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It’s been another very interesting year for us.

2016 was an election year. That’s good for us. It helped us feed the content beast. The outcome of those elections were bad for everyone – in America and Missouri.

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 Missouri General Assembly went into regular session in January.

In the Missouri House.

In the Missouri House.

Missouri General Assembly: opening of the 2016 legislative session (January 6, 2016)

Senator Jill Schupp (D): January 6, 2016 (January 7, 2016)

Rep. Stacey Newman (D): January 6, 2016 (January 7, 2016)

Missouri House and Senate Democratic Caucus Press Conference – January 6, 2016 (January 8, 2016)

Missouri Opening Session 2016 photos by Jerry Schmidt (January 12, 2016)

Candidates for state and local offices raised money to run.

Jessica Podhola (D) - January 21, 2016.

Jessica Podhola (D) – January 21, 2016.

Jessica Podhola (D) in the 11th Senate District – January 21, 2016 (January 21, 2016)

Jessica Podhola (D) – January 21, 2016 (January 22, 2016)

A, yes, the presidential primaries and caucuses.

Taking a selfie with Kansas City Mayor Sly James at the opening of Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in Kansas City - February 17, 2016.

Taking a selfie with Kansas City Mayor Sly James at the opening of Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Kansas City – February 17, 2016.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Headquarters Open In Kansas City – February 17, 2016 (February 18, 2016)

Bernie Sanders Campaign Headquarters Open In Kansas City – February 20, 2016 (February 20, 2016)

Bernie Sanders in Lawrence, Kansas - March 3, 2016.

Bernie Sanders in Lawrence, Kansas – March 3, 2016.

Bill Clinton in Springfield - March 11, 2016.

Bill Clinton in Springfield – March 11, 2016.

Bernie Sanders (D) in Lawrence, Kansas – March 3, 2016 (March 4, 2016)

Bill Clinton in Springfield, Missouri – March 11, 2016 (March 12, 2016)

Things to do in Kansas City on a Saturday night (March 13, 2016)

Keep Calm and Carry On – part 2 (March 16, 2016)

Impatient (March 19, 2016)

After the presidential primary in March statewide and local candidates made their way to county fundraising dinners across the state.

Jason Kander (D), speaking in Warrensburg on April 2, 2016.

Jason Kander (D), speaking in Warrensburg on April 2, 2016.

Johnson County Democratic Committee Kirkpatrick Dinner in Warrensburg – April 2, 2016 (April 3, 2016)

21st Senate District: ElGene Ver Dught (D) at the Kirkpatrick Dinner in Warrensburg – April 2, 2016 (April 3, 2016)

The long road in the Missouri Democratic Party delegate selection process continued in April at county mass meetings, then at congressional district conventions.

At the Democratic Party county mass meeting in Warrensburg - April 7, 2016.

At the Democratic Party county mass meeting in Warrensburg – April 7, 2016.

At the 4th Congressional District Democratic Party convention in Warsaw - April 28, 2016.

At the 4th Congressional District Democratic Party convention in Warsaw – April 28, 2016.

If you’re planning on a revolution it actually helps if you show up (April 7, 2016)

Just because I think you’re an idiot doesn’t mean I don’t like your candidate (April 9, 2016)

The 4th Congressional District Democratic Party Convention – Warsaw, Missouri – April 28, 2016 (April 29, 2016)

The end of the legislative session in Jefferson City in May was filled the triumphal wreckage which is the agenda of the right wingnut super majority.

Representative Tracy McCreery (D) – May 13, 2016.

Representative Tracy McCreery (D) – May 13, 2016.

HA 4 to HCS SS SCS SB 663: open season (May 12, 2016)

Missouri House – May 12, 2016 (May 12, 2016)

The end of the legislative session – May 13, 2016 (May 13, 2016)

CCS HCS SB 656: hypocrisy (May 14, 2016)

Governor Jay Nixon came to Warrensburg to sign a higher education bill. We asked him a few questions about vetoing “stand your ground” and voter ID.

Governor Jay Nixon in Warrensburg - June 16, 2016.

Governor Jay Nixon in Warrensburg – June 16, 2016.

Gov. Jay Nixon (D): on SB 656 (“stand your ground”) and HJR 53/HB 1631 (voter ID) (June 16, 2016)

The Missouri Democratic Party state convention held in Sedalia on June 18th was interesting, to say the least.

At the Missouri Democratic Party state convention in Sedalia - June 18, 2016.

At the Missouri Democratic Party state convention in Sedalia – June 18, 2016.

Your $27.00 won’t get you into heaven anymore (June 19, 2016)

Running for at-large delegate to the DNC (June 19, 2016)

At the Democratic Party state convention (June 20, 2019)

Previously:

Our top ten traffic posts for 2016 (December 29, 2016)