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.

Ethics panel dismisses complaint from Democrat who was censured by Missouri House

By: - May 12, 2022

The Missouri House Ethics Committee on Wednesday unanimously dismissed a complaint against Speaker Rob Vescovo filed by a Democratic lawmaker who was censured last year for ​​allegedly lying about a sexual encounter with an intern and retaliating against an employee who reported it. Rep. Wiley Price of St. Louis filed the complaint Tuesday alleging Vescovo […]

Missouri House votes to require disclosure of medical marijuana ownership records

By: - May 10, 2022

The Missouri House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to require state regulators to disclose ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses that the state has withheld from public view. Democratic Rep. Peter Merideth of St. Louis added the transparency requirements as an amendment to a local government bill approved by the Senate earlier this year. After […]

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‘Crescendo of craziness’: Missouri legislature enters final week with long to-do list

By: - May 9, 2022

Missouri lawmakers enter the final week of the legislative session Monday with a laundry list of unfinished business and long-simmering tensions threatening to derail any hope of progress.  After finishing work on the largest state budget in Missouri history last week, GOP super majorities in the House and Senate hope to begin ticking through election-year […]

Appeals court rejects lawsuit challenging Missouri marijuana license caps

By: - May 3, 2022

Missouri’s constitution gave state regulators the authority to limit the number of licenses issued to grow and sell medical marijuana, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the western district ruled Tuesday. The Callicoats, a family from Sarcoxie, Mo., sued the state in 2020 after their license to open a cultivation facility was denied. The lawsuit contended that […]

Lawmaker says GOP resistance may doom Missouri marijuana legalization bill

By: - May 2, 2022

A Republican lawmaker pushing legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri says his bill is in jeopardy because of stall tactics by his GOP colleagues and the insistence of the House floor leader that it include license caps. Rep. Ron Hicks, R-Defiance, said he was initially told his marijuana legalization bill would come up for debate […]

KC-area member of Proud Boys pleads guilty to felony in Jan. 6 case

By: - April 27, 2022

A Blue Springs resident and member of the far-right extremist Proud Boys on Wednesday pleaded guilty to obstructing police officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump attempting to overturn his electoral defeat. Louis Enrique Colon, 45, pleaded guilty to civil disorder. Colon is a […]

Democrat censured by Missouri House after ethics investigation threatens lawsuit

By: - April 21, 2022

Democratic state Rep. Wiley Price is threatening to sue the Missouri House over a $22,000 penalty incurred as part of his censure last year for allegedly lying about a sexual encounter with an intern and retaliating against the House employee who reported it.  In a Feb. 15 letter to the House clerk — obtained by […]

Time running short for dueling Missouri marijuana legalization efforts

By: - April 18, 2022

With the end of the legislative session only weeks away, and organizers of an initiative petition campaign sounding the alarm about an even more pressing deadline, dueling efforts to legalize marijuana in Missouri face uncertain fates. In the legislature, GOP state Rep. Ron Hicks is sponsoring a bill to legalize possession and use of marijuana for […]

‘More acts of kindness’: Busch Valentine sees Senate race as a chance to heal divisions

By: - April 14, 2022

Trudy Busch Valentine says she sought advice from a lot of people before she decided last month to jump into politics by running for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat.  But what sealed the deal, she said in an interview Wednesday, was a conversation with women Democratic U.S. senators, including Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. “When I […]

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Mike Kehoe is running hard for Missouri governor while Jay Ashcroft waits in the wings

By: - April 7, 2022

Voters got a preview this week of a possible 2024 showdown between Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft for the governor’s office, with supporters for both men making the case for their chosen candidate two years before any ballots are cast.  Kehoe, 60, declared his intentions to run for the GOP […]

Women within Missouri GOP speak out against Eric Greitens as party remains silent

By: - April 4, 2022

In just two weeks since allegations of domestic violence surfaced, Eric Greitens’ campaign for the U.S. Senate has been under siege from fellow Republicans urging him to drop out of the race.  With one notable exception. The state party, which in recent years has denounced several candidates running under the GOP banner for behavior it […]

Control of Title X federal family planning funds remains with Missouri nonprofit

By: - April 1, 2022

Despite facing competition from state health department, the nonprofit Missouri Family Health Council Inc. will continue to administer federal Title X family planning funds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $250 million in Title X funding this week, including $5.3 million to Missouri. That money help pay for contraception counseling […]