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. He helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.

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 […]

Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

DOJ asks court to block Missouri’s ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’

By: - August 18, 2021

A Missouri law prohibiting state and local police from enforcing certain federal gun laws has already undermined drug and weapons investigations, the U.S. Department of Justice argued in documents filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court.  As part of an ongoing lawsuit set for a hearing Thursday afternoon, the Justice Department is asking Cole County […]

Parson wades into Missouri auditor primary, headlining fundraiser for Scott Fitzpatrick

By: - August 16, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is scheduled to headline a fundraiser next month for Scott Fitzpatrick’s campaign for state auditor, wading into what promises to be a spirited Republican primary next year. Fitzpatrick, who was appointed Missouri Treasurer by Parson in 2018 and won a full term last year, announced he would seek the GOP nomination […]

Trial of GOP lawmaker accused of selling fake stem cell treatment delayed until 2022

By: - August 12, 2021

A Missouri lawmaker indicted earlier this year for allegedly selling fake stem-cell treatments and fraudulently using federal pandemic relief funds has had her trial pushed back until June 2022. That means state Rep. Patricia Derges, R-Nixa, will serve yet another legislative session in exile after her party removed her from committee assignments and kicked her […]

Missouri legislative redistricting process gets off to inauspicious start

By: - August 11, 2021

For hours on Tuesday, the bipartisan commission established to draw new Missouri House districts couldn’t agree on anything.  Over and over again the 20-member commission, evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, deadlocked on who should serve as chair, how many public hearings to hold, whether testimony could be delivered remotely and, at times, even what […]