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.

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

Missouri House plan to reject Medicaid expansion faces uncertain fate in the Senate

By: - April 1, 2021

Republicans in the Missouri House finalized their plan to block funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion on Thursday, giving final approval to its version of the state’s budget and sending it to the Senate. What happens next remains unclear. House Democratic Leader Crystal Quade said she’s confident the Senate will restore the $1.9 billion in Medicaid […]

Former Missouri lawmaker sentenced to 21 months in prison for misusing campaign funds

By: - March 31, 2021

Former Democratic state Rep. Courtney Curtis was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Wednesday for using campaign funds for his own personal expenses. He was also ordered to pay $47,000 in restitution. United States District Judge Stephen Clark handed down the sentence nearly five months after Curtis pleaded guilty to three counts of wire […]

Lawsuit against Missouri House over lack of mask mandate moved to federal court

By: - March 29, 2021

A lawsuit alleging an employee of the Missouri House was fired because he raised concerns about the lack of a mask mandate in the Capitol has been moved to federal court at the request of Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Tad Mayfield, who had worked in the Missouri House since 2011 before he was fired last […]

Eric Schmitt joins Missouri race for U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Roy Blunt

By: - March 24, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt officially jumped into the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, making him the second major Republican hopeful seeking to replace Roy Blunt. Schmitt’s decision comes after former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens jumped into the race earlier this week. Both made their announcements on Fox News. “Washington, D.C., needs […]

Chokehold ban, repeal of KC residency rule wins initial approval of Missouri Senate

By: - March 23, 2021

A bill banning police chokeholds and repealing a requirement that Kansas City police officers reside within the city received initial approval in the Missouri Senate on Tuesday. Provisions added to the bill by Democratic Sen. Brian Williams of University City would ban police chokeholds, specifically neck restraints that restrict air flow, and prohibit an officer […]

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 […]