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It’s been another very interesting year for us.

We took a lot of photos in 2017. Many having to do with the aftermath of the 2016 general election.

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:

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) upsets the republicans on the opening day of the legislative session.

Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) addressing the Missouri House at the opening of the legislative session – Jefferson City – January 4, 2017.

Secretary of State Jason Kander (D): at the opening of the legislative session (January 4, 2017)

Women take the lead. They always do.

Women hold up the sky…

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 2 (January 21, 2017)

Anti-Trump march in Kansas City – January 20, 2017 – part 3 – marching (January 21, 2017)

Rise up.

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 (January 21, 2017)

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 – part 2 (January 22, 2017)

Women’s March – Kansas City – Washington Square Park – January 21, 2017 – part 3 (January 22, 2017)

Another salvo in the “War on Christmas”.

Hannah Kelly (r) [2017 file photo].

HB 696: Now you’ve gone and done it. You’ve really upset the Pastafarians. (January 23, 2017)

Just nine days into the new administration.

“Not this time” – Trump Muslim ban protest at Kansas City International Airport – January 29, 2017

Thankful.

Trump Muslim ban protest at Kansas City International Airport – January 29, 2017 (January 29, 2017)

February:

Meeting with constituents. On immigration.

A crowd mic.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) – Immigration Town Hall in Kansas City – February 4, 2017 (February 5, 2017)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) – Immigration Town Hall in Kansas City – press statement – February 4, 2017 (February 5, 2017)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) – Immigration Town Hall in Kansas City – press Q and A – February 4, 2017 (February 5, 2017)

Not meeting with constituents.

“…Subject startles easily at the sight of concerned consituents…”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): about those missing public town halls (February 9, 2017)

Meeting with a few constituents.

(left to right) Denny Hoskins (r), Glen Kolkmeyer (r-53rd Legislative District), Dan Houx (r-54th Legislative District).

A stylized dance (February 17, 2017)

More useless legislation from the right wingnut republican controlled Missouri General Assembly.

Pre 1973 medical instruments.

HB 1014: the exhibit should include pre 1973 medical devices (February 22, 2017)

What can we say? We were in the right place at the right time.

Stormy weather (February 28, 2017)

March:

A sign.

“Make America Great Again” – in Russian.

A conversation at the flag pole (March 3, 2017)

We just love Kansas City.

“Bullhorn” – March 4, 2017.

Anti-Trump March in Kansas City – March 4, 2017 (March 4, 2017)

Anti-Trump March in Kansas City – March 4, 2017 – part 2 (March 5, 2017)

Anti-Trump March in Kansas City – March 4, 2017 – part 3 (March 5, 2017)

Someone did resist.

[Used with permission.]

A New York tourist destination (March 21, 2017)

Still no open public town halls in the district.

This is what Democracy looks like – Harrisonville, Missouri – March 22, 2017 (March 23, 2017)

Sometimes they march, too.

“I am a deplorable” – Trump Teabagger rally in Jefferson City – March 25, 2017

You got that right (March 25, 2017)

April:

At least one member of Congress from Missouri does open public town halls.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – speaking to the press – Parkville, Missouri – April 13, 2017.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): press availability – Parkville, Missouri – April 13, 2017 (April 14, 2017)

What a difference eight years makes (April 13, 2017)

This ain’t 2009 and right wingnut billionaires ain’t paying to rile up teabaggers (April 13, 2017)

Of science.

If I die, I’m taking you with me.

March for Science – Kansas City – April 22, 2017 (March 22, 2017)

March for Science – Kansas City – April 22, 2017 – part 2 (April 23, 2017)

March for Science – Kansas City – April 22, 2017 – part 3 (April 23, 2017)

March for Science – Kansas City – April 22, 2017 – part 4 (April 23, 2017)

On climate.

There are no jobs on a dead planet.

Climate March – Kansas City – April 29, 2017 (April 29, 2017)

Climate March – Kansas City – April 29, 2017 – Sergio Moreno (April 30, 2017)

May:

Anywhere, anytime.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2017 file photo].

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): on Zombie Trumpcare – May 6, 2017 (May 7, 2017)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): on Trump and Russia – May 6, 2017 (May 7, 2017)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): on Trump’s policies and Missouri – May 6, 2017 (May 8, 2017)

Still no open public town halls in the district.

Closed for meetings…

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) – Columbia District Office – May 10, 2017 (May 10, 2017)

Jackson County Democrats.

Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) [2017 file photo].

Truman Gala – Jackson County Democratic Committee – May 20, 2017 (May 21, 2017)

Truman Gala – Jackson County Democratic Committee – May 20, 2017 #2 (May 22, 2017)

June:

Hate and bigotry.

Ready to react.

Anti-Muslim protest and counter-protest, Washington Square Park, Kansas City – June 10, 2017 (June 10, 2017)

Anti-Muslim protest and counter-protest, Washington Square Park, Kansas City – June 10, 2017 – part 2 (June 11, 2017)

Anti-Muslim protest and counter-protest, Washington Square Park, Kansas City – June 10, 2017 – part 3 (June 11, 2017)

Some members of Congress have no problem with holding open public town halls in their district.

Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) – [2017 file photo].

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D): town hall in Lee’s Summit – June 17, 2017 (June 17, 2017)

Reproductive health and rights.

Planned Parenthood #PinkOut in Kansas City – June 21, 2017 (June 22, 2017)

Where is Roy Blunt (r)?

Talking about health care at Sen. Roy Blunt’s (r) office in Kansas City – June 23, 2017 (June 23, 2017)

A Sen. Roy Blunt (r) health care story (June 23, 2017)

Photos at Roy Blunt’s Office – June 23 2017 Indivisible – KC Hillary Klofkorn Shields (June 26, 2017)

Talking about health care at Sen. Roy Blunt’s (r) office in Kansas City – June 23, 2017 – signs of the times (June 24, 2017)

What’s the matter with Kansas?

“Resist”

Talking about health care at Sen. Jerry Moran’s (r) office in Olathe, Kansas – June 28, 2017 (June 28, 2017)

Talking about health care at Sen. Jerry Moran’s (r) office in Olathe, Kansas – June 28, 2017 – signs of the times (June 29, 2017)