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Social_Media_Teens.jpgNow that the California Legislature's deadline for passing the state budget has come and gone, Capitol Alert takes advantage of Monday morning analysis to parse related bursts emanating from the Twitter-verse.

It was, of course, the first budget votes for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the San Diego Democrat sworn in to the lower house May 28.

"You know you're the newest Assembly member when someone speaks & you have to ask your seat mate 'Who is that?' (Answer: Mr. Patterson)," she tweeted, referring to Fresno Republican Jim Patterson. (@LorenaSGonzalez)

Several other Assembly members took advantage of a lull Friday by playing off the NSA leak and the dark-humor meme "NSA called to tell me (fill in the blank)."

The latest state budget adds another controversial chapter to the saga of school finance in California, Dan Walters says.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles: "#TheNSACalledToTellMe that @Talk2Melissa needs to change her twitter handle and that @JeffGorell says @CurtHagman plays too many video games." (He was referring to Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore.)

He kept going. Apparently, 140 characters just weren't enough. (@mikegatto)

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, shot back: "#nsacalledtotellme my floor speech sucked." (@JeffGorell)

Melendez was not to be outdone: "#nsacalledtotellme that @JeffGorell and @mikegatto are jealous of @JoinTravisAllen hair," invoking fellow Republican Travis Allen of Huntington Beach. (@Talk2Melissa)

Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, weighed in from the upper house: "@JeffGorell #nsacalledtotellme I thought I'd let you know they told me first." (@tedlieu)

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, took a far more serious tone, tweeting often to explain his votes, which usually fell on the "no" side. (@AsmTimDonnelly)

Democrat Susan Eggman of Stockton took note, quoting Donnelly as saying, "I wish I had a semiautomatic no vote on my desk." (@SusanEggman)

Some of the snarkiest comments, sometimes posted with Twitter pics, came from the anonymous @VanityCaucus ("If they let me get close enough I plan on taking Donnelly's tie away") and @SanityCaucus ("I'm officially in love with a republican '@JeffGorell: bi-partisan boredom.' ").

Capitol Alert can't wait for end-of-session legislative bingo.

CELEBRATIONS: Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, celebrates his 56th birthday today.

PHOTO: A view of an iPhone on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Associated Press/ Evan Vucci



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