It seems like only six years ago that Malcolm Maclachlan joined Capitol Weekly’s vast, overstaffed newsroom and started detailing the intricacies of Capitol politics and life in the Capitol’s unique community, which is sort of a cross between junior high school and summer camp. He covered such hot-button things as Capitol office space, food fights at the Co-Op, animal spaying, the Latino Water Coalition, family courts (check out today’s front page on this one to see his final installment), chiropractor regulation, gender equity and gay rights. Indeed, his robust coverage of the latter led to one mainstream newspaper’s description of CW as “widely read in the gay community” – a characterization that prompted much amusement here. But an era is ending: Malcolm is headed to The Building to join the staff as senior consultant of the Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee under Assemblywoman Alyson Huber. We don’t know why he’s leaving us – certainly, it’s not the salary – and he can review sunsets here, even if we don’t have any windows. But he’s making the shift to what used to be called the “dark side” and we wish him well. After years at Capitol Weekly, he knows all about the dark side. Cheers, Malcolm….

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