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Previously: The Political Year in Pictures – 2011 (December 29, 2011)

We did this last year with Our top 16 traffic generating stories of 2010.

There are some patterns to our readers’ interests. Occupy, occupy, occupy. Working people. Child labor. Teabaggers. Money. Racism. Office holders and their constituents. Money. There you have it, our current political climate in a nutshell.

Our top twenty for 2011 from the top:

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#1 Occupy Wall Street comes to St. Louis (October 2, 2011)

99 > 1

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#2 Sen. Nieves is a bully and a fraud (May 19, 2011)

The republican members of the Missouri General Assembly never fail to generate traffic. This story was about an elected representative’s interaction with constituents.

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#3 Todd Akin greets peaceful constituents. With cops.  (August 25, 2011)

When a republican member of Congress is afraid of little old ladies who aren’t teabaggers packing sidearms.

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#4 Wecome to post-racial America (August 6, 2010)

This story was at #5 in 2010. It still generates traffic and it’s moved up the list.

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

Photos from the competing rallies at the state capitol. The folks at the organized labor rally were gathered in solidarity with Wisconsin workers. The teabaggers on the other side of the capitol were obsessed with communists. I kid you not.

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#6 In which I explain who showed up for Ed Martin’s dance (February 17, 2011)

Half the battle is in actually showing up.

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#7 Jane Cunningham hearts child labor (February 14, 2011)

Again, a republican member of the Missouri General Assembly leads the way. And it just goes to show that Newt Gingrich (r) doesn’t have an original thought in his head.

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

Kansas City gets a new mayor, Sly James.

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#9 Missouri Teachers Are Denied Social Security Benefits (October 22, 2007)

Yep, another oldie, but goodie. This post from our early days continues to generate significant traffic. Teh Google is so useful.

And it’s moved up a spot from last year.

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#10 Bank of America foreclosing unjustly on Mike and Mary Boehm (December 21, 2010)

A real family, not statistics, in the foreclosure crisis. From late in 2010.

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

The lead up to #5 above.

….I thought accusing someone of being a communist went out with high button shoes. Evidently not for fascists….

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#12 Should Democrat Tracy McCreery run as an Independent? (October 7, 2011)

A House seat special election, a legislative committee selected candidate, and an independent in the race. The progressive independent won.

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#13 Police roust Occupy STLers from sleeping bags at 4:15 a.m. (October 5, 2011)

Having DFHs around public spaces inconveniently reminds the top one percent that they’ve been winning the class war.

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#14 Missouri State House Redistricting, an introduction (May 15, 2011)

An explanation of the history and the process of legislative district redistricting by our colleague who could probably run the show better than anyone else.

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#15 Why do conservatives hate poor people? (April 19, 2010)

What has become the universal question of our time. From 2010.

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#16 The Post-Dispatch fails St. Louisans again (March 12, 2011)

Suppose you held a downtown rally and over four thousand people show up. If the local paper of record doesn’t bother to cover it does the dead tree media make a sound in the twenty-first century forest when it falls?

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#17 Is Dave Spence a new GOP contender for governor? (October 23, 2011)

Why, yes he is. And with two million dollars of his own money.

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#18 Missouri American Water Company: as bad as Ameren? (June 8, 2011)

Profits, worker contracts, and rate increases.

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#19 Friday Public Art Blogging: Thomas Hart Benton’s Mural in the Capitol (May 1, 2009)

A sample of our public art blogging from 2009. Teh Google is awesome.

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#20 Welcome to the Midtown KC chapter of Drinking Liberally (January 4, 2011)

Sometimes it’s nice to meet face to face.

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What a year. And 2012 is an election year. Think about that for a minute.