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.

Founding member of Senate conservative caucus exploring 2024 run for Missouri governor

By: - September 12, 2022

Missouri Sen. Bill Eigel, a St. Charles County Republican who helped establish a faction of GOP senators that tied the legislature in procedural knots over the last two years, is exploring a run for governor.  Eigel announced his intentions to create an exploratory committee for a 2024 gubernatorial bid  at a fundraiser on Saturday. He […]

Jay Ashcroft clarifies position in high-profile U.S. Supreme Court election case

By: - September 9, 2022

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants to be clear that his amicus brief in a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case is not an endorsement of the so-called “independent state legislature” doctrine.  He’s not denouncing it, either.  Instead, Ashcroft is floating a theory of his own: That Congressional redistricting is a duty reserved solely for […]

Sheena Greitens pans push for her emails by news org that used to employ her ex-husband

By: - September 7, 2022

Former Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens says she fully complied with a massive public records request for her work emails by a conservative news organization that once employed her ex-husband — and that it produced no evidence of political collusion.  In April, a reporter from Just the News filed an open records request with the […]

Missouri secretary of state throws support behind controversial election theory

By: - September 6, 2022

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has lined up behind a U.S. Supreme Court case legal experts believe could radically reshape how federal elections are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from intervening.  Ashcroft announced last week that his office had filed an amicus brief in support of Republicans […]

Lawmakers ask Missouri governor to add marijuana legalization to special session agenda

By: - September 2, 2022

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and activists are calling for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to include marijuana legalization on the agenda of the legislature’s upcoming special session.  The group also announced the launch of a campaign aimed at defeating a marijuana legalization constitutional amendment set to appear on the November ballot. The legislature is set […]

Lawsuit seeking to knock marijuana legalization off Missouri ballot faces tight deadline

By: - September 1, 2022

Whether or not Missourians will vote this November on legalizing recreational marijuana could be determined next week.  Cole County Circuit Court Judge Cotton Walker faces a Sept. 13 deadline to rule in a lawsuit seeking to block the marijuana initiative petition from the ballot.  The lawsuit, which was filed last month, argues the petition changes […]

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Missouri tax cut special session delayed at least a week as negotiations continue

By: - August 31, 2022

The legislature will not reconvene next week as previously planned to debate a $700 million tax cut proposal offered by Gov. Mike Parson, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said in an email to staff Wednesday. Instead, the session is now scheduled to begin the following week, when lawmakers are already planning to be in town […]

Missouri Dems expect boost from marijuana campaign, but split on whether it’s good policy

By: - August 25, 2022

Nearly every day, Crystal Quade is somewhere in Missouri knocking on doors.  As Democratic leader in the Missouri House, Quade is hoping to help her party put a dent in the GOP supermajority that’s dominated the state legislature for more than a decade.  And when she heard the news earlier this month that a proposed […]

Citing Greitens defeat, John Wood abandons independent run for U.S. Senate in Missouri

By: - August 23, 2022

Despite assurances that the outcome of the Republican U.S. Senate primary would not alter his plans to run as an independent, John Wood announced Tuesday he was ending his campaign.   The reason: Former Gov. Eric Greitens did not win the GOP nomination. “I made the decision to run for the United States Senate when Eric […]

Missouri man indicted over threat to Arizona official is a public school employee

By: - August 19, 2022

A Missouri public school employee facing federal charges for allegedly threatening an Arizona election official is “embarrassed and humbled,” his attorney said Thursday. Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, was indicted Tuesday on one count of communicating an interstate threat, which carries a maximum prison term of five years, and one count of making a threatening telephone […]

St. Louis files counterclaim against Missouri AG in lawsuit over abortion access

By: - August 18, 2022

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt relied on an unconstitutional law when he sued the City of St. Louis to block it from using federal funds to support access to abortion, an attorney for the city argued in a counterclaim filed Wednesday. The lawsuit, which has been moved to federal court, centers on legislation that established […]

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks at a vaccine clinic

Kansas City mayor sues to block Missouri law requiring higher police spending

By: - August 17, 2022

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Wednesday that he will file a lawsuit against the state of Missouri arguing a new law requiring the city to spend more on police is unconstitutional.  The law, approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mike Parson this year, raises the portion of Kansas City’s budget that must […]