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Now, here’s one we haven’t seen before. EdVoice is sponsoring CarbonFree Voting 2008, in an effort to promote absentee voting, and various Democratic candidates’ green credentials. The mailer, set to drop in Southern California coastal communities, features Senate candidate Fran Pavley, who shockingly, is running for Senate in some Southern California coastal communities. The mailer is printed on partially recycled paper, and extols the environmental virtues of absentee voting “as an environmentally sensitive alternative to driving to the polling place.” As for the dead trees the mailers are printed on? Carbon offsets have been purchased for reforestation. And if you can find a way to capture the steam that must be coming out of Lloyd Levine’s ears, you might be able to power a small city for a few hours. …

Though there are no new layoffs to report, there is some shuffling going on the the Capitol press corps. Copley News Service announced it is closing bureaus around the country, including in Sacramento. The bureau’s two reporters here, tribal expert Jim Sweeney and Michael Gardner, will be absorbed by the mothership, the San Diego Union-Tribune, working alongside Bill Ainsworth and Ed Mendel …

Ravi Kahlon, former Policy Director for the Speaker Pro Tem, has accepted a position as Chief Advisor of Governmental Affairs to local business tycoon and philanthropist Martin A. Harmon.

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