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Previously: The Political Year in Pictures – 2010, part 1 (December 22, 2010)

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.

President Obama in Kansas City on July 8, 2010:

President Obama at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City.

Is the President looking at me?

White House Conference Call Preview of President Obama’s Visit to Kansas City (July 7, 2010)

President Obama in Kansas City – on the economy – Smith Electric Vehicles – July 8, 2010 (July 8, 2010)

Obama at The Folly: Fundraiser for Robin Carnahan (July 8, 2010)

President Obama in Kansas City – on the economy – Smith Electric Vehicles – photos (July 9, 2010)

…President Obama traveled to Kansas City Thursday to speak on the economy at an electric vehicle plant and later as the headliner at a fundraiser for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s U.S. Senate campaign. Blue Girl covered the fundraiser (one of two) held at the Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City and I covered the speech on the economy at Smith Electric Vehicles next to Kansas City International Airport…

July 9, 2010: Congressman Ike Skelton (D) in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District had a primary challenger. That was the least of his problems – he was upset in the November general election by Vicky Hartzler (r).

The NAACP National Convention was held in Kansas City in July. We received blogger credentials from the NAACP to cover the convention:

Representative Barbara Lee (D).

Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D).

Michelle Obama.

July 14, 2010: Waiting for the start of the press conference.

(left to right) Reverend Jesse Jackson, NAACP President and CE0 Benjamin Todd Jealous, Reverend Al Sharpton.

The 101st NAACP National Convention in Kansas City (July 10, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Benjamin Todd Jealous at the opening press conference (July 10, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at the opening press conference (July 10, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: report on the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf region (July 11, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Sunday – photos (July 11, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Michelle Obama – photos (July 12, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Representative Sheila Jackson Lee on the tea party and human rights (July 12, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – “Now is no time to quit.” (July 13, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Representative Emanuel Cleaver – “Don’t you forget it!” (July 13, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Wednesday afternoon press conference – photos (July 14, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Rev. Al Sharpton – “There clearly is some racial leaves in their tea bag…” (July 14, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Rev. Jesse Jackson – “We want jobs, justice, and education for all.” (July 14, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Benjamin Todd Jealous – “…we all need a testament of hope…” (July 15, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: press conference Q and A – “…we’ll keep our eyes on that prize…” (July 15, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Rep. Barbara Lee – “Power concedes nothing without a demand…” (July 17, 2010)

NAACP in Kansas City: Rev. William Barber – “…we have to have more than words…” (July 18, 2010)

August 5, 2010: Courtney Cole, the Democratic Party candidate in the 121st Legislative District, at work on her campaign after the August primary.

August 10, 2010: Senator Claire McCaskill (D) at a town hall in Concordia, Missouri.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): town hall in Concordia, Missouri (August 11, 2010)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): town hall in Concordia, Missouri – media availability (August 11, 2010)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): town hall in Concordia, Missouri – Q and A, part 1 (August 14, 2010)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): town hall in Concordia, Missouri – Q and A, part 2 (August 15, 2010)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): town hall in Concordia, Missouri – Q and A, part 3 (August 15, 2010)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): town hall in Concordia, Missouri – Q and A, part 4 (August 19, 2010)