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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Beyond November
2:37 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Wagner Takes Akin's Old Congressional Seat

Wagner takes the stage at her election night party.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In the race to take Congressman Akin’s old seat, Republican Ann Wagner soundly trounced Democrat Glenn Koenen. At her election night party, Wagner said she got into this race because she was a “fed up mother.”

“And you know what? I think our country needs some tough love," Wagner told the crowd. "And I’m ready to deliver that – that I promise you.”

Wagner held her campaign party at the Frontenac Hilton, the same place as Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence. But the two decided to hold their events in different ballrooms at the same hotel.

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Beyond November
2:08 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Nixon Wins Re-Election, Despite Missouri's Support For Romney

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses supporters during a watch party at the Pageant Theater as wife Georganne and sons Will (at left) and Jeremiah look on in St. Louis on Nov. 6, 2012. Nixon, a Democrat defeated businessman Dave Spence.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In a state that went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney, Jay Nixon was re-elected to a second term as governor of Missouri.

His margin of victory wasn’t quite as large as 2008, but Nixon beat his Republican challenger Dave Spence by more than 10 points.

In an address to his supports at the Pageant in St. Louis, Nixon called his victory a result of voters putting the people’s business above petty politics.

"Missourians said because we've been able to work together, because we're putting the common good first, we are moving in the right direction," he said.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidates Running On Same Issue: Jobs

(Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging)

Four years ago, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was elected by 19 points: a landslide. But this time around, it may not be so easy for him. Some polls show St. Louis businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence within striking distance of the Governor. The race has been personal at times, but it’s primarily been about one overarching issue: jobs.

Dave Spence owns a couple of plastics businesses. One of those businesses is Alpha Packaging.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Mo. Republicans And Democrats Hold Get Out The Vote Rallies

Republican Candidate for Attorney General, Ed Martin, speaks to GOP supporters on Sat. Nov. 3.
Credit Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio

Republican and Democratic candidates running for statewide office in Missouri are making one last push toward election day. 

Many of the down-ballot Republican candidates gathered this morning to thank and encourage volunteers who’ve been calling and knocking on doors.

Republican Candidate for Attorney General, Ed Martin, said Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s substantial lead in Missouri is a good sign for state-wide GOP candidates.

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Politics
12:58 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

It's the last Politically Speaking before the election. As always, 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 wrap up the Missouri Senate race with Congressman Todd Akin and Senator Claire McCaskill. We then talk about our impressions of turnout in general in the St. Louis area -- which is currently down according to absentee voting numbers. And finally, Jo gives us some trivia knowledge for some historic presidential races.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

McCaskill Returns To The Campaign Trail

Senator Claire McCaskill talks to reporters outside of Bayless Elementary.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is back on the campaign trail, attacking her opponent, Republican Congressman  Todd Akin for his stance on the school lunch program. It was McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne.

In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.

McCaskill said her passing has been “tumultuous."

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Politics
6:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

New McCaskill Ad Calls Akin 'Scary'

(ClaireMcCaskill2012 Youtube Channel)

At a small gathering at a coffeehouse on Sunday, Women for Claire convened to unveil a new ad in support of Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. McCaskill was not in attendance, instead spending time with her ill mother.

A few women spoke in her stead, criticizing Republican Congressman Todd Akin.

"What is he (Akin) going to do for a woman like you?" Darlene Green, St. Louis Comptroller asked the crowd. "What is he going to say about a woman like me? We already know what he said about a woman like Claire."

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Politics
5:58 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Akin: EPA Should Be Redesigned

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) joins Congressman Todd Akin to talk about energy.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

You can add Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma to the growing number of prominent Republicans voicing their support for Congressman Todd Akin’s bid for Senator Claire McCaskill’s seat.

Inhofe is the ranking minority member for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and he joined Akin in criticizing McCaskill’s stance on fossil fuels.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Wagner, Koenen Vie To Take Akin's Old Seat

(Koenen: Courtesy of Glenn Koenen/Wagner: via Wikimedia Commons)

Missouri’s newly-formed 2nd Congressional district has two first time candidates vying for Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s seat, which he will be vacating. The two main candidates have very different ideas of the role of government, and very different backgrounds.


Although this is Ann Wagner’s first time with her name on the yard signs, she is by no means a political rookie.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

 

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 Halloween-themed podcast: We start off by giving our impressions of last week's debate Senate debate, and discuss Akin and his campaign's "dog" comments. We then turn to another debate: the gubernatorial debate that isn't really a debate. And finally, we close out with Jason discussing the state legislative races.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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