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 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 […]

Rep. Bruce DeGroot

Governor signs bill enacting new oversight over Missouri clean energy loan program

By: - June 29, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday signed legislation enacting new consumer protections for a clean energy loan program that has drawn criticism that it disproportionately harms borrowers in predominantly Black neighborhoods. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Bruce DeGroot of Ellisville, targets the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, or PACE program. Under the bill, the program […]

Judge rejects residency requirement for Missouri medical marijuana licenses

By: - June 28, 2021

A federal judge last week blocked Missouri from enforcing a requirement that medical marijuana licenses go to businesses owned by residents of the state. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled that the residency requirement violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018 that legalized medical marijuana requires facilities to […]

Federal judge grants release to Missouri man in prison for marijuana crimes

By: - June 25, 2021

After spending 12 years in prison, Eric McCauley has been granted compassionate release by a federal judge. McCauley, of Columbia, was convicted of four counts of marijuana trafficking and 26 counts of money laundering as part of his role in distributing marijuana in Boone County. The nonprofit Weldon Project, which advocates for those serving prison […]

Divide among Missouri Republicans threatens to upend special session on Medicaid tax

By: - June 24, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and GOP legislative leaders were gathered on a conference call Tuesday morning, with little time to spare.  The governor had set a noon deadline for lawmakers to strike a deal on a tax that provides $2 billion for Missouri’s Medicaid program. If they didn’t, he vowed deep cuts across the board […]

Judge strikes down Missouri Medicaid expansion as unconstitutional

By: - June 23, 2021

The push to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri was dealt another blow on Wednesday, as a Cole County judge ruled the voter-approved initiative was unconstitutional because it didn’t include a way to pay for 275,000 new enrollees. Plaintiffs, which include three people who would have been eligible for Medicaid on July 1 if expansion were […]

Special session on tax crucial for Medicaid in doubt over Planned Parenthood amendment

By: - June 18, 2021

On Tuesday, Republicans appeared to have reached a fragile consensus around extending a tax crucial to Missouri’s Medicaid finances — opening the door for Gov. Mike Parson to call lawmakers into special session next week.  By Friday afternoon, that consensus appears to have been derailed, at least temporarily, by disagreements over a proposed amendment that […]


While the GOP rallied in Missouri, Eric Greitens chased conspiracies to Arizona

By: - June 14, 2021

It was the year’s biggest gathering of Missouri Republicans, but the party’s putative frontrunner to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was nowhere to be found.  Over the weekend, nearly everyone angling for the Senate seat flocked to the Missouri Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Days in Kansas City and a Missouri Cattlemen’s Association fundraiser at […]

Companies accused of illegal gambling donate $350K to PACs tied to Missouri lobbyist

By: - June 10, 2021

A pair of companies suing the state to block a crackdown on unregulated slot machines combined this week to drop $350,000 into six political action committees tied to a controversial lobbyist.  According to disclosures filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission this week, Torch Electronics and Warrenton Oil made a series of donations to MO Majority […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Federal appeals court upholds injunction blocking Missouri eight-week abortion ban

By: - June 9, 2021

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision to block a Missouri law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Almost immediately after the ruling, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. Reproductive Health Services […]