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.

Missouri executes Ernest Johnson by lethal injection

By: - October 5, 2021

Missouri carried out the death sentence of Ernest Johnson Tuesday evening, ending his life with an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Johnson’s case drew national attention in recent weeks, with a range of public figures — from former Gov. Bob Holden to Pope Francis — urging Missouri Gov. Mike Parson […]

Eric Greitens heading to Arizona once again to tout election fraud conspiracies 

By: - October 5, 2021

The so-called “audit” of Arizona’s presidential election results wound up adding to Joe Biden’s margin of victory there.  But that doesn’t matter to Eric Greitens. The former governor is once again taking his campaign for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat to Arizona, chasing the ghosts of election fraud conspiracies that have been discredited time and again.  […]

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson won’t block execution of intellectually disabled man

By: - October 4, 2021

Rejecting calls from lawmakers, advocates and even the Pope for him to stop the execution of Ernest Johnson, an intellectually disabled man convicted of murder in 1995, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday that the state will carry out the death sentence as planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday. “The state is prepared to deliver justice […]

Former state senator joins GOP primary for southwest Missouri congressional seat

By: - September 30, 2021

Former state Sen. Jay Wasson has officially joined the field of Republicans seeking the southwest Missouri congressional seat of U.S. Rep. Billy Long. Wasson is the fourth candidate to enter the GOP primary to replace Long, who is running for U.S. Senate. He joins state Sens. Eric Burlison and Mike Moon, as well as Sam […]

Missouri Auditor files lawsuit against state board over fallout from Hawley probe

By: - September 29, 2021

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Board of Accountancy alleging it is threatening discipline against auditor’s office staff stemming from an investigation of Josh Hawley’s time as attorney general. Galloway, a Democrat, argues that the board is misapplying a state statute in a way that could bar the auditor’s office from publicly […]

China becomes the first flashpoint of Missouri GOP Senate primary

By: - September 29, 2021

A bipartisan group of Missouri officials hopscotched the state in the summer of 2011 touting a plan to create a $360 million tax credit program to turn St. Louis into a hub for freight flown between China and the Midwest.  Among the most vocal champions of the so-called China hub bill was Eric Schmitt, then […]

Prosecutor files felony charges against five Agape staffers accused of abuse

By: - September 28, 2021

Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty Gaither announced Tuesday that five staffers members of Agape Boarding School will be charged with a combined 13 counts of third-degree felony assault — a fraction of what Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt recommended. In March, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson directed the attorney general’s office to assist Gaither in an investigation […]

Federal court hears arguments on Missouri abortion ban with no rape, incest exception

By: - September 21, 2021

The fate of Missouri’s ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest, rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges.  Arguments Tuesday before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, and questions from the judges, focused almost exclusively on another provision of the […]


The ‘Big Lie’ remains a big part of Missouri U.S. Senate race

By: - September 20, 2021

Seconds into a web ad supporting Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s U.S. Senate bid, footage of former President Donald Trump alleging a stolen election is juxtaposed with headlines touting Schmitt’s role in lawsuits challenging the 2020 results.  A largely discredited audit of the presidential election in Arizona has become a key piece of Eric Greitens’ […]


‘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 […]