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Previously:

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

The Political Year in Pictures – 2010, part 2 (December 23, 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.

We covered a local film festival, not because we’re fans of the cinema (we are), but because demagoguery and republican politicians always seem to go hand in hand:

Dee Wallace (left) and Pam LaFrenz, Executive Director of the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency.

Suppose you held a film festival and right wingnuts didn’t want anyone to attend (September 10, 2010)

The show must go on (September 10, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (r): The review is in – two thumbs down (September 14, 2010)

Veto Session Reviews for Rep. Denny Hoskins (r): great potental for a Razzie (September 15, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: because the arts never generate economic activity? (September 17, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: demagoguery, not oversight (September 18, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: that was then, this is now (September 20, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: no one knew about it… (September 21, 2010)

A short film about a film festival… (September 22, 2010)

Ky Dickens, the film festival, the Chicago Reader, and teabaggers (September 23, 2010)

We get film festival hate mail (September 28, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: that was then, this is now – part 2 (September 28, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: what the teabaggers say (October 4, 2010)

New Rule: If you say you oppose all of the federal stimulus on principle… (October 7, 2010)

And in September we covered the annual Harkin Steak Fry (for the third time) in Indianola, Iowa:

(left to right, foreground) David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Senator Tom Harkin (D), Governor Chet Culver (D).

Iowa Road Trip! – the 2010 Harkin Steak Fry (September 11, 2010)

Iowa Road Trip! – Interstate highway rest stops (September 12, 2010)

Iowa Road Trip! – on the way back (September 12, 2010)

The bumper stickers of Madison County (September 13, 2010)

Iowa Road Trip! – photos and press availability (September 13, 2010)

The Missouri House republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) stepped in it none too lightly in the last week of the election by blasting homophobic robocalls against Democratic Party legislative district candidates. Of course, the republican candidates furiously backpedaled on the calls, disavowing any knowledge of them, when the HRCC was called to account for the outrageous calls. The thing is, the calls worked and the republicans got away with something, again:

October 23, 2010: Representative Denny Hoskins (r) (left, in white), Dave Hageman, Missouri Executive Director of Victory Enterprises (center, in blue) and Robert Knodell, Executive Director of the House Republican Campaign Committee (right, in blue) at the University of Central Missouri Homecoming Parade in Warrensburg.

HRCC robocall in the 121st Legislative District: desperation and homophobia (October 27, 2010)

The Missouri HRCC steps in it with homophobic robocalls (October 28, 2010)

Tilley (r) on HRCC robocalls: Uh, that didn’t go very well, did it? (October 28, 2010)

Tilley (r) on HRCC robocalls: “But, but, the Democrats are mean to us…” (October 29, 2010)

Tilley (r), the HRCC robocalls, and the media: “…testing, testing, testing, is this thing on?” (October 29, 2010)

Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal Headline: “GOP robocall attacks Cole’s ‘family values'” (October 29, 2010)

Campaign Finance: old media needs to learn to do some freakin’ research (October 29, 2010)

I guess I’m going to have to go with “No Comment” (October 29, 2010)

Another Democrat fights sleazy robocalls (October 30, 2010)

HRCC? What HRCC? I just like their swag… (October 30, 2010)

Missouri’s HRCC and the robocalls: follow the money (October 31, 2010)

HRCC? What HRCC? I’ve never heard of them… (November 1, 2010)

I see nothing! I know nothing! (November 24, 2010)

HRCC? What HRCC? I’ve never heard of them, part 2 (December 2, 2010)

People gathered in a small town to stand up to the Westboro Phelps clan with even more free speech of their own:

November 23, 2010: A community supports the family and friends of Army Corporal Jacob Carver, who died in Afghanistan,

at his funeral in Harrisonville, Missouri.

This photo appeared in the November 29, 2010 edition of the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal

(upon our offer and with our permission) along with an editorial by Jack Miles on free speech.

A hate group, the First Amendment, and a funeral in a small town (November 23, 2010)

Where to start? (November 23, 2010)

A hate group, the First Amendment, and a funeral in a small town – part 2 (November 29, 2010)