Sally McKeag / California Strategies

Gov. Jerry Brown's dog Sutter relaxes at a recent event of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dan Cohen's humorous summary won a Bee caption contest.

The Buzz: Drumroll, please, for the winner of our Sutter Brown caption contest

Published: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Capitol Alert readers' votes have been tallied, and one entry in the caption contest featuring California first dog Sutter Brown has broken away from the pack.

The lucky winner?

Entry No. 3: "The governor told me to either strike this ridiculous pose for the SPCA, or start digging the Delta tunnels."

Readers went for a caption with more of a political bent than some of the other entries.

Capitol Alert denizens were also big fans of the canine humor in entry No. 5, which took second place: "I shouldn't have had that second drink at the duck pond."

The caption describes the photo at right of Sutter relaxing recently at the Sacramento SPCA's Doggie Dash.

Dan Cohen of El Dorado Hills, a retired attorney whose career has also spanned stints in the Army and as a park ranger, penned the winning caption.

Cohen said writing comes naturally to him – so naturally that he has written the first in a series of children's books starring his dog, Flapjack.

"I've always liked doing funny, clever stuff like writing captions," he said. "If I'm good at anything, it's that. I'm the family clown and chief wisecracker."

Cohen takes home a gift certificate to Peet's Coffee & Tea.

– Annalise Mantz


Sen. Mark Leno and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Friday introduced a measure to incorporate provisions of the California Public Records Act in the state's constitution. Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 would require local government agencies to comply with the records law and the Brown Act, which regulates public meetings, and exempts the state from having to pay costs.

– Annalise Mantz


"Kevin McCarthy, for getting whipped by your own party, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something."

CHRIS CILLIZZA, political blogger for the Washington Post, awarding his weekly "worst week" prize to Rep. McCarthy, a Bakersfield Republican and the House majority whip, for failing to muster enough GOP votes to pass the farm bill McCarthy's leadership wanted

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