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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.

St. Louis County Democrat launches bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

By: - February 8, 2021

Scott Sifton, a former Democratic state senator from St. Louis County, officially launched a campaign on Monday to unseat GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Sifton, 46, is the first Democrat to join the campaign. He announced his intention in a web video that focused as much on Missouri’s other senator — Republican Josh Hawley — […]

Gov. Mike Parson’s PAC moves into former headquarters of Eric Greitens’ dark money group

By: - February 4, 2021

Four years ago, a major Republican donor purchased a building in downtown Jefferson City to house then-Gov. Eric Greitens’ dark money nonprofit. But as of Feb. 1, that building is home to the political arm of the man who took over the governor’s office following Greitens’ resignation. Uniting Missouri, a political action committee formed to […]

COMMENTARY

Gov. Parson’s letter exposed longstanding rift with Missouri House leader

By: - February 2, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson’s scolding letter over the weekend accusing House GOP leadership of scheming to embarrass him caught Missouri’s political world by surprise.  Not because the governor was attacking his fellow Republicans, but because he was doing it publicly.  Those close to both Parson and House Speaker Rob Vescovo — who was the clear target […]

Gov. Mike Parson accuses Missouri House GOP leaders of trying to embarrass him

By: - January 31, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson believes House Republican leaders’ decision against allowing a joint legislative session to convene last week amid a statehouse COVID-19 outbreak was a “purposeful and disgusting scheme to embarrass me,” he said in a three-page letter to lawmakers dated Jan. 29. Parson was scheduled to deliver his annual State of the State […]

Missouri governor says unemployment benefits paid in error must be returned

By: - January 28, 2021

Missourians who were mistakenly paid unemployment benefits by the state should be required to pay that money back, Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday. The Missouri Department of Labor told St. Louis Public Radio last week that the state overpaid roughly $96 million in unemployment benefits between January and September last year. The errors were driven […]

Parson defends Missouri COVID response, lays out agenda in State of the State address

By: - January 27, 2021

Despite a COVID-19 outbreak scuttling his plans to address a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly, Gov. Mike Parson laid out his policy priorities and defended his administration’s response to the ongoing pandemic during his annual State of the State address on Wednesday. Instead of delivering his speech in the House, Parson was forced […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

COVID forces change in Missouri Gov. Parson’s State of the State address

By: and - January 27, 2021

A COVID-19 outbreak among lawmakers and staff has forced Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to forgo plans to deliver his State of the State address in the House chamber to a joint session of the General Assembly. Instead he will speak in the Missouri Senate at 3 p.m. Parson’s decision comes after the House cancelled last […]

Conservative caucus staffer tests positive for COVID; Two Missouri senators in quarantine

By: - January 26, 2021

A staffer for the Missouri Senate’s conservative caucus has tested positive for COVID-19, and two state senators announced that they will quarantine because of possible exposure. Republican Sen. Bill Eigel will self isolate after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Tuesday afternoon. Eigel participated in a committee hearing […]

Amid legislative COVID outbreak, Missouri Gov. Parson set to deliver annual address

By: - January 26, 2021

When Gov. Mike Parson delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, it will look slightly different than usual. Because of COVID-19, the 34 members of the Senate, along with the state Supreme Court judges, will be seated in the upper gallery of […]

Lawmaker accused of retaliation, harassment expelled from House Democratic caucus

By: - January 24, 2021

Rep. Wiley Price, a St. Louis Democrat accused of having sex with an intern and then threatening an employee to cover it up, has been expelled from the House Democratic caucus. Price was censured by the House earlier this month. In a statement released Sunday night, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade said the vote to […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Missouri House Democrats face criticism from staff over handling of ethics complaint

By: - January 22, 2021

In a rare sign of rebellion, legislative aides who work for Missouri House Democrats are accusing their party’s leaders of doing more to protect a fellow lawmaker than employees. The group of staffers, who requested The Independent withhold their identities for fear of retribution, are upset with how Democrats handled a House Ethics Committee report […]

Lawmakers renew effort to crack down on illegal gaming machines in Missouri

By: - January 21, 2021

Missouri law is clear that it is illegal to have gambling machines outside of a casino.  Yet in bars, gas stations and other gathering spots around the state, games similar to slot machines have been popping up for years.  So why, despite outcry from some lawmakers, law enforcement and state regulators, has Missouri been hesitant […]