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It's a little soon for another Capitol Alert caption contest, but when the state Democratic ticket's candidates took their victory lap Thursday wearing white coats, we just couldn't resist.

Reporter Jack Chang saw a marked contrast between the Democratic event and the Republican ticket's victory lap the day before. At the Republican celebration, gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman and U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina were rained with confetti, a live rock band played, and a big banner blared "Jobs are on the way."


The Democrats' version was a subdued, bare-bones affair. Gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown discussed frugality and the only decoration was a banner reading "Solaria," the name of the Silicon Valley company they toured to tout their interest in green jobs.

What was more remarkable was the sight of the entire ticket -- Brown, lieutenant governor nominee Gavin Newsom, attorney general hopeful Kamala Harris, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, state Controller John Chiang, insurance commissioner nominee Dave Jones and Secretary of State Debra Bowen -- in white coats. Watch the video.

The only thing missing was stethoscopes around their necks. Or perhaps there are some other "white coat" implications here....

Is this the new Democratic uniform? Our last contest, in fact, involved another Democrat in a lab coat.

Here's the procedure for participating:

1. Look at the picture.
2. Write a caption.
3. E-mail it to us. Feel free to send multiple entries.

When sending in submissions, you may request anonymity. Only those willing to have their real names published, however, can win the grand prize: a $25 gift certificate to a capital coffee shop. (Entrants who caffeinate outside the Sactosphere can opt for a Starbucks gift card.)

Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 14. Send submissions to


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