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
3:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Accused Of Stealing, Faces Pressure To Resign

State Rep. Steve Webb (D, North St. Louis County)
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications/cropped by St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 11:05 a.m. 11/7/2013

Missouri Rep. Steve Webb, a Democrat from North St. Louis County, was charged Wednesday with numerous counts of campaign finance violations. Webb is facing considerable pressure from his party to step down, but has not decided if he will resign.

The misdemeanor charges against Webb are for repeatedly failing to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures.

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Politics
5:08 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Interactive: Lobbying In Missouri

Companies and other organizations with an interest in Missouri state government hire lobbyists to influence policy in Jefferson City. In partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a new way to keep track of all the gifts your state lawmakers have been receiving.

Politically Speaking
5:07 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Politically Speaking: Jane Cunningham On Her Lost District And Union Battles

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

Former Mo. Senator Jane Cunningham joins us on this week's show. Cunningham discusses how her district was lost with redistricting, and what she's been up to since. She recently won a contentious race for the Monarch Fire Board, and tells us about her public fights with the local union.

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Lethal Injection
4:27 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change

A picture of propofol, a drug Mo. was planning to use for lethal injection. Under the state's new rule, showing who made or supplied the drug would be illegal.
Veronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Two weeks ago, Gov. Jay Nixon instructed the Missouri Department of Corrections to come up with a new procedure for carrying out lethal injections.

On Tuesday, the department announced that it had chosen a new execution drug: pentobarbital. But the state also made a change that will end up making it harder, if not impossible, to know where the drugs come from.

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Politically Speaking
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. McCaskill On The Shutdown, The ACA And More

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

 

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joins us on this week's show. The Democratic senator tells us about her experience in the male-dominated Missouri Legislature, and gives us a preview of her upcoming book. We also discuss the government shutdown, Jason's cooking skills, and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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Lethal Injection
4:38 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug

Lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.
California Department of Corrections

On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Corrections announced that it had selected a new drug for upcoming executions: pentobarbital.

The change comes following criticism of the questionable methods Missouri had obtained the drug it had previously planned to use, as well as concern that its use could harm hospitals throughout the U.S. The state had planned to use a common anesthetic named propofol, which has never been used to carry out an execution.

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Politically Speaking
4:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Politically Speaking: Nieves On His Role In The Senate, And The Future Of His Gun Legislation

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Who Will Lead St. Louis County? Councilman Announces Bid For Executive

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, announcing his campaign for County Executive.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley officially has a challenger in next year’s Democratic primary: St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Stenger said he decided to run after a string of controversies in the county.

“We’ve seen, you know, in the health department alone, basically $3 million walking out the door for a phony company,” Stenger said in front of union members and other supporters.

“Well that’s $3 million right there. Over the years, we’ve had quite literally millions upon millions of dollars of fat that has been wasted by the executive branch.”

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Lethal Injection
5:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug - Why The Change Of Plans?

Propofol.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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Politically Speaking
11:32 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Politically Speaking: Rep. Schupp On The Future Of Tax And Gun Bills, Medicaid And Her Senate Race

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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