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Over the course of the last year we covered a number of government and political events in Missouri (and elsewhere), in the process taking thousands of photographs. Most of them didn’t make it into the blog. Some of the things we saw and heard made us smile, made us think, made us gasp, made us hope, and made us despair. We thought we’d provide a retrospective of some of the pictures and stories we consider to be memorable.

The opening of the 2010 legislative session in Jefferson City:

The House chamber.

The Missouri General Assembly opens the 2010 legislative session (January 6, 2010)

The Missouri General Assembly opens the 2010 legislative session, part 2 (January 6, 2010)

January 6, 2010: The view from the train at the stop in Sedalia on the way back from Jefferson City.

….After the partisan applause lines the republican side of the House stood to offer their encouragement. The Democratic side tended not to.

This was a much more austere occasion then the previous openings of session I have attended.

Our friends at Fired Up, via Twitter:

RT @tonymess: Some lawmakers said Capitol was more somber today. Definitely a different feeling than some recent past opening days.    about 8 hours ago   from DestroyTwitter  

Tomorrow there will be a “technical session” – a significant number of House members were heading home this evening due to the incoming inclement weather.

I don’t blame them….

The Missouri General Assembly opens the 2010 legislative session, part 3 (January 8, 2010)

The Missouri General Assembly opens the 2010 legislative session, part 4 (January 9, 2010)

State Auditor Susan Montee (D) speaking at Truman Days in Independence, Missouri.

State Auditor Susan Montee (D) at Truman Days 2010 (May 9, 2010)

Truman Days 2010 in Jackson County, Missouri (May 7, 2010)

We made a trip to Jefferson City in the middle of the session and promptly got booted from the press gallery, supposedly because the capitol press corps complained about our presence on their turf. We contacted various folks in Jefferson City about the situation and eventually were allowed to work from a side gallery in the House chamber during the last week of the session in May.

Representative Luke Scavuzzo (D-124) (center, seated) in conversation on the House floor while other representatives (standing in the background) wait to be recognized by the Speaker.

Representative Beth Low (D-39) speaking against ant-choice legislation for the “millionth time”.

A typical end of session scene on a representative’s desk on the floor of the House.

Representative Jason Holsman (D-45) in debate on the House floor.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (D) in the House chamber side gallery.

The House in Jefferson City – May 13, 2010 (May 13, 2010)

Representative Paul LeVota (D): on the end of the legislative session (May 15, 2010)

Many good Democratic Party legislators won’t be returning due to either term limits or defeat in the bad election year that was 2010.

Secretary of Defense Robert gates spoke at a high school commencement in Kansas City in May.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Blue Valley Northwest High School Commencement – photos (May 24, 2010)

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Blue Valley Northwest High School Commencement – speech (May 25, 2010)

We covered the speakers at Missouri Boys State in June:

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) at Boys State.

Attorney General Chris Koster at Missouri Boys State (June 13, 2010)

Attorney General Chris Koster at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 1 (June 13, 2010)

Attorney General Chris Koster at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 13, 2010)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) at Boys State.

Governor Jay Nixon at Missouri Boys State: Q and A on Arizona’s SB 1070 (June 13, 2010)

Governor Jay Nixon at Missouri Boys State: opening remarks (June 14, 2010)

Former Ambassador John Bolton at Boys State.

Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: photos (June 15, 2010)

Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: remarks (June 16, 2010)

Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 1 (June 18, 2010)

Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 19, 2010)