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
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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Politics
5:41 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Blunt Plans To Focus On Mental Health Issues Over Gun Control

Blunt addresses reporters at the Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Center on Delmar.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At a St. Louis community health center Friday, Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri touted his plans to improve mental health services in the United States.

Blunt has introduced the “Excellence in Mental Health Act,” legislation that would, among other things, increase federal funding for community mental health centers.

Blunt says this is what he will focus on in  his response to recent mass shooting tragedies -- instead of restrictions on guns which he says are unlikely to pass.

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Politics
9:13 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Reed: Businesses Pay Slay For Play, Slay: It Doesn't Work That Way

Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed holds a thick packet of campaign finance reports and city contracts.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 10:03 with the Kwame Building Group's response.

In a late afternoon press conference Thursday, Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed accused incumbent Mayor Francis Slay of engaging in a "pay-to-play" system where businesses seeking construction contracts have to first make a donation to the mayor's campaign. The mayor's staff insisted that there are too many safeguards for this to even be possible.

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Politically Speaking
6:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

Happy Valentine's Day from the Politically Speaking podcasters!

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 talk about the mayoral forum and (some) of the muck in the race, the official Republican nominee in the 8th Congressional district, and Missouri legislative action with voter I.D. and the 2nd Injury Fund.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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St. Louis Mayoral Race
5:49 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Matthews, Reed, Slay Square Off In St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

(From left to right) Mayor Francis Slay, Former St. Louis Alderman Jimmie Matthews and Aldermanic Board President Lewis Reed during today's St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

At Monday's forum, the three Democratic candidates made their case for why they should be St. Louis' next mayor. Incumbent mayor Francis Slay is seeking an unprecedented fourth four-year term, while the other two candidates argued it was time for someone else to take the reins.

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Politically Speaking
4:41 pm
Thu February 7, 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 show: We cover it all in the St. Louis mayoral race (even the diet and exercise of the candidates), we also touch on so-called "Right-to-Work" legislation that's being discussed in the Missouri House, and close it out with an update on Missouri's 8th Congressional district.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Senate Armed Services
4:28 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

McCaskill, Blunt Question Departing Defense Secretary On Benghazi Attack

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

From the start, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) has been critical of the Obama administration’s response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last September that resulted in the death of an ambassador and three other Americans. And on Thursday, Blunt had the opportunity to question departing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the attack.

Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in what will likely be his final appearance before Congress.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

McCaskill Unhappy With USPS Cutting Saturday Deliveries

(via Senator McCaskill's Flickr)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is none too pleased with the United States Postal Service announcement that Saturday mail delivery is coming to an end.

And she blames House Republicans for it.

"“We won a hard-fought battle in the Senate last year with strongly bipartisan postal reform that would have put the Postal Service on the path to sound financial footing...and provided strict criteria for the Postal Service to meet before eliminating six-day delivery," McCaskill said in a harshly worded statement.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Blunt: Path To Citizenship Hardest For People To Accept

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Just months after the GOP’s poor performance among Latino voters, a group of eight senators -- four Republicans and four Democrats -- has renewed calls for immigration reform.

The plan would address four issues: border security, expanding opportunities for legal immigrants, an employee identification system and an arduous path to citizenship.

But Republican Senator Roy Blunt told reporters that it's the last one that will be the most problematic.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Blunt: Drone Document Shows Presidential Hypocrisy

Sen. Roy Blunt.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) says he’s troubled by a new document released this week that outlines the president’s authority to kill overseas American citizens thought to be terrorists.

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