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.

Election Day: Missouri governor, redistricting among high stakes choices on the ballot

By: - November 3, 2020

There’s a lot at stake as Missourians head to the polls today. Who will be the state’s governor for the next four years? Will the historically GOP-friendly suburbs turn blue? How should districts be drawn for the next decade of state legislative races?  With unprecedented early voting, experts are predicting huge turnout.  So what’s on […]


Handful of Missouri legislative races will determine fate of GOP super majorities

By: - October 29, 2020

First things first, there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain: Missouri Republicans are in no danger of losing their legislative majorities. When the 101st Missouri General Assembly convenes in January, the GOP will still dominate both the House and Senate. But the outcome of Tuesday’s legislative elections around the state could still have long-lasting consequences. If […]

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

Missouri FOP revokes endorsement of Republican whose children say he abused them

By: - October 27, 2020

The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police has rescinded its endorsement of Rick Roeber, a Republican candidate for the Missouri House accused by his two adult children of physically and sexually abusing them when they were young. In a letter from Missouri FOP President Rick Inglima to Roeber obtained by The Independent, Roeber was informed that […]

Missouri AG’s office denies allegations it broke law in medical marijuana lawsuit

By: - October 26, 2020

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office dismissed accusations that his office and the state department of health illegally concealed records and violated the Sunshine Law during the course of a medical marijuana lawsuit, calling the charges “frivolous” and “baseless.” The accusation arose last week in a motion seeking sanctions against Schmitt’s office and the Missouri […]

Medical marijuana lawsuit: Missouri health department illegally concealed documents

By: - October 23, 2020

A Missouri family that sued after being denied a medical marijuana license is alleging the state department of health and Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office illegally concealed documents and violated open records laws in order to undercut their lawsuit. The allegations — which are included in a 28-page motion seeking sanctions against the state that […]

‘Big money bat signal’: Galloway campaign accused of sidestepping ban on coordination

By: - October 20, 2020

In late September, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Nicole Galloway’s campaign laid out a stinging critique of Gov. Mike Parson’s health care record on a section of its website titled “Important Election Update.”  Parson “cut 100,000 kids from their health care,” the site declared, “and he opposes Medicaid expansion that would give 250,000 working people health care […]

Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

Introducing The Missouri Independent: ‘Detectives for the people’

By: - October 20, 2020

Legendary New York muckraker Wayne Barrett was once asked to explain to his son’s elementary school what it meant to be an investigative journalist. He quipped, “We are detectives for the people.” That line always stuck with me. Look: I’ve been a journalist my entire adult life, from my stint covering county government for an […]