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The votes are in, and we have a winner in our Capitol Alert Caption Contest.

Drum roll, please....

So as I'm tearing up the lieutenant governor paperwork, I see in small print it says: "SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED."

The clever reader behind the caption is Department of General Services electronic technician Krieg Moore.

Moore, who monitors Capitol security systems and the audio and video recording for press conferences and other events under the dome, said the entry was inspired by his long days observing political gridlock.

"It was pretty much the idea that as national (observers of California politics) have learned there's some presumption that you can just ram-rod things through, but now you can't," he said.

Moore's perspective certainly struck a chord with Capitol Alert readers -- his caption beat out the four other top entries with 60 percent of the vote.

Kreig, who's played our contest in the past, said he was surprised that his suggestion beat out the about 300 entries submitted in this round.

"It's rare, I can't believe it," he said. "I'm glad that my form of wit is actually funny for some people."

Thanks to all who played and, as always, if you see a photo deserving of a chuckle-worthy caption, send it our way at

PHOTO CREDIT: Hector Amezcua/SacBee.


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