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.

Parson vows to veto crime bill if it includes penalties for lying to Missouri legislature

By: - May 11, 2021

The fate of a wide-ranging crime bill was called into question on Tuesday over a provision that would stiffen penalties for lying under oath to the legislature or obstructing a legislative investigation. During a conference committee on Tuesday morning convened to work out differences on Senate Bill 53, House members said the bill stands no […]

AG Schmitt joins effort to convince Facebook to abandon plans for children’s Instagram

By: - May 10, 2021

Nearly every state attorney general, including Missouri’s Eric Schmitt, signed onto a letter this week demanding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg abandon plans to create an Instagram for kids, arguing that the company has a “record of failing to protect the safety and privacy of children on its platform.” In a letter from the National Association of […]

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Secrecy around ownership records raises questions about Missouri marijuana networks

By: and - May 10, 2021

This story was reported in collaboration with The Missourian. Greenlight Dispensary advertises 16 medical marijuana locations across Missouri, from Cape Girardeau to Kansas City, and all points in between. Justice Grown, a Pennsylvania-based company, has ties to 14 dispensaries in Missouri. Yet Missouri’s constitution prohibits the state from granting more than five dispensary licenses to […]

Longtime Republican political consultant, lobbyist indicted on felony tax charge

By: - May 6, 2021

David Barklage, an influential campaign consultant and lobbyist who has been a fixture in Missouri Republican politics for decades, has been indicted for allegedly failing to pay more than $150,000 in taxes over the course of a three-year period. The indictment was handed down in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on April 28, but […]

Nonprofit hopes to free Missouri man serving 23 years on marijuana charges

By: - April 26, 2021

Eric McCauley was a first time marijuana offender when he was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison in 2012.  A federal jury convicted him on four counts of marijuana trafficking and 26 counts of money laundering as part of his role in distributing marijuana in Boone County. Now advocates with the nonprofit Weldon Project […]

Gov. Parson holding fundraiser with Missouri medical marijuana companies

By: - April 23, 2021

Individuals and companies that were awarded lucrative medical marijuana licenses by the state will gather next week to raise money for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.  An invitation to Tuesday’s fundraising reception was sent out to members of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association by its executive director, Andrew Mullins. The event will be held in […]

Missouri House expels Rick Roeber, a Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

By: - April 21, 2021

Rick Roeber, a Lee’s Summit Republican accused by his adult children of sexual and physical abuse, was expelled from the Missouri House on Wednesday on a 153-0 vote. One legislator voted “present.”  Only one member of the Missouri House has ever been expelled before. The charge at that time, in 1865, was disloyalty to the […]

Panel recommends Missouri House expel Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

By: - April 19, 2021

The Missouri House Ethics Committee voted unanimously on Monday to recommend Rep. Rick Roeber be expelled from the Legislature. The committee, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, said evidence obtained over the course of its four-month investigation confirmed Roeber had sexually abused two of his children in 1990, when they were 9 and […]

Former Trump adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle named national chair of Greitens Senate campaign

By: - April 19, 2021

Kimberly Guifoyle, a former Fox News host and chair of former President Donald Trump’s campaign finance committee, was announced Monday as the national chair of former Gov. Eric Greitens’ U.S. Senate campaign. Guifoyle, who is also dating the former president’s son, said in a press release that she looks forward to “championing Gov. Greitens’ vision […]

Potential Missouri Senate candidate holding Mar-a-Lago fundraiser with Gov. Parson

By: - April 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith is holding a fundraiser at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida later this month, fueling already rampant speculation that the southeast Missouri Republican is planning a run for U.S. Senate next year. According to an invite for the event, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is serving on the host committee […]

Missouri House rejects resignation of Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

By: - April 15, 2021

The Missouri House refused to accept the resignation of Rep. Rick Roeber on Thursday, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers arguing that the ethics committee should complete its investigation into allegations that he sexually and physically abused his children. “This is a serious allegation that has been brought forth before this body.” said Rep. Richard […]

Republican accused of abuse by his children resigning from Missouri House

By: - April 13, 2021

Rep. Rick Roeber, a Lee’s Summit Republican facing accusations by his adult children that he physically and sexually abused them when they were young, is resigning from the Missouri House. In a letter to other lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, Roeber said his final day as a state legislator will be Friday. He makes no mention of […]