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 governor pushing hard to sell lawmakers on his $700 million tax cut plan

By: - August 16, 2022

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is hoping to avoid any special session drama.  As he prepares to reconvene the legislature next month to debate a $700 million tax cut — with details about the plan expected to be announced as early as this week — Parson is hoping to avoid pitfalls that undermined a pair of […]

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Missouri Senate conservative caucus disbands after two years of ugly GOP infighting

By: - August 15, 2022

After more than two years of warring with Republican leaders, the Missouri Senate’s conservative caucus will disband, the group announced Monday afternoon. In a statement released to the media, five incumbent members of the caucus said it was no longer needed after the outcome of the Aug. 2 GOP primaries.  “The Republican primary electorate decisively […]

Republican divide in Missouri Senate boils over in Kansas City radio interviews

By: - August 10, 2022

Tension among Republicans that has mired the Missouri Senate in gridlock over the last two years bubbled up again this week, as a GOP state senator and an adviser to the conservative caucus took aim at each other in dueling radio interviews.  Sen. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, took the first shot, laying into the Senate […]

Conservative caucus likely expands in Missouri Senate after GOP primary wins

By: - August 3, 2022

Candidates expected to align with the conservative caucus in the Missouri Senate had a good night on Tuesday, winning primaries in three open seats and knocking off one incumbent.  The victories likely mean the caucus — which has quarreled with GOP leadership and used procedural roadblocks to grind the chamber to a halt for the […]

Scott Fitzpatrick rolls to victory in GOP primary for Missouri auditor

By: - August 2, 2022

State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick easily won the Republican nomination for Missouri auditor Tuesday, defeating state Rep. David Gregory. With nearly all precincts reporting, Fitzpatrick held a nearly 30 percentage point lead over Gregory. This fall he will face Democratic state Rep. Allen Green of Florissant, who was unopposed in his party’s primary, and Libertarian John […]

Trish Gunby defeats Ray Reed in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary

By: - August 2, 2022

Trish Gunby won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.  Gunby, a state lawmaker from Manchester, bested Reed, who conceded the race shortly after 10 p.m. The Democratic nominee faces an uphill battle against Wagner, a five-term Republican incumbent who saw her district reworked […]

Eric Burlison emerges from crowded field in 7th Congressional District Republican primary

By: - August 2, 2022

State Sen. Eric Burlison claimed the GOP nomination in the heavily Republican 7th Congressional District on Tuesday, beating beating out seven other contenders in the Republican primary.  He will take on Kristen Radaker-Sheafer, who emerged from the Democratic primary, and Libertarian Kevin Craig. The GOP race attracted a big field of candidates after the longtime […]

Former TV anchorman wins GOP nomination in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District

By: - August 2, 2022

Former Kansas City anchorman Mark Alford emerged from the crowded GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District on Tuesday. In the sprawling 24-county 4th District, Alfort bested his main rivals —  Sen. Rick Brattin, farmer Kalena Bruce and former Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks — in a race that saw massive outside spending from political […]

Cori Bush cruises to victory in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District Democratic primary

By: - August 2, 2022

U.S. Rep. Cori Bush easily won the Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional District Tuesday, trouncing state Sen. Steve Roberts by more than 30 percentage points when the race was called shortly before 10 p.m.  In the heavily Democratic district, which includes all of the City of St. Louis and North St. Louis County, the […]

Trump endorses ‘Eric’ in Missouri GOP Senate primary, but doesn’t clarify which one

By: - August 1, 2022

Former President Donald Trump finally issued his long anticipated endorsement in Missouri’s crowded GOP primary for U.S. Senate Monday night.  But it’s anybody’s guess which candidate he supports.  In a statement from his campaign, Trump endorsed “Eric,” without specifying whether he meant former Gov. Eric Greitens or Attorney General Eric Schmitt.  “I am therefore proud […]

10 GOP primaries that could shape the Missouri Senate next year

By: - July 28, 2022

For much of the last two years, the Missouri Senate has been mired in Republican infighting. On one side is GOP leadership, who have struggled to advance a legislative agenda despite controlling 24 of the chamber’s 34 seats. On the other is the conservative caucus, which spent most of the 2022 legislative session throwing up […]

Billy Long’s chances in Missouri GOP Senate primary depend on Donald Trump

By: - July 21, 2022

No one seems to be having more fun running for U.S. Senate in Missouri than Billy Long. The six-term Congressman’s Twitter feed is a parade of shots at his GOP rivals, jabbing Eric Schmitt (who Long refers to as “Chicken Schmitt”), Vicky Hartzler (“Mini Liz Cheney”) and Eric Greitens (“Snidely Whiplash”) for what he feels […]