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.

Missouri House rejects Senate’s congressional map, asks again for conference committee

By: - March 31, 2022

The Missouri House overwhelmingly rejected a proposed congressional map drawn by the state Senate Thursday, once again asking for a conference committee to negotiate a compromise. On Wednesday, the Senate’s conservative caucus threatened to upend the chamber unless it rejected the House’s original offer to go to conference. They wanted the House to approve the […]

Missouri governor declares end to ‘COVID-19 crisis,’ state will treat virus as endemic

By: and - March 30, 2022

Missouri will officially transition from treating COVID-19 as a public health crisis to treating it as endemic, much like the seasonal flu, Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday.  That shift will be complete on April 1, Parson said. The change, which was first reported by the Documenting COVID-19 project and The Independent in February, comes as […]

Conservative caucus demands Missouri Senate reject talks with House on congressional maps

By: - March 30, 2022

Members of the Missouri Senate’s conservative caucus on Wednesday made it clear they would once again derail the chamber with procedural maneuvers in order to block negotiations with the House over a new congressional map. Republican Sens. Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis, Bill Eigel of Weldon Spring and Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg stalled routine […]

Investigator in Greitens’ case pleads guilty to evidence tampering

By: and - March 23, 2022

An ex-FBI agent who conducted the criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in 2018 pleaded guilty Wednesday to evidence tampering and was sentenced to a year of probation. William Tisaby, 69, was hired by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner to assist in the investigation of allegations that Greitens threatened to release a […]

Sheena Greitens stands by allegations of abuse against her ex-husband

By: - March 22, 2022

Former Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens said Tuesday that she stands by her allegations against her ex-husband of physically abusing her and their children and denies any insinuation that her motivations are political. Greitens released a written statement Tuesday after her ex-husband — former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens — alleged she had been working with […]

New Eric Greitens abuse allegations reignite GOP fears of losing Missouri Senate seat

By: - March 22, 2022

The prospect of Eric Greitens capturing the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri was already terrifying to his party’s leaders. He had been forced out of the governor’s office in 2018, resigning to settle felony charges and avoid impeachment by a Republican legislative supermajority.  Yet despite all that, he’s consistently led in polls of […]

Eric Greitens faces calls to drop out of Missouri Senate race after ex-wife’s abuse allegations

By: - March 21, 2022

Former Gov. Eric Greitens is facing calls to abandon his campaign for U.S. Senate following accusations that he abused his ex-wife and children that surfaced in a sworn affidavit made public Monday. U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who has been the only major GOP Senate candidate to publicly criticize Greitens over the accusation of violent sexual […]

Eric Greitens accused of physical abuse in affidavit filed by his ex-wife

By: and - March 21, 2022

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is facing new allegations that he physically abused his ex-wife and children, and that in the months before his resignation became so unstable that his access to firearms had to be limited.  The accusations are included in a sworn affidavit filed by former Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens as part […]

Josh Hawley refuses to stop selling mug featuring pre-riot Jan. 6 fist pump

By: - March 21, 2022

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley’s campaign will continue selling merchandise featuring a photo of him pumping his fist in support of protesters the day a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to overturn the outcome of the presidential election. The photo in question was taken by a photographer for an energy and environment trade publication owned by […]

Missouri legislature returns with GOP infighting hanging over a lengthy agenda

By: - March 18, 2022

Missouri lawmakers return to the state Capitol Monday to kick off the second half of the 2022 legislative session, facing a laundry list of unfinished business and simmering dysfunction.  The Missouri House, which passed a parade of legislative priorities during the first half of the session, will return to tackle a state budget overflowing with […]

Judges release new boundaries for Missouri Senate districts

By: - March 14, 2022

A panel of Missouri judges tasked with redrawing 34 state Senate districts released a tentative plan Monday, part of a once-in-a-decade process that reconfigures political boundaries following the U.S. Census. The new map, drawn by the Judicial Redistricting Commission after a citizen commission failed to reach consensus, will be formally submitted to the Secretary of […]

Ethics panel dismisses complaint alleging Greitens funneled money into Senate campaign

By: - March 11, 2022

The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against former Gov. Eric Greitens accusing him of illegally using leftover money from his gubernatorial campaign committee to subsidize his quest for U.S. Senate. The complaint, filed in October by Campaign Legal Center, alleged Greitens used money from his state account to pay his eventual Senate campaign manager, […]