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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Politically Speaking
10:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Politically Speaking: Auditor Schweich On Gubernatorial Withholds, St. Louis Public Schools And 2014

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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Lobbying
1:46 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Bruno Mars, Beverages And (More) Baseball: Lobbyists Gave $100K In Gifts To Mo. Lawmakers Over Break

Bruno Mars.
(via Wikimedia Commons/MyCanon)

Missouri legislators took in about $100,000 in gifts from lobbyists during the summer legislative break. In total for this year, lobbyists have spent $850,702 to try to sway public policy.

If the gifts continue, it's likely to reach $1 million by the end of the year.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Conservatives Rally At CPAC St. Louis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at CPAC 2013.
via Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Thousands of conservatives attended CPAC St. Louis on Saturday to listen to more than 40 conservative leaders and rising stars. There were a number of last-minute speaking cancellations for the conference. Members of the US House had to stay in DC to work on a fix to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri also cancelled, saying he was working on a deal even though the Senate wasn’t in session. That decision drew the ire of many conservatives.

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Politically Speaking
5:10 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayor Slay On A Gun Court, City Entering County And Northside Regeneration

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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St. Louis on the Air
1:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Prominent Regional, National Conservatives Headed To CPAC St. Louis This Weekend

Rick Perry at CPAC 2012.
(via Flickr/markn3tel)

St. Charles will host numerous prominent conservatives on Saturday, as part of CPAC St. Louis. CPAC is an event for members of the GOP to rally and speak to their base -- and, of course, to posture for presidential and other political aspirations.

2012 Presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Rick Perry will be speaking, as will Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Speaking with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh, Brownback said a GOP candidate that speaks to true conservatives is more likely to win in 2016.

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Politics
10:55 am
Fri September 20, 2013

President Obama Pressures House GOP In Visit To Mo. Ford Plant

From the President's visit to Knox College a couple months ago.
Screenshot from the White House livestream.

 

 Speaking outside of Kansas City Friday, President Barack Obama called out House Republicans for their vote on a plan to avoid a partial government shutdown. Obama was in Ford Motor's new stamping plant in Liberty, which is located near the company's assembly in Claycomo.

The House voted to keep the federal government running beyond the end of the month. The catch? It also defunds the Affordable Care Act.

In Missouri, the vote fell across party lines with all GOP members voting for it.

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Politically Speaking
1:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Politically Speaking: Dempsey On Veto Session And His Consequential Vote On The Gun Bill

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.

On this week's show, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joins us to give a post-mortem of last week's veto session. The Republican goes into great detail on why he voted against the much-covered gun nullification bill, as well as what we can expect out of next year's session.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Following Legislative Success, Lead Company Doe Run Settles Liability Cases

The Doe Run Company

Arguably the most consequential veto that was overridden last week pertained to southeast Missouri's the Doe Run Company. And just two days after the override, attorneys suing the lead giant reached a settlement.

On Friday, Doe Run settled lawsuits by several families alleging their children suffered health problems from lead contamination in eastern Missouri's St. Francois County.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Southern Illinois Congressman Enyart Looks To Spur Biofuels In Air Force

Rep. Bill Enyart (right) with his agriculture advisor, Mike Campbell.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart is announcing new legislation to support biofuels used in the military.

At a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville research center, the first-term Democrat outlined his legislation, which would incentivize the use of biofuels in the Air Force through competitive research grants.

Speaking next to leaders of farm and ethanol groups, Enyart announced the legislation just a couple miles from Scott Air Force Base.

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Politically Speaking
5:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Politically Speaking: Veto Session Review

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.

On this week's show, we take a look at the just concluded veto session, and break down the key bills and votes. We discuss the income tax cut bill's failure, as well as who gets the credit or blame. Then we discuss the nullification bill -- as well as the Doe Run bill and the other nine veto overrides.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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