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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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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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Former 'Occupier' Wants To Bring Participatory Budgeting To 6th Ward

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

About 20 people gathered outside of a foreclosed house in south St. Louis City. They assembled to decide what should be done with the house that the bank currently owns. A few of the ideas floated around were to hold a public auction, open it up for veterans to use, or to host afterschool programs.

After all the ideas were discussed, each participant was given a ticket to put in a box that belonged to their favorite corresponding idea.

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Campaign Finance
12:45 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

World Wide Technology Gave Big Donations To Nixon – But Others Too

_J_D_R_ Flickr

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the same day Democratic Governor Jay Nixon decried large donations in his State of the State speech, he received a five-figure contribution from a firm whose state contract is up for renewal.

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Politically Speaking
5:17 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

Jason Rosenbaum is back this week. He joins fellow St. Louis Beacon reporter Jo Mannies and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

 

On this week's show: the state of the State of the State, the realities of campaign finance in Missouri -- and the likelihood of an attempt to change it, and finally, the mayoral debate and Slay's spending spree.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Breaking
4:11 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Blunt Will Vote Against Hagel's Confirmation

(Screenshot via CSPAN)

Updated 2/1/13 9:44 with news that Senator Blunt will be voting "No" on former Senator Hagel. Updated 2/1/13 3:03 with additions throughout.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says it was a bad day for former Senator Chuck Hagel, as he appeared before the committee that will consider his nomination to be defense secretary. Bad enough that he will be voting against Hagel's nomination. 

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Business
4:22 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Now That Beef With Japan Is Over, Missouri's Economy Stands To Gain

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Japan's decision to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports will provide a boost to the American meat industry, but tight supplies may limit how much exports can grow this year.

Beef producers hope to restore Japanese sales to where they were before the first case of mad cow disease was found in the United States in 2003.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill commended Japan’s decision to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying it will be a boost for Missouri's economy.

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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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