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The Political Year in Pictures - 2014, part 2

The Political Year in Pictures - 2014, part 2
Previously:
The Political Year in Pictures - 2014 (December 26, 2014)
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 continue our retrospective of some of the pictures and stories we consider to be memorabl
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Nondenominantional Holiday Bright Spots for Progressives

Nondenominantional Holiday Bright Spots for Progressives
The midterm elections were a wake-up call. Voters had given up on the Democratic party as irrelevant and not really on their side, so they didn't bother to show up at the polls. But there are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we think about the coming year's fights. People are becoming more active with protests over issues like low pay and police treatment.
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2014 Elections Had the Lowest Voter Turnout Since...World War II

2014 Elections Had the Lowest Voter Turnout Since...World War II
The 2014 Midterm election had the lowest turnout in 70 years, and at least then World War II was an actual excuse for the low voter turnout. Hopefully World War III doesn't break out before the polls open up again in two years.
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Matt Binder
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Eff It. Let's Just Godwin's Law This Election.

Eff It. Let's Just Godwin's Law This Election.
If the Democrats think the 2014 election was bad, just wait.
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Election Mystery: 'This Was Not a Wave. This Was an Unforeseen Storm.'

Election Mystery: 'This Was Not a Wave. This Was an Unforeseen Storm.'
Was it Hickenlooper or was it Obama? Was it Michael Bennet or was it Harry Reid? Was it Ebola or was it ISIS? Was it the six-year itch or a full-body rash?
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Conservative Groups, Karl Rove Enjoyed Massive Return on Investment Last Night

Conservative Groups, Karl Rove Enjoyed Massive Return on Investment Last Night
Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce all had success rates under 20 percent in the elections two years ago. This year? Each group batted .800 or above.
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Nancy Watzman
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What Rules? Supreme Court Justice Nominee Campaigns in Uniform, Breaks a Big DoD No-No

What Rules? Supreme Court Justice Nominee Campaigns in Uniform, Breaks a Big DoD No-No
Popping on computers across Michigan last week were campaign advertisements for the state's Supreme Court justice that supported James Robert Redford. They showed the GOP candidate in his military uniform, looking very proud. The problem? The Department of Defense has a few rules about that.
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Planned Big Brotherhood: How the GOP Turns Abortion into Millions of Votes Every Election

Planned Big Brotherhood: How the GOP Turns Abortion into Millions of Votes Every Election
Protecting the defenseless unborn can easily be cast as a high moral purpose. The issue arises on the human scale, no complex systems involved. It concerns family relationships, and also involves the consequences of sexual behavior, on which cultural traditions have had much to say. It's the perfect issue to exploit the vote out of millions of Americans.
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Goliath Gets Bigger: California's Prop 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million

Goliath Gets Bigger: California's Prop 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million
The debate over the pros and cons of Proposition 1, Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion water bond, is very important, but an even bigger issue in any environmental battle or process is the money behind the campaign. The big corporate money behind the water bond largely determines who the bond will benefit — billionaires, corporate agribusiness, oil companies and The 1%, not the people, fish or wildlife of California.
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Ghastly Gardner's Game: New Site Spoofs CO GOPer's Scary Stances

Ghastly Gardner's Game: New Site Spoofs CO GOPer's Scary Stances
Colorado's Cory Gardner is already a spooky fellow, which makes him an ideal candidate for a Halloween-themed interactive website launched by Senator Mark Udall's campaign.
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