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.

Republican accused of abuse by his children resigning from Missouri House

By: - April 13, 2021

Rep. Rick Roeber, a Lee’s Summit Republican facing accusations by his adult children that he physically and sexually abused them when they were young, is resigning from the Missouri House. In a letter to other lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, Roeber said his final day as a state legislator will be Friday. He makes no mention of […]

Missouri legislators investigating Rick Roeber ask prosecutor to ensure ‘safety’ of child

By: - April 13, 2021

Citing the “severity of the allegations” against Republican state Rep. Rick Roeber, legislative leaders have asked Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to help ensure the safety of a minor child with whom Roeber reportedly has regular contact. Soon after The Independent reported the request from GOP lawmakers to Baker, Roeber announced he was resigning. […]

Missouri legislators question whether labor department reneged on unemployment deal

By: - April 12, 2021

When the Missouri House signed off on legislation last month forgiving almost $109 million worth of unemployment benefits mistakenly paid out last year, GOP leaders said they had worked out an agreement with Gov. Mike Parson’s administration. After months of efforts to claw back the money from Missourians who the state incorrectly authorized to receive […]

COVID-19 vaccines are administered at a vaccine clinic by Phelps Health in Rolla on April 1, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccine now available to all Missourians who are 16 and older

By: - April 9, 2021

All Missourians 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Starting today, an estimated 4.5 million residents will be eligible. Gov. Mike Parson first announced last month that the state intended to open eligibility to all Missourians by April 9. About 1.8 million Missourians have already received at least one dose of the […]

Missouri Republicans renew push to change how judges are selected

By: - April 8, 2021

Fed up with “Boss Tom” Pendergast’s political machine abusing the state’s judicial system, Missourians changed the constitution in 1940 to create the Missouri Plan.  The aim was to take politics out of the courtroom. While many local judges continued to be elected in partisan elections, in urban areas and for the state’s highest courts a […]

Appeal filed in lawsuit over Eric Greitens’ use of self-destructing text message app

By: - April 5, 2021

A lawsuit alleging former Gov. Eric Greitens illegally destroyed public records during his time in office by using a self-destructing text messaging app is on its way to Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals.  The appeal, filed last week by Mark Pedroli of the Sunshine and Government Accountability Project, is the latest twist in a […]

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, […]