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Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has been writing about Missouri since 2011, most recently as lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star. He has spent nearly two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, and has a track record of exposing government wrongdoing and holding elected officials accountable.

‘Clown show’ vs. ‘tyranny’: Missouri Senate GOP divide on display during veto session

By: - September 16, 2021

On one side were tyrannical oligarchs. On the other, petulant children.  Or at least that was the takeaway from the Missouri Senate’s day-long rules debate Wednesday. Gathered for the legislature’s annual veto session, the demons that have haunted the upper chamber for more than a year didn’t take long to reappear.  The seven members of […]

GOP lawmaker blasts Missouri governor’s veto of funding to combat child sex abuse

By: , and - September 15, 2021

Missouri Rep. Randy Pietzman nearly choked on his words as he tried Wednesday to explain why $300,000 means so much to the children of Lincoln County. Pietzman, R-Troy, was asking the Missouri House to override Gov. Mike Parson’s veto of that funding in the state budget, which was slated to add two investigators and a […]

LGBTQ history exhibit goes unmentioned by Missouri board governor cited for its removal

By: - September 13, 2021

When news broke that an LGBTQ history exhibit was suddenly and without warning removed from the Missouri Capitol, Gov. Mike Parson contended the reason was that it didn’t get pre-approval from a board he chairs.  But at that board’s first meeting in more than a year on Monday, neither the exhibit nor the state Capitol […]

Missouri GOP vow to push back against Biden’s announced vaccine mandate

By: - September 10, 2021

Missouri Republicans assailed President Joe Biden’s push to require employees of private businesses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, vowing a legislative response and legal action. Gov. Mike Parson promised to “fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach” in a tweet Thursday afternoon, calling Biden’s plan “an insult to our […]

Missouri AG won’t defend state officials in lawsuit, citing undisclosed conflict

By: and - September 9, 2021

When Missouri’s treasurer and secretary of state face off in court this month over a proposed constitutional amendment set to be on the 2022 ballot, both sides will be represented by private attorneys — at a cost to taxpayers of more than $800 an hour.  The reason: Attorney General Eric Schmitt bowed out of the […]

Democrats demand LGBTQ exhibit return to Missouri Capitol or other exhibits be removed

By: - September 8, 2021

If an LGBTQ history exhibit was removed from the Missouri Capitol because it didn’t get pre-approval from a specific board, then every exhibit on display that didn’t get approved must also be removed, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade argued in a letter to state officials on Wednesday. That would mean, she said, that there would […]

Parson rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

By: - September 3, 2021

Fireworks this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike Parson’s explanation for […]

State Sen. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City

Exhibit on history of LGBTQ rights removed from Missouri Capitol

By: - September 2, 2021

A state senator from Kansas City is demanding answers about why an exhibit on the LGBTQ-rights movement was removed from the Missouri Capitol after only a few days on display. Sen. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City, released a statement Thursday decrying the move, saying he was “disappointed and angry that Missouri State Parks would bend to […]

Eric Burlison announces run for Billy Long’s seat in Congress

By: - September 1, 2021

State Sen. Eric Burlison officially joined the GOP primary for the Congressional seat of U.S. Rep. Billy Long on Wednesday, becoming the third candidate to enter the race in the heavily Republican southwest Missouri district. Burlison served eight years in the state House before being elected to the Missouri Senate in 2018. In a series […]

Mike Moon joins race for Congress in southwest Missouri

By: - August 31, 2021

State Sen. Mike Moon has jumped into what promises to be a crowded race for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Billy Long. Moon, a former state representative elected to the Senate last year, unsuccessfully ran against Long in 2010 and 2012. Long is leaving Congress to run for the U.S. Senate seat […]

Judge denies request to block Missouri law invalidating certain federal gun laws

By: - August 27, 2021

A Cole County judge on Friday refused to block a new state law that declares certain federal gun laws invalid and threatens financial penalties on law enforcement agencies that enforce them. Circuit Judge Daniel Green sided with the state in a lawsuit filed jointly by St. Louis city and county that argued the law violates the […]

Longtime Missouri GOP political consultant pleads guilty to felony tax fraud

By: - August 25, 2021

David Barklage, a veteran Missouri political consultant and lobbyist, pled guilty to a felony tax charge in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon. Barklage, who has been a fixture in Missouri Republican politics for decades, was indicted in April for failing to pay more than $150,000 in taxes over the course of a three-year period. In […]