Can you believe that until April of this year, just seven months ago, you didn’t know much if anything about the Tea Party movement? Now you know way more than you want to.

April 15th, tax day, was their debut.

In late April, Obama spoke to a small crowd in the gym of the high school in Arnold, MO. Security measures were, of course, tight. We had to leave our umbrellas outside.

The St. Louis ACORN group put pressure on the bad guys, whether it was on AmerenUE for requesting a–for god’s sake–18 percent rate hike, or on the homewrecker 4, a group of four national mortgage lenders who took federal bailouts but refused to modify mortgages for people facing bankruptcy.

Mary and Lou arranged the second annual St. Louis bloggers’ picnic. The weather was gorgeous. Hope you’ll set another one up next year, you two.

July and August saw the tumultuous town halls. These are pics from the Russ Carnahan town hall (which wasn’t even about health care reform.) But the teabaggers showed up in force, so naturally so did we. The line to get in the door stretched for three blocks, and lots of people never got in. The police presence turned out to be necessary, especially when the event was over. The lady in red was furious that Carnahan left that evening without giving the tea partiers a chance for a screaming frenzy, so she made her displeasure known to one of the speakers.

This was the year for activists to stand on street corners with signs. These particular pro-reform and anti-reform sign holders were outside Russ Carnahan’s office one Saturday in August.

Not all the action, of course, took place on sidewalks. Below are four female state representatives who spoke at West County Dems about their experiences as freshmen legislators: Jill Schupp, Jeanne Kirkton, Vicki Englund, and Margo McNeil.

And at the last WCD meeting of the year, State Rep. Jake Zimmerman regaled the crowd.