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 governor is refunding some fees for open records requests after court ruling

By: - August 3, 2021

Some Missourians can expect a refund from Gov. Mike Parson for fees they paid to obtain public records from his office, a result of a recent state Supreme Court ruling that deemed the costs illegal.  Transparency advocates said they hope it’s just the beginning.  In its unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled in June that […]

Group abandons effort to force a vote on Missouri gas tax increase

By: - August 2, 2021

A push by a conservative anti-tax group to force a statewide vote on a gas tax hike approved by Missouri lawmakers earlier this year has been abandoned, the group’s Missouri director said Monday. Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, confirmed via text message that his organization is no longer working to place the issue […]

Missouri treasurer criticized federal pandemic spending after getting $1.3M in PPP loans

By: - July 30, 2021

When he announced he was running for state Auditor on Thursday, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick vowed to fight back against liberal politicians who have “used the pandemic as cover to justify spending trillions of dollars of borrowed money to fund their socialist agenda.”  What he failed to note was that the company he founded has […]

Mike Parson joins legal effort to convince Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

By: - July 29, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has added his name to the growing list of GOP elected officials asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Parson and 11 Republican governors submitted an amicus brief on Thursday in a Mississippi case weighing whether state laws that ban abortions before […]

Jay Nixon will not run for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2022

By: - July 29, 2021

Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon put the rumors to bed on Thursday, announcing in a tweet that he will not run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year. Considered by many to be the party’s best shot at flipping the seat currently held by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Nixon said in […]

Scott Fitzpatrick announces run for Missouri Auditor

By: - July 29, 2021

Scott Fitzpatrick, the 33-year-old Missouri Treasurer and former House budget chairman, announced Thursday that he will seek the GOP nomination for state Auditor in 2022. And a day earlier, in a sign that Fitzpatrick may self-finance his 2022 run, he cut a $250,000 check to his campaign committee. He’d previously reported $100,000 cash on hand […]

Josh Hawley urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi abortion case

By: - July 26, 2021

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined with two of his GOP colleagues on Monday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Hawley, a Yale Law School graduate and former Missouri attorney general, has said before that he could […]

‘This could be prevented’: Springfield hospitals report 27 COVID deaths over the weekend

By: - July 26, 2021

Two Springfield hospitals reported 27 COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend — and 132 so far this month — as the surge of infections caused by the highly contagious Delta variant continues to burn across the region.  Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth in Springfield, tweeted Monday morning that “we have lost 15 more lives to […]

Missouri medical malpractice damage caps upheld by state Supreme Court

By: - July 23, 2021

Limits on the amount of damages someone can recover in medical malpractice cases for pain and suffering do not violate Missouri’s constitution, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.  In a 5-1 decision, the court determined that the legislature had the authority to enact a 2015 law limiting non-economic damages to $400,000 for personal injury and […]

Kansas lawyer, Missouri medical marijuana companies fill coffers of pro-Parson PAC

By: - July 21, 2021

The political action committee created to support Missouri Gov. Mike Parson raised $56,000 at an April fundraiser organized by individuals and companies that have been awarded lucrative medical marijuana licenses by the state.  The haul from the April 27 event was disclosed last week in the quarterly report filed by the Uniting Missouri PAC.  Parson, […]

After $400K in attorney fees, Missouri governor hires new lawyer in Confide lawsuit

By: - July 19, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has brought on a new private attorney to represent his office in litigation dating back to his predecessor over the use of an app that automatically deletes text messages after they’ve been read.  Scott Pool, a Jefferson City attorney, will take over for the Bryan Cave law firm, which since 2018 […]

Caleb Rowden met with NRCC about potential Missouri Congressional run

By: - July 14, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee about a possible run for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. Rowden, R-Columbia, has been openly mulling joining the already crowded field to replace U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who announced she was running for the U.S. Senate […]