The Skinny

It’s not just the Assemblymembers and Senators that get caught in the term-limits shuffle. Increasingly, staff is on the move both inside and outside the Building. Former Leland Yee chief of staff Janelle Beland has taken over as Senate Democratic Caucus Director, replacing Suzanne Wierbinski, who held the job under pro tem Don Perata. Rabinsky has moved to the pro tem’s policy shop. Meanwhile, Perata’s policy hatchet man Michael Miiller is working at the Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee. And longtime Senate Judiciary Committee consultant Gene Wong has also been swallowed into the pro tem vortex. Wong is now chief counsel to the pro tem. Filling his seat at Judish is Saskia Kim, former deputy director of the Senate Office of Research. And then there’s the media world. Onetime Bee Capitol Reporter Mary Lynne Velinga is apparently returning to her former professional station, but hanging up her press pass. Velinga is expected to join the staff of Senator Fran Pavley.  Let us know when the music stops…And it ain’t exactly Dewey defeats Truman, but the folks at Capitol Enquiry made a quick save before sending out the preview edition of the 2009 pocket directory. The books had all been printed with Republican Jack Sieglock listed as the winner of the 10th Assembly District race. But they quickly printed up an Alyson Huber profile and glued it right over Sieglock’s page. They weren’t the only ones. The Assembly Rules Committee even had Sieglock’s nameplate on the door until the vote flipped in the final days of ballot counting.

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