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Regrets, I’ve had a few…

…but then again, too few to mention.

Well, dear Political Blotter readers, all good (?) things must come to an end.

The question mark is for you, because there’s no question that it’s been very, very good for me. I launched this blog in late 2006 to create a space for some quicker-hit, snarkier, insider-baseball items for which a full story might not be warranted, but which would make some of you out there say, “Well, how ’bout that?” (My original proposal for the blog’s name was “The Political Junkie,” but an editor didn’t like the drug connotation. Whatta stiff.)

Whatever the situation with my other work, I’ve always found more fun than frustration here on the Blotter. I’ve loved the interactivity of it, both in my ability to use links to original information, photos, videos in a more creative way than our website has allowed, and in your comments.

So I offer hearty and sincere thanks to all the most persistent, longtime readers and commenters, notably including JohnW, Marga, RRSenileColumnist, Willis James, Tom Pyke, GlenThePlumber, DanvilleDemocrat and – yes – even Elwood. (Apologies to anyone I missed.) Thanks for helping to create a community here, the most fervent wish of any blogging journalist.

Now it’s time for me to bring my contributions here, and my 24 years as a daily journalist, to a close. I’ll be starting a new job in a few weeks; I wish I could share all the details right now, but circumstances don’t permit that just yet. (And in the meantime, I shall neither confirm nor deny…)

God knows I’ve never been in it for the pay, and I still believe the work of journalism is important to a healthy community and society, but I’m just not having fun the way that I used to. I anticipate doing meaningful work and having more fun in my new career. Some consider journalism like a priesthood, from which one can only fall; I’ve never believed that, but I assume that even those who do would agree it’s no job for the half-hearted.

I hope our time here has been as good for you as it was for me. Thanks again.

P.S.: Watch this space. There’s a good chance my successor will take over the blog…

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • JohnW

    Oh, what a loss! Not just this blog but to BANG and the readers in general. Especially now, with all the 2016 craziness upon us. But I would love to know about the new job when you are at liberty, if possible. But jeez, a mere 24 years! I was in the Army with your political editor counterpart at the Washington Post, Dan Balz at the Defense Information School in 1971. More than 40 years, and he’s still at it, even after Jeff Bezos bought the paper. Thanks for all the fun on this blog. “Poltical Junkie” would have been perfect.

  • NewDem2016

    good luck, Josh. Class Act.

  • Tom Pyke

    I feel like when Gene Siskel died. Losing a consistent, reliable voice.
    Yet he lives! Good luck with all your upcoming endeavors, and thanks for the shout out. Wishing you all the best Josh. I’ll definitely have a cocktail in your honor tonight!

  • Bob_Mulholland

    Josh- thanks for all the good reporting.

  • Much love, Josh, and look forward to our paths crossing some how, some way in the next phase.

    You know how/where to reach me.

  • Melodi Masaniai

    The best is yet to come. Best wishes.

  • Mark Goodwin

    Say it ain’t so Josh! You’ve been a class act. I wish you the best in your new venture.

  • Elwood

    Best of luck in your new endeavor, Josh. I’ll miss you.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Same here

  • GlenThePlumber

    sir…your voice will be missed.

    really look forward to hearing where you are heading.

  • Crazy_Like_A_Fox

    Good luck, Josh! Your objectivity will be missed.

  • Willis James

    Josh, We have much appreciated the reporting, as well as the forum that you have created here. A place where important information and stories are given space that otherwise wouldn’t fit into the regular newspaper. Very important to the people who want to know what is really happening in government.
    Through a era of endless belt tightening we’ve continued to get your quality work, in the regular paper, this forum, and in your countless appearances on TWINC (This Week In Northern California) and more recently on KQED Newsroom.
    All of that will be missed.

    Hoping your future is bright in whatever you do.

    PS…I’ve also appreciated a venue that allowed us to give Sacramento capitol insiders, such as Steve Maviglio, a small smack on the side of the head as they quietly sell their skills/souls to the highest bidder… 🙂

  • Marga

    Josh, you will be greatly missed. I was actually surprised at how long you stayed around at the Tribune, they cannot possibly be paying you what you are worth. Democracy cannot exist without a critical political press, and we no longer have one. Yes, the press covers the president and the presidential campaign – but as voters we have a much greater impact in lower races. With you gone, there will be even less coverage of them.

    I do wish you the best in your new endeavor! I hope it’ll be a lot of fun!