nixon speaks at St. Charles County Economic Development Center.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon hasn’t stopped advocating for Missouri to accept the federal government’s money for Medicaid expansion, in spite of state Republican lawmakers leaving it out of their proposed budget.

Nixon lobbied in St. Charles Wednesday for the state to accept $900 million to expand the program to over a quarter of a million low income adults.

Nixon has appealed throughout the state. What makes Nixon’s stop in St. Charles unique is that the area is typically conservative turf.

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MO Statehouse
10:20 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony Offense

Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County.
(Rep. Leara's campaign site)

Updated at 2:00 p.m. with quotes from State Reps. Mike Leara (R) and Stacey Newman (D).

Lawmakers proposing gun control legislation could end up in prison under a bill introduced by a Missouri House Republican.

Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law.

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