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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.

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 […]

Missouri facing more rolling power outages as extreme winter cold continues

By: - February 16, 2021

Rolling blackouts continued Tuesday morning in southwest and western Missouri, the result of extreme winter weather conditions creating high demand for electricity. Evergy, which serves eastern Kansas and western Missouri, announced plans Monday afternoon to begin shutting off power for rotating blocks of customers for 30-60 minutes at a time. The rolling blackouts were directed […]

Missouri company accused of illegal gambling has sued the state

By: - February 10, 2021

A Missouri-based company accused of operating illegal gambling devices filed a lawsuit alleging state law enforcement’s crackdown on rogue slot machines is a campaign of “harassment and intimidation.” Torch Electronics LLC filed its lawsuit on Friday in Cole County against the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Division of […]

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 […]