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April 1, 2013
Lobbyist and Capitol chief of staff to join Mercury Public Affairs

RB Capitol Dome.JPG Mercury Public Affairs' Sacramento team is set to grow, with a well-known state lobbyist and a state Senate chief of staff joining the staff roster.

The public and governmental affairs firm is announcing this week the hiring of lobbyist Duncan McFetridge and Adam Keigwin, chief of staff and political consultant to state Sen. Leland Yee.

McFetridge, who will serve as managing director alongside Mercury lobbyist Paul Bauer, previously worked as an attorney and contract lobbyist for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. He has also worked in the state Capitol and for former state Treasurer Phil Angelides.

Keigwin, a 10-year veteran of the Capitol, will join the firm as a senior vice president. He will focus on providing strategic advice and public affairs work for clients and will not be a registered lobbyist.

Mercury, led by former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Deputy Chief of Staff Adam Mendelsohn, has offices in California and throughout the East Coast.

PHOTO CREDIT: The State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday December 11, 2006.
Sacramento Bee/ Randall Benton

April 1, 2013
Speaker's top aide pitches Medi-Cal bill from his hospital bed

Campbell.JPGGreg Campbell is raising standards for dedication to his job as chief of staff to Speaker John A. Peréz after using a get-well call from Gov. Jerry Brown as a way to pitch his boss's Medi-Cal expansion bill.

Campbell, 39, is recovering from two surgeries over the weekend to remove a golf-ball sized tumor in his brain, which was discovered last week. Campbell had been feeling sluggish prior to seeking medical attention, according to Peréz spokesman Steve Maviglio.

Speaker Peréz stayed with Campbell and his family at UC Davis Medical Center and "reports that Greg is fully recovering - and is already back in form," according to Maviglio.

April 1, 2013
Assemblyman Cooley calls for tweaks to prison realignment

jail.JPGAssemblyman Ken Cooley this morning said his bill returning certain drug traffickers to prison to serve long-term sentences is not a challenge to the state's realignment program, but rather is part of a discussion on how to improve the current law.

After touring the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Galt, the Rancho Cordova Democrat said Assembly Bill 222 affects a relatively small group - about 40 inmates statewide whose terms are increased due to a sentence enhancement for selling, possessing or transporting excessive quantities -- more than one kilogram or 30 liters -- of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.

Cooley said those inmates don't fit in at Rio Cosumnes or other a county jail facilities, which focus on rehabilitation efforts such as education and vocational programs to help inmates return to society.

April 1, 2013
Remembrance for reporter Virgil Meibert set for April 12

meibert.jpgFriends and colleagues of long-time Capitol reporter Virgil Meibert will gather in Sacramento State University's alumni center April 12 for a memorial service.

Meibert represented the Oakland Tribune in the Capitol for nearly 20 years and held the same post for the Contra Costa Times for three years before retiring from newspapers in 1995. He died in his sleep March 18 at his Sacramento home after a lengthy battle with a variety of illnesses. He was 78.

April 1, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: SF ferry service falls flat

Taxpayers should be irate given the San Francisco Transportation Authority's costly ferry service scheme, Dan says.

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April 1, 2013
AM Alert: California's Legislature is back in session


Cesar Chavez day was technically on Sunday, but today is the day that most state agencies -- with the exceptions of perpetually functioning institutions like hospitals and the California Highway Patrol -- are off. (For an interesting perspective on Chavez's legacy, talk to Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, whose parents worked with the famous farm worker organizer).

Back to work: That doesn't include the Legislature, though, which is back from spring recess today. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions And Economic Development is hearing a slate of bills in room 3191 once session is over; over in the Assembly we have meetings of the Natural Resources Committee and the Revenue And Taxation Committee.

VIDEO: It's a familiar story of shoddy financing when it comes to a $42 million San Francisco to Oakland ferry, Dan Walters says.

Realignment pushback: Another bill to tighten up post-prison realignment sentencing is in the spotlight today. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, will be joined by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully to detail AB 222, a bill that would allow judges to order a prison stint, rather than jail time, for drug offenders caught with large volumes of substances like meth and heroin. 11 a.m. at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, 12500 Bruceville Road.

Fundraising deadline: We'll soon get a snapshot of the vigor of various Congressional campaigns that are already afoot despite the fact we're closer to Election Day 2012 than to Election Day 2014. Yesterday was the last day for accepting contributions for the first quarter of 2013; the filing deadline is on April 15.

PHOTO CREDIT: Empty no more as of today. You know you missed them. The Sacramento Bee/Jeremy B. White


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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