Working the Ghost Town: Adventures in a Capitol on Recess

Brendan Pinder

Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Brendan Pinder.

While the cat’s away, the aides will play. Twas oft remarked— albeit in a less equitable time than ours— that behind every great man, there is a great woman. In Sacramento, behind every great legislator, there is great legislative and caucus staff. Now this phrase is not exactly something that rolls merrily off the tongue (perhaps that’s why it has yet to catch on), but it is in great measure true. Continue reading

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Beauty and Absurdity in Sacramento

Observations Peculiar and Neurotic from My Time in the Capitol

Brendan Pinder

 

 

Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Brendan Pinder.

 

 

If you look for it, the State Capitol is so much more than politics. Amidst the committee hearings and orations on the floor, there is revealed a madcap world as fascinating as the legislation that issues from it. And, true, while my desire to come to Sacramento was propelled by an interest in things political, I must admit I’ve fallen prey in trancelike fascination to this place in its entirety, whether that be the rough and tumble of the chamber floor or the simple peculiarities of the office workplace.

One of my favorite statues at the Capitol.

One of my favorite statues at the Capitol.

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