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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.

Missouri AG joins national probe into whether TikTok harms children

By: - March 2, 2022

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday that his office has joined a nationwide investigation into whether the social media platform TikTok is designing and promoting its platform in a way that harms the physical and mental health of children. A bipartisan group of attorneys general are looking into whether the social media company violated […]

Claim that reporter hacked state website was debunked. Parson still says he’s a criminal

By: - February 23, 2022

For four months, Gov. Mike Parson tried to convince Missourians that a reporter who discovered a security flaw in a state website was a hacker who deserved criminal prosecution.  His argument crashed headlong into reality on Monday, when the 158-page investigative file produced by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Cole County prosecutor was finally […]

Mike Parson speaks to the General Assembly

Prosecutor: No ‘criminal intent’ by reporter Missouri governor accused of hacking

By: - February 21, 2022

There was no evidence of any criminal intent by a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who was targeted by the governor after finding a security flaw in a state website, Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said in an interview Monday.  If any crime was committed, Thompson said, it was in the “fringes” of an overly-broad state […]

‘It’s a nightmare’: Texts reveal last-ditch efforts to save Parson’s health director

By: and - February 21, 2022

The questions from state senators hadn’t even begun, and Donald Kauerauf’s staff were already in a panic. Chants from protesters opposing his nomination as state health director echoed through the hearing room, and as she sat with Kauerauf waiting for his turn to testify, Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior […]

Billy Long says Josh Hawley lied to him about Missouri Senate endorsement

By: - February 15, 2022

U.S. Rep. Billy Long is accusing Sen. Josh Hawley of lying to his face about whether or not he was set to endorse in Missouri’s GOP Senate primary.  During a Tuesday morning interview with KCMO’s Pete Mundo, Long said he spoke with Hawley in August and again last Wednesday about whether he had plans to […]

Josh Hawley endorses Vicky Hartzler in GOP primary for Missouri U.S. Senate seat

By: - February 12, 2022

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler scored a major victory on Saturday in her quest for Missouri’s open Senate seat, winning the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley in the crowded GOP primary. Hawley made the announcement at the Missouri GOP’s annual Lincoln Days event in St. Charles. Hartzler is part of a six-way primary, with former […]

Prosecutor isn’t pressing charges against reporter who found flaw in state website

By: - February 11, 2022

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter targeted by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson for uncovering a security flaw in a state-run website won’t face criminal charges. The decision comes after the governor spent months publicly labeling the reporter a “hacker” for discovering the flaw and notifying the state about it. Parson asked the state highway patrol to […]

Criticism of Missouri medical marijuana system seeps into initiative petition debate

By: - February 11, 2022

A handful of Republican lawmakers lashed out at the state’s medical marijuana industry Thursday, lobbing accusations of corruption into a Missouri House debate over whether to make it harder to amend the state’s Constitution.  On a mostly party-line 98-53 vote, the Missouri House signed off on legislation Thursday that would require a two-thirds vote of […]

Pro-Greitens PAC hits Schmitt on China in ad airing during Olympics opening ceremony

By: - February 3, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s record on China is once again coming under fire, with a political action committee supporting one of his rivals in the GOP Senate primary launching an attack ad during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Team PAC, which was formed to support the U.S. Senate candidacy of former Missouri Gov. Eric […]

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

By: and - January 26, 2022

In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to end the litigation.   […]

Senate committee advances ‘6-2’ Missouri Congressional map

By: - January 25, 2022

A new Congressional map won the approval of a Missouri Senate committee on Tuesday, setting the stage for a debate that promises to be among the most contentious of the 2022 legislative session. After two hours of public testimony, a pair of Democrats joined with seven Republicans Tuesday to advance a map that keeps the […]

Gov. Mike Parson touts Missouri’s COVID-19 response in annual State of State address

By: - January 19, 2022

Gov. Mike Parson praised his administration’s handling of the still unfolding COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, telling a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly that the state has emerged ready to make long term investments in its future.  “The bottom line is Missouri’s economy is strong,” Parson said in his annual State of the State address. […]