Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has spent two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, with most of that time focused on the Missouri statehouse as a reporter for The Kansas City Star. A three-time National Headliner Award winner, he helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.

Andrew Bailey begins fundraising for Missouri AG campaign with help from lobbyist

By: - December 12, 2022

Andrew Bailey has yet to form a political action committee. So when supporters of the man Gov. Mike Parson tapped to become Missouri’s next attorney general gather Wednesday to raise money for his 2024 campaign, they’ll be writing checks to one of a constellation of PACs affiliated with lobbyist Steve Tilley. Tilley, a former lawmaker […]

Anti-vaxxers seek to intervene in Missouri AG Eric Schmitt’s social media lawsuit

By: - December 6, 2022

A quartet of vaccine skeptics who have each been accused for years of spreading medical misinformation is asking a judge to allow them to join Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit that alleges the federal government colluded with social media companies to suppress freedom of speech. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Dr. Joseph Mercola and Ty […]

Gov. Mike Parson picks staffer to replace Eric Schmitt as Missouri attorney general

By: - November 23, 2022

A top staff member in the governor’s office will be Missouri’s next attorney general. Andrew Bailey, 41, who has served as general counsel for Gov. Mike Parson for the last year, will replace Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who was elected to the U.S. Senate earlier this month. Bailey will complete Schmitt’s term, which ends in […]

Missouri AG set to depose Anthony Fauci in social media lawsuit

By: - November 22, 2022

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is scheduled to be questioned under oath as part of a lawsuit alleging the federal government colluded with social media companies to suppress free speech, the Missouri attorney general’s office announced Tuesday. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Wednesday will […]

Missouri AG aligns with St. Louis conspiracy theorist in social media lawsuit

By: - November 21, 2022

When Kate Starbird got word that Missouri’s attorney general wanted her to turn over three years of her emails, she didn’t know what to think.  A Seattle-based professor at the University of Washington, Starbird co-founded the UW Center for an Informed Public, which researches misinformation online. Why would an elected official 2,000 miles away be […]

FEC to pay Josh Hawley campaign $23K to settle lawsuit over denial of public records

By: - November 18, 2022

The Federal Election Commission has agreed to pay U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley’s campaign $23,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging the agency illegally withheld public documents.  In late 2021, Hawley’s campaign requested a series of records under the Freedom of Information Act from the FEC.  The purpose of the request was to compile materials the campaign […]

Missouri judge rules AG’s office under Josh Hawley ‘knowingly’ violated transparency laws

By: - November 15, 2022

A Missouri judge on Monday ruled staff in the attorney general’s office, while it was being run by now-U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, used private email accounts to “knowingly and purposefully” subvert the state’s open records law.  Cole County Judge Jon Beetem determined the attorney general’s office violated the Sunshine Law by taking steps to conceal […]

Missouri’s Josh Hawley says red wave fizzled because of ‘Washington Republicanism’

By: - November 11, 2022

Republicans may still gain control of both chambers of Congress, but the “red wave” landslide many were predicting fizzled — leaving the party soul-searching and looking for answers.  Some blame former President Donald Trump’s endorsements of flawed candidates in key races. Others say it was the threat to abortion rights after the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]


Five takeaways from Missouri election night 2022

By: - November 9, 2022

Missouri’s midterm election largely went according to script.  Every congressional race was won by the party that previously controlled it. Republicans now hold all statewide offices. Democrats took advantage of a new legislative map to pick up a few seats in the state House. But a lack of surprises doesn’t mean it was an inconsequential […]

Eric Schmitt defeats Trudy Busch Valentine in Missouri U.S. Senate race

By: - November 8, 2022

Republican Eric Schmitt will be Missouri’s next U.S. Senator, cruising to an easy victory Tuesday over Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine.  Final unofficial returns gave Schmitt 55% to Valentine’s 42%.  “Missourians have always been suspicious of a federal government 1,000 miles away telling us how to run our lives,” Schmitt told supporters Tuesday night. “We’ve always […]

Federal officials run into resistance in Missouri over election monitoring

By: - November 7, 2022

A Missouri election official says he won’t allow the U.S. Department of Justice entry to polling locations in his county as it investigates complaints involving accessible voting machines. Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer received a letter on Oct. 27 from Teresa Moore, the U.S. attorney for Missouri’s western district, saying her office had received complaints […]

Missouri election guide: The big questions voters will face on Tuesday’s ballot 

By: - November 7, 2022

Voters around the state have been taking advantage of Missouri’s first ever no-excuse early voting period the last two weeks.  The early voting period ends at 5 p.m. Monday, and polls will be open for everyone else from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Among the races on the statewide ballot this year include […]