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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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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Politically Speaking
4:14 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

We're back! It's the first Politically Speaking podcast of the new year.

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss what's ahead in the rapidly approaching legislative session, who will be the Missouri GOP's next chairman and some personnel changes in the St. Louis mayoral race.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Fiscal Cliff
4:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mo. GOP Divided Over Fiscal Cliff Deal

How did Missouri's representatives vote? Green denotes a vote in favor and blue is against. Representative Sam Graves did not vote.

Congress may have passed a deal to avert the self-inflicted “fiscal cliff” crisis Tuesday night, but you might want to hold off on celebrating. Another gridlock could be here in a couple of months.

Missouri lawmakers were divided on the deal. Missouri’s Democrats joined Republican Senator Roy Blunt and Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer and Jo Ann Emerson in voting in favor of the bill.

Below you can see how Missouri's representatives voted. Both Senator Blunt and McCaskill voted in favor of the deal.

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Diplomacy
3:42 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Blunt, Senate Condemn New Russian Law That Prohibits U.S. Adoptions

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt.
(via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bi-partisan resolution condemning a newly passed Russian law that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. The ban is retaliation for U.S. sanctions against Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

Missouri Republican Roy Blunt introduced the resolution condemning the ban – a ban Blunt calls “outrageous.”

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Campaign Finance
6:37 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

GOP Donors In The Giving Mood

Costs of goods and services in St. Louis rose 2.5 percent between the last six months of 2009 and the last six months of 2010 - more than double the national rate. (via Flickr / _J_D_R_)
_J_D_R_ Flickr

Wealthy Republican donors started Christmas early.

Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25 thousand to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday.

Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about 1 and a half million dollars to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

Nixon was the only major Democrat Humphreys supported.

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Fiscal Cliff
3:58 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

President Obama On Fiscal Cliff

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

This live event has concluded. Thanks for joining us.

After failing to get his party in line, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner abandoned his plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff.

Instead, a decision will have to come from the Senate. President Barack Obama met with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Friday afternoon and is set to address the public shortly.

You can watch it live here:

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Gun Control
10:02 am
Fri December 21, 2012

NRA Calls For Armed Police At All Schools In Post-Newtown Press Conference

(via Flickr/kcdsTM)

Thank you for joining us here for this live event. The event has now concluded.

The massacre last week at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. has sparked a national debate on guns and gun control.

This morning, the National Rifle Association (NRA) made its first public statement after the shootings in Newtown.

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