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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2014 General Election
9:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

City Voters Have Choice Of Past Or Present Recorder Of Deeds

Jennifer Florida (left) is the current recorder of deeds, and Sharon Carpenter (right) stepped down as recorder of deeds this past summer.

Two candidates are vying for the office of St. Louis recorder of deeds even though many are wondering why it’s an elected office at all.

The recorder of deeds is in charge of recording all property transactions and issuing marriage licenses as well as birth and death records.

This race is an odd one -- both candidates have been the recorder this year.

Jennifer Florida, the current recorder, assumed the position after the former recorder, Sharon Carpenter, stepped down in July because of violating the state’s nepotism law.

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Politically Speaking
7:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Politically Speaking: GOP Consultant Keller Assesses Election Landscape

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking crew welcomes Gregg Keller, a locally based Republican consultant who now runs his own firm, Atlas Strategy Group.

Keller represents a number of corporate and political clients, including state Auditor Tom Schweich, who’s expected to run for governor in 2016.

A graduate of Clayton High School, Keller got his political start after college (Florida State). He began as a volunteer, and later as a staffer, for Jim Talent when he ran in 2002 for the U.S. Senate (defeating Democratic incumbent Jean Carnahan).

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Politically Speaking
10:47 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Schupp Lays Out Views In Bid For Missouri Senate

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

This week the Politically Speaking podcast crew welcomes Jill Schupp, the Democratic candidate for the state Senate in the 24th District.

The 24th District, which takes in a large area of central and west St. Louis County, is considered a politically swing district. As a result, the contest betweeen Schupp and GOP candidate Jay Ashcroft  is seen as one of the state’s few legislative districts up for grabs on the Nov. 4 ballot. The post is currently held by Republican John Lamping, who is retiring.

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Politically Speaking
5:14 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Politically Speaking: Alderman-Elect Green On Her Victory And Her Ward

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew welcomes Megan Ellyia Green just days after her decisive victory in a special election for the 15th Ward aldermanic seat. On Tuesday, Green took 46 percent of the vote in a four-person race, in spite of running as an independent.

Green will replace Jennifer Florida, who was appointed recorder of deeds this summer after the long-time recorder of deeds, Sharon Carpenter, stepped down in July. Florida is now an independent candidate for recorder of deeds.

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Open Records
8:40 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

How Ferguson Contracted A High-Priced Company To Search Its Emails

Members of the Ferguson City Council during a recent meeting.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson did not use a bidding process to select the company it wanted to handle its open records requests, according to documents obtained by St. Louis Public Radio. Ferguson also apparently made no attempt to negotiate the for-profit company’s fees, which could total thousands of dollars for public records.

Acumen Consulting, a St. Louis-based company, is charging journalists a base fee of $500 a request and then a $135 an hour fee on top – all to search through emails for keywords.

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Special Election
9:41 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Independent Candidate Wins St. Louis Aldermanic Race In Special Election

Credit via campaign website

Megan Ellyia Green, who ran as an independent candidate, will be the next alderwoman for St. Louis' 15th ward.

Green will replace Jennifer Florida, who was appointed recorder of deeds after the long-time recorder of deeds, Sharon Carpenter, stepped down in July. Florida is now an independent candidate for recorder of deeds.

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Open Records Law
2:16 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Ferguson Charging Thousands For Public Records, St. Louis Public Radio Files Complaint

Members of the Ferguson City Council during a recent meeting.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio has filed a formal complaint against the city of Ferguson for violating Missouri’s open records law by attempting to charge unreasonable amounts for public documents. Ferguson wants more than $2,000 before handing over the public records requested.

On Sept. 23, I wrote to Ferguson officials, asking for certain records – most of them emails. State law is explicit that these records requests have to be answered within three business days.

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Playoff Payoff
10:11 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Receive A Lot Of Cardinals Tickets, Snacks From Lobbyists

Game 7 from the 2011 Cardinals World Series run.
Credit Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio.

Lobbyists have paid for more than $130,000 worth of Cardinals tickets and baseball snacks for Missouri lawmakers since 2007, according to our analysis of the data. Here are the top five post-season games they went to, as well as who has received the tickets, and who has paid for it.

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Special Election
9:40 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Democrat, Republican And Two Independents Vie In Special Election For 15th Ward Aldermanic Seat

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

When Mayor Francis Slay appointed his longtime political ally, Alderwoman Jennifer Florida, D-15th Ward, to take over from Sharon Carpenter as recorder of deeds in July, Florida stepped down from the aldermanic seat she’d long held. That triggered the special election to replace Florida scheduled for Tues., Oct. 7.

The opening had led to a crowded field of candidates.

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Politically Speaking
7:25 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Politically Speaking: Roorda On His Record, His Senate Race And Darren Wilson

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew continues its look at the so-called “Battle for JeffCo,” the expensive campaign for the 22nd District state Senate seat that's among the region's most competitive contests this fall.

After hosting Republican state Rep. Paul Wieland last week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum now welcome his opponent – state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart – to the podcast.

The November winner of the 22nd District contest will represent a big chunk of Jefferson County for the next four years.

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