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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.

Federal grand jury subpoenas sought records from Missouri medical marijuana regulators

By: - November 3, 2021

Twice last year a federal grand jury demanded the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services turn over records pertaining to the medical marijuana program.  The pair of subpoenas, issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in September 2020, were redacted by the department at the request of the […]

Missouri governor continues attack on reporter who found security flaw in state website

By: - November 1, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson once again on Sunday took aim at a reporter who notified the state of a security flaw in one of its websites, questioning the journalist’s motives and noting he’d support prosecution of any state employee found to have assisted the reporter. In a TV interview with Scott Faughn, a longtime Parson […]

Eric Greitens accused of illegally funneling $100K to his Senate campaign

By: - October 28, 2021

A Washington, D.C., campaign finance watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens alleging he improperly spent more than $100,000 on his U.S. Senate campaign. The complaint, filed Thursday by Campaign Legal Center, contends that Greitens has been illegally using leftover money from his gubernatorial campaign committee […]

Campaign picked up costs of Missouri AG’s trip to U.S.-Mexico border

By: - October 25, 2021

After vehemently defending having the state pick up the tab for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s trip to the U.S.-Mexico border last week, Schmitt’s office clarified over the weekend that the state only covered travel costs for a staff member. Chris Nuelle, spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said Schmitt’s U.S. Senate campaign covered the […]

Unexplained exits becoming the norm for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s cabinet

By: - October 25, 2021

As Gov. Mike Parson was in Rocheport earlier this month participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new bridge, his chief of staff was back in Jefferson City showing a member of his cabinet the door.  The Oct. 12 departure of Sarah Steelman as commissioner of the Office of Administration marked the third time in […]

Top fundraiser in Missouri Senate race last quarter was Democrat Lucas Kunce

By: - October 19, 2021

While all the attention in the race for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat has been focused on the crowded GOP primary, a Democrat quietly out-raised the field last quarter. Marine veteran Lucas Kunce, 39, reported raising nearly $840,000 during the three months that ended Oct. 1. That far outpaces his main rivals for the Democratic […]

Feds seize property of KC-area companies accused of COVID relief fraud

By: - October 18, 2021

The federal government has seized two vehicles, and is threatening to seize a lake house, allegedly purchased illegally with COVID-19 relief money by a Kansas City-area businessman. The property was seized from several real estate companies incorporated in Kansas by Joseph Campbell, with most operating under a version of the name Titan Fish.  According to […]

Lawmaker urges Missouri governor to finally appoint cybersecurity commission

By: - October 15, 2021

A day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson garnered national criticism for his push to prosecute a newspaper reporter who discovered a security flaw in a state website, a Democratic lawmaker is urging the governor to appoint members of a cybersecurity commission created by a bill he signed in July. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch informed the […]

Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website

By: - October 14, 2021

On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri’s department of education. The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and protected […]

In sudden cabinet shake-up, Parson announces director changes in five Missouri agencies

By: and - October 12, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson announced a sudden cabinet shake-up Tuesday, with a slew of personnel changes across five state agencies — including the immediate and unexplained departure of the official in charge of the state’s procurement agency. In a news release Tuesday afternoon, Parson announced Office of Administration (OA) Commissioner Sarah Steelman was stepping down and […]

Judge blocks residency rule for Missouri medical marijuana licenses

By: - October 12, 2021

A federal judge last week permanently blocked Missouri from enforcing a requirement that medical marijuana licenses go to businesses owned by residents of the state. Following a bench trial Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey agreed to grant a permanent injunction. Her written order has not yet been filed. News of the injunction was first reported […]

Missouri executes Ernest Johnson by lethal injection

By: - October 5, 2021

Missouri carried out the death sentence of Ernest Johnson Tuesday evening, ending his life with an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Johnson’s case drew national attention in recent weeks, with a range of public figures — from former Gov. Bob Holden to Pope Francis — urging Missouri Gov. Mike Parson […]