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
2:34 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Libertarian Dine Upset With His Exclusion From Mo. Senate Debate

(Courtesy: Jonathan Dine)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican Congressman Todd Akin will debate each other at Clayton High School Thursday night.

Noticeably absent, however, is the Libertarian candidate that could influence the outcome of the Senate race: Jonathan Dine.

According to a recent poll, Dine is garnering about 9 percent of the vote, which is rather uncommon for a third party candidate in the United States.

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Politics
6:10 am
Wed October 17, 2012

In Mo. Attorney General Race, Candidates Even Disagree On The Role Of The Office

(via Koster and Martin campaign ads)

In the race for Missouri Attorney General, the two front runners, Democratic incumbent Chris Koster and Republican Ed Martin, agree on few issues. In fact, the two have very different visions of what the Attorney General’s office actually does.

In campaign ads, Koster holds a shotgun to show he’s tough on crime. And in interviews, Koster often refers to the office as “Missouri’s top law enforcement job.”

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Politics
10:47 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Nixon, McCaskill Speak At Union Rally

Chris McDaniel

All the Missouri Democratic players were in St. Louis Tuesday, speaking to hundreds of rallying union members. Senator Claire McCaskill joined Governor Jay Nixon and numerous other Democratic candidates onstage.

The incumbent Senator used her stage-time to take a couple of shots at her opponent, Republican Congressman Todd Akin. Akin made national headlines for his comments concerning “legitimate rape,” a statement McCaskill is trying to make sure Missouri voters don’t forget.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Spence Sues Nixon For Defamation

(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Nixon's campaign manager, Oren Shur, responded by saying Spence "needs to take a deep breath."

"You see a lot of crazy stunts during the course of a campaign," Shur, said in a statement.  "But this frivolous lawsuit is misguided and desperate.”

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Politically Speaking
12:54 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues. On today’s podcast: We start off with (what else?) an update on the Akin and McCaskill senate race. We then give some attention to the gubernatorial race between Nixon and Spence, discussing their new ads, which are basically ads against the other's ads. And finally we wallow in the mud of the Illinois 12th Congressional district race. 

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

In Wake Of New Ads, Akin Calls On McCaskill To Release Husband's Tax Returns

(via Claire McCaskill website/YouTube)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill released a trio of new campaign ads Wednesday that feature rape survivors discussing their opposition to her Republican opponent, Todd Akin.

The ads are grim and without music. They feature three sexual assault survivors, some of whom say they are Republican and pro-life, condemning Akin's stance on emergency contraception.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Feds Paid $40M To Firms Tied To McCaskill's Spouse

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. in July 2011.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the payments represent a "conflict of interest and a breach of trust" with voters. The Democratic senator's campaign says that is "flat-out wrong."

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Politics
4:10 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Spence To Stations: Cease And Desist Airing Nixon Ad

(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

Updated with Tuesday's developments

Republican Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence issued a cease and desist letter to stations broadcasting one of Governor Jay Nixon's campaign ads. The Spence campaign called the ad false and defamatory, saying further broadcasting could lead to lawsuits.

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Politics
5:10 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Race For Illinois' 12th Gets Heated

Courtesy Enyart/Plummer campaigns

Updated with Friday's developments

After 24 years in office, Democrat Jerry Costello is retiring from Illinois’ 12th Congressional district. Now Illinois voters will have to decide between 3 new candidates as to who will represent them in Washington. The stakes are high in this race, as it could have implications for who controls the House.

Both Enyart and Plummer have pledged to work across the aisle if elected. And so it’s surprising that this race is one that has become very partisan, and, occasionally, nasty.

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Politically Speaking
2:12 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Jo Mannies (left), Jason Rosenbaum (center) and Chris McDaniel (right) come together every Thursday to talk about Missouri politics.
Alex Heuer

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues.

On today’s podcast: We start off with an update on Congressman Todd Akin's recent gaffs (financial and otherwise). We also chat about some curious developments with a ballot initiative that would give the governor more power over judicial appointees. And then we finish it all off with a discussion about Mayor Slay's new challenger.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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