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ha_jchiang48550.JPGCapitol Alert has had its share of photo caption contests in which readers submit humorous or biting caption ideas for provocative photos of public officials.

What about a punch line contest?

Here's the set-up. The California Democratic Party is promoting membership in its DEM 2012 (Donate Every Month) group, in which donors commit to writing a check for as little as $10 to the party every month. The party is now running a contest through Nov. 15 to see which DEM 2012 member can sign up the most new members. The first place prize? Two hours with state Controller John Chiang "for lunch, dinner, or on a project for an organization of the winner's choice." Keep in mind, an exciting day for Chiang might be commenting on the state's cash-flow situation or issuing an audit on a school district in San Benito County.

Our punch line: What's second place, four hours with John Chiang?

We're sure you can do better than that.

Here are the rules: Read the set-up. Write a punch line. Email it to us. Feel free to request anonymity, but only those willing to have their real names published can win the grand prize: a $25 gift certificate to a capital coffee shop. (Entrants outside Sacramento can request any coffee chain.)

Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Send them to

PHOTO CREDIT: The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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