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.

Eric Greitens announces he will run for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat

By: - March 22, 2021

Disgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, forced to resign in 2018 under an avalanche of scandals and felony charges, announced Monday evening that he will run for the U.S. Senate. The announcement, which Greitens made during an appearance on Fox News, came as little surprise. He had been publicly discussing entering the race for weeks, […]

Mike Kehoe passes on 2022 Senate run to focus on 2024 Missouri governor’s race

By: - March 22, 2021

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe announced Monday morning he would not seek the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, the second prominent Republican to forgo the race. Kehoe, who was appointed lieutenant governor in 2018 and won a full term last year, said he will instead focus his attention on a run for governor in 2024. […]

Two weeks after Blunt bowed out, still no shortage of Republicans eyeing Senate run

By: - March 22, 2021

Jay Ashcroft’s decision not to run to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt seems to have foreclosed GOP hopes of avoiding a contested 2022 primary.  Nearly every prominent Republican in Missouri is now openly considering joining the race, with each seemingly convinced they have the clearest path to victory (and equally worried they’ll be the […]

Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

Lawsuit alleges university leaked confidential records to undermine Title IX bill

By: - March 17, 2021

A lawsuit filed last month in St. Louis alleges Washington University leaked confidential information about an expelled student in order to undermine a legislative push to change how Missouri colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment.  The lawsuit, which was first reported by the St. Louis Business Journal, lists as its plaintiff “John Doe.” […]

Jay Nixon comeback? Democrats lining up for shot at open Missouri Senate seat

By: - March 11, 2021

Roy Blunt’s announcement that he won’t seek a third term certainly shook up Republican politics in Missouri, sparking nearly every GOP elected official in the state to publicly mull jumping into the campaign. Democrats aren’t immune from the speculation. While any Democrat would face an uphill fight, the chance of a messy GOP primary — […]

Jay Ashcroft won’t seek GOP nomination for Missouri Senate seat

By: - March 10, 2021

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced Wednesday he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2022. “After intense, prayerful consideration (my wife and I) have decided to remain devoted to the work Missouri voters have entrusted to me as secretary of state,” Ashcroft said in a statement released Wednesday morning. Ashcroft was considered […]

Roy Blunt is out. So who’s in? A list of possible Missouri GOP senate candidates

By: - March 8, 2021

Roy Blunt’s decision not to seek a third term in the U.S. Senate will have cascading effects across Missouri’s political universe.  The state has no shortage of ambitious Republican officials, each of whom can make a legitimate claim at being the strongest candidate.  So will the 2022 GOP primary turn into a feeding frenzy? Or […]

Missouri’s Roy Blunt won’t run again in 2022, likely sparking crowded GOP senate primary

By: - March 8, 2021

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt announced Monday he will not seek a third term, a shock to Missouri’s political system that could set off a scrum to replace him next year. In a message posted on social media, Blunt , 71, said that after “14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the […]

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

Lawsuit alleges Missouri House staffer was fired for complaining about lack of masks

By: - March 5, 2021

A former employee of the Missouri House of Representatives filed a lawsuit this week alleging he was fired for raising concerns to legislative leadership about the lack of a statehouse mask mandate. Tad Mayfield had worked as a staffer in the Missouri House since 2011. His last full year of employment was 2019, where he […]

Missouri man faces federal indictment for allegedly threatening to murder Emanuel Cleaver

By: - March 3, 2021

A federal grand jury has indicted a man from southwest Missouri for threatening to murder two members of the U.S. House, including Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City. The three-count indictment of Kenneth Hubert, 63, of Marionville, was announced Wednesday afternoon by the United States Attorneys Office of the Western District. Hubert is alleged to […]

Missouri judge granted victory to transparency advocates. Weeks later, he reversed it

By: - February 23, 2021

Government transparency advocates celebrated a victory in late December, when a Cole County judge ruled the Missouri governor’s office was illegally redacting information from public records.  Two weeks later, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem withdrew his ruling with no explanation.  And on Monday, Beetem issued a new ruling saying that although he believed […]

Top Hawley aide to be questioned in Democrat lawsuit alleging Sunshine Law violation

By: - February 19, 2021

Democrats are seeking to question one of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley’s longtime advisers as part of a lawsuit alleging the attorney general’s office under Hawley knowingly violated Missouri’s open records laws. On Thursday, a subpoena was issued for Daniel Hartman, who served as Hawley’s chief of staff during his short tenure as Missouri attorney general […]