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.

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 […]

Gov. Parson set to sign bills on school choice, police chokeholds, gas tax hike

By: - July 12, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will hopscotch the state this week signing bills into law ranging from private school scholarships to a gas tax increase to a ban on certain police chokeholds. The flurry of signings mark the final official acts of the 2021 legislative session.  Perhaps the highest profile bill Parson plans to sign this […]

Jay Nixon plans to headline Clay County Democrat event, fueling Senate speculation

By: - July 12, 2021

While Democrats hoping to capture the party’s 2022 U.S. Senate nomination scramble to raise their profile, and the Republican field increasingly looking like a scrum, Jay Nixon is waiting quietly in the wings.  A Democrat who served two terms as governor and four as attorney general, Nixon began fielding calls from national party leaders the […]

Tax relief for Missouri medical marijuana businesses vetoed by Gov. Parson

By: - July 9, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson vetoed legislation Friday that would have lifted a prohibition on licensed medical marijuana companies deducting business expenses on their taxes. In his letter vetoing the measure, Parson didn’t mention the medical marijuana provisions. He said his decision to reject the bill came down to a section lawmakers included that would have provided […]

Missouri AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state’s eight-week abortion ban

By: - July 1, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision blocking a state law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The law, which was approved by state lawmakers in 2019, also criminalizes abortions if they are being sought solely because […]