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. A three-time National Headliner Award winner, he helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.

Missouri Senate leader decides against run in 4th District Congressional primary

By: - November 8, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, announced Monday morning he would not run for Congress. Instead, he said in a letter posted on Twitter that he will continue to serve in the Missouri Senate. “The question I have asked myself in the last few weeks is a simple one: Can I deliver more substantive conservative […]

Missouri Democrats back Biden agenda, tout path to victory in U.S. Senate debate

By: - November 4, 2021

Six Missouri Democrats running to be their party’s U.S. Senate nominee shared a debate stage for the first time Wednesday night, with each voicing support for the president’s stalled domestic agenda and laying out what they see as a path to victory in a state dominated by the GOP. The candidates  — Air Force veteran […]

Missouri Senate hopeful Mark McCloskey stokes fear over vaccine mandate at town hall

By: - November 4, 2021

Missouri GOP Senate candidate Mark McCloskey told a crowd in Osage Beach last month that vaccine mandates were an effort by the government to push “right-thinking, freethinking Americans” out of their jobs to leave only “the indoctrinated sheep.” And after that, McCloskey told the assembled crowd, those COVID vaccine resisters would get “their name on […]

Federal grand jury subpoenas sought records from Missouri medical marijuana regulators

By: - November 3, 2021

Twice last year a federal grand jury demanded the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services turn over records pertaining to the medical marijuana program.  The pair of subpoenas, issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in September 2020, were redacted by the department at the request of the […]

Missouri governor continues attack on reporter who found security flaw in state website

By: - November 1, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson once again on Sunday took aim at a reporter who notified the state of a security flaw in one of its websites, questioning the journalist’s motives and noting he’d support prosecution of any state employee found to have assisted the reporter. In a TV interview with Scott Faughn, a longtime Parson […]

Eric Greitens accused of illegally funneling $100K to his Senate campaign

By: - October 28, 2021

A Washington, D.C., campaign finance watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens alleging he improperly spent more than $100,000 on his U.S. Senate campaign. The complaint, filed Thursday by Campaign Legal Center, contends that Greitens has been illegally using leftover money from his gubernatorial campaign committee […]

Campaign picked up costs of Missouri AG’s trip to U.S.-Mexico border

By: - October 25, 2021

After vehemently defending having the state pick up the tab for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s trip to the U.S.-Mexico border last week, Schmitt’s office clarified over the weekend that the state only covered travel costs for a staff member. Chris Nuelle, spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said Schmitt’s U.S. Senate campaign covered the […]

Unexplained exits becoming the norm for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s cabinet

By: - October 25, 2021

As Gov. Mike Parson was in Rocheport earlier this month participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new bridge, his chief of staff was back in Jefferson City showing a member of his cabinet the door.  The Oct. 12 departure of Sarah Steelman as commissioner of the Office of Administration marked the third time in […]

Top fundraiser in Missouri Senate race last quarter was Democrat Lucas Kunce

By: - October 19, 2021

While all the attention in the race for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat has been focused on the crowded GOP primary, a Democrat quietly out-raised the field last quarter. Marine veteran Lucas Kunce, 39, reported raising nearly $840,000 during the three months that ended Oct. 1. That far outpaces his main rivals for the Democratic […]

Feds seize property of KC-area companies accused of COVID relief fraud

By: - October 18, 2021

The federal government has seized two vehicles, and is threatening to seize a lake house, allegedly purchased illegally with COVID-19 relief money by a Kansas City-area businessman. The property was seized from several real estate companies incorporated in Kansas by Joseph Campbell, with most operating under a version of the name Titan Fish.  According to […]

Lawmaker urges Missouri governor to finally appoint cybersecurity commission

By: - October 15, 2021

A day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson garnered national criticism for his push to prosecute a newspaper reporter who discovered a security flaw in a state website, a Democratic lawmaker is urging the governor to appoint members of a cybersecurity commission created by a bill he signed in July. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch informed the […]

Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website

By: - October 14, 2021

On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri’s department of education. The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and protected […]