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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Campaign Finance
5:59 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Report: Campaign Finance Laws Worrisome

Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio.

 

All of the money given by small donors in the 2012 presidential race was matched by only 32 billionaires and corporations, according to a report released Thursday by MoPIRG, the Missouri Public Interest and Research Group.

It was the first major election since the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision that allowed an unlimited amount of money to be spent by so-called Super PACs, often without disclosing where the money is coming from.

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Mental Health
4:42 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mental Health Services For North St. Louis Kids Get Grant Boost

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

A federal grant of $4.2 million has been awarded to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, which will spend the money on kids in north St. Louis.

The money will be used for a variety of mental health services, including screenings and assessments for children, as well as home visitations to teach skills to parents.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said north St. Louis was chosen for a reason.

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Politics
10:06 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Obama Calls On Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In what will could be the final news conference of his first term, President Obama called on Congress to increase the debt ceiling.

Obama used harsh language to describe the tactics Republicans are using to bring about spending cuts, saying that they are "holding a gun to the head of the American people."

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Missouri's Second Injury Fund
5:09 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Confirmed: Missouri Fund For Disabled Workers Can't Pay The Bills

(via Flickr/LarimdaME)

A report released Friday morning confirmed what many have already known: that Missouri's fund for disabled workers is broke.

Republican Auditor Tom Schweich found that Missouri's Second Injury Fund has $28 million in unpaid obligations, but only had $3 million at the end of 2012.

The fund covers workers' compensation claims for employees who have previous injuries or disabilities and then suffer a new job-related injury.

Schweich says the state is facing several lawsuits demanding immediate payment on claims that have been delayed.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Blunt Has 'Concerns' About Hagel's Defense Nomination

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

As a new appointee on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri will have a say in the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense.

Blunt will join Democrat Claire McCaskill on the committee that will oversee Hagel's hearing.

Hagel has solicited the ire of many conservatives for his prior statements on Israel. While he served in Congress, Hagel stated that he was a United States Senator, not “an Israeli Senator.”

Blunt and his fellow Republicans are concerned he won't be a close enough ally to Israel.

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Politically Speaking
1:55 pm
Thu January 10, 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 today's episode: Ed Martin becomes the Missouri GOP's new chairman. How did it happen? Also, an update on the jockeying for Missouri's 8th Congressional seat. And then we close it out with a look toward the Missouri legislature.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Missouri Republican Party
11:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Ed Martin On Failed Campaigns, Fundraising And The Future Of The Mo. GOP

Martin during his unsuccessful run against Attorney General Chris Koster.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In a narrow victory on Saturday, Ed Martin edged out incumbent David Cole to become the new Missouri GOP Chairman.

Many speculate David Cole was ousted because of the GOP's poor performance in statewide races, where the party lost five out of the six races, in spite of Republican Mitt Romney carrying the state by over 10 points. But it's worth noting that Martin chaired the Missouri GOP's Victory 2012 Campaign, which resulted in only one victory for the party.

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State of St. Louis
2:42 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Stricter Gun Laws? Income Tax Cuts? Leaders Discuss At 'State Of St. Louis'

Speaker Tim Jones shakes hands with attendees after the forum.
Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At the St. Louis Business Journal's "State of St. Louis," one of the panelists remarked that, in the Missouri legislature, the divide is less between Republicans and Democrats and more between rural and urban representation.

But the upcoming legislative session is somewhat remarkable because both leaders in the legislative bodies are from the St. Louis area. House Speaker Tim Jones is from Eureka, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey from St. Charles will soon be the President Pro Tem.

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Business
8:27 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Clayco To Move Headquarters to Chicago

Credit Clayco

Update 1:00 with comments from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

A design, engineering, architecture and construction firm is moving its corporate headquarters from St. Louis to Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says Clayco's decision to relocate its headquarters will create about 300 new jobs in Chicago in the next few years. Clayco already has 280 employees in the Chicago area. The company plans to keep its office in St. Louis and no layoffs are planned.

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Campaign Finance
4:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Political Spending 'Arms Race' Makes It A Good Year For TV Stations

A series of attack ads paid for by Governor Jay Nixon labeled his opponent, Dave Spence as a "banker." Spence would later sue Nixon for defamation because of this series of ads.
(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

It’s estimated that TV stations’ political ad revenues were around $2.6 billion last year – a 68 percent increase from just 4 years ago.

This was the first big election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that declared corporations to be people and money to be speech. The ruling made 2012 a good year for TV stations that get paid to air political ads.

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