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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.

University of Missouri moving online after Thanksgiving due to COVID spread

By: - November 12, 2020

In an effort to reduce student population in the Columbia region during a surge of COVID-19 cases, the University of Missouri announced Thursday that classes would be moved online after Thanksgiving break. “While our experts say that MU students have not presented a direct burden to the local hospitals because they have not needed hospitalization, […]

Missouri House leadership vow investigation into allegations of abuse against Rick Roeber

By: - November 10, 2020

Accusations against a Republican elected to the legislature last week that he physically and sexually abused his children must be investigated to determine whether he will be allowed to serve in office, GOP House leaders said in a joint statement released on Tuesday. On Monday, the adult children of Rick Roeber wrote a letter to […]

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

Children of Republican accused of abuse call for Missouri House to block him from taking office

By: - November 10, 2020

Rick Roeber was elected to the Missouri House last week while facing allegations by his adult children that he physically and sexually abused them when they were young. On Monday, his children wrote a letter to House leaders asking that he not be allowed to serve. Three of Roeber’s children — Anastasia Roeber, Samson Roeber […]

Eric Schmitt joins Republican AGs in challenging Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

By: - November 9, 2020

Two days after former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has signed on to a court brief with other Republican attorneys general challenging mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. The brief is in support of a lawsuit by the Pennsylvania Republican Party asking the U.S. […]

COMMENTARY

Mike Parson faces opportunities, challenges in new term as Missouri governor

By: - November 9, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made history last week.  He became the first Republican in more than three decades to win a second term as governor, winning a landslide victory by nearly 500,000 votes.  And just like his first go round — after he took over following Eric Greitens’ June 2018 resignation — Parson will take […]

COMMENTARY

On Election Day, Missouri Republicans dominate up and down the ballot

By: - November 4, 2020

Missouri is a red state. If there was any doubt about that at all, Republicans put it to rest Tuesday night.  Not only did Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and his fellow GOP statewide officeholders run the table, they did it by each winning nearly 60 percent of the vote. And U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner survived […]

Scott Fitzpatrick wins Missouri treasurer race over Vicki Englund

By: - November 3, 2020

Republican Scott Fitzpatrick has defeated Democrat Vicki Englund to earn a four-year term as Missouri Treasurer. Fitzpatrick, 33, was declared the winner by the Associated Press shortly after 10:30 p.m. with Fitzpatrick holding a 29 percentage point lead over England, 46. Gov. Mike Parson appointed Fitzpatrick as treasurer and he was sworn into office in […]

Mike Kehoe defeats Alissia Canady in race for Missouri lieutenant governor

By: - November 3, 2020

Republican Mike Kehoe has won a full four-year term as Missouri’s lieutenant governor, defeating Democrat Alissia Canady. With half of precincts reporting, Kehoe was declared the winner by the Associated Press around 10:30 p.m. while he was leading by nearly 600,000 votes. Kehoe, 58, served two terms as a state senator from Jefferson City before […]

Missouri voters pick Donald Trump over Joe Biden

By: - November 3, 2020

President Donald Trump once again easily picked up Missouri’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, cruising to victory over former Vice President Joe Biden in the Show-Me State. The Associated Press called the race for the president shortly after 9:30 p.m. with roughly half the precincts reporting and Trump leading by 20 percentage points — roughly […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]