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.

Trial of GOP lawmaker accused of selling fake stem cell treatment delayed until 2022

By: - August 12, 2021

A Missouri lawmaker indicted earlier this year for allegedly selling fake stem-cell treatments and fraudulently using federal pandemic relief funds has had her trial pushed back until June 2022. That means state Rep. Patricia Derges, R-Nixa, will serve yet another legislative session in exile after her party removed her from committee assignments and kicked her […]

Missouri legislative redistricting process gets off to inauspicious start

By: - August 11, 2021

For hours on Tuesday, the bipartisan commission established to draw new Missouri House districts couldn’t agree on anything.  Over and over again the 20-member commission, evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, deadlocked on who should serve as chair, how many public hearings to hold, whether testimony could be delivered remotely and, at times, even what […]

A man in a red shirt is shown standing and speaking to a woman seated at a table outside a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday in Columbia.

Missouri COVID cases, hospitalizations rise as officials warn of infections in children

By: - August 5, 2021

Missouri’s average of daily COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have reached levels not seen since January, with health officials warning more younger children are contracting COVID as the Delta variant continues to burn through the state. On Thursday, the state Department of Health and Senior Services reported 3,946 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the seven-day-average to more […]

Billy Long joins crowded GOP field to replace Roy Blunt in the U.S. Senate

By: - August 4, 2021

U.S. Rep. Billy Long made it official Tuesday night, announcing in an interview on Fox News that he would be a candidate in 2022 for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Long, 65, is a former auctioneer and radio show host who was first elected to Congress in 2010. He’s joining a crowded […]

St. Louis County lawmaker joins GOP primary for Missouri Auditor

By: - August 4, 2021

State Rep. David Gregory has officially launched his campaign for Missouri auditor, joining state Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick in the Republican primary. Gregory, a personal injury lawyer from St. Louis County, made his announcement in a video posted on YouTube this week. In the video, he mentions his intention to fight against critical race theory, defunding […]

Judge issues restraining order blocking St. Louis County mask mandate

By: - August 3, 2021

St. Louis County is prohibited from enforcing a mask mandate following a judge’s order issued Tuesday afternoon. After hearing arguments earlier in the day, St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Ellen Ribaudo issued a temporary restraining order blocking the mask mandate from being implemented. The restraining order, which was requested by Attorney General Eric Schmitt, […]

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 […]