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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.

January 5, 2011 – The Missouri General Assembly begins the legislative session –

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) brings the House into session.

We covered the opening of the Missouri General Assembly session. Again.

Teabaggers, and nullification, and the cult of the lost cause, oh my! (January 5, 2011)

Teabagger rally at the state capitol: when astroturfing lobbyists speak, they listen… (January 5, 2011)

Opening of the legislative session in Jefferson City: January 5, 2010 (January 6, 2011)

Our hopes were dashed. Again.

January 19, 2011 – Senator Claire McCaskill (D) sits down for a talk with bloggers at her Kansas City office.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) sat down for a conversation with Missouri political bloggers for over an hour in her office in Kansas City. Five years ago the thought of doing so wouldn’t have crossed anyone’s mind. The world has changed.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): a conversation with bloggers in Kansas City (January 20, 2011)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): a conversation with bloggers in Kansas City, part 2 (January 20, 2011)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): a conversation with bloggers in Kansas City, part 3 (January 21, 2011)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): a conversation with bloggers in Kansas City, part 4 (January 22, 2011)

February 26, 2011 – Teachers and organized labor rally in solidarity with Wisconsin workers at the state capitol in Jefferson City.

Photo by Joan Ferguson, Show Me Progress.

In late February teachers and organized labor held a rally in solidarity with Wisconsin workers at the state capitol in Jefferson City. There was a much smaller astroturf teabagger rally on the opposite side of the building at the same time.

Rallies in Jefferson City, Saturday, Feb. 26th: support organized labor or teabaggers, your pick (February 24, 2011)

Rallies in Jefferson City, Saturday, Feb. 26th: organized labor or teabaggers – photos (February 26, 2011)

Voices of Organized Labor in Jefferson City on February 26, 2011 (February 27, 2011)

An editor for the Wisconsin State Journal, a Madison paper, contacted us in April about using the photo in their coverage of the ongoing rallies at their state capitol. We granted permission and they ran the photo, with a credit.

Wisconsin: “Thank God for Missouri…” (April 21, 2011)

March 22, 2011 – Sly James is elected Mayor of Kansas City – speaking with the media.

In March we had to make a choice about which post election gathering to cover for the two candidates running for Mayor of Kansas City. We made the correct one.

Sly James: Mayor-elect of Kansas City – photos (March 23, 2011)

Our long municipal nightmare is at long last over (March 23, 2011)

May 29, 2011 – President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service for victims of the Joplin tornado

on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

In late May we covered the memorial service on the campus of Missouri Southern State University for the victims of the Joplin tornado.

Governor Jay Nixon in Joplin – remarks (May 30, 2011)

President Obama in Joplin – photos and remarks (May 30, 2011)

Some thoughts on Joplin (June 2, 2011)

June 16, 2011 – Governor Jay Nixon (D) addresses Missouri Boys State on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.

Missouri Boys State 2011 (June 11, 2011)

Former Governor Bob Holden at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 1 (June 12, 2011)

Former Governor Bob Holden at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 13, 2011)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) signs HB 233 into law at Missouri Boys State (June 16, 2011)

Former Senator John Danforth at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 1 (June 16, 2011)

Former Senator John Danforth at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 19, 2011)

June 17, 2011 – A rally in support of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security at Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D) office in St. Louis.

In June we had one of those rare Show Me Progress blog gatherings where the westsiders joined the eastsiders in St. Louis. We used the opportunity to cover two events.

St. Louis: calling on Sen. McCaskill (D) to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security (June 18, 2011)

Definitely not a teabagger… (June 18, 2011)

Definitely not a teabagger, part 2 (June 20, 2011)

St. Louis: Jefferson Jackson Dinner – photos (June 18, 2011)

St. Louis: Jefferson Jackson Dinner – Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor (D) (June 19, 2011)

August 10, 2011 – Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) listens at a town hall in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) held town halls in Clinton and Warrensburg in August. People other than teabagger true believers attended and there was significant pushback against Representative Hartzler’s agenda from many in attendance.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town halls in Clinton and Warrensburg (August 10, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 1 (August 11, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 2 (August 12, 2011)

Vicky Hartzler is trying trying to scare you (August 12, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 3 (August 13, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 4 (August 14, 2011)

September 18, 2011 – Paul Begala (D) speaks to the media at the Harkin Steak Fry in Indianols, Iowa.

In what has become an annual September road trip for us, we once again made the trek to Indianola, Iowa to cover the annual Harkin Steak Fry.

The 2011 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa (September 18, 2011)

The 2011 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa: Senator Bernie Sanders (I) (September 19, 2011)

The 2011 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa: Paul Begala – part 1 (September 20, 2011)

The 2011 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa: Paul Begala – part 2 (September 22, 2011)

The 2011 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa: Paul Begala – part 3 (September 23,2011)

October 9, 2011 – Occupy Kansas City marches down to the Plaza.

In October the Occupy Wall Street movement changed the conversation across America, including in Kansas City.

The Occupation of Kansas City: Day 9 (October 8, 2011)

Occupy Kansas City (October 8, 2011)

The picture I didn’t take (October 8, 2011)

Occupy KC, Day Ten: The day the occupation came to me (October 9, 2011)

Occupy Kansas City: a concert, a few speeches, and a march (October 9, 2011)

Occupy Kansas City: a concert, a few speeches, and a march – part 2 (October 10, 2011)

October 30, 2011 – Occupy Kansas City holds a downtown rally and marches in the streets.

Occupy Kansas City: rally and march from Ilus Davis Park (October 30, 2011)

Occupy Kansas City: rally and march from Ilus Davis Park, part 2 (October 31, 2011)

Videos from Occupy Kansas City October 30 rally! (November 1, 2011

Videos from Occupy Kansas City October 30 rally! – part 2 (November 2, 2011)

December 6, 2011 – President Barack Obama speaks in Osawatomie, Kansas.

Photo by Jerry Schmidt, Show Me Progress.

President Obama made a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas.

President Obama in Osawatomie, Kansas (December 6, 2011)

President Obama in Osawatomie, Kansas: the crazification factor kicks in (December 7, 2011)

Obama Speech at Osawatomie, Kansas 2011 Video(December 9, 2011)

December 19, 2011 – A conversation in front of the Middleton, Wisconsin City Hall

between a recall petition signature gatherer and a supporter of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (r).

We had the opportunity to interview folks taking part in the recall process against Governor Scott Walker (r) in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin: in the trenches for the recall of Gov. Scott Walker (r) (December 19, 2011)

Wisconsin: in the trenches for the recall of Gov. Scott Walker (r), part 2 (December 21, 2011)

Wisconsin: in the trenches for the recall o
f Gov. Scott Walker (r), part 3
(December 23, 2011)

Wisconsin: they were misinformed? (December 26, 2011)

We look forward to more of the same in the coming year.