From our “Know when to hold ‘em, know when to break up” files: In June, mouthpiece Patrick Dorinson parted ways from the United States Online Gaming Association, which wants to legalize online poker. But he says he’s in negotiations now and may be returning to the gaming fold with a different company. He certainly knows what’s at stake: He served Poker Voters of America, and before that he worked for the casino-owning Morongo Band of Mission Indians, which is pushing hard for online poker. And speaking of Morongo, they also recently parted ways with lobbyist Josh Pane. Pane, meanwhile, reports that Yoga Shala, the yoga studio where he’s an investor and avid student, is doing well. The studio opened a year ago in the renovated downtown YMCA, but held its last class there Wednesday night. On Aug. 1, they open up in their new space on 2030 H St., the former home of Deep Yoga. Namaste…Meanwhile, former newsie Dan Carson – sorry Dan, once a newsie always a newsie – is retiring after 17 years from the LAO, where he’s the deputy legislative analyst. He’s examined everything from prisons to health care to housing to business to social services, and he ran the units that looked at Corrections and Health. At 55, he plans to write books and do some home improvements, although maybe not in that order. Good luck, Dan

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