Reporting From Sacramento

Posted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow Paige McConnaughy

What an incredible month I have experienced here at the State Capitol! Senator Vidak’s staff is absolutely amazing. With so many offices at the Capitol to choose from it was overwhelming trying to decide where I would best fit. Coming and interning for Senator Vidak was the greatest decision; after just four weeks my office feels like home. The Vidak Staff took me under their wing and helped make my transition into their office a smooth one. Having only been here a few weeks I have learned so much from the staff; my questions are always answered and they are constantly reaching out to show and teach me new things.

New Ronald Reagan Statue at the Capitol

New Ronald Reagan Statue at the Capitol

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From the District to the Capital

Posted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow Paige McConnaughy

My Cal-in-Sacramento internship began two weeks before moving to Sacramento in Senator Vidak’s District Office. I wanted to get the most out of my internship and for me that meant having the entire political experience of participating in both the district and capitol offices. In the district I handled constituent work, attended meetings, and met with local government agencies. It was a great opportunity for me to familiarize myself with the district as well as a way to get up to date with issues and legislation. The Hanford staff is absolutely incredible – mentoring and preparing me for my upcoming adventure to the Capital.

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I helped present a Certification of Recognition to Jim Sullins, Tulare and Kings County Cooperative Extension Director, for his service to the community and to wish him luck in retirement.

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First day at the Senate office in Sacramento.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now having completed my first week at the Capitol I must say I have had an absolutely incredible experience. With deadlines to pass all bills out of the House of Origin within the week, the halls of the third floor were buzzing with excitement – lobbyists filled the entrance of the Floor, staffers busy working away, Senators spending hours voting and debating legislation, and I was lucky to have the privilege of being in the middle of it all!

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