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
12:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

McCaskill backs cigarette tax increase, even if it costs her supporters

Senator McCaskill fields questions from reporters before the RCGA meeting.
Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill is throwing her support behind the November ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax in Missouri. If approved, the initiative would increase the current cigarette tax from the lowest in the nation at 17 cents, to 90 cents.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

McCaskill attacks Akin for comments on student loans

Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill (right) and Congressman Todd Akin (left).
(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has been on the attack against her Republican opponent, criticizing Congressman Akin for controversial comments he’s made. But the comments she's attacking are not related to abortion.

So far, McCaskill has avoided attacking Congressman Akin for his comments on “legitimate rape,” which would force her to discuss her stance on the touchy issue of abortion.  Instead, she’s attacking him for his comments on student loans.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

McCaskill attempts to paint herself in the political center, Akin disagrees

Senator McCaskill (D-Missouri) speaks to reporters before a speech.
Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill  doubled her efforts to portray herself as a political centrist.  She released a new ad Friday titled "Fifty," referring to the National Journal's ranking of senators from most liberal to conservative. McCaskill was ranked in the middle at 50.  

But she also doesn't deny she has stood by the President -- a president who will have a tough time winning the state of Missouri.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Akin dismisses claims he hasn't paid for TV ads

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republican US Senate candidate Todd Akin dismissed claims that his campaign hasn’t paid for TV ads that were set to be run.  KOMU-TV in Columbia reported Thursday that the station only received half the payment for a full week of Akin’s ads. 

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Bond/Hanaway
4:52 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Mo. Republicans respond to DNC speeches

Former US Sen. Kit Bond (at left) and former Missouri Speaker of the House Catherine Hanaway.
(Bond: (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)(Hanaway: via Ashcroft Law Firm media kit)

Several prominent Republicans responded to speeches given at the Democratic National Convention.  Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway accused Democratic leaders of stereotyping the issues women care about.

Hanaway said women are concerned with the big issue affecting every American: the economy.  This week, the DNC has featured several prominent women speaking about access to birth control and health care. Hanaway says the biggest concern for women is whether or not their children will be better off.

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Politics
6:49 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Plummer points to levee uncertainty as cause of unemployment

Illinois congressional candidate Jason Plummer (at right).
(Chris McDaniel/Beyond November)

Illinois Congressional candidate Jason Plummer points to the uncertainty of the Metro East levee situation as a large cause of the area’s high unemployment rate. 

The Republican candidate says federal regulators are getting in the way of bipartisan work by local officials.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency alleges the area should be deemed a “hazard zone.” If that happens, the value of houses would reportedly plummet. Plummer said the number one complaint he hears is the lack of certainty.

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Law
12:25 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Mo. lawyers group recommends voters oust St. Louis County judge

Judge Dale Hood is an Associate Circuit Judge in St. Louis County.
St. Louis County website

Updated 12:42 p.m. with more details.

The Missouri Bar Association is out with its judicial retention recommendations.

The organization surveys judges, lawyers and jurors every election year to ask whether the state’s judges should be retained by voters in November.

Of the 51 judges evaluated by the Bar, just one – St. Louis County Judge Dale Hood – did not get a retention recommendation. This is the second time Judge Hood has received a sub-par rating from the group of attorneys.

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