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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…

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Governing from middle comes under attack

That didn’t take long, did it?

Check out my Oakland Tribune political reporter colleague Josh Richman’s blog entry: “Berkeley Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun MagazineNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, sent out a missive early today discussing “why many of us were shocked and deeply disappointed when we learned on Thursday that Congressman Rahm Emanuel was to be the Chief of Staff in the Obama White House.”

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Rep. Lee attends world AIDS conference

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, is the only member of Congress attending the 17th Annual International AIDS Conference, now in progress in Mexico City, according to my Oakland Tribune colleague Josh Richman at the Political Blotter.

Richman writes:

Lee coauthored the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)the recent reauthorization which puts $48 billion toward helping millions of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world. She told me this afternoon she wishes progress in fighting the disease here in the United States would be so successful.